Event Furniture Hire: A Beginner’s Guide


If you’re planning an event for the first time, or you’ve somehow managed to avoid having to use event furniture hire in the past, when you suddenly need to hire a thousand chairs though, it can all become very confusing, very quickly.

With so many companies out there, how are you meant to know which direction to turn? Most event furniture hire companies provide more or less the same services, but some will stand out. Usually, there are three main factors you will need to consider. Firstly, have they got the furniture I want available? Secondly, is it available on the date I need it? Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, is the price right?


Have they got the furniture?

There will be certain standardised sets of furniture which you will be able to get from any company, any time. These will be the most simple sets of plain wooden furniture, although the greater your need, the more warning you’re likely to find yourself needing, as the companies will have to source the products.

With so many different providers available, you’ve got plenty of places to shop between. The best event furniture hire companies will also offer a bespoke option where anything you need can also be made (or sourced) to order. This will make them much more appealing, and while it can boost the costs substantially, it will make it worthwhile in the long term if you’re going to get the exact look and style you had envisaged.

Is it available on the date you need?

This is probably one of the most important factors – unless you’re willing to re-plan your entire event around the need for a sofa. If you book early this won’t be a problem. There’s so many different outfits available, and they’re all going to be competitive and offer similar styles of product. If you’re not particularly fussy about where you hire from, getting started early will give you a chance to shop around and find the best price available.

If you’re not sure what you need, make an accurate event plan. How many guests are attending? Is this a sit down dinner or an evening event which will mostly involve standing and dancing? The event furniture hiree will vary depending on the number of attendees and the style of your event. Your venue might dictate more specifics as well – if there isn’t a fitted bar it’s also possible to hire a mobile one to use on the day.

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