How to select the best lectern
Choose the best lectern in a few simple steps.
What is the purpose for your lectern?
When selecting the best lectern, it is important to consider how you plan to use it. A lectern with a fixed position in an auditorium with multi functional applications has different requirements than an elegant discreet and narrow lectern for a political debate or the G7 summit.
How many connections do you need ?
The possibility to add options and accessories to your lectern are an important factor for your choice. You will need the convenience to have all necessary cables and connections already installed with easy access. For example, you may want to put a laptop or iPad on your lectern and connect it to a projector. Or you may want to connect your laptop to an existing sound system. You may want space under the reading desk to put things down or to store valuable items behind lockable doors. There are many options to consider and we have listed just a few examples below:
Connections to use a laptop or iPad on your lectern.
1 or 2 goose neck microphone(s), wired or wireless.
LED reading light.
A portable reading desk in order to read more easily at an angle.
Connections to a projector for your laptop or iPad.
A glass holder or sufficient space for a glass of water.
Sufficient width on a lectern for a laptop and a note pad.
Cable grommets for additional connections.
A Monitor display for the presenter.
Do you want height adjustment abilities?
The correct height of the lectern is important for the comfort of the presenter. There are two types of lecterns when it comes to height: fixed or adjustable.
On fixed height lecterns, the standard reading desk height is set at approximately 105 cm. Not coincidentally, this is the same height where you would find a door handle with your eyes closed.
On most lecterns, the side and/or reading area curves upwards. When the presenter is shorter, they will hold their hands at the start of this curve A taller presenter will hold the curve higher up. If necessary on fixed height lecterns, a step stool can be provided.
For ADA compliance and flexibility, it is best to have a height adjustable lectern. To accommodate a wheelchair bound presenter, it is important to not only have the option to adjust the height of the lectern, but also the proximity of the reading area.
For instance, our electric height adjustable Spietz model has the option to slide out the reading table, with the microphone. This ensures the wheelchair bound presenter has the convenience and flexibility to give a perfect presentation.
Is weight of your lectern important?
Lectern weight is determined by a number of factors.
First, the production materials. Our lectern collection is made from wood, stainless steel, acrylic, Solid Surface or a combination of these materials.
However, a stainless steel lectern is not necessarily heavier than a wood lectern. Dimensions as well as requested options and accessories do also factor into its weight.
The fact remains that a lectern is quite heavy. A stainless steel lectern, like our zenSAYtion model, weighs at least 30 kilos. A Spietz lectern with options included can easily way 80 kilos.
To help with transporting and moving your lectern, most models have the ability to add castors.
Would you like customized options?
It is possible that you are looking for a specific lectern or option that is not in our standard collection. Villa ProCtrl regularly produces custom made lecterns for its clients. For instance, we have added monitors with a translation module, where a presenter can choose his own language through the interpreter at press conferences. Other examples include lecterns for lecture rooms with specific styles or colors to match interior designs.
If you have a specific design in mind, contact us and we will do our best to help you create the best presentation possible.