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How Do I Choose the Best Clear Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Choosing the best clear chair starts with determining what you want to use the chair for. This will dictate the size and style of the chair, and in many cases, the price. The chair can be made from different materials, the most common being Lucite® and polycarbonate. Lucite will be less expensive but also not as strong as polycarbonate. The clear chair may be entirely clear, or it may feature a metal frame for added stability and aesthetic appeal. Some chairs are not completely clear; instead, they are tinted so they have some color while maintaining some level of transparency.

The clear chair you choose should be strong and stable, especially when someone is sitting in it. Be sure to test out the chair by sitting in it and shifting your weight side to side as well as back and forth, and take note of any wobbling or creaking. Some movement is okay, but excess movement could be an indication of a weak chair that can break or otherwise become unstable during use. Lucite® and polycarbonate are both usually quite strong and suited to stability, though polycarbonate tends to be stronger and therefore more stable.

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Woman holding a book

Decide what you will be using the clear chair for before you purchase it. These chairs are often well suited for outdoor use, but you may want to consider folding clear chair models over other types of chairs for outdoor use. This will make moving and storage much quicker and easier. If the chair will be used indoors on hardwood floors, you may want to examine the legs of the chair carefully to see if they are protected on the bottom so they do not scratch the floors.

The design of a clear chair can vary significantly. Consider the decor of the room or space in which the chair will be placed, and try to choose a chair that is in keeping with that overall aesthetic. Since clear chair models can be easily molded into different shapes, curved lines are common, as are more daring designs. If a flashier design strikes your interest, you can choose this chair, but try to consider how you will feel about that particular design several years down the road as popular trends change.

Finally, make sure the chair fits in the room in which it will be placed, and also make sure the purchase price fits your budget. Larger chairs can be more expensive, and they can dominate a smaller room, so carefully consider both size and cost before purchasing.

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