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Last updated: January 03, 2020
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At first, it may seem silly, but a kid’s recliner is a great way to show your little one that you care about them. It tells them that you want them to be comfortable, that you’re okay with them having their own space. Plus, if you have a recliner yourself, it can help them feel like you’re treating them like an equal. So, knowing how important these chairs can be, we’ve investigated the best kids’ recliners to help you find a safe and comfortable choice for your kid.
From that research, we’ve selected 10 of the best options. We’ve highlighted one recliner in particular for our Editor’s Choice, the Flash Furniture Padded Avocado Microfiber Kids Recliner. Not only is it more comfortable than most, but it also has some added safety and storage features that make it a useful piece of furniture in addition to a cozy one. For all 10 of the best kids’ recliners, we’ll also cover the pros and cons, and some key features.
We’ve considered a range of the most important features with each recliner. Things like the durability and comfort of the material, the weight of the chair, it’s dimensions, and each chair’s weight capacity. Not only have those features informed which chairs we’ve picked, but we’ve also used them to make recommendations for the best use of each chair. We’ve included a comparison table, detailed reviews of each recliner, and a short buying guide. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to decide for yourself and your child.
"This classy looking chair feels like real leather and will complement any living room with its ergonomic design. Having a great weight capacity, this recliner is ready to accompany its owner through the years."
"A bigger recliner for kids who grow fast, it can also be passed from one sibling to another, since it’s made from durable and easy to clean material and will maintain its great looks and a working mechanism through years."
"This chair is perfect for the role of a first recliner, mainly because it’s small in size to make any toddler feel comfortable. It’s also environmentally friendly with a frame being constructed from sustainable forestry."
Best for: watching TV, reading books, playing, and storing small toys
More features: hardwood frame; soft padding; easy to clean with a damp cloth; filled with fire retardant foam; reclines only when a child is seated; has flip-up storage arms
This bright green recliner is a wonderful choice for most kids. Just under 30 lbs. it’s heavy enough to be safe, but still light enough to move easily. The hardwood frame is durable and safe. It’s more than up to the hijinks of early childhood. Plus, the bright color is fun without being difficult to maintain. Microfiber is a soft fabric with minimal texture. Kids who dislike textured fabric will appreciate its tight weave and thin threads.
We also appreciate that the storage arms make cleaning up and organizing a lot easier. Your kid can keep their favorite small toys together in one place. The hinges are well designed and easy to use, with no frustrating locks or latches.
As an additional safety feature, the foam is fire-retardant and pyro safe. The reclining mechanism is also designed with safety in mind. Your child has to manually pull the ottoman out slightly before the back of the chair will recline. No surprises, no accidental turn-overs, no mess. However, that may also make the reclining mechanism a little harder to use, since there’s no handle or lever.
Best for: kids who love bright colors and lounging
More features: assembly required; steel frame; padded cushions; cup holder included; built-in footrest
This recliner has an eye-catching design with its bright pink color and slightly square form. But its best features are on the inside. The frame is made of steel. Lounging across a chair, bouncing, pretty much anything but sitting still can put additional stress on a recliner frame. This one is perfect for kids who like to lounge and crawl and play on and around furniture.
It’s not a great choice for little kids who don’t like everything pink. But this vinyl cover will speak to children who love all things bright. Getting a chair in your little kid’s favorite color will also help them know that their passions are good.
The footrest and recline functions are super comfortable for little kids. The cup rest will help your kid be comfortable for hours while they play games or read or watch TV. It’s also easier to encourage your kid to stay hydrated if it’s easy for them to keep their favorite beverage around.
Why did it make our list?
Durable steel frame handles the extra stress
Vinyl is durable and easy to clean
Built-in cup holder
What is not ideal about it?
Vinyl is difficult to repair if it’s ever ripped or damaged
More features: easy to clean; water repellent; easy to move
This brightly colored recliner appeals to just about every little kid. Available in two different color schemes, it’s a good choice for almost any child. It also has one of the higher weight capacities of any recliner on our list, so your kids will be able to use and enjoy it even longer while they grow.
