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Stacking chairs are among the most popular types of chairs. Whether at home in the garden, on the balcony or in the house, stacking chairs fit into any environment. Stacking chairs are particularly popular at larger events or conferences at work. They are space-saving, practical and require little maintenance.

If you would like to get one of these chairs, our stacking chair guide will tell you everything you need to know about quality, cost and everything else you need to know about buying a stacking chair.




The most important

    • Stacking chairs are practical, simple chairs that can be quickly assembled and disassembled. Their ability to stack makes them extremely space-saving.
    • Stacking chairs can be used in a variety of ways. Whether at home in the garden, in the kitchen or at conferences and larger events. There is a different stacking chair for every event.
    • You can find out what to consider when buying or caring for a stacking chair, along with many other tips, in our guide.

The Best Stacking Chairs: Our Picks

Stacking chairs: buying and evaluation criteria

Find out now which purchase and evaluation criteria you should consider when buying a stacking chair.

The most important criteria of a stacking chair are the intention, the material, the size and the weight of the stacking chair.

Intention

The first thing to decide is: What is the intention of my stacking chair? Is it to be used in long conferences with ever-changing people? Or will I buy it for my family to sit comfortably in the garden?

Since stacking chairs are available in all shapes and colours and are even specially made for outdoors and indoors, they can be bought and used in a versatile and efficient way. This gives you as a customer a lot of leeway in which chair from which supplier suits you best.

Some chairs are more about practicality and simplicity, while others are meant to look stylish and be comfortable.

Material

The material is also very important when buying a stacking chair. For example, if the chair will be outdoors day and night, it should be made of a robust and durable material.

However, if the chair is sheltered in a room and used for conferences, for example, it should be made of a material that supports long sessions and is comfortable. Usually, these chairs have upholstery.

The most common materials of a stacking chair are plastic, leather, wood, aluminium and plastic.

In this pros and cons list you can see at a glance all the pros and cons for sturdy stacking chairs:

Advantages
  • High stability
  • Easy to clean
  • Elegant look
  • Comfortable with cushions
Disadvantages
  • Uncomfortable without cushions
  • Usually more expensive
  • Usually heavier than simple chairs

Size

The size of a stacking chair plays an important role in the comfort and safety of the user. If it is too small, it becomes uncomfortable or you run the risk of tipping it over. Therefore, the stacking chair should always be of an appropriate size.

The focus here is on the height of the backrest. Since everyone is different in height, some people need higher backrests than others. If the backrest of a stacking chair is not properly adjusted, this can lead to back problems during longer sessions. In addition, back pain can in turn lead to distraction, affecting concentration during the conference.

Weight

There are two different types of weight that should be considered here.

  1. Theweight of the chair: The stacking chair itself should be light and easy to store. The purpose of a stacking chair is that it can be quickly assembled and disassembled. It would therefore be impractical if it were heavy and could not be stored quickly and easily.
  2. Theweight of the user: The chair should also be stable enough to support the weight of each user. Especially at conferences, where people of different weights will always be sitting on the stacking chairs, it is important that even the heaviest user can sit comfortably on the chair.

The weight thus represents an essential purchase and evaluation criterion and should not be neglected when making a decision.

Stacking chairs: frequently asked questions and answers

In addition to the purchase and evaluation criteria, there are other questions that we will answer in our guide.

Who are stacking chairs suitable for?

Stacking chairs are particularly suitable for practical people and events. After all, stacking chairs are only so popular because they are small, unassuming and stand out space-saving.

You can use them everywhere. As a family, you can not only use stacking chairs made for the garden or balcony, but also use comfortably made ones in the living room or kitchen.

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Stacking chairs are suitable for all people who need practical and simple chairs.
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When planning events, stacking chairs are a safe bet because you can set them up and take them down quickly. They are also sturdy, comfortable and look professional, as long as you buy the right stacking chairs.

They also usually require little maintenance, which makes stacking chairs attractive to pretty much everyone.

What types of stacking chairs are there?

