All the world’s most ambitious plans, indispensable inventions, and architectural masterpieces have at one point or another been unfurled dramatically on a worktable, where great minds can go to work. It’s no different with toddler tables and chairs, which give kids a space of their own to draw their artistic masterpieces, build Lego structures, and break bread together during snack time. At the same time, the best toddler table and chairs allow you to protect your fancy, adult dining tables and upholstered chairs from the horror shows we call slime and kinetic sand. And all this is especially pertinent as so many youngsters begin preschool, or pre-K, remotely, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When choosing toddler furniture sets, make sure you get a set that’s the right size for your child’s age and size, but can also grow with them. You don’t want something minuscule that you’ll throw out in six months. Kids’ chairs tend to stand 10 to 12 inches off the ground, making them easy for kids to manage without requiring assistance to get up or down. The chairs you choose should be sturdy and durable enough to support older kids too. Consider how many chairs you need, how easy the set is to assemble and to clean, and whether you want to keep it out or store it when it’s not being used.
The Best Toddler Play Table & Chair Sets
Here's the brilliant thing about this table: The height is adjustable. The lower height is meant for toddlers, and when they get taller, you simply switch out the legs and raise the table to the right height. The table comes with 15 inch legs, but can be swapped out for 24 inch legs. Chairs are sold separately. At 32.5 inches wide x 48.5 inches long, it's plenty big enough to fit epic Lego builds or 10,000 piece puzzles.
This set checks all the boxes. The table has multiple reversible surfaces; one is a dry-erase surface for drawing and the other is compatible with Lego and Duplo bricks for endless building adventures. There are storage pouches underneath the table to hold markers, Legos, what have you. The set includes two chairs, with a weight limit of 90 pounds.
This set looks like it belongs in a Parisian cafe. But no, it does not. Because it's durable enough to handle kids drawing and eating and coloring and building. Best of all, when playtime is over, you just lift the table’s center panel, put everything into the mesh storage compartment, and your table is pristine. The chair weight limit is 81 pounds.
This could proudly sit in any adult dining room, but it's sized just right for kids. The play table has kiln-dried solid eucalyptus legs and apron, and an engineered wood top covered in an acacia wood veneer. The two chairs are made of solid rubberwood. The weight limit of each chair is 75 pounds.
So let's get the big news out first: This comes fully assembled. Yes, fully assembled. Huge, huge selling point. The design, too, is pretty dope: It's gorgeously retro and has built-in storage for books, pens, and a water bottle. The set is made of Baltic birch plywood. All the pieces are made to order, so you know you're investing in quality furniture with this set.
The price is nice, and so are the looks of this set, made from engineered wood and oak veneers. They're perfectly kid-sized and the chairs come in a nice variety of colors. Best of all, this set is Greenguard Gold-certified, meaning the products are screened for more than 10,000 chemicals and VOCs that can pollute indoor air.
Experts encourage parents to set up specific nooks at home, where kids can read, or work on math problems, or simply chill out. This is that nook. It comes fully assembled. And it's an adaptable table and chair set with pieces that can be used as tables, chairs, stools, desks, benches, side tables, or shelves. The chairs have a 165 pound weight limit.
For a more classic, subtle look, this finished-wood table and chair set, sized for kids ages 3 to 8, is easy to assemble. It's unobtrusive and looks at home in any room of your house. The chairs are have a 100 pound weight limit, are tip-resistant and have a seat height of 11 inches, so they'll last your kids a good long time.
If you want a retro kiddie set that fits in with your adult home decor, this table and chair set is for you. You can also build on to this set, meant for kids three and older, by adding a step stool and extra chairs. Assembly is super-easy, with no tools required. You just spin the table and chair legs on. And the chair weight limit is 150 pounds.
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