There’s nothing we love more than building tables.. Except wait, there is: building BIG tables. We love a good challenge and the end product is always worth it. Large boardroom tables make for comfortable, productive meetings.
In case you’re wondering what the biggest table we’ve ever built was, it’s 18ft x 5ft. To put it into perspective, 18ft is roughly the height of a giraffe, or three Danny DeVitos.
The table in question? A beautiful boardroom table we built with solid Ontario walnut wood for Adastra Group. When the international information management company reached out to us, they were just about to begin renovations to their head office in Markham, North Toronto. That meant we had about 5-6 weeks to build their boardroom table. During our site visit to Adastra we were walked into an office room with a beautiful window. It was a curved glass window that flooded the room with natural light. We began to get excited.
Downtown Toronto is blessed with some incredible old buildings, factories and warehouses –some of which are over 150 years old. Because of this, we’re accustomed to getting 8ft-12ft boardroom tables into freight elevators that are smaller than the average condo closet! In order to get our tables to fit, we build them up in sections and then assemble them onsite. We’ve managed to achieve this with strategic leg placement and some smart hardware.
If you’ve read our dining table seating capacity guide, you’ll know that you ideally need 24” of length per person for comfortable seating. Well, in a commercial setting, we extend that length to about 30” per person or more. This is to accommodate laptops, notepads, coffee mugs, power cables, and that guy Mark from accounting who’s always coughing during meetings.
That being said, this table will seat around 20 people at full capacity. In order to get a 20-seater up an elevator, we had to think strategically. We ended up splitting the table into three sections, and it fit just between the handrails in the elevator. Once we got it into the room, the table was assembled in less than 45 minutes and given a quick polish.
While this has been our biggest boardroom table to date, we’d be happy to break our own personal record. 30ft table? 40ft table? The biggest table in the world? Let’s do it.