Collapsible Chairs

Written by Sierra Rein
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For thousands of years, carpenters from ancient lands were able to make and provide their citizens with foldable, "X"-shaped stools to sit on. However, truly collapsible chairs were not invented until June 11, 1889. On this day, African-American inventors John E. Purdy and James R. Sadgwar introduced their foldable chair to the American public.

This simple chair, which was made of hinged wood frames and a canvas seat, was the catalyst for the invention of hundreds of other collapsible chairs. Lawn chairs soon became a familiar sight in backyards across the nation, while large numbers of metal folding chairs were instantly placed in schools, churches, sports stadiums, and other meeting places. Collapsible chairs can now be carried by hand to beaches, pools, parks and other places where portable furniture is needed.

Choosing the Right Collapsible Chairs for Your Family

Function and form are the first considerations when purchasing one or more collapsible chairs. If portability is essential (for backpacking and canoeing), the chairs should be made of strong but lightweight tensile steel. However, if the chairs are going to be used for more urban settings, they can afford to be equipped with a number of available amenities like headrests, footrests and cup holders.

In order to keep collapsible chairs functioning well beyond their warranty, it is important to maintain them throughout the year. Dirt, grass, and other outdoor contaminants can get into the hinges, while water can lead to rust and fabric deterioration. When the chairs are not in use, they should be wiped clean with a washcloth and kept in a storage bag. If the hinges become filled with junk, try using an old toothbrush and some warm, soapy water to clean them out.

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