12 Fantastic Folding Chairs

You’ve got the drinks, prepped the appetizers, and planned the festivities—but where will all your guests sit? You can certainly rent some chairs, but renting can be troublesome and expensive, and selection is limited. If you find yourself entertaining a crowd more than a few times each year, purchasing folding chairs may be a sound investment. With countless options available, many suitable for both indoors and out, you can easily accommodate extra guests in comfort and style for years to come. And don't worry: Folding chairs don't have to be cold, hard eyesores that leave your guests wishing they’d stood and that bring down the mood of your festive decorations. We’ve combed some of our go-to resources to find colorful, comfortable, and classy options you can count on for the next party you host.

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  1. Playful Perforations in Teal

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    Although it's an unusual color, this cheerful (and inexpensive) chair, made of powder-coated steel, is more versatile than it looks. The aqua shade can be a frosty blue accent for your winter affairs or a lively addition to your summer BBQs.

    Target

  2. Slim-line and Slatted

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    A minimalist option, this chair from Ikea can take the back seat (no pun intended) at your party festivities by blending in with a variety of decors, both indoors and out. Available in black, red, or white and made of beech with an acrylic lacquer, it has a clean look that plays well with other chairs, should you choose to purchase a variety of styles for greater versatility.

    IKEA

  3. Spare and Stylish, in Mint

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    A durable option from Crate&Barrel, this rubberwood chair features a comfortable curved seat and comes in several colors to suit a range of interiors. This folding chair coordinates with a number of the retailer's nonfolding options to let you achieve a seamless mix between your everyday and occasional seating.

    Crate&Barrel

  4. Compact Lounger

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    This weighty outdoor chair offers a neutral look that mixes easily with many styles of furniture. It's rust resistant, so you won't have to rush to clean up before the festivities are over.

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  5. Pretty in the Park

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    Reminiscent of those familiar, slatted park seats, these folding chairs are ideal for outdoor spring and summer get-togethers that require a light touch. Constructed of an aluminum-powder-epoxy-coated frame with acrylic resin slats, this chair is available in black, white, blue, or green, but take note—it's sold in sets of four.


    Related:  Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space

    BURKEDECOR

  6. A Touch of the Tropics

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    This unique folding chair, made from bamboo covered in a glossy coat, is the perfect fit for rustic interiors or woodsy settings. Its warmth and styling will add instant charm to any party.

    Wayfair

  7. Elegant Scrollwork

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    Sure to delight your guests, this vintage-style iron folding chair is enhanced with flowing scrollwork. The distressed finish means that this chair will age gracefully, but if you crave something with a newer look, you can easily customize the chair with a can of spray paint.


    Related: Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron

    Wayfair

  8. Striking and Simple

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    If you’re looking for a contemporary style that will get your guests talking, these modern wood chairs are sure to start a conversation. The distinctive design and folding method are probably unlike anything your partygoers have seen before, and the sleek form is impressive enough to make these desirable for everyday use—helping to justify the heftier price tag.

    AllModern

  9. Luxurious Leather

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    For modern interiors, these indulgent leather chairs with padded seat and back are a worthy investment. With black, beige, brown, and white options to choose from, you’ll find one to fit any interior.

    Design Within Reach

  10. Italian Sophistication

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    Exquisite design and attention to detail make this fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene chair from Design Within Reach versatile enough to shine in many different interiors and sturdy enough to work indoors or out—all of which means you'll probably be getting calls from neighbors asking to borrow them. We recommend mixing a classic black or white with brighter color options to up the fun factor at your next shindig.

    Design Within Reach

  11. Transparent Beauty

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    When you want your chairs to disappear into the background, look no further than these solid-performing Lucite numbers. Lightweight and contemporary, they’re sold in sets of two and are sure to work in a variety of settings for years to come.

    AllModern

  12. Spirit of the Bistro

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    Bring a touch of Continental class to your next fete with these bamboo-style folding chairs. Thanks to the chairs' sturdy construction and attractive detailing, your guests may never even notice that they fold.

    Ballard Designs

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