How Do I Choose the Best Kids' Plastic Chairs?

Dan Cavallari

Kids rarely, if ever, go easy on furniture, so when choosing kids' plastic chairs for the home, playroom, or even schoolroom, it is important to choose chairs that will stand up to a fair amount of abuse. It is best to avoid kids' plastic chairs with hard edges or corners, since kids are more likely to hurt themselves on such designs. Rounded corners are best, and sharp features should be avoided whenever possible. The chairs should be lightweight, stackable, and durable, and they should be made from a plastic thick enough to avoid shattering or cracking too easily.

Two young boys
Two young boys

For the playroom or classroom, it often helps to buy kids' plastic chairs of various colors. Kids are very responsive to colors, and it is not uncommon for a child to develop a liking for a particular chair because of its color. Colored chairs will also help a teacher color-coordinate groups for group activities, and the chairs can even be used in lessons for small children. Kids' plastic chairs are easy to manufacture in various colors, so the price of the chairs should not fluctuate too much, if at all, according to the chair's color.

Very small children will need kids' plastic chairs that are quite small as well. These smaller chairs are easy to move around, even for small children, and they will be easier for a child to get into and out of safely. These smaller chairs can often be used in conjunction with much smaller tables, creating a work or play surface adequate for a small child. Many manufacturers will sell the chairs with packaging that makes identifying the right height for a particular age group very easy.

The plastic itself does not need to be exceptionally strong, since only small children who do not weigh very much will be using them, but it should be high-quality to resist shattering or cracking. If the plastic should crack or shatter, sharp edges may develop, which can be hazardous for small children. Pieces that chip off the plastic chair can pose a choking risk as well, so choose a high quality plastic chair that is durable enough to resist such damage.

Teachers and parents will appreciate kids' plastic chairs that are designed to be stackable. This makes storage far easier, and a teacher or parent can quickly clean up a space by stacking the chairs and storing them in a corner.

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