Decorating Ideas for Folding Chairs

Folding chairs are great space savers if you need extra seating at an event such as a holiday dinner, because the chairs can be stored in the garage or basement the rest of the year. Folding chairs may also be provided at a venue for a reception or wedding. You can decorate folding chairs to give an ordinary item your personal touch. Figure out how much money you want to spend decorating each chair to make sure you don’t spend more on decorations than on renting different chairs.

Covering the Chair
You can easily buy or rent slipcovers for folding chairs. Slipcovers can cover the entire chair so it looks like a more expensive parsons chair. Some slipcovers cover only the back of a chair, which may be the only part your guests see when entering the space. Rent slipcovers to save on time. Slipcovers are available in opaque or sheer materials. If you have just a few chairs, check home stores for ready made slipcovers. You can also use a sewing machine to make your own custom chair covers. Allow yourself plenty of time to work on chair covers before the event.

Spray paint can spice up your folding chairs if you own the chairs. Use a daring color like black or pink for a bold look at your event. Stencil your monogram or a scroll work design on the back of folding chairs. If the folding chairs are wood, give the furniture new life with a rich mahogany or modern black stain. If you’ll be using the folding chairs at your dining room table, coordinate the color with your existing chairs. Add a cushion for comfort.


Chair Sashes
If you have wood folding chairs, you might not want to disguise the entire natural material but still want your chairs to have a special touch. Sashes and ribbons inexpensively add flair to folding chairs. Choose fabric or ribbon that coordinates with the colors of your event. Gather organza around the top of your chair and tie it in the back. Tuck the place card into the back of the sash if your table top is short on space. Place flowers, berries, bird’s nests, floral sprays or pine cones near the bow to further decorate the folding chair.

Seasonal Decorations
Hang seasonal decorations from the back of folding chairs with ribbon. Place small berry or evergreen wreaths on the back of chairs for a winter event. Ornaments or small frames can decorate your chairs and also serve as favors for your guests. Wood monograms add a sophisticated touch to the back of folding chairs.