The 10 Best Kids Table and Chair Sets 2020

The 10 Best Kids Table and Chair Sets 2020

We all love watching our child’s creativity bloom; the sight of them drawing or working hard on a playdough sculpture melts our hearts. However, sometimes their creativity can get a bit too carried away. It’s not a fun experience to discover your bills – and everything else on the dining table – has been covered in glitter and glue from their latest DIY project.

Providing your child their own personal space will allow them to explore their creativity without destroying your belongings (or the dining table). It’ll also give them a sense of independence and size-appropriate workspace. A great table and chair set can become a centrepiece for their activities and a shrine to everything they love doing.

Factors to Consider in a Kid’s Table and Chair Set

Of course, with thousands of kids’ table and chair sets on the market, narrowing down your options can often feel impossible. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve made sure to include a wide variety of kids’ table and chair sets in our picks, so whether you’re looking for a table and chair set with plenty of storage, or a set which can be kept outside, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the main factors you should keep in mind when buying a kid’s table and chair set.

Age Range

While some kids’ table and chair sets are designed with toddlers in mind (low seat height and small in size), others are designed for slightly older kids. Usually, sets aimed at older children have chairs that are 12 inches or higher, while sets aimed at toddlers typically have chairs that are just 10 to 11 inches high.

Features

Kids’ table and chair sets not only come in a variety of styles, but they also have varying features. Some are foldable, others have built-in storage compartments and some even have adjustable parts.

Assembly

You’ll likely be the one setting up the table and chair, and as we all know, home DIY can be quite the challenge! A table and chair set that is easy to assemble and comes with clear instructions will prevent any mishaps. It’ll also save you a lot of stress and time.

Easy to Clean

Let’s be real: your little one is going to turn the table into their own personal canvas – it’ll be covered in paint, ink, glue and everything else that takes their fancy. Due to this, a table that has an easy to clean surface is a must.

Material

Kids’ table and chair sets are made from several materials, including plastic, wood and metal. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks. We discuss in detail the advantages and disadvantages of each material in our full buyer guide down below.

Sturdiness and Durability

A sturdy, durable table and chair set is vital; not only does it ensure the safety of your child (it won’t tip over or break), it also means it’ll last for years to come.

Safety

Aside from sturdiness, a kid’s table and chair set should have no sharp edges and no parts that could pose a pinch hazard. If the table and chair set is made out of wood, the wood should be smooth and well-finished (to prevent splinters). Make sure to be aware of any safety issues or recalls noted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Now you know what factors are important, let’s dive into our choices for the best kids’ table and chair sets on the market. If you need any further guidance while checking out our picks, make sure to take a look at our in-depth buyer guide.

Top 10 Best Kids Table and Chair Sets 2020

1. Best Overall Kids Table and Chair Set: Melissa & Doug Wooden

Melissa & Doug Wooden

Why we like it: This sophisticated wooden table and chair set is exceptionally sturdy, and its chairs are strong enough to hold an adult’s weight.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 8 years
  • Material: Solid Wood
  • Seat Height: 11 inches
  • Total Weight: 25.8 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 2 (can purchase more if needed)

Made from durable solid wood and at a size designed to accommodate most ages, the Melissa & Doug table and chair set is an ideal option if you’re wanting a set that your child can grow up with. The chairs are also tip-resistant, extremely sturdy, and even able to support an adult’s weight.

Rather than garish colors, this table and chair set comes in white, gray or a natural wood hue, meaning it’ll complement most home settings.

Thanks to its smooth finish, this set has no rough edges and is easy to clean. However, the table’s surface does scratch fairly easily. If you’d prefer a scratch-resistant table, check out Delta Children’s chair and desk set.

While the table is spacious for young kids, it might be a little small for eight-year-olds, particularly if they’re planning on doing any arty activities which need a fair bit of table space.

Assembly

Despite requiring screws, this table and chair set is easy to assemble, and it also comes with handy step-by-step instructions. However, the screws tend to come loose after use, which can cause the chairs and table to become wobbly. You will therefore need to regularly retighten the screws.

If you want a table and chair set that requires less maintenance, a fully assembled plastic set like the Little Tikes Bright ‘n Bold set is a good option.

