A little about cheap chairs from online resellers.
Most church chairs sold today that are less than $35 and even some of those higher in price are imported from regions of Asia. The quality of these chairs varies depending on the manufacturer and the controls put in place by the broker or the importer. The majority of these cheap church chairs are designed to make it through the sales process and the first year of use before falling apart. They use low quality materials such as foams with fillers, light duty fabrics, sub-standard paints and cheaply fabricated componentry to insure that the price paid by the middleman stays extremely low and their markup very high. Churches that buy such chairs find out soon enough that they received far less of a chair than they paid for.
Here are the typical risks associated with purchasing a cheap church chair from an online reseller:
- they may have finishes that contain lead
- they are often made with questionable materials
- they lack attention to detail that creates aesthetic quality
- they may contain foam that doesn’t meet local fire codes
- they are unregulated for health and safety
- they may contain formaldehyde and create unhealthy off-gassing
- they may be difficult to match, replace or obtain service for
Introducing the hybrid church chair.
In contrast, church chairs purchased from BertoliniChurchChairs.com are manufactured by Bertolini Inc. These church chairs are what we call hybrids in that they are built in the USA and use materials produced in the USA and materials that are sourced globally. Bertolini Inc. has partnered with one of the best manufacturers in Asia to source a top quality cushion set with virgin commercial grade foam (no fillers) and super heavy-duty, UV protected, contract grade polyolefin fabric that has been tested to 75,000 double rubs (standard contract grade = 15,000). These cushion sets are married to the industry’s best frame with metal-to-metal T-nut construction for extreme fastening durability; the frame itself is manufactured in the USA by Bertolini Inc. This robust frame is produced using mandrel bending (for a stronger bend) from 16 gauge cold-rolled steel and finished in Bertolini’s own state-of-the-art, five-stage powder-coating system with top-quality DuPont powder-coats that are cured at 400 degrees to create a tough, durable and attractive finish. Bertolini assembles these chairs locally in Chino, California or Lawrenceburg, Tennessee using their own top quality componentry such as booted rockers glides and friction-fit polymer stack buttons to create a quality chair that’s priced comparable to lesser quality imports. That’s what we call “The Hybrid Difference” —you get a lot more chair for the money from a company that stands behinds what it builds.