Why Your Business needs Stacking Chairs

There is an increasing need for the flexible use of space in public, commercial and congregational facilities. Stacking chairs are an essential component within these flexible environments allowing for these spaces to be cleared or reconfigured for a range different activities. Hence a place of worship can be reconfigured from congregational use into a meeting room, sports or play facility. A school gym can be populated with stacking chairs for assembly or examinations.

A well designed stacking chair should be light, stack as compactly as possible as well as provide good postural support. Ideally the metal frame of a stacking chair should be chrome plated or painted with a high impact resistant nylon or plastic coating in order to withstand the inevitable knocks and scrapes endured through their usage. Stacking chairs should be designed and manufactured to a high standard of structural integrity and comply to the highest British Standards for strength and stability.

In order to aid portability and movement, a trolley to carry and transport stacking chairs will be required especially for larger venues. The most compact arrangements allow for 30-40 chairs to be carried on a single trolley. Stacking chairs for a 200 seater venue can therefore be comfortably stored within a space not any larger than 2 metre x 3 metre space.

Within these larger venues consideration should also be given to fire and building regulations and the means by which the chairs can be secured together via a linking bracket in order avoid disruption to the seating layout especially in the event of an emergency. Chairs should also comply with local fire retardancy standards.

The stacking chair is a relatively new development in the history of chair design and is synonymous with the development of steel tubular frame technology developed at the beginning of the 2Oth century and the advent of modernism in furniture. The Bauhaus designs of Walter Gropius, Breuer and Mies van der Rohr responded to a utilitarian and functional brief where form follows function and where there was an increasing need to furnish large public institutions with seating that was robust and easily mobilised. In subsequent decades the stacking chair was rationalised even further by designers such as David Rowlands with his 40/4 chair that was capable of stacking 40 chairs on a single stack. Robin Day designed the first stacking polypropylene stacking chair in 1963.

Nowadays stacking chairs are ubiquitous in a wide range of settings where space is at a premium, from the home kitchen setting to a 3000 seater conference centre. The art of designing a good looking and functioning modern day stacking chair is considerably more challenging than one would at first anticipate, however it is clear that the demand for this type chair will never cease due to our ever shrinking world.