Did you know 45% of wooden furniture made in china fails after 2 years?
Not all commercial furniture is built the same, there are tiers of durability and often if it seems too good (or cheap) to be true, it probably is. Born on the iconic bowery restaurant-marketplace, Chair up was founded under the principle of selling only the most durable and reliable furniture for commercial use. Back in the 90’s when an influx of Made in China products begun flooding the market we found that these products were not holding up as well as the hardwood chairs made in Europe or America. As almost all of our competitors switched to inferior product lines in favor of lower costs, Chair up made Durability our mission statement and focused on only the strongest products lines to help our customers buy products that will last for years and save them money overtime.
The proof is in the pudding, we start with the highest quality raw materials. Sourcing only European hardwood because it is stronger, denser and less shock resistant than other common woods of the industry like subtropical Asian softwood (rubberwood) that doesn’t last as long in North American climates.
Hand assembling our furniture in America provides the advantage of adding better components in comparison to straight out of the factory. We add 3-5” steel screws that go deeper into the joints and extra 14-gauge steel L-brackets that add years to the lifeline. We only use American vinyl’s with high commercial grades and never import cheaper less durable materials from China like many of our competitors
Rigorous system of checks and balances to ensure quality is controlled on every project in every step of the manufacturing process. Skilled craftsman with 20+ years of experience using lean Kaizen methods are Individually responsible for different steps of the process. Defined quality standards with rigorous inspections at each phase of the¬ process; cutting, assembly, stain finishing, packaging and shipping.
All new products are tested for durability and strength first. Majority of new product lines we look at we turn down because they don’t live up to our expected level of durability. Many tests are considered before a product is fully vetted such as Bifma, EU tests, drop tests, load-ease tests, back strength tests etc. We conduct regular reviews of product lines and if we receive any negative feedback or complaints from customers we will drop the product, although this rarely ever happens.
-Matt Shendell- Founder/CEO
- Jonh Doe - Supporter