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Jonagold | Posted in General Discussion on

Our non-profit group is making upper seat back covers to be used for reserved seating at our theater.  We will have emboidered block letters that read reserved.  We would like to pay for stitching  on only one side of the seat covers.  The disagreement is whether the block letters should be on the front or back of the seat covers.

 Do people see the word as they are approaching the seat from behind (no one enters the theater except from the back) or do they look at the front of the chair cover before they sit down.

This is really confusing to explain…

The chair covers are not reversible so we have to decide before the stitching is done.

Thanks for your thoughts!



  1. Sancin | | #1

    Well, I look at them from the front - with the number of the seat facing the seat I am about to sit in. I can't tell you how many times I have been in the wrong seat as the theatre I frequent has the numbers on the back of the seat - and the seats and aisles aren't sequential! So I would make the covers so that a person approaching the sea from the front would see it taken. IE. so when they look down on the seat they want to sit in they can't miss the 'seat taken' notice.

    1. Jonagold | | #2

      Thanks, I guess that the matter is further complicated as there are no numbers.  We always have open seating.

      The seat covers are a dark blue and the chairs are a royal blue so people should notice the color difference without seeing the word reserved.

      1. Ralphetta | | #3

        This might not be a problem, but I would check to see if the stitching is thick enough, etc., to be felt when you lean back against it.

  2. Ckbklady | | #4

    I'm with the gang here - I think the stitching goes on the front of the seat.

    But to make the back stand out, too, you could choose a bright fabric that greatly contrasts with the color of the seats. As guests come in, they would see a smattering of, say, bright red covers and navy blue upholstered seats, and would wonder what the difference is. Once they saw the front of one, they'd know the drill for next time and would associate the bright red cover (back) and the "reserved" lettering (front) with the same meaning - these seats are spoken for.

    :) Ckbklady

  3. lou19 | | #5

    Agree front of seat more likely to be seen.

    1. Jonagold | | #6

      Tomorrow we meet at the theater to check the pattern and look at a sample of the machine emboidery.  I think the writing will be on the front.  We should have then finished for our first performance.  It will be wonderful not using sheets of paper.  I was surprised at the number of people that moved the paper.  It will be a bit more difficult to move seat covers, I think.

      Thanks for the help!

  4. kelker | | #7

    Why not do the stitching on strips of fabric that can be easily attached (maybe by velcro).  Then, alternate the seats -- attach one on the front, the next one on the back and so on.  If using a black frabric base, use black velcro -- less likely to show from a distance.

  5. Ceeayche | | #8

    I agree with the others about the front. However, I might suggest that you choose a more contrasting color (red or gold) so that attendees can readily discern the difference in a dimmed theater.

    1. Jonagold | | #9

      Our new reserved seat covers will make their first appearance on Saturday.  They are navy with white letters.  The gal in charge has done a great job and will continue as the reserved seat chairperson.  She mentioned some friends to help her dress and strip the seats so they have become the dressers and strippers.  She will take wonderful care of the covers... she was doing the final press and will purchase a storage container for the covers today.

      Thank you for your help!

      1. Ceeayche | | #10

        Great!  I hope a great program/service.

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