What to Look for in a Great Toddler Chair

Because even two-year-olds deserve a throne of their own.

Toddler sitting in fox toddler chair.
Your toddler’s chair will be just as fun as it is functional.Amazon

Sure, your little one already knows the art of the couch sprawl. But toddler chairs can be a great addition to your den or playroom. Designed with your little one’s measurements in mind, toddler chairs can be colorful, portable and often have washable covers to make cleanup a snap. Here’s what to look for in a great toddler chair.

Marshmallow Furniture 2-in-1 Flip Open Foam Couch Bed Sleeper Sofa Kid's Furniture for Ages 18 Months and Up, The Lion King

Slumber Party–Ready

This durable product can allow kids to lie down for naps, with a washable cover for easy cleaning.Marshmallow Furniture

This isn’t your lumpy pull-out. A toddler sleeper couch can be a great option for toddlers to sprawl out on a lazy morning. A sleeper couch can also be a great nap or rest option for older toddlers, who may resist going into their bed in the middle of the day.

Animal Adventure | Sweet Seats | Fox Children's Plush Chair

Cute Characters

Washable slip cover offers a friendly face to add to nursery or playroom decor; kid-safe zipper keeps pillows in place.Amazon

One of the benefits of a toddler chair is its portability. Bring it out on movie night or use it as seating when you have family come to visit. Kids can also learn that it’s okay to climb on “their” chair, but not on any permanent furniture in the living room.

Delta Children Upholstered Chair with Ottoman, Disney Minnie Mouse

Grown-Up Look

Lounger has hardwood frame and footrest; holds up to 90 pounds, allowing room for growth.Delta Children

Don’t worry about the mess—that’s why your toddler isn’t sitting on your armchairs just yet. Many toddler chairs are made with wipe-clean surfaces or have easy-to-unzip covers you can toss in the wash. This way, you can let kids be kids—and still keep the living room relatively mess-free.

Costzon Kids Sofa Recliner, Children PU Leather Armchair W/Front Footrest, Flip-up Storage Arms, Padded Backrest, Ergonomic Contemporary Sofa for Toddler Boys Girls, Lightweight Sofa Chair (Black)

Grown-Up Look

Lounger has hardwood frame and footrest; holds up to 90 pounds, allowing room for growth.Costzon

If you’ve got multiple kids, consider a chair that provides room to grow. Look for a chair or lounger that is a mini-replica of the pieces made for adults, but at a size and budget more appropriate for kids. Not only is a child-specific chair usually more wallet-friendly, but a smaller model is great to preserve space in a child’s bedroom or playroom.