Pros

  • Elegant look that complements most home settings
  • Exceptionally sturdy, chairs can hold an adult’s weight
  • Durable high-quality wood, with a smooth finish
  • Easy to assemble, clear instructions
  • Able to buy additional chairs

Cons

  • Screws need retightening regularly
  • Table’s surface scratches easily

2. Best Budget Kids Table and Chair Set: Delta Children

Delta Children

Why we like it: Not only is this scratch-resistant set incredibly compact, it also comes in a wide range of colorful styles.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
  • Material: Engineered Wood
  • Seat Height: 10.5 inches
  • Total Weight: 20 pounds (approx.)
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 1

If you’re looking for a set that will brighten up your child’s playroom, Delta Children’s chair and desk set has got you covered. While this scratch-resistant wooden set comes in black, white and gray, it also has colorful design options that feature popular cartoon characters, like Mickey Mouse and Peppa Pig.

This set comes with storage space (under the chair) and a built-in removable cup holder. This makes it ideal for children who love creative activities; the storage space is perfect for storing creative supplies while the cup holder is a great place to keep pens and paintbrushes. Despite all these features, this table and chair set is exceptionally compact, making it a good option for those with little space to spare.

Unfortunately, the seat’s edge is a little sharp, which can be uncomfortable for some children. You may need to invest in a seat pillow if you decide to buy this product. If comfort is a big consideration, Flash Furniture’s folding table and chair set offers a lot more comfort thanks to its padded seats, though it doesn’t have storage space or a cup holder.

Assembly

Although not too difficult to assemble, assembly does take a fair amount of time.

Pros

  • Brings a splash of color to any playroom
  • Under chair storage
  • Compact design
  • Removable cup holder
  • Budget friendly

Cons

  • Assembly time-consuming
  • Some children may find the seat uncomfortable

3. Best Premium Kids Table and Chair Set: Diroan Kids Desk

Diroan Kids Desk

Why we like it: This set has a fully adjustable, ergonomic design that promotes good posture, and it also has everything your child needs to do their schoolwork comfortably.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 15 years
  • Material: Iron, Plastic, MDF
  • Chair Height: 12.6 inches to 17.3 inches
  • Total Weight: 38 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 1

This set comes in three colors (blue, gray and pink) and makes the perfect workspace for your kid, with a spacious table, a desk lamp, a reading shelf and plenty of storage space. It even has a cup holder and a steel hook where your child can hang up their school bag.

This sturdy set is very durable and designed to last; the chair and table height are completely adjustable, meaning you can change them as your child grows. The table angle is also adjustable. This provides your child maximum viewing comfort, as they’ll be able to change the angle based on the activity they’re doing.

Assembly

Despite all its various features, this set is easy to assemble. It comes with detailed, clear instructions to help guide you throughout the process.

The adjustable parts do have anti-pinch measures, but making the adjustments can be a little difficult. It requires a good amount of strength and a lot of fiddling.

Pros

  • Ergonomic design, highly adjustable
  • Exceptionally durable
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Perfect workspace for kids both young and old
  • Lots of unique features, including a reading shelf, lamp and slide-out tray

Cons

  • Making the adjustments can be difficult
  • Heavy

4. Most Foldable: Flash Furniture

Flash Furniture

Why we like it: A foldable table and chair set which is sturdy, comfortable and seats up to four kids.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
  • Material: Metal, Vinyl
  • Seat Height: 12.25 inches
  • Total Weight: 22 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 4

This colorful table and chair set is fairly lightweight and completely foldable. This makes it incredibly convenient to move about and store away, as it is very compact when folded.

Fortunately, this foldable table and chair set does have safety lock mechanisms, so the chairs won’t accidentally fold in while your child is sitting on them. The chairs are also padded with soft sponge foam, which provides excellent comfort.

While other kids’ table and chair sets typically have one or two chairs, this set comes with four. This makes it a great option for parents who have multiple kids, or for those who regularly have younger guests around the house.

Similar to the chairs, the tabletop is padded (with an easy to clean vinyl cover). Unfortunately, it is hard to remove stains from the padded top, and it tears easily. If your child is a messy eater, or loves turning the table into their own personal canvas, it’s probably best to avoid this product. If you want a stain-resistant table and chair set, check out the Little Tikes Bright ‘n Bold set.

Assembly

While this set comes pre-assembled, the locking mechanisms are extremely hard to unlock, which makes the set difficult to fold. The set also doesn’t come with instructions on how the locking mechanisms work.