Stacking chairs have advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs. Therefore, one should use a different type of chair for a chosen purpose in each case.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Indoor stacking chairs Suitable for indoors, look stylish, easy maintenance, higher comfort Stains are more visible, only suitable for indoors
Outdoor stacking chairs Suitable for outdoors, are robust, easy maintenance, very practical Less comfort, not always stylish
Stacking chairs with arms High comfort, look elegant, easy care People might feel restricted
Stacking chairs without arms Form of freedom, easier to stack, easier to clean Less comfort

For outdoor stacking chairs, people usually choose a material made of aluminium or similar sturdier fabrics. These are mostly used in gardens, balconies or other outdoor parties or restaurants. If you personally find the sturdy stacking chairs too rough, you can buy additional custom-made seat covers. These not only make them softer, but also more stylish.

Indoor stacking chairs mainly have materials made of wood or plastic with fabric or leather upholstery. They are made to fit into the living space and provide a high level of comfort. However, for conferences, these chairs may have lighter, less elaborate materials.

How much do stacking chairs cost?

Stacking chairs are usually available to buy in sets of 4 to 6. However, the cost varies from material to material. This table represents the unit price of a chair made of different materials.

Material Price
Plastic Circa 15€
Fabric Circa 20€
Leather Circa 30€
High quality wood Circa 50€

On average, a stacking chair costs between €15 and €35 on its own, but very expensive chairs can cost up to €50 each.

What are the alternatives to stacking chairs?

Stacking chairs do not have castors. This is only one of the reasons why some people want an alternative to stacking chairs.

Here we list the top 5 alternatives to stacking chairs:

Alternative Description
Office chair The office chair has castors so that you can easily roll back and forth between your desk and the shelf. It has a high, comfortable backrest and often also armrests and is also adjustable. This makes it very comfortable. One disadvantage, however, is that it is very heavy and impractical to carry.
Dining chair The classic dining chair has fixed legs without castors and a high backrest. It usually has an upholstered seat, which makes it very comfortable. The dining room chair looks more elegant and is bought to match the dining room table. On the other hand, it is also quite heavy and impractical and cannot be rolled.
The stool chair stool chairs can be bought in all different variations. There are high-backed bar stools, small stools for small tables or even stools with castors. Stools are also often stackable, which makes them a recommendable alternative to stacking chairs.
Deskbike as office chair If you want to stay sporty while sitting, buy a deskbike as office chair. During an activity, one can easily pedal to keep the blood circulation going. Another disadvantage, however, is that the deskbike is virtually impossible to adjust. So it would be wise to consider getting a Deskbike as a chair.
Spring chair Another movement chair is the spring chair. On it, you can move your pelvis in a swinging way, relieve your intervertebral discs and keep your legs in motion. The disadvantage of a spring chair, however, is that it is quite unstable and can lead to distraction. It also takes up a lot of space.

Thus, there are many creative variations compared to the stacking chair.

In the end, stacking chairs are still the most practical option when it comes to speed and simplicity.

How do I care for stacking chairs?

It makes a difference whether they are conference chairs or chairs for your own family. If they are used daily by different people, stacking chairs should be cleaned after each use or at least weekly. For your own family, it is enough to clean them every fortnight.

Depending on the material the chair is made of, you have to take care of it differently.

Stacking chairs require different care depending on the material.

Stacking chairs made of wood must be oiled every year in spring, especially if they are used as garden furniture. This keeps them robust and prevents them from being damaged by rain, plants or animals.

Fabric covers are particularly high-maintenance. They should first be thoroughly vacuumed and then sprayed generously with foam cleaner. They can then be scrubbed properly with a sponge or brush. To avoid residues, wipe again with a cloth.

Leather chairs, on the other hand, can be wiped with a wet cloth. This makes them less maintenance-intensive. For stubborn stains, a stain spray can be applied.

Conclusion

Stacking chairs are simply practical. They take up little space and you can set them up and take them down anywhere. They are versatile and comfortable. If you want, you can even make a stacking chair collection.

They are particularly suitable for large events such as in schools, companies or lectures.

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