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Banquet vs. Folding
Chair COVERS GUIDE

Choosing the right decorations

When looking to decorate chairs at an event, there are so many options! Due to this, selecting the right chair cover for decorating a particular set of chairs becomes a little challenging. If you are an expert at decorating events, you might not have any problem selecting the right chair cover. However, if you are new to decorating chair covers, the details contained in this guide can come in very handy.

Various styles are more suitable for different occasions and should be decorated with certain chair covers. That being said, below are some events chair types, the events they are suitable for, and the chair covers ideal for decorating them. 

Banquet chairs and folding chairs are some of the most widely used chairs. However, you cannot use the same type of chair cover for banquet and folding chairs. This is because folding chairs have slightly tilted backs while banquet chairs have straight backs. Going by this, the chair cover that works perfectly for banquet chairs will not be right for folding chars.

Be sure to measure your chairs, banquet or folding, following the diagram above. You'll want to know the chair height, seat and leg measurements before you make any chair cover purchases. While most chairs vary an inch or two, that could make a big difference when to comes to chair covers. Contact your venue for chair measurements or recommendations.

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Banquet Chairs

Banquet chairs are ideal for conferences, formal weddings, and award shows. They feature some padding. This means that you do not have any need to get extra cushions to keep your guests comfortable. When looking to select a chair cover for a banquet chair, you can use a polyester or satin chair sash.

Keep in mind that chair covers arrive folded so you may need to steam the chair covers to take away the wrinkles associated with shipping.  Banquet chair covers come in various colors. It’s up to you to select the color you feel most comfortable with.

If you intend to use a banquet chair cover for just a single event, you can select whatever color matches your theme or event colors. On the other hand, if you intend to make use of your banquet chair cover for lots of other occasions, we recommend classic chair cover colors that can fit into my color theme. Some of these colors are ivory, black, or white.

Spandex chair covers over banquet chairs with gold satin sashes tied with a bow.

Pair colorful satin chair sashes with spandex chair covers for a vibrant look.

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Style folding chairs with covers for indoor events or with chair sashes for outdoor parties.

Folding Chairs

Folding chairs are one of the most frequently used chair types. One of the reasons these chairs are usually used in events is that they can be moved very easily and are also very affordable to rent. When you rent folding chairs for an event, there is a very real chance that the chairs may not match or even have scratch marks. Due to this, if you must have chairs that match, you will need to take advantage of chair covers.

When looking to get chair covers for folding chairs, our folding spandex chair covers are a popular choice. Other types of chair covers (besides universal covers) might not fit so easily, so stretchable covers are a great choice. There’s no need to steam these covers, just put them over the chairs and you’re ready to decorate. Folding chairs look great with stretchable chair sashes when paired with covers. If your event is outdoors, then using just one sash looped over the back of the chair looks picture perfect!

Cross back chair decorations with flowy chiffon chair sashes.

Cross back chairs have a variety of designs that look beautiful with sheer chair sashes.

Cross Back Chairs

If you are a faithful follower of wedding blogs, you must have come across cross back chairs severally. While this type of event chair is not super popular, it is rapidly becoming prominent. Cross back chairs got their name from their design. 

Every cross-back chair has wooden legs and a back that is kept in place by two pieces of wood, of which intersect to form an “X.” 
Cross back chairs are ideal for upscale events. If you are organizing an upscale event and you use natural elements in decorating the event venue, one chair you should make use of is the cross-back chair.

Unlike other event chairs that are made from metals, the cross-back chair is made from wood. This, therefore, makes it ideal for natural themed decorations. When looking to make use of the cross-back chair, you are not limited to just one color, you can choose out of four colors. These colors are black, white, dark wood, and light wood.

Ghost Chairs

Ghost chairs have been in the limelight for about six years. They have rapidly grown in popularity and have enjoyed usage from lots of modern-day event planners and decorators. They have a way of taking up very limited space when used in events, which is why they are perfect for events hosted at the beach or museums.

Ghost chairs can be used without any decoration. However, if you want to decorate them, you can do so by making use of chair sashes, oversized foam or paper flowers, and spandex chair bands.

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Chiavari Chairs

Chiavari chairs are just as popular as folding chairs and banquet chairs. They are actually rapidly becoming the preferred event chairs of lots of brides. They have a beautiful design and are used in most major award shows.

Although Chiavari chairs may not as affordable as banquet and folding chairs, they are very popular for events because they can be decorated with easy. Their sophisticated and beautiful look means you don’t need to do much to decorate them.

You can simply change their look by adding padding with a cushion. This comes in handy when you are expecting a lot of guests and do not have time on your hands to decorate every single chair. To save time, add a slipcover to your Chiavari chairs or tie a chiffon sash with a sash pin for a romantic look that’s perfect for weddings.

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Add ruffles, flowers, or ribbons to your Chiavari chairs for a gorgeous look.

In summary, while making preparations for your big day, check up with your choice of venue to determine the types of chairs they will recommend. Whichever chair design you choose, we know your event will be as beautiful as you wanted with the tips listed above. Let us know what you think of these ideas and share your chair styling tips with us in the comments or on Instagram @LeilaniParties! Want to show off your decorations? Tag #LeilaniParties or email us to be featured!

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