Pros

  • Comes pre-assembled
  • Foldable, great portability
  • 4 seats in the set
  • Safety lock mechanisms
  • Padded

Cons

  • Can be difficult to fold
  • Padded table cover stains and tears easily

5. Best For Toddlers: Little Tikes Bright 'n Bold

Little Tikes Bright 'n Bold

Why we like it: This fully assembled table and chair set is ideal for toddlers and is super easy to clean.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 2 to 6 years
  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat Height: 10.44 inches
  • Total Weight: 13 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 2

The Little Tikes Bright ‘n Bold set is the easiest table and chair set to clean by far. No matter what your child slathers on it, whether it be clay, ink, paint or food, you’ll be able to clear it all up with a quick wipe. This set is also space-saving; the chairs fit underneath the table, meaning they can be kept out of the way when not in use.

This table and chair set boasts a design that is sure to appeal to toddlers, with bold green chairs and a blue round table.

The chairs are the perfect size for a toddler, as their low seat height means your little one can sit with their feet firmly on the ground. Unfortunately, the plastic seats can be fairly slippery. Some toddlers may struggle at first to stay seated without slipping off.

This set is exceptionally lightweight, making it a great option if you’re looking for portability. However, as the chairs are so lightweight, they aren’t the sturdiest. If your child loves fidgeting (or leaning backwards when seated), you should probably give this product a miss. If you want a sturdier table and chair set, check out the Melissa & Doug set.

Assembly

This table and chair set comes fully assembled, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger to set it up.

Pros

  • Portability
  • Super easy to clean
  • Compact and space-saving
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Design appealing to toddlers

Cons

  • Chairs slippery
  • Not the sturdiest

6. Best for Outdoors: Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Picnic Table

Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Picnic Table

Why we like it: A large, foldable table and chair set that comes equipped with a market umbrella and can withstand any weather, making it ideal for outdoor use.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 2 to 8 years
  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat Height: 11.5 inches (approx.)
  • Total Weight: 33 pounds

This table and chair set will be the perfect addition to your garden; it can seat up to eight kids, has a handy umbrella to keep little ones shaded and can withstand both the rain and the summer heat.

What’s also great about this set is that it can be folded up and made compact for easy storage and transport. When folded, it can even be hung up on the wall.

Assembly

Unfortunately, the initial assembly can be difficult and is more of a two-person job, so you’ll probably need a helping hand (another adult).

Although this table and chair set can be folded up, it doesn’t actually utilize a proper folding mechanism like the Flash Furniture folding table and chair set does. Instead, you have to remove all the screws, which requires tools and can be incredibly time-consuming.

Pros

  • Spacious, seats up to eight children
  • Comes with a market umbrella
  • Great portability, foldable
  • Durable against weather conditions

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Not truly foldable, assembling and disassembling takes time

7. Best for Art: Step2 Deluxe Art Master Kids Set

Step2 Deluxe Art Master Kids Set

Why we like it: This set is the ultimate table and chair set for budding artists, thanks to its spacious table and fantastic storage for art supplies.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 7 years
  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat Height: 11 inches (approx.)
  • Total Weight: 24 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 1

With storage space for art supplies, side compartments sized perfectly for paper and a large whiteboard surface, this sturdy table and chair set has everything your little artist needs. It even has an undershelf light that helps to keep the workspace bright in poor lighting. That being said, the undershelf light is fairly dim.

Unfortunately, this table and chair set can be a little hard to clean, which is a big drawback considering this set is specifically designed for messy art activities! If you’re specifically looking for an easy to clean table with lots of storage, Diroan’s set is a good option. However, keep in mind the Diroan set is heavier, and the storage compartments are not specifically designed for art supplies.

The design is eye-catching and playful, so this set will fit perfectly in any playroom.

Assembly

Assembling this table and chair set is time-consuming and can be frustrating; the instructions are poorly written, and you’ll likely have to use power tools.

Pros

  • Playful, eye-catching design
  • Storage areas specifically designed for art supplies
  • Whiteboard surface top
  • Built-in undershelf light

Cons

  • A little difficult to clean
  • Light fairly dim
  • Frustrating to assemble, assembly instructions poorly written

8. Best for Activities: Humble Crew Activity Set

Humble Crew Activity Set

Why we like it: A colorful table and chair set that comes equipped with a construction surface for building blocks.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 5 years
  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat Height: 10 inches
  • Total Weight: 9.92 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 2

This table and chair set will delight any Lego-loving child – it has a large construction surface that allows them to build their creations with ease. There is also a storage compartment for all their block pieces (say goodbye to the frustrating days of stepping on Lego!).

