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At first glance, finding the perfect folding chair may seem as easy as picking out a pack of chairs from any department store and voila, you have the chairs that you need for any event or party, but the truth is that to really get your money's worth, you may want to take your time to discover various features that different folding chairs have.
There are folding chairs for every occasion and some that would work for better for one event over another type of event. To help you understand what type of features you will want to look for in relation to your event, we have compiled features for different types of events and occasions, as well as depending on where you will be storing them.
When you are investing in chairs for a certain party such as a barbeque or a birthday party, you will want to remember that you will keep these chairs and may be using them again and again. To ensure that these chairs won't be ruined if left outside, which will probably be the case, or that they don't get ruined if you use them for a pool party, you will want to look for certain types of folding chairs with a material that is waterproof and durable.
The best material for folding chairs that will be used often for outdoor events is plastic. This means that not only the base and back are made from plastic, but that the frame is as well. Plastic folding chairs can be left out in the rain, they can take a soaking person sitting on them, and withstand all types of weather without being damaged. Another thing about plastic chairs is that they are light and easy to carry, also making them ideal for transporting back and forth.
Fancy indoor parties
When people think about folding chairs, they usually get the idea of white plastic folding chairs and they may be looking for something classier for an upscale event, but the idea of hauling around non-folding chairs seems like too much of a hassle. The good news is that there are folding chairs that are designed to look like normal chairs, but that can fold up for transport. These are perfect to keep in storage for events when your extended family will be coming to visit, such as at Christmas or Thanksgiving, as they can be transported easily, but help to ensure that your holiday meal has a welcoming atmosphere.
Indoor Parties or Events
Whether you often give workshops in your home or office or love to invite friends and family over for parties often, you may be looking for folding chairs to keep in storage or in your basement to be able to pull out for such events. You want to provide comfort while at the same time maintaining functionality. For events such as workshops, classes, or where people will be sitting for long periods of time, you may want to find chairs that include some type of cushion so that your guests won't be uncomfortable.
This is another opportunity where you may want to use folding chairs that have a metal frame as they look a bit more formal than your average plastic folding chair and because they will be used and kept indoors, there is little chance of damage or rust.
More Important Features to Look Into
When buying folding chairs, you will also want to take the time to look into other features, such as how much weight they can support. Some guests may be taller or larger than others and to be safe you should always try to purchase chairs that can support at least an average amount of weight.
You will also want to make sure that the material used on padded seats and padded back supports is strong. Vinyl is a good material for folding chair seats. If you purchase folding chairs with poor quality covering, you may discover that they will break and rip easily with only a little use.
A feature that is important is to check out is the base of the chair. Is it sturdy? Is it durable? The base is the part that will carry a large amount of the weight, and along the same lines, so will the legs of the chair, so read up on the folding chairs that you are interested in before buying to make sure they are strong enough for the job.
One of our favorite folding chairs for nearly every occasion is the HERCULES Series 330 llb. Capacity White Plastic Folding Chair with Gray Frame, mainly because it stands up to weight and is durable. It is also aesthetically pleasing for garden parties and for casual indoor events. The shape of the seat also helps to provide users with comfort while sitting for long periods of time and the price is right. All in all, this folding chair is an ideal purchase.
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