A chair is a chair, a table is a table, and a display stand is a display stand, right? Well, at Europa we like to think not! And increasingly our clients are starting to explore new ways of doing things and taking advantage of ever more innovative and flexible stock.
Now don’t get me wrong, the many rows of conference linking seating that can seat around 800 delegates, and the traditional 4ft rectangle folding table that can serve as a place setting for your many corporate brochures, will always have their place.
But there are some new event furniture hire kids on the block, so to speak! There are chrome frame stools with comfortable padded seats that come in an array of colours, there’s on-trend industrial-vibe-furniture such as our tolix bar stools and tables with stunning distressed wooden tops, there are delightfully squidgy bean bags that can help to create a dedicated chillout zone, and charging benches that mean your guests can stay switched on and online!
With so much to choose from, the furniture at an event isn’t just a matter of practicality anymore. It’s much more influential and can set the tone and the mood. And while it’s important to understand the audience in question, and of course look to accommodate the needs of attendees and the restrictions of the venue, what works doesn’t have to be boring.
Increasingly event organisers are tuning into their options and looking to see how they can make the furniture a core part of the day, not just a necessary add on.
Chloe Rowlands | Century Office | Century-office.co.uk
With millennials set to take over the workplace, the need for modernised events and workplace furniture is more crucial than ever before. Not only do flexible meeting spaces allow for improved collaboration, but they also encourage a more relaxed and positive environment which as a result, enhances creativity and workflow. Traditional event spaces and meeting rooms tend to have a very restricted, dated and dull atmosphere, leaving workers and attendees uninspired.
Investing in multi-functional furniture that offers optimal comfort and provides plenty of space to interact will benefit your event massively. Focus on adding sleek, stylish pieces which act as focal networking points for people to relax and discuss ideas, ensuring you compliment the venue and don’t try to overdo it.
Open plan also works well in events, as it allows people to easily mingle without wasting time looking for certain rooms or spaces, and also allows for better networking. Opting for a variety of different seating in an open space with natural lighting can help create a positive and calming environment while adding colour can reduce stress, enhance morale and increase creativity.
Implementing ergonomic furniture into your conference rooms or meeting spaces will also hugely benefit attendees as providing them with the appropriate seating required for proper posture will ensure comfort for the duration of the event.
Noel Reeve | Rocket Exhibition Services | Rocketpp.com
Space is your most valuable commodity when you have a stand at an expo, and the smallest change could make a big impact for a visitor to see your product.
Folding flexible event furniture can help us rethink the concept of traditional meeting spaces, especially when space is at a premium. For example, a stool that can transform into a small table with two seats is an ideal portable solution for one-to-one conversations with a personal touch. Hanging cabinets which fold out can showcase more products, inbuilt lighting helping catch the attention of passing delegates.
Even something as simple as a wall divider can split off an expo stand, so one part can be for a visitor, and the other can be to perform admin tasks throughout the day, especially if there’s a selling-variant at this stand.
Flexible event furniture can adapt to many needs, so use it to your advantage!