What Is an Event Chair?
Event chairs fall into one of two major types. Those designed for indoor events, which are more commonly referred to as Banquet chairs. These are lightweight, durable four-legged, stackable or folding chair with no armrests used to provide short-term seating for events like banquets, from which its name is derived.
The second type of event chair is designed for outdoor events and are collapsible, with extremely short legs (so very low to the ground) and almost always made of canvas.
As the name implies, this type of seating is used in events, whether indoors or out, including:
- Outdoor concerts
- Camping Trips
- Celebratory Dinners
- Town Halls
And the like. The defining feature of event chairs, regardless of type is their portability and ease of storage between events.
Types of Chairs for Events
As mentioned earlier, there are two primary types of event chairs. Those designed for indoor events, and those designed for outdoor events.
Indoor event chairs are also known as Banquet Chairs, and you can find the complete description of this subtype here.
Outdoor Event Chairs are sometimes confused with Director’s Chairs. It’s a common mistake, but although both are collapsible and highly portable, the Event Chair sits very low to the ground, courtesy of its extremely short legs, and often has convenience features like cup holders.
The Director’s Chair has significantly longer legs, giving the Director a better view of his surroundings, which is useful when overseeing filming.
Because people typically bring their own chairs to outdoor events if and where they use them at all, they are designed to be extremely portable, made from lightweight aluminum and canvas.
Origin and Brief History of Event Chairs
The two types of event chairs (indoor and outdoor) have very different histories. Banquet chairs can trace their existence back to the Renaissance, with the development of the Chiavari chair, in Italy.
Outdoor event chairs are a strictly modern invention and owe their existence to modern materials science. They first appeared in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, marketed to fishermen and campers, with their popularity growing over time and eventually bringing them into the mainstream.