If you move frequently, you know how challenging it is to settle into a new place. Heavy furniture can get stuck on stairs and snagged in doorways.
Moreover, some of your items may not FIT well in the new space. Now what? Think small, lightweight, and portable.
Modular furniture, like a modular sofa, is the first thing to look for. The parts are relatively light and can be configured in multiple ways.
Modular furniture would work for new spaces, too. When the shape of your new room is different, you just break apart the elements until you find an arrangement that works.
Lightweight folding chairs are perfect for saving space in your home and furniture van.
Having small, lightweight pieces is always a good idea, even if you’re in a permanent dwelling. They can be used as extra seating and easily moved from room to room, and put into the closet.
Collapsible, sleek, and small – things to keep in mind if you frequently move around.
With the light folding chairs, you can easily carry them from one location to another. Adding more seating to any occasion, small or large, is easy to do.
If you’re looking for the LIGHTEST folding chairs, let’s see what makes them lighter than others.
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The most basic option, a plastic folding chair, is still the lightest. As long as your guests won’t sit for more than an hour or two, getting plastic folding chairs isn’t too bad.
- Molded plastic and metal folding chairs for extra seating at parties, events, and more
- Durable powder-coated steel frame with cross braces and tube-in-tube reinforcement
- Non-marking foot tips for floor and surface protection; collapses down for quick, easy transport and storage; extra grip handle for carrying
- Chair dimensions (each): 20 x 18 x 34 inches (LxWxH); Weight limit (each): up to 500 lbs
Consider the Material for the Lightest Folding Chairs
Choosing the right type of chair helps you avoid a heavier load.
These are the common choices:
Plastic folding chairs are the lightest option you can find. They are also the cheapest, but ultimately not the sturdiest or the most comfortable.
Folding chairs with plastic are best for outdoor gatherings where you expect a great number of guests, because they are very light to carry and transport. And for a wedding event, you can decorate plastic chairs to look more elegant.
A plastic folding chair like this one from Flash Furniture weighs only 6.4 pounds (2.9 kg).
Stacking these chairs is also easier because they are thinner in nature. Plus, of course, they require the least cleaning and maintenance out of all the choices.
Metal folding chairs are the more durable option and are used for both indoor and outdoor events as well.
They can hold more weight compared to plastic but are susceptible to bending when carrying too much.
They are also significantly heavier than plastic ones and a tad more expensive as well.
This metal folding chair from Flash Furniture weighs 9 pounds (4 kg).
Folding chairs with metal are prone to rust when not taken care of properly. Be careful to wipe them down if they get wet and always keep them dry and clean.
Also, take caution when stacking them because metal folding chairs toppling over can cause severe injuries.
The mesh chair has a lightweight metallic frame, and a breathable seat and backrest made from patterned plastic. So it combines these two materials.
These types of chairs are easy to move and stack away. And if you keep these on a patio, the mesh is easy to clean from spills and stains.
This Mity-Lite Mesh chair weighs 9 pounds (4 kg).
You find our review of Mity-Lite Flex One mesh folding chair by clicking here.
Wooden folding chairs are classic and elegant. They are best for formal occasions and they are very strong and reliable.
The downside to getting folding chairs with wooden frames is the weight.
This Winsome wooden folding chair weighs 9 pounds (4 kg).
This type of chair is built to last and is the most stylish out of all, but it is also not lightweight. In fact, these are the heaviest type of chairs you can find.
Although they look wonderful, wooden chairs are not the most practical.
They do not stack well, they require a lot of maintenance, and transporting them requires a lot of heavy lifting and effort.
Seat Materials That Add Weight
If you want to add comfort to folding chairs you also have to sacrifice their weight.
Adding padding to the seat increases its weight and also makes the folding chairs bulkier (but it looks so much BETTER).
This Flash Furniture chair with padded seats weighs 9.75 pounds (4.4 kg).
If you are willing to sacrifice weight and storage convenience here are seat material choices:
- Fabric seat padding is soft and breathable. They are the best type of padding to use when you have warm events because they resist quick temperature changes.
- Take note that fabric seats are not waterproof so they aren’t the best for outdoor events when there is a chance of rainfall.
- Vinyl seat padding is water and stain resistant. They are very easy to wipe clean and maintain and do not easily get damaged when exposed to moisture.
However, vinyl padding can get HOT quickly during warm weather making them uncomfortable when used for a prolonged period of time.
No matter what type of chair you get or if you decide to add seat cushioning for the comfort of your guests, folding chairs are more convenient (and LIGHTWEIGHT) choice compared to traditional permanent seating.
Folding chairs typically weigh between 2 – 5 kg (or 5 to 10 lbs), which is fairly lightweight if you have to seat a hundred people and transport all those chairs.
In the end, the lightest folding chairs are still the most basic and cheapest option available: plastic folding chairs. As long as your guests won’t sit for more than an hour or two, getting plastic folding chairs isn’t too bad.