Office design tips: Why you should be thinking about the size of your boardroom screen [Part 6]

Choosing the correct display screen when fitting your boardroom may seem like a small and insignificant step in the greater office redesign, but it can have a serious knock-on effect for both the user experience and your own pocket.

Here are a few tips from the Nashua Communications team that will help you choose the right boardroom screen for your business needs and your budget.

Being able to invite colleagues and clients into a boardroom that both encourages productivity and aesthetic admiration is one of the greatest assets any business can have. So, when designing or redesigning your office space, it’s worth spending some extra time dreaming up the perfect boardroom. One specific aspect that may be overlooked is the size of your boardroom screens. We got in touch with Andrew Fouche from Nashua Communications to gain some insight and advice on making the wisest choice.

The golden ratio of boardroom design

Traditionally, a good boardroom design would follow the 4/6/8 rule when calculating the size of the screen to be installed. This means that the viewing distance in correlation to the room size should ideally, be four, six or eight times the height of the screen, depending on what it’s being used for.

Three categories of use exist: analytical viewing, basic viewing and passive viewing. Boardrooms will typically fall into the analytical category as text and data displayed may have to be closely scrutinised by those present. This means that, traditionally, the room should not be bigger than four times the size of the height of the screen.

Image from Epson Australia

Image from Epson Australia

Technology has, however, changed in recent years to become more cost- effective and efficient where audio and video experiences are concerned. For example, multiple screens can be used simultaneously and tilted to 90 degrees to save costs and increase the height of the display area.

Also, the use of a canvas – type screen allows for scaling the display size up to 20 times larger. This has become popular in the way businesses use the available area within boardrooms and open collaboration areas.

Structural integrity

Another important aspect to consider when deciding on the correct screen size, is the structural integrity of your boardroom. In other words, is the wall strong enough to mount large displays? If not, you may have to consider ceiling mounts instead. While often overlooked, ensuring that your screen is as secure as possible is of the utmost importance even if it means incurring a few  additional costs.

Read: 7 Questions to ask before choosing an office space

Boosting productivity and saving costs

In the end there are really two questions you should ask yourself when designing your boardroom: will it be an area that boosts productivity and how can you ensure that you save money in the long run?

It’s important to choose something that will serve your business, your colleagues and your clients for many years to come. Even though this might mean spending a bit more money now, it could save you from having to sell out even more for a boardroom make-over in a year or two’s time.

The Nashua Communications team advises that companies refer to their road map for the future to see where their business is heading before making any final decisions.

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