There are several types of wood joints that are in use today, but almost none that guarantee chairs that will never wobble. Our biggest difference from the competition is our proprietary Eustis Joint, which combines mortise and tenon construction with modern engineering.
Everyone who cares about beautiful and comfortable chairs should also care about how long that chair maintains its beauty and comfort, especially with hardwood seating. Here’s why:
Joints Are What Make or Break the Chair (Literally)
With any wood seating it’s the joints that normally ring the death knell when busted, as joints endure the most strain in chairs and which, if broken, cause the most damage. Consider the people who will be using your seating on a regular basis. You don’t want a chair to suddenly snap under a high weight demand, or collapse after children have handled it roughly. Why risk institutional liability when you don’t have to?
If you’ve ever sat in a wobbly chair, the shaky support is thanks to its loosened joints. For patrons, guests, or students that use your seating, you’ll want chairs with joints that last a lifetime.
Why We Recommend the Eustis Joint
With the Eustis Joint none of your chairs will have loose joinery, meaning there’s no need to deal with a wobbly chair, pay for furniture repairs, or replace seating altogether. They’re also made to best express the inherent beauty of the wood used to create the chair (see photo).
The Eustis Joint is stronger than virtually every other joint with superior tensile strength and high viscosity. In layman’s terms, tensile strength measures how long materials can withstand stress, and viscosity is how you measure the glue’s resistance to degrading over time. Each chair’s joint includes steel rods and aerospace-grade epoxy, resulting in joints don’t wear down even after decades – NOT years – of daily use. Joints last longer than even the wood itself!
Extra Benefits and Capabilities
For a myriad of reasons, the Eustis Joint enables us to remain environmentally friendly, using renewable resources to craft unbeatable seating. Because this joint holds the chair together for so much longer, which prevents our chairs from becoming scrap, every institution with our seating has a smaller environmental footprint. Our joint also enables our stacking chair line, as the tensile stress from stacking the chairs won’t cause them to break.
You could say we’re passionate about seating durability. We are one of the only institutional wood chair companies that talk about joints, and can walk our clients through the advantages something as overlooked as joinery will offer. In fact, we can best meet your interior design vision as our chairs don’t require traditional construction elements for support, such as stretchers or nails, and only ever include them for a detailed aesthetic. You can see a slew of examples in Our Chairs, or contact us for more guides on design options. Happy joining!