What’s the Difference Between a Meeting Room and a Conference Room?
As a provider of on-demand meeting space, people tend to ask us questions about meeting rooms. One of the most common questions we receive is this: “is there a difference between a conference room and a meeting room?” It’s a fair question, so we’d like to take this opportunity to answer it.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the denotation of the words “meeting” and “conference.” A meeting is “An assembly of people for a particular purpose, especially for formal discussion.” Meanwhile, a conference is “a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern.”
Where things become a bit more complicated is when we add in a secondary definition for “conference,” namely one synonymous with “convention.” In this definition, the whole attendance of the conference can only fit inside a single room if it’s a room of considerable size.
While a cursory look into the definitions suggests synonymous meanings between “meeting room” and “conference room,” that secondary definition for “conference” changes things. Because of it, “conference room” tends to be used in connection with larger rooms.
While not every conference room is capable of seating hundreds, they do tend to be larger (often seating a dozen or more), and they tend to contain a table like what would be found in a boardroom. They also typically contain AV components like a projector, TV, or computer to help conduct presentations, trainings, or lectures.
“Meeting rooms,” meanwhile, are often as small as a room that can only fit four people. Moreover, these smaller rooms in many cases lack tables and are furnished only by chairs (and potentially some display items like a whiteboard or a projector). Other than this minor difference in meanings, “meeting rooms” and “conference rooms” tend to be used interchangeably, even by the professionals that use them.
The question then becomes, which term do people use more frequently in everyday language, and does it differ based on location? We found this line of inquiry especially intriguing, so we wanted to see how other professionals interacted with these terms. So we decided to ask.
Below is a poll where you can cast your vote for the term you use most, as well as see what opinions other professionals have shared about this debate.
What Are Conference Rooms Used For?
Conference rooms are meant for formal or large meetings. Due to their size and seating possibilities, conference rooms are often used for lectures with one person leading the meeting and speaking to the rest of the group. The best type of conference room meeting is focused on education, training, or presentations.
You might find that your meetings suffer in a conference room and do not feel productive. It doesn’t mean your meeting is the problem; rather, it could simply be the location of the meeting. If you are looking for a collaborative space to brainstorm, a conference room might not be the best space.
What Are Meeting Rooms Used For?
Meeting rooms are meant for smaller groups of people who have the intention to collaborate or brainstorm together. There might be some basic technology available in a meeting room, but the space is mainly there to facilitate interpersonal work.
Many people think a big conference room is exactly what they need for their meeting, but if there are only two or three people attending, and you need to work together as a team, why complicate the process in a large conference room? Often times, a personal area where you can communicate freely and work together is exactly what is needed, and that is what a meeting room provides.
Consider booking a meeting/conference room with Davinci Meeting Rooms, where every meeting room contains a table. And remember, the next time you need on-demand space, renting a room from us is the easy and affordable way to host a meeting without paying hotel meeting room prices.
When you schedule the right room for the job you are trying to accomplish, giving yourself the right space to get the job done, you’ll start to find your meetings running smoother and more productively.