Safety and Care for Stacking Chairs
Stacking chairs are a practical, functional option for when many seats are required in a room or space. Whatever the use, this type of chair caters for larger groups of people and is helpful for use where permanent seating is not always necessary – or perhaps not even possible. However, as with all furniture, safety and care advice should be followed when it comes to stacking chairs: not only will this ensure best use, but it will also provide a longer lasting ‘life’ for the seating set.
Types of Chair
When it comes to this style of chair, consider the type of chair that you are stacking. Different types will have a certain method of stacking and some seats will be able to pile more on top of each other than others. This might depend on factors such as whether there are arms rests, how sturdy/weighty the chair is, and whether there is any cushioning attached to the seat.
If there is a lot of padding used on the seat, take care not to stack too many in each pile, as they will tilt forward and risk falling. Six to eight seats, piling to around eye level, is usually about right for cushioned stacking chairs.
This said, the specifications guide for the chairs- if to hand- may be able to give you a more definite figure or guide. Sometimes, you might even be able to find the information by searching online or getting in touch via the company’s website, if you don’t have the original specification guide available.
Regardless of chair style and specification, there are safety and care features which apply to all types of stacking chair. This type of chair should always be stacked on a flat surface, at ground level. It is wise to initiate the stacking with the first chair placed where you are planning to store and keep the stacked chairs. This is to try and avoid moving large, heavy loads. In an ideal situation, the stacked chairs will not need to be moved. However, if they do, safety and manual guidelines should be considered.
Many companies provide some sort of trolley or support device, to enable safe and efficient movement of their stacking chairs. In this scenario, the best call of action is to find out how to use the company’s trolley or support system, to protect yourself and move the chairs correctly. If this is not available, and the chairs need to be moved manually, then a person needs to seek out whomever oversees the seating and/or premises. This will allow for the correct advice to be given, provided by the appropriate person. Moving heavy objects can of course be a risk, and it is likely there will be guidance in place to account for this in most settings.
Also, when it comes to safety aspects, consider where the chairs will stay once stacked. It is a good idea to stack them against a wall or outwards from a corner, to keep them sturdy and out of direct routes where people might need to move or walk around. Keeping children away from stacked chairs is another crucial bit of advice. Because of the nature in height, children should not play on, or around, stacked chairs- for the risk of falling and potential injury.
When it comes to unstacking the chairs, there will be guidance provided by the manufacturer of the seating. Some chairs will need to be taken down individually, whilst others will advise using the trolley or an accompanying device for best use here.
To keep stacking chairs durable and looking their best, there are certain care tips that can be considered. Firstly, treat the chairs carefully and stack them with caution: to avoid making any scratches or marks, always watch where you are placing the chairs on top of each other. Secondly, think about how you will keep them clean. Most chairs of this style are best ‘wiped down,’ but again seek information from the manufacturer with regards to keeping the materials clean, especially if you have cushions or padding attached to the seating.
As a final thought, if you are purchasing (or you own,) a set of stacking chairs for an area that is used by a community or group of people, inform the persons responsible of the safety and care guidelines in relation to the set of stacking chairs. This is especially important if you will not be present yourself to oversee the safety and care of the furniture.