A Review: Resin Folding Chairs vs. Wood Folding Chairs

By now you probably know that there are two types of materials used most often for wedding-style folding chairs: resin folding chairs and wood folding chairs. Wood folding chairs have typically been the material of choice for event venues and rental companies however resin folding chairs have been gaining steam over the past 5 years.

In today's post, I'm going to provide an honest comparison of the two and then let you determine for yourself which folding chair makes the most sense for your business.

Below is a detailed comparison of these two including the pros and cons of each type.

Wood Folding Chairs

Wood Folding Chair


  • During informal stress tests, breaks at 748lbs of weight
  • Lower initial cost to purchase
  • Slightly lighter in weight 9.1 lbs
  • Stackable when folded flat
  • Seat is replaceable


  • Shows scratches more easily when the wood is stained as the interior of the wood is light
  • Need to be secured with bungee cords or ratchet tie down straps as wood folding chairs don’t lock together when stacked and will move unless secured
  • Screw covers are not replaceable
  • Screw covers are not flush with wood
  • Higher maintenance costs associated (wood needs to be sanded and repainted or re-stained to properly maintain)

Resin Folding Chairs

White Resin Folding Chair


  • During informal stress tests, breaks at 748lbs of weight
  • Stackable when folded flat and locks in place to other chairs – requiring no additional straps
  • Doesn't show scratches due to resin being same colour throughout chair
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Screw covers are replaceable
  • Screw covers flush with resin
  • Seat is replaceable


  • Higher initial cost to purchase
  • Slightly heavier in weight 9.9lbs
  • Can yellow with age

Each chair is a popular chair in their own right and have plenty of fans. Hopefully this comparison post will give you the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you and your business.

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