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Top 5 tips for choosing the best event chairs

August 12, 2021

Top 5 tips for choosing the best event chairs

OK, so we realise that chair hire is probably not going to be at the top of your priorities list when it comes to organising your wedding or event.  That said, tables and chairs, and other furniture, is an essential part of any event if you think about it!  From wedding top tables and chairs through to conference chairs and even to chairs for outdoor events in the summer months, even though you might not think it's important, it's critical that you get it right!

So, find below out top 5 tips for choosing the best event chairs.  Hopefully these will help you when the time comes...

Choose the style of event chair to suit

'A chair is a chair,' we hear you say.  And, to a certain extent, you'd be right...until you start considering all the various events that take place around the UK each year, and think about the event styling required to make these events and success.  A wedding chair does not look the same as a conference chair.  A folding chair does not look the same as a cushioned banqueting chair.  And a Louis chair does not look the same as a Chiavari chair.  Yes, of course they all have 4 legs, but it's certainly not the case that one type of chair suits all events.

The type of event you are organising will certainly play a major part in your choice of event chair.  For weddings, you'll no doubt be familiar with Chiavari chairs (with the limewash Chiavari chair being the most popular of these).  These Chiavari chairs are the chairs that you see in most glossy bridal magazines and online with Pinterest and Instagram.  Readily available and affordably priced, we have no doubt that at some point in your life you will have sat on a Chiavari chair.  

However, these wedding event chairs would not be suitable for a conference, for instance, where you would need more robust chairs as you are requiring your guests to be seated on them for a longer duration.  Therefore, check out ISO chairs and other conference chairs, many of which can be linked together to enable you to comply with H&S.  These are typically metal framed chairs with padded seats and backs, not only looking the part, but also providing a comfortable seating option for your visitors.

These are just two examples of chairs, but there's many!  Just have a brose of our chair hire selection here online at Event Hire UK - you'll be amazed at the type of chairs on offer!

It's all about quantity AND quality!

Once you have chosen the type of event chair you want, then you need to ensure that your preferred chair hire company has the quantity you need.  Pretty much every UK chair hire company will have 50s or 100 or so of a particular chair, and so for smaller events, this is ideal.  However, as quantities increase, so does the amount of companies that can hire you these volumes of chairs.  You want matching chairs at your event, not a mix of colours of styles, and so only the larger nationwide chair hire companies will be able to help you when it comes to hiring chairs in their hundreds or even thousands.  

At the same time, don't assume that just because they have the right amount of chairs, then you can now sit back and relax!  You also need to make sure that quality is right - after all, chairs usually get worn and scratched during hires on sites at events and weddings.  Why not visit your supplier in advance to check quality control standards?  

Event Hire UK, for instance, has its own in-house refurb facility for chairs and furniture hire products, so that they are given regular TLC in between hires, ensuring that outstanding quality is assured each and every time for our clients.

Price is important, but not everything

If you're looking for cheap chair hire, then prepare to sacrifice something.  And this 'something' is either the quality or the level of service you receive.  Goods and services are priced for a reason, so if something looks too good to be true, the likelihood is that it is!  

Whilst saving a few quid on your wedding chairs might seem attractive from your wedding budget point of view, you still want to your event chairs to be of the right quality, and so is it worth risking?

Work with a trusted supplier

The UK is fortunate to have plenty of chair hire supply companies who do a great job.  Of course, some are more reputable than others, like anything else.  Build up a relationship with a contact when it comes to your event chairs and other event furniture - you'll be amazed at how they will often go the extra mile for you.  

And, above all, you want your event chairs to turn up on time, in the right quantity, in the best quality and at the right location.  It's not too much to ask, is it?

Build the relationship for next time...

And talking of building a relationship, a good long-term contact at your event chair hire company UK can be worth their weight in gold, especially if you are hiring event chairs on a regular basis throughout the year.  Being both proactive and reactive is an important characteristic, especially in the events and hospitality world.  Things change, often at the last minute, and so find an event chair hire company near you that buys into your plans and visions and who will go that extra mile to help you when things don't go exactly according to plan!

So, hopefully our top 5 tips for choosing the best event chairs will help you when the time comes.  And when it does, don't hesitate to browse and hire securely online 24/7 with the UK nationwide chair hire experts at Event Hire UK.  Put your faith in us today - you won't be disappointed!

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