5 common training room layouts


Having an environment that encourages the process of learning and interaction among trainers and trainees is very crucial to the success of training.  A layout of the training room or the seating arrangement plays an important role in making both trainers and trainees feel comfortable. Below are a few layouts and seating arrangements that are frequently used for training:


Theatre layout

The theatre layout is considered as the simplest style, it is similar to the seating concept found in a cinema or a theatre. The chairs are aligned in straight rows. This kind of arrangement is usually used for official business’ launches, training, and seminar. The advantage of this kind of setting is that all of the seats are facing the front and the training room can be used up to its maximum capacity. In this kind of layout, there is a need to give an extra importance to aisles and ensure that trainees do not have a problem in access to the seating area.


U-shape layout

As the name suggests, the layout for this particular arrangement is in the shape of the letter U. In this layout, chairs and tables are set in an open-ended shape and trainees will be facing inwards. This layout is frequently used for workshops, conferences and meetings. The advantage of this layout is that audience can focus on presentation area easily and they are able to have an open discussion since they are facing one another. This layout enables the trainer to interact with each trainee individually, giving a maximum attention as for how it should.


Boardroom layout

This layout is similar to the U-shaped or hollow square layout but only that it is smaller in size and the audience will be facing inwards. This layout is normally used in the small meeting, team briefing, team training, even in one on one interview and small presentations.


Hollow square layout

The hollow square shape layout is a layout that is rectangular in shaped and it has empty space in the middle complete with tables and chairs. This arrangement is considered great for big or major meetings and discussions. Since attendees will be facing each other, everyone can expect that the meeting or discussions held will be open and in a direct manner. Typically, such an arrangement is being set up according to the hierarchical positions in the company. The CEO of the company will usually be seated at the front-middle position, followed by the board of directors, president and then followed by the others.


Herringbone layout

In this layout, tables and chairs are angled in the centre of the training room. Its layout is similar to the classroom layout but it does not have consecutive rows. It is frequently used to conduct training and workshops. The advantage of having this layout for training is that all of the seats will be facing the front and it enables trainees to take notes easily without any blockage. Interaction is also made easy as everyone will be facing the trainer.

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