Take a seat. How Lifetime Chairs Compare.

Take a seat.  How Lifetime Chairs Compare.

Take a seat. How Lifetime Chairs Compare.

Lifetime makes several different styles of folding chairs. The two most popular are our original Contoured Folding Chair and our newer Contemporary Folding Chair.   I happen to own both of them, so I thought I would take a few up-close photos to show you how they stack… uh, I mean fold…up to each other.

First, if you've never sat in a Lifetime folding chair, you should.  Lifetime has conducted numerous focus groups and consumer surveys where we line up various styles of folding chairs…ours, metal, padded, etc.  While the Lifetime chair may not look comfortable, once people take a seat, they quickly change their mind.

Why are Lifetime chairs so comfortable?  Easy.  First and foremost - size.  Take a look at this first picture.  See?  A Lifetime folding chair is significantly wider and taller than a standard folding chair you purchase with a card table set.  (I will warn you though, while bigger is better for comfort, keep in mind it can be a negative when it comes to storage or transporting.)  Second, as the name implies, Lifetime's chairs are contoured for comfort.  Yes, we've conducted extensive research and tests to determine the most ergonomical curves for a folding chair.  Sit in our chairs next time you see one in a store and I think you'll agree.

So, that brings me back to my original topic.  What's the difference between a Lifetime Contoured Folding Chair and a Lifetime Contemporary Folding Chair?  Quite frankly, it's mainly just a personal preference for looks.  Both chairs are manufactured with the same high-density polyethylene plastic seat and back, and powder-coated steel frame.  They both meet BIFMA strength standards and feature a 10-year limited warranty.

As far as design, the contoured chair features a more curved/rounded edge back and seat. The seat back also includes a molded handle to make it easier to carry or move.  The contemporary chair has a more, well, contemporary look.  It's edges are straight, rather than curved and the seat bottom flares slightly upwards for a more modern design.  The contemporary chair weighs just slightly less and seems a bit easier to carry since it has a shorter seat back.

Honestly, to me, since I have a smaller build, I can't tell much of a comfort difference when I sit on the chairs.  However, my mother-in-law and husband both have chronic back problems.  So, I asked them to take a test sit and see which chair felt better to them.  Ironically, even though the contoured chair is contoured, they both felt the contemporary chair actually offered more back support for people with back problems because of where and how the seat back actual makes contact with your back.

So, in a nutshell, the quality is the same and the size is pretty similar. The choice then comes down to one of design and color preference. Here are a few more side-by-side photos, as well as additional size comparisons.


                                      Contoured Chair               Contemporary Chair
Total height                     34.35  inches                    33.25 inches
Seat height                     17.5 inches                        17 inches
Seat width                      18 inches                            18 inches
Seat depth                       20 inches                           20 inches
Folded Thickness              5.43 inches                         7 inches
Weight                            11.3 pounds                        10.5 pounds
Color options                  white or almond               almond




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Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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4/24/2010 9:17:17 AM

How many Lifetime contemporary chairs to a 60" Lifetime table?



4/24/2010 2:51:44 PM


You can fit 8 Lifetime Contemporary Folding Chairs around a Lifetime 60" round table.  Hope that helps!



Frances Windscheffel

3/1/2011 11:11:37 PM

Hi! We bought the square table and 6 chairs. We just love them. I cannot believe the comfort of the chairs. My problem is that the black peg or shoe(not sure of your term) came off the leg and we cannot find it anywhere. How do I replace it? We've had these for about 3 years now. Thanks!



3/2/2011 8:29:11 AM


If you contact Customer Care they will be happy to send you replacement foot caps for your chairs.  You can contact them at 1-800-225-3865 or via email at customercare@lifetime.com.



9/20/2011 11:29:41 AM

Lifetime's stacking chairs are also extemely comfortable--especially if you're looking for back support.



9/20/2011 11:36:07 AM


We couldn't agree more!  In fact, our blogger Charlys actually wrote about her own back pain and how the Lifetime stacking chair offered her the best support.  Here's a link to her post if you're interested in reading more about what she said.  http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356079/which-lifetime-chair-is-right-for-you


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