This product does come with an attachable, smooth cover top, meaning you can easily transform the construction table into a space for other activities like eating. The set comes in two vibrant color styles (white, blue, pink and red, green, blue).

Keep in mind the chairs are extremely lightweight, and the chair legs are rounded at the bottom. These aspects make the chairs unstable, especially on smooth surfaces like wooden floors (they easily slip). If you do decide to buy this product, we suggest you invest in some non-slip pads.

The table and chairs are very small, and best suited for toddlers or pre-schoolers. Five-year-olds and above will likely find the chairs uncomfortable to sit on. A good table and chair set for older children is the Melissa & Doug set.

The construction surface can be a pain to clean, as dirt can easily get trapped in all the grooves. However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you make sure to cover the construction area with the yellow top (which is easy to clean) before your child eats or engages in other messy activities.

Assembly

Assembly is quick and hassle-free. You don’t need to use any tools to assemble this set, as the pieces simply click together.

Pros

  • Bold and colorful design
  • Construction surface
  • Storage space for building block pieces
  • Hassle-free assembly

Cons

  • Chairs unstable, not suitable for smooth floors
  • Table space is very small
  • Construction surface can be hard to clean

9. Most Versatile: Delta Children Convertible Bench

Delta Children Convertible Bench

Why we like it: A table and chair set with many design options that can also be converted into a bench.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
  • Material: Engineered Wood
  • Seat Height: 10.75 inches
  • Total Weight: 19 pounds (approx.)

This table and chair set is made by the same company who make the Delta Children Chair and Desk Set, so it’s no surprise they offer this set in many colorful designs featuring cartoon characters.

Similar that set, this also has plenty of storage space; it has two fabric storage boxes which fit snugly underneath the seating area. While this set isn’t as compact, its storage space is larger.

This set is exceptionally versatile; it can be conveniently converted into a bench when the table is not in use. However, the fabric storage boxes do not slide out easily when this set is assembled as a table and chair.

Assembly

Assembling this table and chair set is fairly straightforward, though the instructions could be a little clearer.

Be aware that in order to convert the table and chair into a bench (and vice versa), you need to unscrew the knobs, change the set’s position, then screw the knobs back in again. This can be time-consuming, and if you’re having to do this daily then it’ll start to feel arduous.

Pros

  • 2 in 1 design, can convert into a bench
  • A wide array of colorful design options
  • Plenty of storage space

Cons

10. Most Stylish: KidKraft Round Table and Chair Set

KidKraft Round Table and Chair Set

Why we like it: This table and chair set is stylish and comes with a hidden storage compartment for all your child’s toys.

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Quick Facts:

  • Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
  • Material: Solid Wood, MDF
  • Seat Height: 10.25 inches
  • Total Weight: 20.5 pounds
  • Number of Chairs in Set: 2

If you’re looking for a kids’ table and chair set that won’t be an eyesore in your living room (but is still something your kid will love), KidKraft’s table and chair set has got you covered; the design is stylish and attractive to both kids and adults alike.

This table and chair set also has a hidden mesh storage compartment underneath the table. As the compartment is underneath, it doesn’t take up any space and keeps the table top looking clean and clutter-free. However, the storage space is a little on the small side. If you want a table and chair set that has a decent amount of storage space, check out Delta Children’s chair and desk set.

Keep in mind this table’s surface does stain, especially if a mess isn’t dealt with quickly enough. The storage area can also be a hassle to clean due to the mesh material (especially if your child spills a sticky substance inside it).

Unfortunately, this table and chair set lacks durability, (prone to wear and tear and breaks easily), making it unsuitable for long-term, repeated use.

Assembly

This table and chair set’s assembly is straightforward (assembly time averaging around 15 minutes). It comes with clear instructions.

Pros

  • Stylish design with no garish colors
  • Hidden storage compartment
  • Assembly time approximately 15 minutes

Cons

  • Poor durability
  • Stains easily
  • Storage compartment can be a hassle to clean

Guide to Buying the Best Kids Table and Chair Sets

Figuring out which table and chair set is right for your child can be a challenge. But don’t worry, in this buyer guide we’ll be going over all the important information you need to know when buying one. First, however, we’ll take a close look at why buying a set is worth your kid’s while.
girl sat at table writing in notebook

Benefits of Buying a Table and Chair Set for Your Child

Buying a table and chair set for your child boasts plenty of advantages. Some which benefit you (like your belongings not ending up coated in glitter!), but most of which benefit your child.

