Need Extra Seating for Guests? These Are the Prettiest Folding Chairs
Believe us, you won't want to pack away these seats after your loved ones go home.
If you regularly host celebrations at your home, you have likely pulled your fair share of dusty folding chairs out of your basement or attic in order to provide some extra seating for your guests. Since they are used so infrequently, you probably selected these chairs for their function over their form—after all, the most important part of a folding chair is the fact that it folds up compactly for storage. At least, that's what we used to think.
As it turns out, you actually do not have to sacrifice an ounce of style when searching for chairs that tuck away neatly when you are through with them. In fact, there are some folding chairs out on the market right now that are so aesthetically pleasing, you may not want to pack them away at all. Instead, you may find yourself looking for more reasons to use them year round—and especially now, when we need to do all we can to make our socially-distanced outdoor dinner parties a little bit more stylish. And though these chairs are most definitely sleek enough to keep out and about, their most important feature is also up to par: Each of the chairs we're highlighting here will fold up and away compactly, making for easy storage when they are not in use.
Skeptical? We understand—especially since you are used to the dull taupe metal iterations that have been collecting dust in the garage for a decade. But it's time to raise the bar. Here, you will find several of the most attractive folding chairs currently available right now. Take a look, and imagine how much more elevated your next dinner party will be when you surround an elongated table with them.
It's hard to believe that this colorful fold-up chair isn't one designed to circle your dinner table regularly. Available in three different patterns and color combinations (we prefer this bird-covered iteration), this seat will make a great addition to your next gathering.
Shop Now: Jimena Terai Folding Chair, $228, anthropologie.com.
For Younger Guests
We love how this chairs contrasts two popular mediums—metal and wood—which means you simply cannot go wrong with this option. It is classic and modern, and poses an updated take on the traditional metal folding chair (plus, as an added benefit, it's easy to clean).
Shop Now: Decor Therapy Vintage Charcoal and Oak Folding Dining Chair, $94.99 for set of two, homedepot.com.
The modern chair on the far left does not look like any of the other options on our list—because it is not. It is minimalistic in its beauty, with black wood and a pale gray seat. A major upgrade to most of the monochromatic metal chairs currently on the market, the seat is affordable, too.
Shop Now: Narin Folding Chair with Seat Pad, $80.75, dwr.com.
Everything about this four-piece chair set feels mid-century, from the unique back cut-outs to the mahogany-toned wood.
Shop Now: Buylateral Bonus Folding Chairs, $149.99 for set of four, target.com.
If you are searching for a chair for an outdoor, socially-distanced party, look no further: This piece is perfect for a backyard gathering, as it has a low seat and is composed from weather-resistant materials.
Shop Now: Home Depot Sava Foldable Wood Outdoor Natural Black Web Lounge Chair, $84.27, homedepot.com.
Pop of Color
This piece comes in multiple color combinations, which makes it perfect for creating an intentional, curated look with your temporary seating. As an added bonus, this chair has a padded seat and can be utilized during all kinds of events, both outdoors and indoors (when it is safe to host inside, that is).
Shop Now: Statra Bamboo Folding Accent Outdoor Dining Chair, $130.67, hayneedle.com.
This fold-up dinner chair does not look like a temporary seating solution at all. Instead, this piece would fit in right alongside your existing dining room set.
Shop Now: Frontgate Modern Chippendale Folding Chairs, $321.08 for set of two, frontgate.com.
Handsome and sturdy, these wood-grain chairs look more stately than common plastic and metal alternatives.
Shop Now: Windsome Wood Robin Seat in Beech, $121.79 for set of four, hayneedle.com.