Types of Rental Chairs
When I planned a party for my parents, I needed to rent tables and chairs. Until then, I never knew how many different types were available to rent. Today, I respond, every day to requests for 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 narrow down your options.
Most Common Types of Chairs Rented for Events
|Stackable, light weight, folding Poly Chair||$1.50|
|Wood or Resin Chair with Pad||$3.00|
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:
- A poly chair is made from polypropylene, a type of plastic.
- 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, 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. 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.
Some people will use chair covers with the options above or with a conference chair. These chairs have thick padding because they are made for people sitting long periods of time. The average price to rent these 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 chairs that are rented, but there are many other chairs available as well including barstools, ghost chairs, king and queen chairs, antique chairs, kids chairs, high chairs, etc. If it’s available to rent in Austin, Loanables has access to it. We work with over 200 rental companies in the Austin area so we can find the best options and pricing for your event. 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.
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