It may seem like kids take over your house (which they do) and your entire life (which they also do), but aside from their bedroom, what space do they really have that’s entirely their own? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a playroom, but even if you do, your child is still going to need a place to sit and color — unless you’re cool with crayon marks on your floor.
That’s where investing in kids furniture comes in handy. Not only do kids tables and chairs shrink the big world down to their miniature level, but they can function as designated play areas that spark creativity, arts and crafts corners where they’ll make something out of nothing, a place to snack, or even a quiet homework spot for kiddos in school.
The best kids table and chairs are either bright and colorful, so that they’re visually inviting to your child, or minimalist to mimic your adult decor. Some sets are even designed with storage or entertainment in mind, so you don’t have to provide a laundry list of activities they can do in the space — it’s all built in right there for them.
Here are some of the best kids tables and chairs to fit your mold and their imagination.
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1. AmazonBasics Kids Wood Table and Chair Set
A wooden set with a splash of color, this option will aesthetically please both mom and child. The five-piece set is constructed from natural wood with the table staying true to its origins, while the chairs have been painted blue, red, yellow, and green for a little pizazz. Although it’s kid-sized, the pieces are sturdy enough that parents, playmates, and babysitters alike can sit and enjoy time with little ones. This table and chairs set is also noticeably lightweight, so you can move it from the playroom to the dining room and back with ease.
2. Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Table and Chairs
Looking for something a little more neutral? This table and chairs set can blend in with any home decor. Made from durable wood, the set has a natural finish and includes one table and a pair of matching chairs. It’s recommended for children 3 to 8 years old, so you might want to hold off on purchasing this one until your kid enters preschool.
3. Tot Tutors 2-in-1 Activity Table
This table keeps kids occupied for longer with built-in entertainment. Lift the table lid of this colorful set and you’ll find a textured building surface with storage at its center. Blocks aren’t included, but the table is compatible with Duplo and other popular plastic blocks. Once your kids get bored playing with blocks, put the cover back on for a smooth surface they can use for puzzles, arts and crafts, and board games. It’s also worth noting that this set has been constructed with plastic materials, so it’s lightweight and easy to transport from one room to the next.
4. KidKraft Nantucket Table and Chairs
With its sweet pastel chairs, this set can brighten up any room. This item was inspired by wainscoting designs from Nantucket. It’s more of a sophisticated feel than other kids table and chairs out there, with sleek, curved panels and subtle pops of color. Plus, unlike most sets that offer little to no help on the assembly line, some panels come pre-assembled, which means less building for you, and more play time for them.
5. Lifetime Table
If you need a kids table and chairs set that’s going to be durable and weather-proof, this no-frills option is your best bet. Perfect for outdoor picnics or craft projects alike, this versatile table is great for just about any activity. With impact-resistant corners, it’s going to last thanks to its superior strength and quality. Plus, it folds compactly for easy storage. It’s also stain-resistant and the benches are UV-resistant.