Piled High – How to correctly stack chairs

July 13, 2018

Stacking chairs are a useful acquisition for any business or organisation that wants to save space in its premises. If you are limited for space in your building, purchasing stacking chairs enables you to have all of the seating you need to hand while also being able to release space for other uses when the seating is not in use.

However, if you do decide to use stacking chairs you need to know how to stack and store them after use. Not paying attention to this can lead to problems and be a risk to health and safety.

Pay attention to the manufacturers instructions

Manufacturers often provide information about how chairs should be stacked, including how many chairs should be included in a single stack. It’s important that you pay attention to these instructions as recommended stack height often depends on the type of stacking chair you are using. For instance, frame stacking chairs are stacked leg over leg and can usually be stacked ten chairs high whereas seat stacking chairs are stacked seat and seat and stacks are often recommended to be no more than four or five chairs in height. These are only general figures and there are makes of stacking chair that can be stacked thirty or forty chairs at a time. If you have any doubts, seek advice from the manufaturers rather than risk stacking the chairs too high and creating an accident.

Pay attention to manual handling advice

If you run a business or organisation, you need to make sure that employees are protected under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This includes paying attention to Manual Handling Regulations 1992. This means that any employees who are required to stack chairs need to be made aware of how to do this without causing any harm to themselves. This involves keeping the back straight and the head up while bending the legs, in order to lift the chair to place it on the stack.

Cleaning chairs before they are stacked

No matter how much of a rush you are in when you are stacking chairs, you should make sure they are clean before they are stacked away. If you do not do so any dirt or staining is going to be a lot harder to get rid of when you next use the chairs. Many stacking chairs are made from materials which are easy to wipe down, so cleaning is easy, with just a damp cloth, and some soapy water if necessary. Always make sure that chairs are completely dry before they are stacked and stored away. If you have upholstered stacking chairs, check the manufacturers instructions for information about cleaning. Alternatively, take a look at online upholstery cleaning advice.

Using a trolley to move chairs into storage

You should never drag stacks of chairs along the ground as it can damage the chairs and the flooring. Investing in a trolley for your chairs is a good idea. Normally the task of loading the chairs onto the trolley is fairly simple.

  • Line the trolley up with the legs of the chairs from behind.
  • Tilt the stack slightly forward so that the trolley can be pushed underneath.
  • Pull back gently on the chairs and the trolley at the same time so that the stack safely settles onto the trolley.

Once you have the chairs on the trolley you can safely move them to the area where they are going to be stored.

Where should you store stacking chairs?

It’s a good idea to allocate a storage space for stacking chairs before you buy them. You need to make sure that you have enough room in a  relatively cool and dry environment, away from direct sunlight. When you are finding a storage area for the chairs make sure that you may attention to Fire Regulations and that the stacks of chairs are not blocking any vital areas or fire doors.

It may seem that there is a lot to think about when you are stacking and storing stacking chairs. In reality, once you, or your employees, get used to a routine, it should really only take a few minutes. That being said, the job should never be rushed too much as doing so can present potential risks, to the health and safety of people and the condition of the chairs. Make sure that chairs are carefully stacked and stored and they will remain in good condition for you to use again and again.