PU leather is easy to clean and maintain. It can, however, tear or scuff. Those minor damages won’t impact the function of the chair, but it’s hard to fix them. But, since it’s water repellent, it’s the perfect cover for kids just starting to switch away from sippy cups and spill-proof glasses.
We appreciated that the reclining mechanism on this chair is protected. There’s a fabric cover over the moving parts, so it’s harder for your kids to pinch fingers, pull hair, or otherwise get caught in the mechanism.
It’s also a lightweight and easy to move option. If you have a small space, or kids who like to re-organize, this chair is a good option.
Why are we impressed?
Two different color themes
Water-resistant and durable cover
Reclining mechanism covered for child safety
Wide back feet designed to prevent tipping
What negatives must you be aware of?
No storage or cup holders
Lots of extra seams create possible tension and rip-points
More features: plush padded back; safe reclining mechanism; has a cup holder; comes in a variety of colors and materials
This recliner features the widest variety of cover colors. You can also pick a green, a red, or a bright purple depending on your child’s favorite colors. The vinyl cover is stain resistant, easy to clean, and soft.
The back cushion on this recliner is particularly soft and plush. It’s a little thicker and offers lots of support. That’s a good thing for taller kids and kids dealing with growing pains.
The reclining mechanism also has an added safety feature. It will not recline unless there is a kid seated in the chair. They also must pull the ottoman out inch before the back will recline.
We think this is a great chair for watching TV, reading, or just hanging out. When your first kid outgrows this chair, you can easily pass it down to their younger siblings.
What are our favorite features?
Comes in a wide variety of colors
Vinyl is stain-resistant and easy to clean
Super comfortable back cushion
Reclining mechanism includes several safety features to prevent tipping
Built-in cup holder
What could be better?
Smaller dimensions mean your child may outgrow this recliner faster than other ones
More features: flip-up armrests; iron frame; non-toxic and odorless material; streamline ergonomic design
If you’re looking for a truly premium recliner, this is a great option. The PU leather looks and feels just like the real thing. Plus, since this looks just like an adult recliner, it can be a huge confidence booster for little kids who can’t wait to grow up. The iron frame is durable and hard-wearing. This recliner is designed to last. With a higher weight capacity of 110 lbs. this chair is likely to work longer in your child’s life.
It’s also an ergonomically designed chair. The design will help promote good posture. And it’s rather comfortable for kids likely to be sitting for a long-time gaming or doing homework.
Non-toxic material is also a huge benefit for kids and households with allergies. This recliner also comes with the advantages of covered reclining mechanisms and storage arms. While this chair doesn’t have a cup holder, it’s other features help to make it a comfortable and utilitarian option.
More features: hardwood frame; plastic feet; armrest storage; comes in four different colors; easy to clean; filled with fire retardant foam
This recliner comes in 4 attractive colors, from neutral black and brown to the pictured pale blue, and a similar pale pink. The cushions on this recliner look just like an adult recliner and offer plenty of padding for added comfort. Plus, the PU leather cover is simple to clean. Just wipe off any spills with a paper towel and you’re good to go.
The plastic feet help lift this chair off the ground, making it easier to recline and easy to clean underneath. The hardwood frame creaks less than a steel or iron frame, but without sacrificing durability.
The armrests fold up to reveal twin storage spaces for your kid’s favorite toys or non-perishable snacks. Plus, the fire-retardant foam helps prevent accidents and keeps your kids safer.
We do want to note that this recliner seems to fit smaller and younger kids best. It’s highly comfortable, but your kids may be more likely to outgrow this chair than some of the bigger options.
Best for: relaxing and napping; for children 2 to 12 of age
More features: easy to clean; adjustable design; upgraded flip-up footrest
This larger recliner is great for a wide age range. The PU leather is durable and spill-resistant. The bright color is friendly for younger kids and remains beautiful as your child gets older. This is also a higher weight capacity chair, which makes it a better choice for older kids. It’s also super comfortable for kids who like to nap on furniture other than their beds.
