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What Should I Look for in a Foam Folding Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

When considering a foam folding chair purchase, you should think about the cost, the materials used to construct the chair, and the thickness and quality of the foam. Be sure to choose a foam folding chair that fits the aesthetic of the room in which it will be placed, and be sure it is light enough to be unfolded and folded easily. Most foam folding chair models can be used as a bed when completely unfolded, so be sure to test the comfort of the chair both when it is folded into the chair position and when it is unfolded into the bed position.

Many foam folding chair models are quite comfortable in the chair position but uncomfortable in the sleeping position, and vice versa. The best chair will be the one that finds a compromise between chair comfort and sleeping comfort. Be sure to check the quality of the chair's stitching: the best chairs will feature double stitching for strength. The gaps that exist when the chair is unfolded into the sleeping position should be minimal to prevent your body from falling through the gap and making contact with the ground. Remember that the materials used to construct the chair should be high quality and easily cleaned, as parts of the chair will regularly make contact with the ground when in the sleeping position.

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Stain-resistant materials are the best choice for a foam folding chair, as these will prevent the materials from becoming dingy or dirty from regular use. If the materials are not stain-resistant, you can purchase stain-resistant treatments that can be applied to some fabrics. Be sure to check whether the materials used on the foam folding chair can be treated with such chemicals before treating them.

Try to choose a foam folding chair that is aesthetically pleasing as well. The chair should fit the color scheme or general decor of the room, and you should consider what you will think of the chair's style several years from now; loud patterns and colors tend to go in and out of style regularly, while solid colors tend to stay in style longer. Choose the chair you like the best, of course, but consider how you will feel about it over time.

The cost of the chair will fluctuate based on the quality of materials and construction. Some of the more expensive chairs may feature stain resistant materials or thicker cushioning for more comfortable sleeping and sitting, while less expensive models may not have high quality foam or upholstery. Be sure to compare the materials and construction carefully; more expensive does not always mean better.

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