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Inexpensive Folding Chairs: 16 Fabulous Ways to Decorate - CTC Event Furniture

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You’ve chosen a venue that fits perfectly with your event. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, baby shower, or dinner soiree; all your decor is centered around a theme you feel confident will wow your guests. And you know that folding chairs are the most practical option for seating that are under budget, but how can you spruce them up? Borrow ideas from these unique ways people incorporated inexpensive folding chairs into their event decor, that will be sure to leave a mark on your guests:

DIY Paper Polkadots

Round up your bridal party or party planning friends for a craft night. Cut out circles from colored paper that match your event theme and string them together. On the day of, drape your chairs with these adorable inexpensive DIY folding chair decor. High five for easy clean up, too!

Satin Ribbons

Head to your local craft store to pick out 2-3 different colored satin ribbons that match your decor theme. Worried about finding time to tie all the ribbons on the chairs? Tie them to a piece of twine or fishing line prior to the event and wrap them around the backs on the day of the event

Burlap + Baby’s Breath

The burlap and baby’s breath combo goes together like peanut butter and jelly; only less sticky. Tie 10” wide pieces of burlap to the backs of your chairs with a small piece of baby’s breath.

Au Natural

Wood is a common decor element among rustic and vintage event themes. Natural wood folding chairs can actually be a nice accent to your event decor, all on their own.

Picture Frames

Add a touch of history to your event with framed baby pictures. For weddings, hang pictures of the groom on one side and the bride on the other. Or for a party game, collect baby photos from your guests and have one another guess who is who!

Sports Fanatics

We’re loving this idea for the host’s or bride and groom’s chairs. Cover your chairs with customized jerseys of your favorite players to weave your hobbies into your event. The chairs shown in this example are chiavari but could easily be replicated with folding chairs.


What is it about tulle that is so timeless and classy? There are countless different options to make your event unique--from the color of the tulle down to your knot style.

We’re loving this style for a princess themed birthday party!

Burlap Bags

If you love the idea of incorporating burlap into your folding chair decor, but feel like it’s been overdone, steal an idea from this event. They wrapped the chairs in grain sacks paired with a feminine pink hydrangea bouquet. Perfect for a farm or barn themed event!

Beads Galore

Dress up your folding chairs with beads and faux pearls. You can casually drape them over the back of the folding chairs or tie them with ribbons like the example below. Either way, they’re fabulous!

Paper Flowers

These DIY paper flowers are cute, memorable and will definitely create that wow factor when guests first walk in your venue. Learn how to make them with this easy tutorial.


If you’re purchasing folding chairs for your event (rather than renting), you have the option to give them a complete makeover! Give the backs a coat of chalk paint to create personalized seats for your guests. Plus, you can wipe off the chalk and update with the names of your guests for another event down the road!=

Crown Covers

Upgrade your game of musical chairs with these adorable chair covers. Your guests will feel like royalty!


Florals and greenery always add wow factor to any event decor. Choose flowers that are in season or for weddings, pick ones that match the bouquets to create a cohesive theme.

A Touch of Color

Not down with neutrals? Check out this tutorial to learn how to turn folding chairs into funky conversation starting decor pieces. Choose one color that matches your theme or pick several colors for a unique mismatched look.

Bunting Banners

Bunting banners can be customized to fit the theme of any event and the size is up to you: small banners for each individual chair or large banners to hang across a row of chairs.

Seasonal Elements

Add a little flare to your chairs with something that represents the season your event takes place in.

Choosing inexpensive folding chairs for your event makes financial sense. Now you’ve got extra budget to invest in decor to spruce up your chairs! After you've chosen the decor ideas you love, choose a folding chair style which suits your event setup.