The slightly different design will continue to be comfortable as kids start the transition from their child body into their pre-teen and teen body. The flip-up footrest is long enough for extra comfort as kids get taller. But it’s close enough that even small kids can enjoy the comforts of a full recline.
It also got a wider base than the lighter designs, so is less likely to tip or fall over. But it’s also light enough to make lifting it to vacuum or re-arrange simple.
What makes it stand out?
Wide age range
Available in several colors
The cover is soft and easy to clean
Higher weight capacity
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
No extra features
Exposed stitching easy to rip out or accidentally damage
More features: easy to clean; headrest and lumbar pillow included; fire retardant foam interior
This vivid recliner is nothing if not striking. It’s bright colors and geometric design capture a mix of modern game aesthetic and modern furniture. It’s available in three color combinations, all of them perfect for dark rooms and bright gaming graphics. A chair like this not only says you’re okay with your kid’s gaming, you want to support their hobbies too.
Although the weight capacity is only 90 lbs. which will take your kid up through their early pre-teens, this is a good choice for your kid’s room or den space. The armrests are designed for comfortably holding a gaming controller. It also features a headrest and lumbar support that will help keep your kids comfortable while they play. That extra lumbar support will also help with ergonomics and avoid some of the consequences of prolonged sitting.
PU leather is also easy to wipe down and clean. When that inevitable mid-game spill happens, you’ll be prepared.
What are its best features?
Designed with gaming in mind
Ergonomic design helps prolonged sitting
Headrest and lumbar support
Comfortable while holding gaming controllers
What could be improved?
No cup holders or additional storage
Shorter armrests may be less comfortable for non-gaming activities
More features: frame constructed of sustainable forestry; NAUF engineered wood; fully assembled; comes in different colors
This is a great pick if you’re looking to get something for your toddler-aged children. It’s not designed for the older demographics the rest of these chairs are meant for. Available in three different colors, blue, black, and pink, these chairs are a great way to signal to your toddler that you want them to be included and respect their right to a space of their own.
Lightweight and easy to move around, you can also keep up with the whims of your little one. One day they might want it to stay in the living room next to your favorite seating, the next it might belong in their room covered with stuffed animals and action figures.
The polyester cover on this chair is easy to clean and maintain. It’s also easier to repair than PU leather or vinyl. However, it’s not as water or stain-resistant as those materials.
The Crew Furniture also supports sustainable forestry programs by sourcing the wood for their frames from carefully managed lumber forests.
More features: USA made; different patterns available; solid oak frame; designed especially for kids 3 to 9 of age; made by family-owned business
Brazil furniture may seem like a strange name for a small, family-owned, made in the USA business. But their recliners are durable, made from solid oak, and designed with US culture and kids in mind. This busy-patterned chair might fit in with your kid’s existing décor, speak to one of their interests, or just add a splash of contrast to a monotone space. The cotton cover is soft and comfortable, while the print can help hide stains.
Designed for kids just heading into kindergarten as well as those getting ready for middle school, the cushions are firm and plush. The 90 lbs. weight capacity means that your kids may grow out of it a little early. But, between the durability of the oak frame and the cotton upholstery, you’ll be able to pass this chair down to several kids. It reclines easily, and fully, making this chair great for lounging, napping, or watching TV after school.
What stands out?
Bright prints speak to your child’s personality and interests
Made in the игаUSA
Oak frame is durable
Easy to recline
What cons did we manage to find?
Print may not be to some kid’s liking
Cotton is a little more difficult to clean
Things to Consider
While we’re confident in the 10 recliners we’ve selected for this list, we also understand wanting to do some extra research so you can be confident in your choice. We’ve included this buying guide to help you know what features matter most in a kids’ recliner. It’s also here so you know what features we considered putting our list together.
Why do you need a recliner made especially for kids?
It’s more important than you might think to buy a recliner designed specifically for kids. For one thing, a kids recliner will be more comfortable for most children. Younger kids especially like to slouch and lounge in oversized furniture. Having a recliner that fits them helps promote good posture and body mechanics.
Kid’s recliners are also usually safer for your kids. The reclining mechanism is designed for a kid to use, so they’re unlikely to pinch fingers and toes in moving parts or overbalance the chair trying to use a push recline mechanism.
