Nothing brings more warmth, style, and finesse into a room than a well-built wooden chair. Wood promises strength, durability, and reliability, which makes it one of the most versatile and organic building materials.

Before making a purchase, ensure you’re getting your money’s worth by understanding the manufacturing process.

Here are 5 of the most important things to research before purchasing wooden chairs.

  • Finish quality
  • Sustainability
  • Frame Construction
  • Customization options
  • Warranty

How do I know if I’m buying good quality wooden chairs?

Use this checklist.

Finish Quality

The best way to protect your investment is to purchase chairs with a durable coated finish. Inquire about the type of lacquer that’s used in the finish. It should be sturdy, such as a catalyzed lacquer, that will hold the color and prevent chips, dents, and scratches.

A strong lacquer will also prevent the absorption of germs and spills as well as issues from humid or dry climates.

New Safety Feature

All Holsag chairs now feature an antimicrobial finish to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, mold, and mildew. This makes Holsag seating the safest wooden furniture on the market amid COVID-19.


Before choosing your chairs, inquire about the supply chain. Make sure you only buy chairs made from wood that is gathered from sustainable forests. That means the forest growth outspans the depletion by humans.

Sustainability also means the chairs are built to last. The less often you need to replace the chairs or even parts of the chairs, such as fabric, the smaller the environmental impact the product will have.

Frame Construction

Before purchasing wooden chairs, do research on the manufacturer’s suppliers and construction process. You want a sturdy wood like European beech and oak. Avoid soft woods like pine. Make sure they use robust joints (like tenon and mortise) with a good process for gluing and screwing together the joints to mitigate chair movement.

You should also ask if the frame is built to be stackable. Although wooden chairs will never stack as high as steel or aluminum chairs, they can stack up to 4 chairs high depending on construction.

Customization Options

Regardless of the look or aesthetic you’re going for, wooden pieces can be brought in to practically any design. The customization options are truly endless. Wooden frames can include fine carving and intricate color mixtures. The wood grain provides natural variants in color that can be quite attractive. That also means that a wide range of upholstery options work with wooden frames so you can use any type of fabric in any color that you wish.

If you’re looking for uniformity, wood might not be the best fit. Given that, beware of manufacturers that promised uniform color in a large order. They also should be able to offer literally any customization option as well as COM (choose your own material) options.


If you’re buying a chair with a high-quality wooden frame, it will be incredibly durable and offer a long product life and incredible ROI. That means the warranty should be top-notch. If the chairs don’t have at least a 9-year limited warranty, watch out. Perhaps you don’t want to purchase those particular chairs.

If the warranty isn’t good, that could mean the chairs are made using low-quality wood. It could also mean the process for securing joints isn’t as intense as it should be. One more concern could be regarding the staining process. If a strong lacquer isn’t used, the chair frame could end up showing scratches and dents and have issues in humid or dry climates which can also affect the warranty.

If you’re going to invest in well-crafted wooden chairs, that means you’re looking for something that will offer much more than just a place to sit. It needs to be stylish, unique, sturdy enough to last, and, most importantly, comfortable. Doing your research and asking about the five things above before making a purchase will help you get the best chairs for your facility.

Although we love wooden chairs, we know they aren’t the best fit for every business.

Read more about the benefits of wooden chairs versus faux wood chairs.

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