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Charming Details: Child-Sized Chairs

by | May 27, 2009 | Authentic Living, Decorating Inspiration, Details

Charming Details: Child-Sized Chairs

I love these sweet little chairs lined up at the coffee table!

I remember reading once that every living room should have
at least one child-sized chair, even if the homeowners have no children.

I have always loved that unpretentious advice.

A very charming detail.

photo inspiration: Country Living


  1. cherrie

    That’s a good thought. I think every home should also have a little box or basket of toys too, to keep visiing children quiet and happy because it is hard to sit still for a whole visit.

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  2. Vee

    Until very recently this was true of my home…a child sized oak chair. With two grands, I think I need to be on the lookout for another. That row of old school chairs is so perfect lined up at the table. I bet they stick all the cousins there at Thanksgiving. ;D

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  3. laney

    …oh ! how i agree…nothing is sweeter than a tiny chair…except maybe one with tiny shoes peeking out from under it…as far as every room having one…even those who do not have children…why of course…we never know the size of those angels we are entertaining now do we….

  4. Emily

    I love that! So cute all lined up at the coffee table. My kids would feel right at home there :) We don’t have child sized chairs here but we do at the cottage. Here, we have two kid friendly step stools that can be used as chairs too. I love the look of a random chair or step stool in a room. I love Laney’s comment! :)

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  5. Lisa

    I LOVE what Laney said. Gave me goosebumps!

    LOVE this post. Absolutely love it.

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  6. Stacey

    Adorable! I have one child sized adirondack chair and I love it! Need a few more I’m sure. :)

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  7. The Magic Brush

    What a sweet idea! I love that they are not all alike also! I never would have tried that! It looks awesome!

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  8. Christi

    I have 2 child-size chairs at my coffee table – they were both my husband’s when he was little & now they’re perfect for my boys. Love them!

  9. Brooke

    I’ve been searching for little wooden chairs for my boys forever! Those are adorable.

  10. Julia

    My daughter would have a ball with a setup like this. She’d have her friends over to play school lined up at the table every day, I’m sure. Too cute!

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  11. Candace

    I absolutely adore this idea! It makes me sad that I passed up two old school desks this past Saturday at a yard sale. Precious, precious!

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  12. TheOld PostRoad

    Those are cute – and the green is perfect. I also like those beautiful white beams across the ceiling.

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  13. Roeshel

    How cute and what sweet advice. I don’t have a child-sized chair but I did redo a chair which looks like a child’s chair (alphabet) and we don’t have any little kids running around. I can’t help throwing something whimsical into my decor. lol

    Love the inspirational photos in your blog!

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  14. Jennifer White

    Love the way that looks. I am always drawn to kid’s chairs. I do have some in my rooms eventhough my children have long outgrown them.

  15. Kathleen

    I love this! So precious!

  16. SJN

    perfect for future grandkids, thx for sharing!

  17. hill country house girl

    LOVE this post – love the chairs, love the concept, and love the colors!! I want to be there right now with my morning coffee!

  18. Misti of Studio M Design

    How sweet Melissa! We used to keep a child-sized table and chairs in the family room, and the boys loved it. Every child that stopped by thought our boys had the coolest house because of it. I love how rugged and comfortable these sweet little chairs look lined up in a row.


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  19. teresa

    I agree- love those little chairs- I just found a little child’s folding chair {from the 50’s} that I’m going to fix up for the Hamlet.
    Have a wonderful day

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  20. Blakely

    My parents never put away the child size chairs when my brother and I grew up. I now have a two child size chairs in my house and no children. I think my husband finds it odd, but I think they can make a corner look cozy or fill in a space nicely.

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  21. Tee

    How cute are those little tiny chairs. This makes me think about when had to go back to my elementary school to pick up my school record and I thought “I can’t BELIEVE I used to fit in those desks, even the rooms look smaller” lol I have an old chair that I loooved as a child, that is now in the possession of my little nephew (since I don’t have any children yet :) )

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  22. Claudia

    Charming is an understatment! Nothing worse than to not be prepared when little darlings stop by for a visit.

    Small chairs, little books in that special spot will make any small visitor recall with love the person who “knew they were coming.”

