2023: Best Types of Chair Rentals for Events - Reventals Event Rentals
  • 2023: Best Types of Chair Rentals for Events

    When I planned a party for my parents, I needed to rent chairs and tables. Until then, I never knew how many different types of chair rentals were available. Today, I respond, every day to requests for party chair rentals; and most people don’t have an exact type of chair in mind when they first start the party planning process.  If you’re planning an event, I hope this helps you understand the types of chairs rented for events.

    Most Common Types of Chairs Rented for Events

    Type Avg. Price
    Stackable, light weight, folding Poly Chair $1.50
    Wood or Resin Chair with Pad $3.00
    Chiavari Chair $7.00


    In the first category, the stackable, light weight folding Poly Chairs, you will generally find either poly or alloy chairs at every rental company. These are the least least expensive chairs you can rent:

    1. A poly chair is made from polypropylene, a type of plastic.  
    2. An alloy chair is made by mixing two elements, one of which is a metal. The alloy is a little more sturdy than the poly.

    You will also hear these chairs called Samsonite chairs, but that is just a brand name (same company that makes the luggage). It’s confusing because Samsonite makes plastic and metal chairs.

    These stackable, light weight folding chairs range from $1 each to $2 each and generally come in black, charcoal or white. When you find some for $1, make sure to ask about the condition of the chair. If you are looking for a white chair to rent, it is also important to ask about any discoloration.

    The second category is the Resin or Wood chair. These are more sturdy than the poly or alloy chairs, and they usually come with a cushion so they are more comfortable as well. You will also hear these referred to as garden or wedding chairs. Most rental companies offer these in white, black, and a wood color and they run about $3/chair.

    The Chiavari chair is also known as a Chiavarina; it was created by an Italian cabinet maker in 1807. Some people call these chair rentals bamboo chairs, Tiffany chairs or wedding chairs. Most rental companies carry these in several different colors including white, black, gold, silver and wood. These are the most expensive, about $7/chair but they make an elegant addition to your event décor.

    Other options

    Some people will rent chair covers with the chair rental options above or with a conference chair. These chairs have thick padding because they are made for people sitting long periods of time. They are also called banquet chairs and are commonly used in hotels for weddings, conferences and galas because they stack easily and can be moved from room to room. The average price to rent a conference chair is $4.

    Chair covers range from about $3 – $6. I usually recommend going with the elegant chiavari chair over spending so much on chair covers, but it does depend upon the theme and style of the event.

    I’ve gone over the most common party chairs for rent, but there are many other event chairs available to rent as well including barstools, ghost chairs, king and queen chairs, antique chairs, kids chairs, high chairs, and more. If it’s available to rent in Austin, Reventals has access to it. We work with over 200 party & event rental companies in the Austin area so we can find the best options and pricing for your event & party rentals. The best part is you do a lot less work but pay the same price that you would if you went directly to the rental company.

    Reventals has places to rent chairs in these locations:

    Here are a couple of other relevant blogs I’ve written:

    Table Sizes – How Many People will Fit?

    What Size Linen Fits My Table?

    How much does it cost to rent table place settings?

    Let me know what you think or what other topics you’d like me to cover. Email info@reventals.com if you need help finding chairs for your event or just want general advice on event rentals. We are always happy to help.


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    Candace Leak

    Candace is a 3x Start-up Founder and Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP). She geeks out on brainstorming bold ideas and then actually brings some of them to life. She is currently the CEO of Reventals, where her mission is to reduce overconsumption by making it as easy to rent as it is to buy.

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