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What Makes a Chair Durable?

What Makes a Chair Durable?


What makes a chair able to stand the test of time? We know that chairs can not only survive, but thrive for decades (and perhaps even lifetimes). Several factors contribute to a chair’s durability. Let’s discuss the top 4 factors to consider the next time you purchase chairs. 


Construction Materials  


Durable chairs are made of durable materials. Oak, hickory, and mahogany are some of the most durable materials available for hardwood chairs. Choosing a durable wood that matches your aesthetic needs is an important part of keeping the chair in great condition for decades. Opt for high-quality varnishes and stains when choosing hardwood chairs to help protect the integrity of the wood. Of course, hardwood can be sanded down and restained whenever the space is ready for a refresh. 


Design for the Space 


If your space is re-arranged often, you’ll want to seek out stackable hardwood chairs. Stacking chairs make it easy to move a room around in no time at all. 


Chair Joints 


The joints are the most common structure of the chair to fail with age. The joints, which attach the legs of the chair to the rest of the structure, endure a lot of pressure from movement and from holding the chair’s weight and its user. Chair builders may use numerous joint designs when creating a new chair, and they depend on the materials and design. More complex joint designs tend to stand up against time and demand better than simple ones. Before purchasing chairs, you should ask what type of joint is used. The manufacturer’s craftsmanship can help you discover whether this component will give out before it needs to. Whenever possible, choose a chair constructed with The Eustis Joint. Eustis Chair believes in the Eustis Joint so much, it comes with a 20-year guarantee against joint failure! 





The quality of a chair contributes to how durable it is. Chairs manufactured by companies who don’t put much thought into the product’s longevity may have some inconsistencies in their build, either immediately or over time. An unlevel chair may put unnecessary strain on some of the joints and not others, causing them to fail significantly earlier than a level chair. 


The performance of a chair over time has many factors. Being informed is the key to finding pieces suitable for your space. Consider all of these factors next time you’re on the market for hardwood chairs.  


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