Safety

A wrong sized chair is simply an accident waiting to happen; your child is a lot more likely to fall and hurt themselves. A size-appropriate table and chair set will fully support your child, which will help to reduce the chance of falls.

Gives Your Child Independence and Builds Self-Confidence

A young child will struggle getting on and off a regular chair without assistance. However, with a chair designed specifically for their size, they’ll have no trouble at all. This experience is sure to give them a sense of independence and boost their self-confidence.

Plus, having their own personal table space which they can do what they like with (within reason of course) is also going to foster independence. After all, they’ll be the ones in charge of their space, and they’ll develop decision-making skills as they consider how to make use of it.

Provides Comfort

No child is going to enjoy eating their meal if they can barely reach the table and their legs are dangling precariously beneath them. Investing in a size-appropriate table and chair set will allow your child to dine (and do fun table activities like painting) comfortably.

If you’re mainly looking for a set that will be comfortable for your child, check out Flash Furniture’s set, as its seats are padded with sponge foam.

Encourages Creativity

Providing your child their own space will enable them to explore their creativity to its full potential, as they’ll be free to be as “creative” (read: messy) as they like. They’ll also be comfortable and have a place they can let their mind wander.

Some kids’ table and chair sets are even specifically designed to encourage creativity. For example, the Humble Crew Activity Set has a construction surface top that lets your child build all sorts of creations, while the Step2 Deluxe Art set boasts a built-in whiteboard and plenty of storage for art supplies.

Moreover, bright and colorful visual designs, like the Delta Children’s sets have, are sure to stimulate your child’s imagination.

Promotes Good Posture

A table and chair too big for your child’s size can make it hard for them to sit up properly. This can cause them to have bad posture, which can have detrimental consequences for their health later in life. In comparison, a size-appropriate table and chair set will allow your child to easily maintain good posture; they’ll be able to sit with their feet on the floor and reach the table perfectly without having to lean forward.

If you’re hoping to improve your child’s posture, we recommend the Diroan Kids Functional Desk and Chair Set. Its ergonomic design allows your child to maintain a good posture no matter the activity they’re doing at the table.

Helps Child to Learn Table Manners

If your child can barely reach the table, it’s almost impossible for them to even start practicing table manners like setting their cutlery and wiping down the table top. However, a set that is the perfect size for your child will allow them to reach the table and practice these manners with ease.

If you’re aiming to teach your child table manners, make sure to pick a table and chair set which is extremely easy to clean (like Little Tikes Bright ‘n Bold set), as this will let your child clean the table themselves without assistance.

Other Factors to Consider When Buying A Kid’s Table and Chair Set

We gave an overview of the main factors you need to be aware of when buying a kids’ table and chair set At the top of our guide.

Here are a few other noteworthy factors you should think about to help you narrow down which kids’ table and chair set on our list is right for you.

Child’s Interests

You know your little one best; if they love building blocks, a table and chair set that has a built-in construction surface would be perfect for them, such as the Humble Crew Activity Set).

If they love arty activities, then a table that has lots of storage for art supplies, like Step2 Deluxe Art Master’s set, would be better suited.

Keep in mind a toddler will typically be drawn to bright colors and playful designs, whereas an older child would likely prefer a table and chair set with a more simple, adult-like design.

Amount of Space in Home

If you don’t have much space for a kid’s table and chair set, it’s best to go for a compact set such as the Delta Children Chair and Desk Set, or a foldable set which can be packed away when not in use. If you’re wanting a foldable set, we recommend checking out Flash Furniture’s table and chair set.

Location

Where you’re going to be placing the table and chair set is also something you need to consider. If you’re planning to keep the set in your living room, a set with a stylish and attractive design (such as KidKraft’s table and chair set) will complement your décor instead of being an eyesore.

If you’re specifically looking for an outdoor kids’ table and chair set, we recommend the Little Tikes Fold ‘n Store set. It can handle any weather and comes with a market umbrella.

What Material Is Best?

Kids’ table and chair sets are available in a variety of materials, the most common being plastic, wood and metal. Here’s a quick rundown of each material’s general benefits and flaws.

Plastic

Most table and chair sets designed for younger kids are made from plastic.

