Folding Chairs Buying Guide

Folding chairs offer flexible support for changing needs, ideal for event and banquet halls, recreational facilities, schools, business, and seminar locations. Folding chairs are generally purchased in considerable quantities. For convenience, we offer chairs in packages of two or four, depending on the model, and with increasing discounts on quantity orders.

Flat Folding

Folding chairs may fold flat, as in traditional folding chairs; hinged where the legs meet in order to accommodate a space-saving folded form. These traditional styles are available in all metal, usually steel, with contoured seat and backrest, and offered in standard or optional color choices. Updated styles are available with padded or cushioned seat and backrest, upholstered with vinyl or fabric.

Flat-Folding Chair
Flat-Folding Chair

Nesting Chairs

Nesting chairs also fold somewhat, with a seat that lifts or folds upward to accommodate nesting. The frames are relatively set, but with the seat folded up, the frames fit together for space-saving storage and transport. Many of the nesting chair styles are set on casters. When these mobile folding chairs are nested, the casters accommodate easier movement. As an alternative, many of the nesting folding chairs also accommodate stacking, with the seat left down, as with traditional stack chairs. An optional chair dolly in customized design is available for some of the folding chair models.

Folding Chairs with Arms

Built-in arms are incorporated with the sturdy frame of some folding chair styles, while optional arms are available for others as a separate or additional purchase.

Folding Chair With Arms
Folding Chair With Arms

Ganging Brackets

Chairs with built-in ganging brackets simplify fixed rows and groups, with optional ganging brackets available for other styles to customize folding chair use. Ganging brackets on many folding chairs cannot operate with optional armrests attached.


Built-in handles on some folding chairs make carrying, moving, and lifting easier. The folding mechanism on most folding chairs includes a safety feature to ensure the chair does not collapse when in use.

Tablet Arm Folding Chairs

Left-hand or right-hand tablet arm enhances select folding chairs, with customizable color and finish options. The tablet arm folds with the chair to ease storage and transport. Folding chairs with tablet arms are ideal for seminar and training locations where the user may wish to take notes or review materials while seated, if folding chairs are not accompanied by tables for the event.

Tablet-Arm Folding Chair
Tablet-Arm Folding Chair


Traditional steel folding chair styles are finished with paint to protect the metal from exposure. Chairs with all metal or upholstered components may be used outdoors, but are best kept indoors when stored or not in use as exposure to the elements can affect appearance and durability. Several folding chair styles with molded plastic seat components are designed specifically for indoor and outdoor use, with coordinating folding tables available.