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Whether at a barbecue, camping holiday or fishing. To last long, a place to sit is essential. But taking a chair with you every time or having enough chairs in the household is difficult.

This is where folding stools come in handy. They are robust and weatherproof and, above all, can be transported in a space-saving way. What's more, they are child's play to assemble; they are usually simply pulled apart and the mechanism locks into place by itself.

In our big folding chair guide, we want to help you find the perfect model for your needs. Furthermore, we would like to answer the most important questions about folding chairs. This should make your decision to buy a folding stool easier.




Summary

  • A folding stool is a mobile and portable seating option. Depending on the design, it is equipped with one or more feet and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Depending on the intended use, folding stools are suitable for sitting on or as a step to reach higher cabinets. There are differences in the materials used, with fabric coverings or surfaces made of plastic or wood.
  • Folding stools can also be made by amateur do-it-yourselfers. Depending on the requirements and the material used, a very individual folding stool can be created.

The Best Folding Chair: Our Choices

Folding chair: buying and rating criteria

Spending time outdoors is becoming increasingly important to people. Whether it's barbecues with friends, an extended hike, camping at the lake or fishing at the pond. A portable seat is always a good idea. However, it should be practical and lightweight, which is why we will show you our buying and evaluation criteria so that you can make the right choice for a folding stool.

You should consider the following criteria when buying a folding stool:

In the following paragraphs we will show you what the above criteria are.

Weight

Two weight characteristics are decisive for the purchase of a folding stool. On the one hand, the folding stool itself should have a low weight so that it can be easily transported, and on the other hand, it should be able to withstand a lot of weight.

Most folding stools have a recommended maximum weight of 100 to 150 kilograms.

However, there are also models that can withstand up to 200 kilograms. In the category of dead weight, the range varies. Small folding stools intended for transport start at less than one kilogram. More solid folding stools intended for a fixed location have a weight of about 2 kilos.

Material

Folding stools are available in all kinds of designs and materials, depending on the intended use. If you are looking for a folding stool for areas where it can get wet, then one made of weather-resistant material is best. Folding stools made of plastic or aluminium are suitable for this purpose, as they tolerate moisture well and are robust. They can be used outdoors in nature or camping, or in the bathroom or kitchen.

Folding stools made of wood not only offer good support and stability, but also look good. Therefore, they also look very good in interior and patio decoration. They are very robust and durable, however, they are rather conditionally suitable for permanent use in damp rooms such as bathrooms, as the surface can become slippery.

Height

The height of a stool depends mainly on personal preferences. Depending on your intended use, a different size is suitable. If you want to use your stool on holiday, for fishing or generally as a seat on the balcony or in the house, a folding stool with a height of about 45 cm is suitable.

People of normal height sit best on chairs and stools with a height of 45 cm.

This is the standard measurement that normal chairs have, so you can sit comfortably with your legs at a 45 degree angle. If you want to use your folding stool primarily as a step to reach higher cupboards or the like, it makes sense to use a higher folding stool with a height of about 50 cm or more, which may also have a second footboard at a lower height. This makes getting on and off more comfortable and safer.

Folding chair: frequently asked questions and answers

In order to provide you with more information and answer your questions, we have made our FAQ available to you here. Here you will find all relevant questions about folding stools and you can get more information.

What is a folding chair?

The intention is that the folding stool is easy to store and can be pulled apart in just a few steps. It has one or more feet and a seat.

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Folding stools can easily be added as seating at the table.
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Depending on the design, this is either made of fabric, plastic or wood. Folding stools are mostly used for camping or fishing, as they fit comfortably in a backpack and can be transported anywhere due to their light weight.

What types of folding chairs are there?

In the following table, we would like to give you an overview of the types of folding chairs that are commercially available.

Type Description
free-standing folding stool free-standing folding stools have their own feet and can be placed anywhere.
Wall-mounted folding stool This stool is mounted on the wall when folded and can simply be unfolded and used.
Cross-legged stool With these models, the legs of the folding stool cross over for more stability.
Folding stool Here, the stool can be folded in a few easy steps and thus transported anywhere.
Upholstered stools These types of folding stools are more for areas protected from the weather, as the upholstery is usually not weatherproof. They are very comfortable and also suitable for longer evenings.

What are the alternatives to a folding chair?

Besides folding stools, there are other options for portable or fixed seating.

Type Description
Folding camping chairs for people who do not want to do without the usual luxury when camping, there are folding camping chairs that are equipped with backrests and armrests. They are much more comfortable than folding stools.
Patio furniture If you want to have your furniture on the patio or in the garden permanently, it makes sense to buy patio furniture without a folding function. It is a visual eye-catcher and lends the garden or terrace the appropriate charm.

For what purpose do I need a folding chair?

The purpose for which you need a folding stool can be very different.

  • Camping
  • Barbecues
  • Festivals
  • for the home

You can easily transport the folding stool, set it up anywhere and easily take it with you again. Folding stools have the advantage that they are made of sturdy material and don't mind a rain shower. The seat is usually covered with a rainproof material so that the folding stool is also suitable for wet days.

Folding stools can be stored in the smallest corner, so it is always worth buying one.

If you are looking for a portable seat to expand your home, for example when visitors come, a folding stool is also suitable here. You can store it in a space-saving way in the cellar or storeroom and set it up when the occasion arises.

Such a folding option is also suitable for children or small adults who cannot reach the upper cupboards to reach everything quickly and easily. Of course, it is important to ensure that the folding stool does not have a fabric seat surface, but a stable surface made of plastic or wood in order to avoid hazards.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are numerous good reasons for using a folding stool. No matter whether a spontaneous visitor is announced, you are on the road or you need a step. Thanks to the easy storage of the folding stool, it never gets in the way and is a must-have for every household.

Folding stools are already available at very low prices and those who are handy can also build a sturdy folding stool themselves with instructions. However, one should bear in mind that not all folding stools are equipped with an anti-tipper.

This could put children at risk if they sit or play on a folding stool unobserved. So inform yourself beforehand if you want to use the stool with children.

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