Designed by Lisa Norinder, the Nisse Folding Chair is one of Ikea’s cheapest chairs. I have a soft spot in my heart for objects designed with the intention of being mass produced and inexpensive, and the Nisse meets both requirements. The function behind the form is to fold flat for storage, and be lightweight. Made primarily of either chrome plated or powdercoated steel and ABS plastic, the chair weighs in at less than eight pounds and folds down extremely flat. The intended method of storage, and the method we use, is to hang the chair on the wall so it is convenient when the need for extra seating comes up. By their nature, folding chairs are temporary seating, and the Nisse is perfectly suited for this type of use. The chair is cheap, and light, something you are immediately reminded of when you sit in it. I wouldn’t twist and turn too much because the single pin in each side will allow some torque. However the twisting is reduced by the front and back leg’s continuous U-shape design. As with any folding, lightweight chair you don’t want to lean back too far. I have seen some adds showing these chairs set up as permanent use dining chairs. I can only assume whoever would do that must not have small children because they would probably fall over/off all day (in this chair a small child sitting on their knees would be even more top heavy than small children usually are normally). With a plastic cantilevered seat, the Nisse has a very attractive and minimal look but definitely don’t use this chair (or any folding chair) as a stool for reaching something on the top shelf. As an inexpensive solution for something used occasionally, that is easy to store away, lightweight, minimal, and attractive, the Nisse is great.
Pros: Cheap, lightweight, easy to store, easy to clean, comes in several bold color options, few pinch points
Cons: You trade weight for durability, at $24.99 USD the more expensive white/chrome version might be slightly overpriced for what it is (some color options are cheaper than others)