How do I Choose the Best Tall Director's Chair?

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A tall director's chair is a great choice for both on-site directing and casual use around the house. Choosing the best tall director's chair boils down to finding a comfortable chair that is both strong and lightweight, as well as well constructed. Look for a chair that is made from high quality wood or metal; plastic chairs are available. Plastic chairs do tend to be less stout and more prone to breakage, though they are lightweight and easy to store. Some manufacturers will allow you to customize your tall director's chair with your name or other text, so be sure to inquire about such upgrades.

While a shorter director's chair does not require any type of foot support, a tall director's chair will have you sitting high enough off the ground that you will not be able to rest your feet comfortably on the ground. Look for a tall director's chair that features a small footrest on the legs of the chair to allow a comfortable spot for resting your feet. The foot rest does not need to be exceptionally large, and a smaller foot rest may actually be more comfortable and easier to fold up for storage or transport.


Look for high quality materials for construction of the seat back and seat. Many director's chairs use canvas, which is a strong, durable choice. Check the stitching of the seat and seat back; for strength, make sure all the seams are double-stitched. This may drive up the cost of the chair a bit, but it is well worth the investment, as putting weight on the chair regularly may result in tearing of the fabric. If the chair will be used outdoors frequently, consider a synthetic fabric such as nylon or polyester, as these materials are resistant to water damage as well as UV damage.

Make sure your tall director's chair is easy to set up properly and tear down quickly. It should fold up easily and be compact enough that it can be stored in a closet or other tight space. Check the joints and hinges for high quality materials and solid construction. The frame material should also be made from high quality materials, such as solid wood or metal. Some less expensive director's chairs are made from lightweight aluminum, which is a good choice for light duty applications and chairs that will be transported frequently. Otherwise, try to choose a solid material such as hard wood or heavier gauge metal for strength and durability.


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