The History of The Stacking Chair

June 5, 2019

When you think about the developments and advancement that furniture has made over the years, it’s easy for one’s mind to go straight to the more flashy, high profile aspects like trendy table design, progression in sleeping arrangements, and lots of other kinds of fashionable inventions that have proved to make both home and office environments much more practical and comfortable places to be. When it comes to practicality, however, there is a crucial  innovation in the entire field of minimalism. That is, of course, the humble stacking chair. Let’s take a journey through the history of the stacking chair.

Originally conceived as a concept in 1963 by a firm called S. Hill & Co., the first stacking chair was manufactured from polypropylene using a process of injection moulding. Polypropylene is a popular lightweight thermoplastic that provides a high impact resistance. They were dubbed stacking chairs due to the ability to snugly pack them on top of one another, and the new space saving idea became extremely popular in business and for events that required large gatherings in multi-use areas. They provide quick set up times, movability in seating design, and economical storage when no longer needed.

The stacking chair came to be considered the very epitome of a piece of furniture that was cheap and sturdy, yet served its function perfectly. Estimates show that classic design stacking chairs are used by millions in over 40 countries across the globe, with the invention deemed so iconic that it was chosen as one of eight designs making up a series of “British Design Classics’ stamps in 2009.

Today, offices, conference spaces and schools are the most popular places in which stacking chairs can be found, with various different materials and flourishes in each company’s offering, but the one thing they all have in common, the one thing that will always remain necessary and unmovable, is the classic stacking system design that made the chair such a hit in the first place.

Our Stacking Chairs

To give you a taste of the kinds of stacking chairs that are currently regarded as being the best of the modern bunch, here are a few words about four popular designs that can currently be found on Stacking Chairs UK.

The Buscot chair is a strong, compact yet also elegant stacking chair design. Unlike many other variations of stacking chair, the Buscot includes a unique tip up, folding seat that makes packing away and storing even more compact and economical. They link together as well as being stackable, giving layout organisers a much more secure hold on any seating plan that they might have with lines with stick tight together and there is minimal risk of chairs being spread apart as time goes on.

The Stanway line of stacking chairs is one of the most popular lines in modern stacking chairs. Comfortable and versatile, the number 1 design is able to carry up to 30 stacked version of itself on a convenient mobile trolley. The Stanway 1 is the perfect chair if your main concern is high density with minimal space needed for storage.

The Stanway 2 features the same kind of high density, elegant design as the Stanway 1, the difference for this particular version being that the chair has a deeper backrest allowing for slightly more luxurious and comfortable sitting. The Stanway 2 is a great option for conferences and events where that extra touch of temporary luxury and impressive set up is required.

The Stanway 3 once again possesses the classic Stanway stacking design and shape, with the difference this time coming in the form of its wooden veneered seat and back. The Stanway 3 provides a visually different alternative to the fabric lined chairs that are most popular across the market, perhaps providing a little bit more of a professional look than the generic office type fabric chairs that people are more familiar with.

Overall, it’s clear to see that the stacking chair is something that has revolutionised the world of both office and event spaces. The sheer impact that the design has had on economical storage means that stacking chairs will continue to be used forever.