Is the cross back chair the new Chiavari chair?
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Could the Chiavari chair be losing its position as the #1 event chair in the UK?

When it comes to event furniture rental, the Chiavari chair has been a popular choice for many years. It has been a staple in event design and has been seen at weddings, galas, and other special events. Open any glossy wedding magazine or Instagram wedding page, and you’ll find Chiavari chairs at almost every turn.

However, a new chair has been making waves in the event industry: the cross back chair – the new kid on the block, if you like. In this article, therefore, we will explore whether the cross back chair could actually be the new Chiavari chair.


The Chiavari chair is known for its classic design, featuring a sleek and elegant frame with spindles on the backrest. On the other hand, the cross back chair has a more rustic appearance, with a wooden frame and a cross-shaped backrest. While the Chiavari chair is timeless and elegant, the cross back chair provides a more relaxed and natural vibe, also making it ideal for weddings or corporate event hospitality occasions.


One of the major advantages of Chiavari chair hire has always been that several different colours are available in the UK market – limewash (the most popular), gold, black, silverwash and others. However, cross back chairs are also catching up on this front as well. Here at Spaceworks, for example, we offer light oak, dark oak and buttermilk cross back chairs, providing you with a great deal of choice when it comes to your event styling. Also, on the theme of colours, with both chairs you can choose your seat pad colour, so they are equal in this department.


One of the drawbacks of the Chiavari chair is that it is not very comfortable for long periods. The cross back chair, however, provides better comfort due to its wider seat and backrest. It is a comfortable seating option for guests, allowing them to relax and enjoy the event.


Both the Chiavari chair and the cross back chair are made with durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of multiple events, making them ideal for furniture hire companies. However, the cross back chair is often made with thicker and sturdier wood, making it more durable in the long run and so this is certainly a consideration for the buying departments of hire companies who will always consider the longevity of products in their furniture rental range.


More supply often brings lower prices, and this has certainly been the case for Chiavari chairs over the years. Because demand is high, that means that 99.9% of furniture hire companis will have these chairs in their range. This, then, leads to lower prices for the end user. Cross back chairs might not be at this point just yet, but if we continue to see the surge in popularity that we are currently seeing, then we don’t think it will be long.

To sum up, therefore, whilst cross back chairs are not quite at the level of demand of Chiavari chairs just yet, there’s certainly a growing trend towards using these cross back chairs for sports hospitality events and VIP dining occasions.

Whatever event you need to rent temporary furniture for, rest assured that the team here at Spaceworks will be able to assist you when the time comes. Our range includes both Chiavari chairs and cross back chairs, all in different colour options, so don’t hesitate to browse and get in contact today – we’ll be delighted to hear from you and discuss your specific event chair hire requirements.