Stacking Chairs – Benefits and Uses

When space-saving is necessary and when furniture needs to be easily stored when not in use, stacking chairs have proven to be an advantageous choice. With their small footprint and stackable design, these chairs are a popular choice for many businesses including hotels, schools, clubs, restaurants, universities, theaters, and auditoriums. They are also convenient, with their main benefit being that the chairs can easily be put out with their lightweight design; when they are not needed anymore, they can then be stacked and put away in a small space. Many stacking chairs have corresponding dollies and carts that allow for a place to quickly and conveniently stack the chairs when not in use. With the ability to quickly store the chairs, it allows for the space to be used again for other purposes or when cleaning is needed. There are many benefits to owning stacking chairs including their low price, sturdy construction, versatility, and comfort.

Low Price

Stacking chairs are among the most affordable pieces of furniture available as they require minimal materials in their construction, are easy to make, and have a smaller size. They are also much simpler in design, not requiring advanced features that other pieces of furniture, such as multiple ergonomic adjustments that you’d find on an office chair or leather upholstery that may be desired on a couch. Because they are typically a bulk purchase rather than just buying one or two pieces, they are usually eligible for volume discounts which can even further lower the cost of the chair. Depending on the design of the chair or the purpose for which the chair is going to be used are two factors that can also affect the price. Plastic stacking chairs are generally among the cheapest in price and are great for outdoor events or when visitors will be spending a limited amount of time seated in the chair. Fabric, vinyl, and heavy-duty stacking chairs can be a little more costly as they take more time to produce and require the use of more expensive materials.

Sturdy Construction

There are many different types of stacking chairs available each constructed with different materials, however they all have one thing in common, they have sturdy construction and most can even hold up to 250 lbs. They commonly come with steel or aluminum frames, further enhancing their quality construction and come in a variety of materials. Arguably, the most common stacking chair is constructed of plastic and can be found at many events including parties, weddings, orientations, and training seminars. Plastic stacking chairs are sturdy in construction and can hold up to the wear and tear of consistently being moved and stacked. There are also fabric stacking chairs that come with either a fully upholstered seat and back or one or the other. They are more comfortable to sit on, however be wary when stacking because the pressure put on the fabric can leave a permanent mark over time and the fabric can be ripped if stacked in a hurry.


Perhaps the greatest contribution stacking chairs have to offer is their versatility in both design and function. They have a lightweight design which allows them to be moved from one place to another with minimal effort and are small enough to fit in just about anywhere. Many stacking chairs are also designed for both indoor or outdoor usage, allowing the purchaser to get the most for their money whether they are needed for an indoor lunch one day or for an outdoor wedding the next. They are designed to be able to hold up to continuous moving and shifting with their rugged construction, although some materials are better than others for this. Not matter the size of the event, their small foot print allows for these chairs to accommodate more guests than other pieces of furniture would.


Although most people typically associate cheaper prices with cheaper products, this does not hold true in the case of stacking chairs. While they are less in price than most other pieces of furniture, the need for a comfortable surface to sit on is not comprised in the design. Many come with a curved back rest with built-in lumbar support and a waterfall seat edge. For most guests that will be sitting in your chairs, this will be sufficient enough to provide them with enough support and a comfortable sitting experience for a few hours at a time. If your guests will be spending multiple hours at a time seated in your stacking chairs, it may be worth the investment to purchase stacking chairs with a padded seat(fabric, vinyl, or leather). Some more expensive stacking chairs even come with an adjustable lumbar support to properly position where the support will be needed specific to the individual’s back and armrests.

When purchasing stacking chairs it is important to first take into consideration your guests and their comfort before anything else. Be sure to acknowledge how long they will typically spend sitting at one time and how often the chairs are going to be used. After thinking about your guests, be sure to consider how durable you will need the chairs to be. Will some of your guests need heavy-duty stacking chairs that can hold more weight? If this is the case, then it may be wise to consider investing in a few big and tall stacking chairs that can accommodate guests that may exceed the maximum weight capacity. The last thing to contemplate is the style of the chair. While comfort should outweigh style, it is still an important factor in any piece of furniture you purchase. Most likely, you will have these chairs for years to come and you will want to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

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