Toddlers are little humans coming into themselves. As such, and just like adults, they need a dedicated place of their very own to learn, discover, eat, relax, and play. Whether it’s a dining room table or a desk, a “she shed” or a “man cave”, adults generally have space unto themselves to enjoy as their very own. Kids require similar furnishing in their own size to accommodate their growing needs.
It’s important for you as a parent to allow your children to learn and grow through the use of their imagination. With a nice table and chairs for toddlers, your kids will enjoy holding their own dinner parties or having a workspace to facilitate them working with their arts and crafts. They will also benefit from the experience of sitting to work, which will make the transition to desks in school much easier (1).
Best Table and Chairs for Toddler of 2020
|Melissa & Doug Tables & Chairs 3-Piece Set - Natural Wood||
|Flash Furniture Kids Colorful 5 Piece Folding Table and Chair Set||
|Humble Crew Kids 2-in-1 Plastic Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set||
|Costzon Kids Table and 2 Chairs Set, Wooden Table with Storage Space||
|ECR4Kids Bentwood Table and Chair Set, Certified and Safe Adaptable Furniture Set ||
Melissa & Doug 3-Piece Table and Chair Set – Best Toddler Rectangle Table and Chairs
This is an easily assembled table and chair set that can be put together with a plain old screwdriver in under 30 minutes. Perfect for the one- or two-child household, this is affordable children’s furniture that is neutral in design so that it fits in with almost any decor.
All the pieces of this set are solid wood. Some other “wooden” sets are often more cheaply constructed and made of less durable MDF or hardboard (a stiff, cardboard-like material often used to make peg boards for tools). The solid wood pieces maximize the longevity and durability of this table and chairs, especially when kiddos are moving, standing, tipping, stacking, and otherwise maneuvering their furniture to suit their most immediate playing need.
This set comes in three color options: blonde (natural wood), gray, or white, and all finishes are easily cleaned with a simple wipe with soap and water. If you need additional seating, extra chairs can be purchased separately from the Melissa & Doug website or by contacting their top-notch customer service team.
This set’s all-wood stable construction makes it sturdy as long as you have a knack for following assembly instructions and the parts stay in place. Self-assembly also isn’t for everyone, and some customers reported screws coming loose and needing to be retightened (I’ll recommend a product like Loc-Tite to keep things secure), or slipping out entirely from an improperly sized hole. While structurally strong when fully assembled, the wood used is also lightweight, which means kids can move it around themselves but also the set is more prone to causing accidents related to tipping (from wiggly kids) or denting (from too-hard playing).
While additional chairs can be purchased individual parts (say, a table leg that has broken or a chair seat that has split) may not be independently replaceable, so you’ll need to repurchase the entire piece. Also, even though the wood finishes are cleanable, staining may occur from contact with materials such as paint, marker, or other dye-infused items (e.g. Playdoh, slime, food or beverages).
All in all, this is a set recommended for the average household. If well cared for this set can last years and years as long as the kids using it are moderately careful with spills and messes, and the parent putting the set together knows how to handle a screwdriver to constantly assure the parts are tight and ready for playing.
Flash Furniture Kids Colorful 5-Piece Folding Table and Chair Set – Best Set for Bigger Families
When two chairs aren’t enough to handle your brood’s needs, consider this colorful four-chair set with a broad tabletop (extra space!). Both the table and chairs can be folded up and stored out of the way when not in use (parental help required).
If you’re the kind of parent who don’t want to bother with assembling their kids’ furniture and want something easy, this set might be for you. Even if you don’t need four chairs, the extras can be folded up and stored safely out of the way for when extra friends come over to play. The folding leg design makes all the pieces wobble-free and extra sturdy, even without a heavy weight capacity (the tabletop is not solid metal, but a hard board cover, so can be prone to bending or breaking if heavy items are set on top).
If you’re not into multi-colored furniture, this set also comes in black or a more expensive tan option. Also, if you need replacement seating (or just want even more extra chairs!), additional seating can be purchased separately.
Users have reported that the chairs can be difficult even for adults to fold and unfold because of the heavy spring on the press-button lock on the legs. This presents something of a storage, use, and injury problem if fingers get pinched or if little ones want to re-arrange or use their furniture without mom or dad’s help.