    TTFN~~ Claudia

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  23. Tamara

    That is so cute! Must be a grandmother’s home…..white furniture and little childrens chairs :)

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  24. Gina

    I love this idea. Our kids love to visit places where there are special things just for them. It makes them feel special too. I plan on keeping our kids’ little wooden chairs even when the are done with them, just for this reason.

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  25. cathy

    This is way cute…..I just bought a child-size oak rocking chair for my wee grandchildren…..I had one growing up, and wanted one for our home for the little ones. My next purchase will be a little wood table and chairs for them to sit and play/eat at.

  26. Remodeling Guy

    I love a lot about that whole room! I love the little chairs and that they don’t all match exactly in color or style. I love the adirondack chairs used indoors. I haven’t quite figured out what that thing in the open beam ceiling is, but I can tell that I like it too!

    Great picture!

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  27. Karen B

    I should get my little kids yellow Sunday School chair back out. My husband thought I was crazy. BTW, I would appreciate you stopping by and giving me your opinion on my chair project. I have a dilemma and need feedback. If you have time, thanks! Karen B.

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  28. Karen B

    I’m sorry to keep taking up your comments with this. I can’t seem to figure out how to just e-mail you. Thanks for your input. I think it is comfortable, just looks kinda big. I may try to soften the look of it with some batting. Thanks! You’re right that if nobody saw it before, they wouldn’t have any idea.

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  29. pendy

    I always have had a child’s chair…an old bentwood chair from an elementary school that was closed down about forty years ago. Still has petrified gum on the bottom! I also have the small oak table w/chairs that was in my grandmother’s home…it is normally in the corner of the dining room, just ready for some small guests! Of course, I have my high chair (let’s call it mid-century style!) in the kitchen, where it’s been since my children were babies decades ago. Lots of little hinies have sat in it and I love having it ready for any baby who happens to visit.

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  30. Jean

    I, too, have that same picture saved in my files of the cute little chairs. I have 4 little green school house chairs that I love to use for my grandchildren altho half of them have graduated to big chairs now. But still loving the look in the picture.

  31. nel

    oh how cute is that! What a lovely idea.

  32. Debbykay

    Charming–indeed!! Why you never know what sweet little angel will come to call! I think I need to dust off a couple of the little chairs chairs out of the attic. One needs to welcome any sized friend…

    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  33. gina

    I love how the chairs are all different but for the color- it gives me an idea for collecting chairs for our table for the back yard!

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  34. Arleen

    Hi Melissa. I love this photograph, too, and agree with the advice that every living room should have a chair for a child. When my first son was a toddler, my mother gave to him for Christmas a child’s rocking chair; and it’s been in my living room every since. It holds its own charm and sure is great when my grandchildren or other little ones come to visit. Thank you for highlighting the value of mini-furniture. :D ~Arleen

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  35. caren

    I have a collection of wee chairs! I just can’t pass them up.

  36. Elizabeth

    On the one hand they look at the old style, but with another perfect fit for modern design.

    Great idea! Their cuteness make them magnificent.

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  37. Richella

    Oh, I love this. I have a couple of chairs that I’ve kept from when my boys were little. I’m using one of them effectively; the other needs to come into the light a bit more. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  38. Polly

    When I first started homeschooling we used a picnic bench for the table and tiny kid size chairs. I loved that they always had a place to color, etc. We also used to keep a kid size table in the kitchen, which was perfect for breakfast & lunch & snacks & playing with playdoh &… :)

    Blessings… polly

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  39. katy

    I absolutely love those sweet green chairs. I have two small red chairs from our church nursery from when I was a little one, I even remember sitting in those chose. The chairs are currently residing in our kitchen, but get moved around QUITE often by the kiddos. I simply cannot get enough of child sized chairs, they are precious.

  40. lylah ledner

    If that’s NOT just the cutest idea…my only prob is that all my little grandkiddos would be trying to sit on those cutesy chairs. Love ALL your sweet ideas!

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  41. Shannan

    I bought four nearly identical (mine are yellow) chairs from a very mean man at a flea market a couple of years ago. And I have always loved the photo you posted. The green color of the chairs is perfect!

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  42. Julie

    That is too cute! I need to get a few child sized chairs…and some more room to put them in!

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  43. gaia

    child size chairs…
    As Snow White and the dwarfs!
    The mix of colors is perfect!

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