Having a dedicated workspace for homework can be hugely helpful for kids — not to mention the fact that a desk or table that’s just for them can inspire journaling, doodling or crafting. If you’re setting up such a space for your kids, you may also need to invest in a kid-sized chair — because, like Goldilocks, you want one that’s just right, and adult-sized chairs may prove to be uncomfortable, making focusing harder and posture worse. Like so many things in the adult world, however, desk chairs can be shrunk down to a kid-friendly size. Here are the best ones for learning and growing in.
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1. GreenForest Desk Chair for Kids
Offering the same adjustable height and ability to swivel and move as adult-sized chairs, this goes perfectly with kid-sized desks. While younger elementary school kids might not do well working or focusing in a rolling chair, the height is good for older elementary school kids, up through middle school. (Adults up to 5’2″ can use it comfortably, as well). It supports up to 200 pounds and comes in several friendly pops of color.
2. Melissa & Doug Wooden Chair Pair
For younger kids, a sturdy wooden chair that allows them to sit comfortably while they work is all they need. Melissa and Doug’s wooden chairs work for kids ages 3-8 and, while they only come in a set of two, are affordable enough to justify doubling up. The two chairs can be placed at a kid table for work as well as play, or at their own desk. Each chair holds up to 150 pounds.
3. Kore Wobble Chair
Designed specifically to help kids who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or autism, these chairs gently wobble to help all kids who may have a hard time sitting still. Not only does the movement increase secondary focus, it also allows kids to adjust for comfort as needed without getting up. The chairs come in different heights, ranging from toddler to pre-teen, as well as nine colors. The base has an anti-tip design to prevent falling and the chair can support up to 275 pounds.
4. Flash Furniture Blue Plastic Stackable School Chair
Light enough that kids can move on their own, this chair is ideal for sitting comfortably at a table or desk and is designed for kids ages 3-5. The contoured shape is especially good for kids who may want to sit for longer periods of time while doing homework or just playing. It’s sturdy enough to support even an adult who may want to perch for a short period of time. And good news if you’re in the market for more than one: they can also be stacked.
5. AmazonBasics Low-Back Task Desk Chair
While not designed specifically for children, this AmazonBasics Low-Back Task Desk Chair can be low enough for older kids and can grow with them through high school and beyond. It has a maximum weight capacity of 225 pounds.