The chairs also have a low weight capacity of 81 pounds as a result of the hollow metal tubing used to construct them. That means that if an adult wants to play, they’ll likely have to take up seating on the floor lest they risk bending or breaking a chair. It’s not recommended that bent chairs be re-bent to their original position, either, as sharp edges and flaking paint present variable safety hazards.
The vinyl tops of the table and chairs present several issues:
- while they add cushion, they are not mendable if ripped or torn
- the vinyl easily traps any stains or oils
- the vinyl is glued to a thin board which is then glued to the top of the metal frame
- many users have reported the vinyl coming off from the frame after just a few uses
This is an economical table and chair set, as long as you understand it adheres to the “you get what you pay for” rule. Even though this set is advertised as “indoor/outdoor”, outdoor use is limited, as moisture can get trapped in the hard board table top or seat pads, resulting in molding and decay; the metal parts might also be prone to rusting in high-moisture environments. Creative thinking is encouraged to problem solve issues like the cushioned tabletop (one user shared that they fit a piece of plexiglass over the top to prevent stains and tears, but of course the additional cost and time of installing that fix will offset the savings of buying this cheaper set in the first place).
Humble Crew Plastic Building Blocks Table and Chairs Set – Best Colorful Round Set
If Lego’s are your kid’s game, this table and chair set with its built-in storage bin and permanent Lego top might be just what you need to get those blocks off the floor, away from your feet, and onto a more functional (and safer) space.
This cute and colorful table and chair set offers built-in storage and a designated place for your kids to build their big dreams and expand their imaginations! The removeable flat table top serves as a cover for the storage and also hides the bumpy plastic pattern so kids can use it like a normal table to draw, eat, read, or play. The set’s plastic construction offers the usual benefits: light weight, outdoor friendly, less costly, and easy to clean (except for the bumpy Lego top, which can have its cleaning challenges, but such is the nature of Legos). This set comes in two color options: primary colors and a more feminine pastel version.
With the benefits of plastic come the usual downsides. This set takes up a lot of space and can create some difficulty if you need to relocate or store it away. Some users have complained that their children have tipped back in the chairs because the hollow legs are too lightweight. Tipping and sliding on hard floors can also occur because there are no rubber feet to hold the chairs steady (many users recommend setting it on carpet or a non-slip rug). With an ultra-low weight capacity of only 50 pounds per chair, older children and adults cannot sit in the seats.
It is uncertain if extra chairs are available for individual purchase, as they are not advertised on the brand’s website. However, certain parts may be replaced by the manufacturer at no cost.
Overall, this is a good table and chair set for toddlers at an ultra-affordable price. Once kids start getting bigger, they’ll need to start sitting on the floor or you’ll need to upgrade your furniture to accommodate their size and weight increase, as this lightweight table and chair set won’t hold up to heavier loads.
Costzon 3-in-1 Toddler Table and Chairs Set with Storage – Best toddler art table and chairs with chalkboard
Like adults, kids like having furniture they can use for multiple purposes. This table and chair set by Costzon is just the ticket for the versatile kid because it offers plentiful storage for all their activities and crafts, as well as sturdy construction for both light and heavy players (which is something parents can appreciate, too).
The tabletop can flip to either a chalkboard or a whiteboard finish, so not only is it a big, broad space for kids to use, but it also serves as a drawing pad, too! The chairs tuck almost completely underneath the table, maximizing open space for playtime when the unit isn’t in use. And at a 100+ pound weight rating per chair, adults can sit alongside kids and join in on all the fun.
Though this set is technically made from wood, it’s not solid or plywood like a couple of the other sets being reviewed in this article. Instead this set is made using MDF, a form of pressed wood product that is strong but also permeable to liquids (though the finish may be water resistant, stationary liquids on the surface will likely seep through and cause unrepairable warping). As such, the set is not “outdoor friendly”. Also, the extra sturdy design of this table doesn’t allow for using additional chairs with the set, which means you’re stuck with only two chairs. This set also requires assembly using the supplied allen wrench.
Even with the limit to two chairs per table and MDF construction, this set wins for best overall from this list of toddler table and chair sets. It’s extra sturdy construction, plentiful storage, neutral color, and wipe-clean finish make it great for almost any family unit, no matter what their activity preference. Even at the higher cost, this table is well worth the additional investment because toddlers can continue to safely use this set even as they grow bigger and heavier.
