8 High Chairs That Will Actually Look Good in Your House
I’m a firm believer that babies/kids don’t have to make your entire house look like a Nickelodeon cartoon threw up on it. Don’t get me wrong, every day my living room is covered with colorful books and toys, but the big pieces—the items that don’t hide easily—can be stylish and actually fit in with the rest of your home.
I did gobs of research when I bought my Stokke Tripp Trapp chair. At one point, I think my cart had the Boon Flair, Tripp Trapp, Stokke Steps, and Phil&Ted's Poppy in it—I just couldn't decide. It felt like a monumental decision. Something I would have to live with forever. Looking back, I feel a little silly about being that dramatic, but high chairs ain't cheap (with the exception of the Antilop), I was a first-time mama, beyond sleep deprived, and running high on hormones. So I'm going to cut myself some slack (and you should too if you're feeling the same way).
To help you mamas out, I've rounded up the eight most stylish chairs ranging from $20-$459.99. I can personally speak to two of them, the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Ikea Antilop.
Ikea Blames | Ikea $59.99
It's affordable and stylish. However, I did read some negative reviews when it came to safety and comfort. It may not be the best choice for a very young baby.
Ovo Max Luxe | Land of Nod $459.99
This chair is gorgeous and it grows with your babe, which makes you feel a bit better about the high price tag...
Boon Flair | Boon Inc $249.99
Some of the nifty features include a pneumatic lift (for easy height adjustment), hidden casters (for easy moving), and no cracks or crevices to clean. Amen.
Stokke Tripp Trapp | Stokke $420 (with all accessories)
It’s beautiful. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
It has longevity—EJ could use this chair for the rest of her life (the weight limit is 300 pounds).
It’s customizable. With 12 base colors and 11 cushion choices, it’s hard not to find something that will work in your home.
EJ can sit at the table with us. This was HUGE for me. I hated the idea of her sitting in the corner while everyone else ate dinner. (However, I did purchase the tray and it has come in handy while cooking dinner or when we have large gatherings).
No frumpy seat to clean.
It’s hard to put together. I know, you’re thinking I’m completely inept with this comment (how hard can it be?!), but it was the plastic baby seat and cushion that caused us problems. The directions were unhelpful and it took far too long for two educated (mind you, sleep-deprived) parents to figure it out.
It scratches easily. Because it’s painted wood, our chair has visible scratches (and dents) from when we push her next to the table.
It’s not as easy to clean as I had hoped. Mostly because some nights we are too tired to even wipe it down, so the food hardens and takes 10x as long to scrape off the next day. It’s basically like cleaning dried glue.
It’s pricey. You think $249 doesn't sound bad, then you realize that's just the basic chair and there's no way your baby will be able to use just that until she's three.
- It's the easiest piece of Ikea furniture I've ever put together.
- It's a breeze to clean, even after food has dried.
- It transports easily for grandma's and grandpa's house.
- It doesn't look like it cost $20—it's really cute!
- The tray is not adjustable and leaves a large gap between it and EJ (which means a lot more space for food escape to the floor).
- The straps would not be very useful for a young, wobbly baby.
Stokke Steps | Stokke $446 (with all accessories)
This one is so cool because you can use it from day one. Had I realized this before I received my baby swing, I probably would have purchased this Stokke high chair instead. EJ didn't like her swing unless she was on the table with us, so this would have been an easy way to keep her at eye level.
Phil&Ted's Poppy | Target $119.99
This chair actually turns into a toddler chair your child can use anywhere in the house. It's a bit more contemporary and comes in neon colors (if black isn't your thing).
SkipHop Tuo | Target $159.99
The legs on this chair have a bit of mid-century vibe and the cushion-less seat makes for easy cleanup.
In the end, just remember that whatever seat you choose for your baby will work. And if your husband complains about it, make him do the research next time.