Integrated Lego table works with any piece, keeping all the small parts contained in one location. Makes cleanup simple.
Assembly can take longer than other tables.
Durable plastic construction will survive the abuse of young kids in dramatic play. Bright colors are fun for younger toddlers.
Lacks extensive organization features to keep the area clean.
Smooth surfaces on the table and chairs make it easy to clean up spills and other messes. Large, stable service provides ample playing area.
Comes with only two chairs instead of the standard four.
Legs fold up for convenient storage or portability if necessary. Hinge mechanisms are designed with kid’s safety in mind so parents don’t have to worry about injuries.
A basic setup lacking major organization and play features.
The kids’ table doesn’t have to be a card table set in the corner far from the adults. Today’s pint-sized tables and chairs make a cute addition to a child’s bedroom, playroom, or dining room. The small size of kids’ table and chair sets lets kids comfortably work on projects, eat snacks, or play games.
If you’re ready for your kids to have their own creative area, a kids’ table and chair set would be a useful addition to your home. We’ve created this shopping guide to help you find the set that’s right for your family.
And don’t forget to browse our top five picks for the products we think stand out from the crowd.
Number of pieces included
Kids’ table and chair sets range in the number of pieces included in the set. The table size varies as well. The number of children who will use the set and its purpose will determine the number of chairs and the size you need. If play dates are in your future, you’re probably going to need a few extra chairs, too. Sets with multiple chairs offer more flexibility in seating arrangements, but they also require more space.
Storage and portability
Folding sets break down for compact storage, which works well if you have limited space or if the table and chairs won’t be needed all the time. These sets have collapsible hinges on the table legs and foldable chairs. Most can easily fit in a closet or garage without hassle.
With children’s products, safety is always the number one concern. Foldable models should have safety locks on all hinges and movable parts to prevent collapsing or pinching limbs. For non-foldable sets, stability is key. Children are wiggly. The chairs should stay upright with a normal amount of toddler/preschooler activity. Keep in mind that no chair is designed to stay fully upright if the child is standing, jumping, or tipping on the back legs, however.
Kids are hard on their stuff. You should find a balance between durability, appearance, and price with a kids’ table and chair set. For example, wood sets may last for years with the proper care, but they also may not stand up to spills, Sharpies, and the wear and tear of toys pounding on the surface.
Plenty of play and storage space for little LEGO fans
The creations of your favorite LEGO maniac will stay in place on the sturdy surface of this wood table. Parents love the built-in storage drawers that keep everything organized. The UTEX 2-in-1 Kids’ Construction Play Table not only keeps kids busy but also lessens the chance of LEGOs littering your floor.
The materials used for kids’ table and chair sets affect the durability of the set and determine how easy the table and chairs are to clean.
Wood: This classic material makes for sets that most closely mimic full-size tables and chairs. Wood has a sophisticated appearance and more readily blends in with standard home furnishings. It should either be painted or finished with a wood stain. Depending on the quality of the construction and the kind of wood used, wood tables can be incredibly durable and last for years. However, inexpensive softwoods like pine easily dent and scratch.
Plastic: Of all the materials used to make kids’ tables and chairs, plastic is probably the most durable and easiest to clean. The quality of the plastic does make a difference, though, as some inexpensive plastics can warp or crack with excess sun exposure.
Metal: Metal tables and chairs usually have a foam pad covered with a plastic top. Most portable/foldable tables are made of a metal/plastic combo. While these tables are durable and save space, the plastic can crack or get cut, and the metal has the potential to rust.
Kids’ table and chair sets can be found in every color of the rainbow, from natural wood to pastels and bright colors. Character-themed sets are common, too. There are enough options that you’re sure to find something that will appeal to your child and fit with your decor.
Some kids’ tables have drawers or hidden storage compartments underneath the tabletop. This is great for storing art supplies, toys, or games. Kids’ furniture that offers extra storage space is always a winner in our book.
Specialty sets have a tabletop designed for a specific purpose, such as a train or LEGO table. If you have the space in your home, these specialty kids’ tables offer hours of fun. LEGO tables, for example, have a top that’s covered in LEGO plates so kids can build directly on the tabletop.
Stools vs. chairs
Chairs tend to tip over easier than stools, and stools can be stored under the table. However, chairs are easier for younger children to sit on. When deciding, take into account your child’s age, as well as your available storage and style preference.
Some kids’ tables include an interchangeable tabletop surface for drawing, playing with LEGOs, or playing with water toys.
Some portable kids’ tables have a chair storage area underneath the table. The tabletop collapses to cover the chairs, and the whole unit can then be stored in a corner or closet.
Kids’ tables and chairs with wider tabletops and seats provide better stability. Some manufacturers also add stability with wide legs on all set pieces.
Sets with a table and one chair start at around $25. These sets may be character-themed or a solid color, and they may be made of plastic or a plastic/metal combo. Some of these sets are foldable.
Mid-range kids’ table and chair sets that run between $25 and $125 may have two to four chairs. You’ll find sets made of plastic, wood, and metal in this price range. There is also a selection of finishes and colors to choose from, as well as some tables with storage.
At the high end of the price range, between $125 and $250, are wood tables with anywhere from two to six chairs. Many of these tables are designed to look like miniature versions of an adult table.
A classic, solid set for two
This three-piece set comes at a great price, and the table’s stable base provides plenty of play space or an eating area for little ones. You have several color options to choose from, so this kids’ table and chair set will fit with almost any decor.
Kids’ table and chair sets come in the same styles as adult sets, so if you love minimalist, traditional, or rustic design, for example, there’s a set out there that will complement your home.
Check the age recommendation for the set. Some models are designed for children 18 months to three years, while others are intended for children three to eight. The age recommendation will give you an idea of the overall size and scale of the set before buying.
Does your child chew on toys? Little chewers will chomp down on almost anything. Plastic holds up better to teeth than wood, and you won’t have to worry about splinters!
There were a number of great options in this category. We focused on finding sets that represented the best of each type: specialty, plastic, wood, and metal/plastic combos. One product we seriously considered was the Tot Tutors Kids 2-in-1 Activity Table and Chairs. This set features a multi-use top that can be removed to reveal a LEGO table and small storage bin. If you love a natural wood finish, we suggest the Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Table and Two Chairs Set. The table is perfect for kids, but the beautiful wood grain looks anything but childish.
Q. Can kids’ table and chair sets be used outside?
A. Unless the manufacturer advertises the set as an outdoor set, it should probably be used only indoors. While some plastic sets may be okay outside, we always recommend following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Q. Do kids’ table and chair sets have foot pads to prevent scratches on hardwood floors?
A. Sets with metal legs have a plastic cover on the foot of each table and chair leg. Wood and plastic sets, however, may or may not have foot pads. Foot pads can be purchased separately and fitted onto the table and chairs to protect your floors.
Q. Can a kids’ table and chair set be customized with my child’s name?
A. Some manufacturers offer the option of adding your family or child’s name to the table or chairs. Customization usually includes an additional fee.
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