Folding chairs, as the name implies, are lightweight chairs that fold to lie reasonably flat to allow for easier storage and transport. Folding chairs are generally inexpensive to buy or rent. They are simple to operate and can be set up and taken down quickly, even by people who are physically challenged or who don’t have much stamina.
Folding chairs may be made of plastic, metal, aluminum, or wood. Some of them even have padded seats for extra comfort. Folding chairs have many uses.
Many people keep a couple of folding chairs around their home to provide extra seats for company. The chairs can be set up when the need arises and stored conveniently in a closet or even under a bed when not in use.
Facilities that cater to patients like hospitals and nursing homes are also beginning to provide folding chairs in the patients’ rooms in case extra visitors stop by. Traditionally, most patients’ rooms offered only a single visitor chair. When more than one visitor came to see the patient, the visitors would have to lug extra chairs from other rooms or from the common area. Having a few folding chairs stacked up against a wall or in the closet makes visits easier and more enjoyable for larger families.
Agencies that host meetings like support groups or training seminars often provide folding chairs for participants to sit in. Because the chairs don’t weigh much, they are easy to reposition as needed. Some seminar leaders, for instance, start with participants sitting in a circle and then have them move their chairs into smaller groups.
Schools, too, use folding chairs as a place for students to sit during lessons, assemblies, meals, etc.
Many corporations also use folding chairs. Folding chairs can convert an empty room into a corporate classroom in a few minutes’ time. They can also provide convenient seating for multiple people at staff meetings.
If your corporation sets up booths, for instance at healthcare fairs or career fairs, consider bringing along a couple of folding chairs. They’ll give your staff members a place to get off their feet and relax during down times. They can also provide a fast, comfortable seat for potential clients or employees.
Folding chairs are also valuable for large events like weddings, receptions, parties, and dances. Although folding chairs don’t cost much to purchase, if you need them for a one-time-only event you may be able to rent them. Check out equipment rentals or party rentals in the Yellow Pages.
Although folding chairs are appropriate for most occasions, they do have a few limitations. Very small children may have difficulty climbing into a folding chair. In a few cases, chairs have folded with the child in them! Also, people who are very obese may find folding chairs uncomfortable. Some folding chairs are designed to support only a certain amount of weight and may collapse if additional weight is added. Before using folding chairs for your event, it’s a good idea to find out in advance who will be attending and make other seating arrangements for people who can’t comfortably or safely use the folding chairs.