How to Choose Stackable Cafe Chairs

If you’re looking to maximise your floor space without compromising on comfort, stackable chairs offer a great solution. However, with so many to choose from, knowing what to choose can sometimes be daunting.

No worries, we’ve put together a quick guide that walks you through the process of choosing stacking cafe chairs for your venue. So, let’s dive in and take a closer look.

Type of stackable chair

Before starting your search for stacking chairs, you need to consider where you’re going to put them. For instance, some stacking chairs are designed for indoor use only and may have padded seats or backs which could make them unsuitable for outdoor use. Outdoor stacking chairs are more common and come in a variety of materials designed to withstand the elements.

Whichever type of stacking chair you need, you’ll find that they’re a great way to clear floor space, giving you the opportunity of using that area for other purposes when the need arises.

Chair height

It’s crucial to choose the right height of chair that sits comfortably with the height of the tables that you’re using. By doing this, not only will your chairs push neatly away beneath the table when not in use, but there will be plenty of room for customers’ legs too. For example, tables such as poseur tables will require tall stools or chairs.


When you start your search, you’ll discover that there are plenty of materials to choose from including wood, wicker, metal, and polypropylene. Wooden seats can lend either a rustic or upmarket appearance depending on their style and finish. Metal is ideal for industrial themes and also work well in modern minimalist designs. Nylon rattan looks extremely attractive and can be used indoors and outside for a seamless flow from one area to another. Polypropylene chairs are more suitable for outdoor use and come in a wide variety of styles and colours, making it easy to create visual impact.

If you’re considering upholstered stacking chairs, then vinyl padded seats are a good option since they’re easy to clean and any spills can be wiped away with a damp cloth. For more flexibility, you could of course, consider buying separate cushions that can be tied onto your chairs. With plenty of colours and patterns to choose from cushions are a great way to add a bespoke look to your dining space.

Stacking bar stools

Stacking bar stools are another great way of maximising floor space. They’re perfect for squeezing into tight corners and sit neatly beneath a table when not in use. Since they stack, they can always be stored neatly in a corridor or cupboard and brought out at your busiest times to be used for additional seating.

Stacking Height

Determining the appropriate height of your ‘stack’ is an important safety factor that you must never overlook. Most manufacturers recommend how many chairs or stools can be stacked on top of one another and this should never be abused. Ultimately, someone has to reach up from the top which could be a dangerous task if they’re piled too high.

Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some tips to consider when buying stackable chairs or stools. It’s always best to shop around, take a look at what’s available, and ask an expert’s opinion before purchasing if you’re at all unsure.

Here at Cafe Chairs Sydney, we stock a wide range of stacking chairs. Our knowledgeable team are always happy to assist you with your purchase should you need more information or advice.

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