9 Best Kid's Table And Chairs | March 2017
- reinforced, tip-resistant chair design
- table is relatively easy to assemble
- it's a bit on the pricey side
|Brand||Melissa & Doug|
- has a wood and stone texture
- includes a 5-foot diameter umbrella
- disassembly is time consuming
- storage bin has built-in wheels
- benches make it easy to climb in and out
- the paint has a strong odor
- available in white or orange
- easy to clean with a damp cloth
- plenty of space at 27 inches long
- the paint used is lead-free & non-toxic
- ideal for ages 3 and up
- construction is very sturdy
|Brand||Teamson Design Corp|
- finished with a natural beeswax polish
- built-in under-table storage shelf
- table set is made in the usa
Sitting At The Kids Table: An Important Choice
Getting your kids a diminutive table and chair set is a great way to provide them a place to dine, a spot for play, and an area do their homework without having to help them into their seats. Needless to say, a kids table empowers children to seat themselves and rise as needed.
Choosing the right table and chairs for your little ones means, first and foremost, selecting a set that is the right size. Some such sets come with chairs that perch just ten inches off the ground and which are perfect for kids as young as two years old. Other options have chairs that rest fourteen or fifteen inches high, which is only a few inches smaller than many full sized chairs. These sets can accommodate kids well into their elementary years. If you or another adult plan to sit at the table with the children, look for a set that is sturdy enough to support a grownup's weight as well.
Next you must consider where the table and chair set will go in your home. If the answer is outside, then the decision as to which furniture will suit your purposes becomes much more cut and dried. Only a few tables designed for youngsters are suitable for outdoor use, and such furniture must be made from plastic, treated woods, or metal. Fortunately, with the listed options for outdoor kids tables comes the reduced need for a set that blends into interior decor. For matching a kids table and chairs to a room in the home can be a tricky undertaking.
One approach is to choose a table and chair set that simply looks like a regular "adult" furniture set, only smaller. This is a great route to choose for those tables that will be set alongside the larger table during large meals enjoyed during parties or holiday celebrations.
A children's table and chair set can also make a great addition to the classroom, either acting as a spot for group projects to be completed or even standing in for traditional desks entirely. This practice has become more and more common in the current era, as flexible student-centered classroom seating shows its potential to encourage productivity. Using tables instead of desks can help encourage kids to work together and learn about shared problem solving, compromise, listening skills, and much more.
Note that while most decent children's table and chair sets cost around a hundred dollars, some options cost almost quadruple that price. For a set of that price, you can count on well made furniture that will rival the quality of any full sized pieces and that should last for years.
Ideas For Enhancing A Child's Table
You don't have to leave a child's table and chair set exactly as they were designed to look or function. Making changes to your kid's furniture and customizing it to meet his or her needs is a great way to allow them to fully engage in whatever activity for which they most often use their table.
For example, if your child (or the youngster in your charge) is a dedicated artist, consider drilling holes in an area of the table that will allow for the storage of easily retrieval pens, pencils, or paintbrushes. You can mount a board or box beneath the table to prevents the implement from sliding out. Alternatively, you can use a larger drill bit, such as one intended for door knob placement, to create a cutout area big enough to accommodate a cup for pens, pencils, crayons, or brushes.
Installing a bar along on side of the table that can support a large roll of paper is another way to encourage the artist, providing a ready source of paper for his or her creations. This can also help to keep the table clean, acting as an easily replaced temporary table cloth perfect for use during messy meals, art projects, or science experiments.
Hanging bags for storing toys, art materials, and books off the side of the table or the back of the chairs is another way to help your kids use their furniture. Just watch out for the added possibility of a chair tipping over if there is too much weight on its back.
Also consider simply coating the top of the table with a durable contact paper that can be periodically removed when it is dirtied and damaged. You want to allow children to use their furniture without too much worry over damage or messes, so protect the table top and then let the kids enjoy their meals, art, and other activities to the fullest.
What To Watch Out For In Kid's Furniture
As is the case with adult furniture sets, not all kids' chairs and tables are made to the same quality standards. To ensure you get a set that's safe enough for your own high standards, take the time to do some research.
Choosing furniture that is made from solid hardwood is a great way to avoid potential threats from materials like MDF, or medium density fiberboard. While MDF is generally considered safe and is quite commonly used in a range of applications, this material is made using formaldehyde and which can release a fine dust easily inhaled and irritating to the eyes if cut, sanded, or even scratched. The concerned parent may want to play it safe and avoid MDF altogether.
It's also important to make sure your child is simply ready to sit in a regular chair at all. It's much easier to tip over backward or fall out of a chair with a standard design than a high chair or booster seat, so don't transition your kid to such furniture before they are ready.
And finally watch out for any noted safety issues found by groups like the Consumer Products Safety Commission or other watchdog groups. Chances are good that such organizations will disclose safety issues before a manufacturer, and ideally before your family encounters the issue first hand.