Find the Right Shape and Design
The design elements of the folding chairs you select shouldreflect the style of your decor. Minimal dining roomsettings typically feature clean, sleek lines, whereas traditional dining chairs often have details which include a carved backrest and turned legs.
Although you may be unable to find folding chairs that exactly match your current dining room suite, coordinating models can blend seamlessly with your style to create a cohesive look.
Measure the seat and backrest height of your current dining room chairs to ensure that everyone is seated at a consistent and comfortable height for eating and conversation.
Examine the leg shape of folding dining chairs as they also vary compared with standard dining chairs. Instead of having angled legs connected to the seat base, some have legs that stick straight out and are reinforced with small metal bars. They are nearly indistinguishable from non-folding dining room chairs until you look very closely at the top of each leg, where you will find a small hinge.
Choosing Frame Materials
Due to durability concerns for folding mechanisms, folding chairs almost always have metal hinges or latches. However, the rest of the frame can be made of solid wood, manufactured wood (MDF), metal, or even high-density acrylic.
Some woods are much stronger than others, and if weight-bearing capacity is a concern, look for woods like ash and walnut instead of pine or cedar. Oak can vary widely in strength, depending on subspecies. However, the final weight limit for a chair also depends on the strength of the screws, nails, and hinges.
MDF, acrylic, and metal chairs are available in a broader range of colors than wood chairs. MDF can be just as strong as real wood but doesn't offer the same visual appeal. Acrylic is durable and easy to clean but generally has a lower weight limit than metal and wood folding chairs.
If you opt for metal folding chairs, heavy-gauge stainless steel is typically the strongest and has the benefit of corrosion resistance. However, the conventional silver finish may look out-of-place in a traditional dining room, so you can opt for powder-coated steel or painted frames that come in various colors.
Regardless of the material you choose, look at the product listings' weight limits,and choose one that can support taller and larger members of your extended family.
White Metal Folding Chair
Selecting Upholstery Fabric Options
Not all folding dining room chairs have fabric on the seats or backs. Folding chairs without any material areeasier to clean, and they are comfortable enough for occasional use because most people only use them during holiday meals and special events. You can also find non-upholstered models that feature molded seats for better support and comfort.
Molded Seat Folding Chair
However, upholstered folding chairs add refinement and class to any dining space and often blend more easily with your dining room suite. The most durable and kid-friendly fabrics are vinyl and leather, which resist stains and are easy to wipe down.