What is a Chiavari Chair?

If you’ve paid close attention to the decor of elegant weddings and dinner banquets, you’ve probably noticed the subtle luxury of Chiavari chairs.

Chiavari chairs are a type of party chair known for their bamboo-like joints carved into the backrest frame. These chairs are popular among formal events and casual gatherings because of their delicate look that evokes refined elegance and luxury.

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History and Origin

Chiavari chairs originated in Chiavari, Italy created by cabinet maker Giuseppe Descalzi in 1807. It was first designed for the Economic Society of Chiavari and later shot to popularity, being gifted to the late Pope Leo XIII back in the 1890s.

This elegant chair design became popular again in 1953 after they were used in the wedding reception of former US President John Kennedy and his wife Jackie. 

Since then, Chiavari chairs have been a staple in wedding ceremonies, anniversary parties, and a host of other formal occasions.

Design and Features

Chiavari chairs are known for their bamboo-like joints carved onto the backrest frame. They are lightweight yet durable, making them easy to transport and ideal for repeated use at parties. They are also stackable, making them easy to pack up and transfer to different locations.

You may probably ask what the average height of a Chiavari chair is. On average, most Chiavari chair companies create chairs with a standard height of 36 inches and a seat height of 17 inches. These measurements come in handy for adjustments to the table height. You can also use these measurements to choose the right chair covers and chair sashes to decorate your space.

Chiavari chair pads can be covered to get a customized look. Choose from different color options to protect your chair pads from stains and add a dash of color to your party. 

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Types of Chiavari Chairs

Chiavari chairs come in a variety of types. They are made of different materials with various qualities like durability, aesthetics, and affordability. These chairs are often made of wood, resin, or metal. 

1. Wooden Chiavari Chairs

Get a rustic and traditional look with wooden Chiavari chairs. These are often made from walnut or beech wood. Wooden chairs give a fine detail that adds a rustic charm to any space. You can choose from a natural or painted finish. 

Wooden chairs can carry up to 450 - 1000 lbs depending on the way they are constructed. Their unique and durable finish can come at a higher price point. 

2. Aluminum Chiavari Chairs

These chairs are constructed from aluminum, which makes them sturdy yet lightweight. These make it easy to transport and set up for different parties. 

Some chair makers also use iron for their durability. These are usually resistant to scratches and can take heavier weights at around 1000 lbs and above. Choose from different paint finishes. Get metal gold chiavari chairs for a touch of luxury at any party. 

3. Resin Chiavari Chair

One of the most popular types of Chiavari chairs, these are very durable due to the resin material. They can come at a higher price because of their trusted strength and durability.

They have color throughout the resin base making scratches less noticeable. Get black Chiavari chairs for a sleek and polished look at your party. For those looking for a more delicate look, you can also get clear Chiavari chairs made of resin. 

Decorating Chiavari Chairs

Chiavari chairs lend themselves well to a host of different styling options. Choose from a variety of chair cover options like the delicately flowing back slipcover or the vintage veil full back cover. Add detail while still featuring the delicate details of your chairs. 

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If you’re looking for more subtle chair decoration, you can opt for chair sashes in different fabrics, colors, and design options. A popular choice is chiffon chair sashes that you can weave through the backrest of your chairs. Choose from different styling options to get the look you want. 

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Party in Elegance and Luxury

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