ECR4Kids Bentwood Montessori Small Table and Chair Set – Best Space Saver
This most luxe table and chair set is also the most versatile. Made from bent engineered hardwood, this set’s design has been thought and overthought to maximize functionality and minimize weight without sacrificing style.
This all-wood set includes three pieces — one “table” and two “chairs” — that can be easily flipped or rotated to serve as shelves, stools, benches, side tables, or even a tandem desk! Handles are pre-cut into the pieces to make them easy for even little bodies to move around as the activity of the hour requires. The two chair pieces tuck neatly under the table piece, minimizing its footprint when not in use and thereby maximizing your child’s open play space so she can run, dance, jump, and do what kids do best: wiggle!
Another bonus is this set comes preassembled, which means no bolts or screws and instruction diagrams to handle upon unpacking, and also an increase in strength to the pieces themselves since there are no seams or joints to get floppy or go awry. Another thing about this set: No corners! That means extra safety for your toddler if they slip, slide, or are otherwise simply being toddler-ishly clumsy.
Obviously, with increased functionality and craftsmanship comes additional cost. Of the table and chair sets we’re reviewing in this article, the ECR4Kids set is the most expensive, hovering at around $180 MSRP. Though their curved lines and flush silhouette look sleek to the eye and offer some additional safety, the rounded edges of the bent hardwood also provide opportunities for drinks, plates, or crafts (think: paint, glue, slime… glitter!) to slide off if the user isn’t placing them carefully and centrally enough on the surface.
Another downside is that the chairs cannot be purchased separately, which means if one chair breaks or is otherwise damaged, you’ll likely have to shell out the cash for a whole other set to recoup the lost seating.
If you’re lacking in space, this set can function as the ideal all-in-one furniture solution for your child’s room. Your main problem may be you need more pieces, because the kid’s are using their supposed chairs as nightstands instead!
Best Toddler Table and Chairs – Buyer’s Guide
Not only are kid-sized furnishings a good and healthy idea for children during their short- and long-term development, but parents will benefit, too. How so?
When the kids have a space to claim and call their own, that means mom and dad maintain ownership of their special spot, too. Kids won’t try (as hard) to invade and will (eventually) learn the benefit of “personal space”. Of course, children can sit with parents at the big table, but it also benefits the other way around when parents can sit and share an experience at the kids’ table. That’s why sturdy chairs that can hold an adult’s weight are a bonus, and the main reason we listed chair weight capacity as a factor in our reviews. When adults can sit and bond with kids on their level that encourages a child to open up. This improves child-parent interactions by making conversations more natural and fostering the relationship between parent and child on a two-way street, for the long-term.
Obviously, it’s helpful for parents of multiple children to have furniture for the kids, but even single-child homes can benefit. Having not only space but items to call their own provides an opportunity for children to take on more “grown-up” responsibilities, such as cleaning up and pride and responsibility of ownership.
Not only parents, but other caretakers will benefit from keeping kid-sized furniture around, too: extended family (e.g. grandparents), frequently visited neighbors, babysitters, home daycare providers, and homeschoolers will all find a table and chair set will come under heavy use.
Too often initial price is all that buyers consider when shopping for toddler furniture. However, there’s so much more involved in getting the best value:
- durability/strength of the items
- mobility (ease of moving by both kids and parents)
- versatility (how many ways can the item(s) be used? Can the pieces convert into various positions to provide space for varying activities?)
- availability of replacement parts or extra chairs
- if the furnishings can be easily stored away (for families with smaller spaces or if the furniture needs to be set aside for special occasions)
- safety features, like sharp/dull corners, small parts, the safety of finishes (e.g. stains or paints)
- prevalence for tipping (especially for wiggly kids!)
Consider all these factors as you shop for the best value for your money.
There are unlimited options for children’s furniture to be found in stores and online, and obviously, each family will have their favorites for different reasons. You’ll find they all have good value and perform well in a variety of categories, and no matter what kids will use them!
The bottom line is that no matter which set you to choose, as long as you’re providing a dedicated place for your child (or multiple children) to partake in daily activities, everyone will reap the benefits.