For any business that has to seat a large audience on occasion, stacking chairs are a key resource. Almost any business in any field is going to need this flexibility for times when a space may need cleaning, or when managers want to store chairs to open up space for other uses. There are many varieties of stacking chairs on the market, many of them made with clean metal designs for long-term use, and ergonomic seats for comfort. Knowing about some of the basic key terms and types of stacking chairs will give buyers a more informed basis on which to make decisions.
Manufacturers make folding chairs in various styles, but a folding chair is one that folds up into a flat frame for compact storage. Traditional types of folding chairs are often stacked on dollies or carts.
An ergonomic chair is one that is designed for the health of the user. The system of ergonomics governs the design of furniture for maximum support of the lower back or other vulnerable body areas. Many stackable chairs include ergonomic design.
Sled-based or sled-leg chairs
Sled-based, or sled-leg, chairs are made with two pairs of legs connected at the bottom. Many of these chair designs are stackable and are used in schools and other facilities. The sled design can allow for easier stacking, as the joined legs add order and stability to the process.
Casters are small, rolling wheels for furniture. Some stackable chair designs include casters for allowing the user to move without getting up from the chair. These are often seen on executive chairs, but now many stacking chairs feature them as well.
An arm chair is one that has arm rests. Though many buyers associate arm chairs with larger, plush models, many stackable chairs have smaller metal arm rests, and so qualify as arm chairs.
Shell stack chair
A shell stack chair has one piece, usually plastic, for the seat and back, It resembles a "shell."