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The Widener

Sled Chairs

 Eustis Chair and the University of Richmond first met at the American Association of Law Libraries Show. Soon after, when the University of Richmond was looking for chairs for the William Taylor Muse Law Library, they remembered the durable made-to-order chairs that Eustis chair had on display that day. The University of Richmond ordered forty-eight of our Widener chairs. You can still find our Widener chairs, or the “Richmond’ variation (without the sled legs), in the law library because of their unmatched durability. The Widener, because of its unique design, holds a special place in the Eustis Chair catalog. 


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What is a sled chair?


A sled chair, also known as a sled base chair, is a type of chair that has a base made up of two or more legs that curve downwards and outwards like a sled. These legs are typically made of wood, metal or plastic and provide a stable and sturdy base for the chair.


These chairs are commonly used in settings where comfortable seating is needed. They are often upholstered in fabric or leather and can have a variety of backrest designs, including high backrests, low backrests, and mid backrests.


Sled chairs are also known for their design, which can add a touch of sophistication to any space. They are often used in environments where they can create a clean and professional look.


Potential benefits of using a sled chair:

  1. Stability: The curved sled base of the chair provides a stable and sturdy base that is less likely to tip over, making it a safer option than other types of chairs.

  2. Comfort: Sled chairs are designed to provide comfort to the user. They often have padded seats and backrests that provide support and reduce pressure on the user’s back.

  3. Durability: Sled chairs are often made from high-quality materials, such as wood, that is designed to withstand regular use. This means that they are likely to last longer than other types of chairs.
  4. Versatility: Sled chairs come in a variety of designs and can be used in a range of settings.

  5. Aesthetics: The modern and sleek design of sled chairs can add a touch of sophistication to any space.

  6. Mobility: Sled chairs are often lightweight and easy to move around. This makes them a practical option for situations where chairs need to be frequently rearranged, such as during events or meetings.

  7. Easy Maintenance: Sled chairs are typically easy to clean and maintain. They can be wiped down with a damp cloth or cleaned with a mild detergent solution, making them a hygienic option.

Overall, sled chairs offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice for businesses and organizations looking for comfortable, practical, and stylish seating options.


The Widener


The Widener is the only traditional sled chair in the Eustis Chair line. The legs of a sled chair have long runners that provide additional stability and comfort. Whether you’re leaning forward over a particularly challenging legal text or leaning back to talk to other students, sled chairs can hold you up with confidence. You may have experienced the added benefit of how easily sled chairs are moved. Whether pushing one in under desks or relocating it for studying with peers, you can easily move a sled chair with less worry about damaging the floors. Sled chairs like these are often found in libraries and spiritual spaces for these very reasons! 


The Widener offers an upholstered seat and a customizable wood finish. In addition to aesthetic benefits, the Widener is made in America with our patented Eustis Joint. Like any model made with our Eustis Joint, the widener comes with a 20-year warranty against joint failure. You can purchase these chairs with confidence that they will last for years through any trial or tribulation.  


Please get in touch with us with any questions regarding the Widener or any other chair in our catalog. 

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