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Buyer’s Guide to Stacking Chairs

Stacking chairs offer the perfect solution for those who want to maximize their space without sacrificing comfort for guests. They are great for schools, offices, theaters, banquet halls or institutions that host a large group of people. Extremely practical, stack chairs save a lot of space while providing guests with comfort and support. Our selection of banquet chairs caters to the seating needs of every venue. Whether you are looking for extra seating or this is your first time buying, this guide will help you find the right stacking chairs for your establishment.

General Purpose Event Seating

Standard height banquet chairs and other stackable event chairs are great options for commercial indoor and outdoor event seating at lobbies, conference rooms, and outdoor wedding ceremonies. These chairs are ideal for catering events and other venues that require space saving solutions.

A stack chair usually serves as temporary seating and is made in a wide range of materials and styles. One of the major advantages of using this type of chair is its stacking capabilities which allows for easy storage when not used. Most stack chair models have padded upholstered seats that make them more comfortable.

As suggested by their name, stackable chairs can be stacked on top of each other and stowed away. Some of the most common uses of these chairs are for classrooms, concerts, wedding ceremonies, graduation and banquets. They are great for those who are looking for functional seating that is inexpensive yet projects a professional image. You need to remember to plan around the size, style and how (often) they will be used.

Types and Use of Stacking Chairs

Stacking chairs offer easy storage and excellent flexibility. However, it’s important to know what they will be used for, how often will they be used and where. If you are buying stack chairs for your bi-monthly conference meeting or book club held at your library/bookstore, you don’t have to worry a lot about wear and tear from heavy use. But if they will be used on a regular basis, you may want to opt for something more durable like these restaurant chairs.


You may also want to think about how much transportation will be required for stacking chairs. If you plan on keeping them stationed in one place and won’t move them around a lot, weight shouldn’t be a concern. But if frequent movement of stack chairs are required, you may want to look into restaurant chairs that are more lightweight such as these folding chairs.

Stack Chair Variations and Styles

chiavari chairs

Chiavari Chairs

Chiavari chairs are a common style of banquet chairs used in event halls that are typically lightweight making them transportable and easy to stack. They are featured in a metal frame available in different finishes and include a cushioned seat.
padded stack chairs

Padded Stack Chairs

These are more comfortable variant of a stack chairs. Although some of them feature arm rests, these type of chairs are better for longer format uses. Standard versions include fabric and vinyl upholstery over the foam padding of the seat and backrest.
plastic folding chairs

Plastic Folding Chairs

These restaurant chairs are lightweight and durable which is why many people choose them when they need temporary seating. Foldable and easy to store they are a great choice when additional seating is required.

Wood Stack Chairs

Wood stack chairs offer a classic look for many décor schemes at indoor and outdoor commercial settings. Although they are more expensive than the plastic chairs, wood chairs are very durable and will generally withstand years of daily use.

Event Seating Layout and Design

Communication is a key factor when planning your layout to accommodate seating for an event. Whether you are furnishing a classroom, hosting a wedding or setting up a business meeting, seating arrangements vary by venue and event. Each event seating style and arrangement communicates to your guests and delivers a message. It is therefore crucial to seat your guests in a way that sends a message you want them to receive.

classroom seating arrangement

Classroom / Auditorium

Chairs and desks aligned in consecutive straight rows to allow note taking and consumption of plated food and beverage. In an auditorium style setup, chairs in the outer area are angled toward the speaker more so than the inner.
boardroom seating arrangement

Conference / Meeting

Stacking chairs are arranged around a large elongated table, with the audience all facing inwards thus encouraging audience interaction.
banquet seating arrangement

Banquet Hall

Seating arrangements are similar to that of a restaurant table with guests sitting around a circumference facing inwards enhancing audience interaction.
wedding seating arrangement

Outdoor Wedding

Folding chairs are aligned in a similar fashion seen at a theater though more in a semi-circle putting emphasis on the aisle at wedding ceremony.