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8 best kids’ armchairs to relax, read and snuggle up in

Never lose your seat again with these miniature options, from beanbags and rocking chairs

Zoe Phillimore
Thursday 29 July 2021 10:26
<p>You could put one in their room and hope it encourages them to sit, chill out and maybe read a book there once in a while</p>

You could put one in their room and hope it encourages them to sit, chill out and maybe read a book there once in a while

Kids are good at taking what’s yours and making it their own: the best snacks, the remote, even your favourite armchair. If you’re tired of staggering into the living room and finding your seat has been taken by a loafing child, then the solution is easy: get them their own armchair.

It seems too simple to work, right? We thought so too. But work it does – our children now happily sit on their armchairs while we can finally collapse in our spot and have five minutes’ peace.

Or you could put one in their own room and hope it encourages them to sit, chill out and maybe read a book there once in a while. We can dream, right?

Children’s armchairs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits in with your décor. From tiny wingback chairs, to rocking chairs and yep, ones covered in unicorns – the world is your oyster.

We put plenty of mini armchairs through their paces over the course of a couple of months, testing for design, comfort, durability and practicality. Kick back with our rundown of the ones that sat best with us.

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The best kids armchairs for 2021 are:

  • Best overall – Alvaro children’s rocking chair: £199.99, Wayfair.co.uk
  • Best budget buy – Homcom kids’ rocket child armchair: £43.99, Manomano.co.uk
  • Best for durability – Next sherlock II chair: £140, Next.co.uk
  • Best for fun design – Dunelm kids’ unicorn armchair: £38, Dunelm.com
  • Best for small spaces – JoJo Maman Bebe grey star-print bean bag chair: £49, Jojomamanbebe.co.uk
  • Best sophisticated mini chair – Dunelm kids’ miniature Eva velvet cocktail chair: £45, Dunelm.com
  • Best Instagram-friendly chair – So’Home Scandi inspired children’s faux fur chair: £149, Laredoute.co.uk
  • Best bean bag chair – Great Little Trading Co. washable bean bag chair: £55, Gltc.co.uk

Harriet bee alvaro children’s rocking chair

Best: Overall

Rating: 10/10

As cute as a button and a comfy sit, this chair has it all. The rocking element pleased our four-year-old tester, and we liked that it’s gentle so keeps things calm. We loved the cute blue-stripe fabric, and it would fit in with most interiors – be it in a child’s bedroom, playroom or a living room. Plus it’s really easy to wipe clean – yes, we have lived to tell the tale. The piece de résistance was the matching footrest that comes with it. We found this whole package almost too sweet for words.

Homcom kids’ rocket child armchair

Best: Budget buy

Rating: 7/10

This was real hit with our four-year-old tester, who deemed it “really awesome”, and it was hard to get him out of it, if we’re honest. The dark fabric is great as it doesn’t show up too much dirt, while the design on it definitely appeals to little space fans. Although, the fabric isn’t very breathable and is quite slippy to sit on. But the armchair was still comfortable and nicely padded. While the arms aren’t super plush down the sides, this doesn’t make a great deal of difference.

Next sherlock II chair

Best: For durability

Rating: 9/10

This chair induced serious envy from the adults in the house. We were totally charmed by the design of the mini wingback, and thought the tweedy fabric was a really sweet touch. And even though it is tweed, it’s soft and comfortable to sit on while feeling incredibly hardwearing. The legs are made from solid wood, and have rubber stoppers so there was no awful chair scraping noise on wooden floors. It will almost certainly last the duration of a childhood, even when it’s put through its paces, and would make a lovely piece to pass down to the next generation too.

Dunelm kids’ unicorn armchair

Best: For fun design

Rating: 7/10

The ubiquitous unicorn has made it into the armchair arena, and made itself at home. This little chair is soft and sweet in every way. The fabric feels soft to the touch, yet is a breeze to clean up when one of our testers decided to draw extra unicorns on it. It’s a nice firm sit, while still being comfortable enough for our testers to sit on it for several episodes of Bluey. It doesn’t have legs, so is quite low down, and therefore better suited to a slightly younger child.

JoJo Maman Bebe grey star-print bean bag chair

Best: For small spaces

Rating: 7/10

If you’re looking for something a bit more flexible and lightweight, then a bean bag chair is a fab option. This little chair is brilliant for more pared-back interiors, and we liked that it was a bit more gender-neutral than others we tested. We did find gravity isn’t its best friend – the filling quickly slid out of the back and arms, meaning it lost its shape after a few wiggles. However, it survived being jumped on and thrown around by our little testers so it certainly ticks the durability box, and we liked that we could shove it in a corner and it didn’t take up too much space.

Dunelm kids’ miniature Eva velvet cocktail chair

Best: Sophisticated mini chair

Rating: 8/10

Smart and sophisticated, this chair feels almost too good for the likes of kids. The blush-coloured fabric is luxuriously soft and velvety, but don’t fret it’s still easy to wipe marks off with a damp cloth. We thought the seat was a really generous size, and our mini tester felt really grown up in it. The legs are plastic, which might not feel so premium at first, but they look like wood once they’re on and are very stable.

So’Home Scandi inspired children’s faux fur chair

Best: Instagram-friendly chair

Rating: 9/10

Now here’s a chair that you’ll want to stroke time and again. Covered in a thick layer of faux fur, this chair is super fun and comfortable. The seat is wide and generous, while the curved back supports our mini recliners. The legs are made from wood and have stoppers on the end to save hard floors. This little chair brought a real smile to our faces and our mini testers’ too. We think it’s the perfect pint-sized Instagrammable chair.

Great Little Trading Co. washable bean bag chair

Best: Bean bag chair

Rating: 8/10

Both toddlers and older children alike loved this chair. It’s really well stuffed with filling for robust yet comfy seating – you certainly don’t get the sinking feeling with this bean bag. There’s a little handle at the top to help kids drag it around, and it’s lightweight enough for them to relocate it from quiet reading corners, to dens, to in front of the TV. The washable cover is fab – just zip it off and sling it in the washing machine when it gets grubby (which with our testers at least feels inevitable). Our four-year-old tester loved the space design, which is appealing to a child without being too in your face.

The verdict: Kid’s armchairs

Harriet Bee’s alvaro rocking chair is our top pick – it’s comfy, cute and comes with an adorable footstool. We also loved the Eva velvet cocktail chair from Dunelm and couldn’t believe what good value it was.

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