Layout Guide

Boardroom Layout

  • A rectangular table set up with chairs around all sides and ends
  • Popular for smaller meetings
  • Ideal for discussions as every delegate can see each other
  • This layout is not recommended if there is a presentation at one end of the room

Classroom Layout

  • Delegates (in ones or twos) have their own workspace
  • Ideal for individual training, presentations & examinations
  • Not ideal for discussion and debate as delegates only see each other’s backs

Herringbone Layout

  • Similar in style to a classroom layout but the tables are angled towards the centre of the room
  • More intimate than classroom layout as this set up allows delegates to see each other as well as the trainer/presenter
  • Allows more discussion between delegates

Cabaret Layout

  • All delegates facing front-centre on round tables
  • This layout is not space efficient and so is more suitable for smaller groups

Theatre Layout

  • Chairs are placed in rows facing a stage area, head table, or speaker (with no conference tables)
  • Used for main plenary’s, product launches, presentations and displays
  • Used to present to large numbers of delegates
  • Allows for optimal room occupancy

U-Shape Layout

  • A series of conference tables set in the shape of the letter U, with chairs around the outside
  • Often used for Board of Directors meetings, committee meetings, or discussion groups where there is a speaker, audio-visual presentation or other focal point
  • The square layout is conducive to discussion/debate
  • Not ideal for larger groups