Pros of a Plastic Table and Chair Set

  • Plastic is easy to clean, which makes a plastic table and chair set ideal for messy children who can’t resist scribbling or “decorating” the table itself. Plastic is also exceptionally easy to maintain.
  • Plastic is lightweight, allowing for portability and easy transport.
  • Plastic kids’ table and chair sets typically have rounded edges. This prevents your child from getting hurt by any sharp edges.
  • Plastic can come in a wide array of colors, so plastic table and chair sets often boast bold colors that capture the attention of young children. For example, Little Tikes Bright ‘n Bold set uses bright blue and green in its design.
  • Plastic is water-resistant, so a plastic table and chair set can be kept outside as it won’t get damaged by the weather.
  • Plastic is less costly compared to wood and metal.

Cons

  • As plastic is so lightweight, plastic table and chair sets aren’t the sturdiest, and they tend to slip and slide.
  • While plastic does come in many colors, customization options are limited; plastic is a lot harder to paint and alter compared to wood.

Wood

Table and chair sets designed for older kids are typically made of wood.

Pros of a Wooden Table and Chair Set

  • Wood is resilient and will last for years if properly maintained.
  • Wood is a lot heavier than plastic. This gives a wooden table and chair set sturdiness, reducing the risk of the set sliding or tipping over.
  • Wooden table and chair sets typically have a sophisticated look that complements most interior styles (like the Melissa & Doug set).
  • Wood is the easiest material to paint and alter. This allows you to change the look of the table and chair set based on your child’s interests, and as your child grows and their tastes change, you can adjust the set to match their tastes.

Cons

  • Most wooden table and chair sets can’t be kept outdoors (unless they’ve been properly treated), as they will wear down easily and get damaged by wet weather.
  • Wood is fairly heavy, so moving a wooden table and chair set can be difficult.
  • Wood is particularly prone to scratches, scuffs and nicks.
  • Wooden table and chair sets are a lot more expensive than plastic sets. Not only do they have a higher initial buying price, they also require maintenance throughout the years (which adds up the cost).

Some table and chair sets are made from engineered wood such as Medium-density fiberboard (MDF). The pros and cons of engineered wood can be found here.

Metal

Metal is typically used for adjustable or foldable table and chair sets, like Flash Furniture’s folding table and chair set.

Pros of a Metal Table and Chair Set

  • Compared to plastic and wood, metal is the sturdiest. No matter the weight, a high-quality metal table and chair set won’t give way.
  • Metal is extremely durable and generally easier to maintain than wood.
  • Similar to plastic, metal is fairly easy to clean.

Cons

  • Metal can be cold to the touch, which may deter some children from sitting on a metal chair.
  • Similar to wood, metal is heavy, meaning moving a metal table and chair set will be difficult if the set isn’t foldable.
  • Most metals can’t be kept outside in wet weather, as exposure to damp and moisture can cause rust to build up.
  • If the metal table and chair set is manufactured poorly, a sharp metal edge can be very dangerous for a child.

Make sure to avoid fragile materials, especially glass. While a glass table may look attractive in your family home, broken glass shards can be extremely dangerous for your child, particularly if the glass isn’t tempered.

Tips to Improve Safety

It’s always best to make the table and chair set as safe as possible to reduce the risk of your child getting hurt.

Don’t Place Near Potential Dangers

Young children are extremely curious. If they’re playing at their table and something interesting catches their eye, they’ll doubtlessly want to incorporate that something into their playtime. That’s why it’s best to place the table and chair set where there are no dangerous things (like electrical outlets) that will grasp their attention.

Place on a Soft and Even Surface

Placing a table and chair set on a hard and uneven surface is a recipe for disaster: it increases the risk of the set tipping over, and if your child does fall they’re likely to hurt themselves.

Always make sure the surface is even, and if possible, soft (like carpet). If you don’t have a carpeted floor in your house, consider buying a soft rug, a play mat, or non-slip pads.

Use Corner Protectors

Make sure to invest in some corner protectors if the table and chair set has any sharp or hard edges. This will help protect your little one from bumps and bruises.

Teach Your Child Safety Rules

If your child is fairly young, it’s best to teach them some safety rules before they use the table and chair set. For example, you could teach them not to stand on the chair, and not to move the table (if it’s made from a heavy material) without you present.

For more information on how to improve home safety for your kid, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) home safety guide.

Final Thoughts

A kid’s table and chair set is more than just a piece of handy furniture: it helps build your child’s creativity, independence and self-confidence, all of which will benefit their growth.

From colorful table and chair sets with exciting features, to sets perfect for schoolwork, we’ve made sure to cover it all so you can find the best table and chair set for your kid’s needs.