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15 of the Best Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs to Complete Your Space

written by MIA REVAK

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Graphics by: Jessica Welsh
Graphics by: Jessica Welsh

When my husband and I first moved into our house, the last thing on our minds was buying kid-friendly furniture. Which is why we purchased eight velvet dining chairs—placing aesthetics over practicality. Fast-forward two years to having a baby and all the mess that comes with feeding a child. From burping on laps to toddler-feeding on booster seats, no chair was spared of damaging stains in the process. This is why I am on the hunt to replace my velvet chairs with something more kid-proof. 

Prioritizing purchasing family-friendly furniture does not mean style has to go by the wayside. Nor does it mean I have to say goodbye to my beloved velvet fabrics. As with many couches, dining room chairs are customizable, so you can choose from a variety of performance fabrics that can withstand tough spills and stains.

Different materials such as rattan, cane, and even leather could add some chic texture to your space while also being durable enough for any active child. Comfort and stability are also key when trying to get littles to stay seated for an extended period of time. So, whether you’re in the market like me—or just manifesting your dream dining room—keep scrolling for 15 of the best kid-friendly dining room chairs.

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs

Wood Dining Chairs

Adding a set of durable wooden chairs to your dining room table will bring a touch of timeless style to your space. They are also more resistant to kid messes than fabric. For these chairs, you can choose from many different stains and colors, with the option to add cushions for more comfort.

Pottery Barn
Cline Bistro Dining Chair

This vintage-inspired chair is made from solid rubber wood, which is a highly durable hardwood. The perfect chair for active littles.

4 colors available

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Target | Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Furniture
Sculpted Wood Dining Chair

A simple and stable wooden chair that looks great with or without an upholstered cushion. 

2 colors available

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Target | Threshold designed with Studio McGee
Kaysville Curved Backwood Dining Chair (Set of 2)

Chic and comfortable, these curved-back chairs come in a set of two for under $200.

4 colors available

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Woven Dining Chairs

Take your wooden chairs to the next level by purchasing a set that incorporates woven natural materials, such as rattan and cane. Both materials derive from the rattan palm, making them very flexible and sturdy.

Serena & Lily
Sunwashed Riviera Rattan Dining Chair

This coastal classic is a nod to the Parisian bistro. Each seat is hand-woven, making it extra durable and comfortable for families.

2 colors available

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Pottery Barn
Malibu Woven Dining Chair

A bestseller for a reason! Hand-woven seagrass and red mahogany come together to make a sturdy statement.

2 colors available

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Kohl’s | Safavieh
Maika Dining Chair

Cane is both solid and stylish in this stain-resistant chair. The black chair is elegant, while the white version gives a more coastal vibe.

3 colors available

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Rove Concepts
Wishbone Chair

If mid-century modern is your thing, then look no further than the Wishbone Chair. This simple yet complex design will surely leave a lasting impression while also being kid-friendly.

2 seat colors & 3 wood finishes available

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Crate & Barrel
Lausen Natrual Wood Dining Side Chair

Modern meets traditional in this wooden chair. No cushion is necessary with its Danish cord woven seat, which adds a nice mix of materials. 

2 colors available

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Performance Fabric Chairs

Fear not, parents! Fabric is still feasible, thanks to performance fabrics and machine-washable slipcovers. Performance fabrics are designed to handle tough stains, as they are made of a blend of natural and synthetic fibers, which do well against chemicals and spills. The options are endless, so choose your chair worry-free.

Pottery Barn
PB Comfort Roll Slipcovered Dining Armchair

Talk about comfort. Choose from a variety of kid and pet-friendly fabrics with this fully removable and machine-washable slipcover. You can also consider purchasing just two of these chairs for the ends of the table.

50+ fabrics available

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Burrow
Alto Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

How striking is this chair? Just imagine eight of them at your table without worrying about spills because of the easy-to-clean performance fabric.

4 color combinations available

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CB2
Foley Performance Velvet Dining Armchair

Thank goodness for performance velvet, which makes this stunning chair an actual possibility for your family table.

5 colors available

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west elm
Jack Metal Frame Dining Chair

I’ve been eyeing the performance velvet version of these chairs to make a clean swap in my dining room. These are so aesthetically pleasing, no one would even know they’re also practical.

30+ fabrics available

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Leather & Faux Leather Chairs

Don’t sleep on leather for kid-proof chairs—real or not! As long as the leather is top-grain and not split-grain, it won’t wear out as quickly and can be stain-resistant. Vegan leather should also be considered, as it repels water and is easy to clean. 

Wayfair | Zipcode Design
Faux Leather Upholstered Armchair (Set of 2)

Made of wipe-clean faux leather, this chair is more than ideal when it comes to eating with littles.

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west elm
Dunham Dining Chair

Both leather and woven fabric are incorporated in this chair that screams sophistication. 

3 colors & 2 wood finishes available

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west elm
Jack Vegan Leather Metal Frame Dining Chair

This chair brings a hint of modernism to classic leather with its metal frame. Bonus points for being “easy to maintain,” according to the website.

5 colors available

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