Stackable Chairs – 5 Things to Know

August 20, 2019

We see and use stackable chairs everyday – at home, in school, at the office and even at hospitals. They are used in so many situations as they are one of the most flexible and durable types of furniture. So, here are five things to know about stacking chairs.

1. History Of Stacking Chairs

Robin Day, a significant British furniture designer in the 20th century, designed the stacking chair in 1963 for S. Hille & Co. Holdings – a furniture company established in the East end of London. The stacking chair got its popular name, ‘polyprop’ as a result of its manufacturing process which involves the implementation of injection moulding technique using polypropylene – a lightweight thermoplastic which has a high impact resistance.

This invention got the name stacking chairs because they can be easily stacked on top of themselves. These chairs are often used in large gatherings and events as they can be easily stored before and after the event in order to have an economic sitting arrangement. Even after 50 years of its design, the Hille chair, which was one of the first creation of the stacking chairs, is still being produced till date because of its cheapness and durability.

2. Evolution Of Stacking Chairs

Over time, the stacking chairs began to diversify in both style and colour, with different upholstery and bases. Some are made with moulded plastic, constituting the cheaper variety while the others made with higher quality are cushioned with vinyl or fabric and made up of metal frames or higher quality plastic. The wooden variety has padded seating with some of them having upholstery arms for added comfort.

Today, stacking chairs have become a popular seating choice for both outdoor and indoor events in airports, hospitals, schools, restaurants, canteens, arenas, convention centres, and even in the home. With over 14 million units sold, it is considered the best selling chair there is on the market across the entire world serving as one of the driving force behind British industrialisation.

3. Cleaning And Maintenance

This section would apply mostly to hospitality and business owners who would constantly have their chairs used by large numbers of people. Stacking the chairs may be an easy task, but different varieties of these chairs require a different style of cleaning.

  • For outdoor café chairs: Before each chair is stacked upon the other, wipe down the top of the seats and when they are brought out the next day for use, wipe again to remove any dust that might be left on the seat top from the bottom of the chair stacked on top. This is also effective in removing scuff marks too.
  • For bar stools: If your bar stools can be stacked when they are not in use, make sure to check that the stools have protective covers on their legs in order to prevents scuffs or scratches. If the stools have cushioned seats, remove surface grime by wiping down the fabric or vinyl with a damp cloth.

4. Advantages Of Stacking Chairs

  • They are space savers and undoubtedly the main advantage of stacking chairs. Since they can be stacked vertically, storing a lot of them won’t take up space that can be used to store other furniture.
  • These kind of chairs were designed to be easily maneuvered due to their lightweight and portability meaning they can be moved around with ease.
  • Stacking chairs are versatile and come in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes making them suitable for any event you plan to have.
  • They are pretty comfortable because they are made out of high quality materials that make them easy to seat on. Some cushions are even made of water-resistant top and premium foam making them even more comfortable to seat on.

5. Safety Precautions of Stacking Chairs

Stacking should be done on level ground and in a safe, visible area to avoid people bumping into them or having to move them out of the way every time.

For chairs with a thick padding, a good height will be a stack of seven to eight chairs. Depending on the size of the padding, the stack might have to be reduced to five or six chairs. For plastic chairs or those without padding, a stack of 10 chairs would be ideal. Regardless of the number of chairs, a good rule of thumb will be to ensure these chairs aren’t stacked above eye level and they aren’t leaning.

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