Alumni Chairs can made special chairs for you according to your needs.  Our Amish craftsmen are capable of designing and building hardwood chairs to your requirements.  We can handle special sizes, special woods, custom stains, special fabrics, and your choice of leather quality and color.  If you can draw it, we can likely refine the design, build it, and ensure its comfort.  Read more about what is possible.

Design Your Custom College Chairs & University Chairs

  • Begin with one of our 25 College Chair models or begin with a completely new design.  We can build your special chair from design and prototype to a finished chair
  • Wood preference may include Maple, Quarter-sawn White Oak, Cherry, Walnut, and others
  • Choice of Ohio Certified Stains for beauty and to match your existing Amish furniture
  • Choice of fine finishes: black lacquer or natural wood finishes
  • Choose Colorful, Official College Logos, our TrueColor Logos™; engraving, and medallions
  • Logos reflecting professional schools, activities, athletic teams, marching band, other entities at your institution, and businesses
  • One or multiple logos
  • Choice of fabrics and leather upholstery in your choice of colors
  • Optional personalized nameplates to include names, dates, text, and logos

Features You May Request in Your Custom College Chairs


We start with solid American hardwoods including cherry, maple, white oak, and beautiful quarter-sawn oak.  We can also build with elm, hickory, and walnut.  Our wood is kiln-dried to 6% moisture to ensure durability and resist cracking and shrinkage in extreme climates.  We use no endangered woods and materials.  Our most popular wood is maple, but quarter-sawn white oak, cherry, and other woods are available upon request.

Four chair styles - 4 woods for Custom Chairs page 20151108







We will install logos and other images of your school or organization at a variety of locations on our custom college chairs.  Images can include your school’s official college seal, college logo, and text.  Only Alum ni Chairs can build your Colorful Images into our collegiate furniture through our TrueColor Logos processes. Materials are wear-resistant and UV-resistant.  We can also install logos with other techniques including engraving and metallic medallions.  TrueColor Logos enables us to put real color into our alumni chairs; our process is more durable and more colorful than other processes.  Custom logos can be developed at the expense of the customer as a one-time charge but subject to approval by the institution in question.

DePaul University Chair with Gold Seal example of university seals









Multiple Logos

Some colleges, departments, professional schools, and organizations enjoy traditions of multiple logos and images that can be installed on a single chair.   We can install secondary logos on the rear of our chairs as you request, providing that the institution in question will approve that particular combination.

ATDB 4 schools Daryll Dykes bench






Alumni Chairs enjoys a great advantage of working with Amish builders and finishers who are committed to Ohio Certified Stains that ensure identical colors of furniture provided by multiple builders.   Our most popular finishes are either Black Lacquer or “clear coat” over OCS Stains.  With OCS Stains, we are able to provide university chairs and college furniture that match extremely closely other furniture produced throughout Ohio and neighboring states.


Our upholstery shop is one of the finest shops in Ohio Amish country and will ensure attractive, comfortable, and long-lasting seating.  We create firm cushions that are professionally covered with durable, high-quality fabrics and leathers that match your school colors according to the institution’s specific Pantone® or PMS colors.  Specific PMS colors do not always enjoy a perfect match in fabrics, but we will will find the closest possible match among leading fabric suppliers. Our fabrics are safe and low in emissions.  Most fabrics are included at no extra cost; leathers are available at an additional charge.

Brown Affinity Mission Chair with brown leather - college chairs

Personalized Brass Plates

In addition to the logos that Alumni Chairs will install in your college or recognition chairs, we can further personalize your chairs by attaching personalized brass plates that contain text that is meaningful to each customer.

Personalization examples 3 views Harvard and Wexner Medical Center




“The recipient of the endowed chair, one of our donors, loved the chair.  She was over-the-moon about the thoughtfulness of us being able to select the finishes to fit her taste.  Thank you for allowing us to make it custom!”