If a child is going to be spending any extended period of time sitting and reading, working on art project or playing a game, it’s best that they do not use a standard adult chair. The goal is to match a child with an age-appropriate chair, one which allows the child to sit comfortably and fully supports them. Dangling feet may be fun on a swing, but when seated, kids should be able to place their feet on the floor.
Here are some guidelines to consider when choosing chair heights for children.
Growing children obviously vary in size so the above suggestions are shown with an age range. Estimate the average age of a child that will be using the chairs and select accordingly. Providing some extra chairs with seat heights above or below the main target is also a good idea.
Choose durable chairs that are of a high quality commercial grade to ensure safety and to make the furniture investment last. In addition, make sure the chairs are built to allow for adults to sit on them, as staff or family members will often sit with children.
Proper corresponding table heights are also important. The difference between chair seat height and table top surface should be about 8” for children under 10 years of age; 10” for older kids and approximately 11” for adults.
DMA4Families and TMC Furniture offer a full selection of seat heights for chairs, stool and benches. We also have comfortable, inviting lounge furniture for children, perfect for reading, watching a movie or to place in any lounge or teen area.