Your child is also just more likely to appreciate and enjoy a recliner designed for them. The size will appeal to them more than a standard recliner. You can even personalize their recliner by buying it in bright colors or fun patterns. Kids love being recognized and giving them a personalized chair will let them know that you see them, care about them, and understand their likes and dislikes.
Features to consider before you buy a kids’ recliner
There are a lot of things to consider when you buy a new kids’ recliner. Start with how comfortable and durable the upholstery is going to be.
Weight and weight capacity are also important. A heavy chair might be hard to bring to your home, but it less likely to turn over or get moved around a ton. The weight capacity of the chair determines how long your child can safely use it.
The dimensions of the chair are also important. You should have an idea of where you want your new kids’ recliner to go. Make sure the chair will fit, both upright and fully reclined.
Ideally, your kids’ recliner should be made from a durable but soft material. Cotton and polyester are both good fabric choices that are easy to spot clean. It’s a virtual guarantee that you’ll need to clean a stain at some point, so more durable fabrics can be a huge help. Microfiber cloth can feel softer if your kids have sensory requirements.
PU leather is another good choice. It’s easier to clean than almost any other material and less expensive than real leather. However, PU leather is harder to repair if you have pets or your kid accidentally pops a seam.
The weight and balance of the recliner can make a big safety difference for your kid.
While you might be tempted to go with a lightweight option so you can maneuver it through doors and up the stairs, heavier chairs are a better choice.
If your kid likes to lounge or play around on furniture the extra weight will help keep the chair upright. If you can look at a chair in person, you should also see where the weight sits in the chair. The lower the weight in the chair, the more stable it will be.
The dimensions of your kid’s new chair are important for two main reasons. For one thing, it determines where the chair will fit in your home. You should make sure you know where it will go, and how, before you buy it.
The dimensions of the chair also impact how comfortable your kid will find it. A taller kid will need a taller recliner. A heavier kid needs a chair that not only holds their weight but also provides comfortable support.
The weight capacity of your chair determines how long your child can use that chair.
It’s important to look at how much the chair is designed to hold before you buy.
Most kids’ recliners are designed to work for kids until just before they turn 10. But if your kid is tall or big-boned, you may need a larger kids’ recliner.
It is important to consider how your kid is likely to use the recliner. Are they a gamer? Do they like to lounge across a larger seat? Are they young enough they might jump on or around the recliner?
How your kid is likely to use their new recliner can help you to make decisions on the recliner materials and other details.
Most kids’ recliners aren’t too difficult to assemble. They’re designed to be easy to put together since frustrated customers are unlikely to be customers again. It’s standard to include all the hardware, and even some of the tools, required to assemble any new furniture. If you’ve ever put together furniture before, you can put together a new recliner for your kid. You will probably need to know how to use a screwdriver, a hammer, and a wrench. You shouldn’t need to put the upholstery on the chair, and each section of the recliner will be complete. Putting them together is a little like putting together a puzzle. Each piece is complete, but they aren’t attached.
Video games are one of the most popular past times for kids of all ages. But, the best kids’ recliner for video games isn’t a simple question. A good gaming recliner should have a cup holder. It should be durable and weigh a little more since your kid is likely to move around and react to their game. But the best gaming recliner for your kid will probably also be one of their favorite colors. It might be multiple colors or designed to look sleeker and more modern. PU leather might also be a better choice for these recliners, since your kid is more likely to be distracted and spill food or drink while they’re gaming.
Your kid’s new recliner is just as important as all the other furniture and experiences you bring into their life. A good recliner can help your kid be more comfortable at home. But for all that to happen, you need a high-quality recliner. A good design isn’t just comfortable, and it also works to keep your child safe.
It may be worth looking for an option that will be easy to clean and maintain. After all, you’re probably going to be cleaning it as often as your kids are. Maybe even more.
You’ve also got to remember that when you pick out the best kids’ recliner for them, think about their interests, their favorite colors, and the spaces they seem most comfortable in.
Keep all that in mind, and you’ll have a fantastic present for your kid. They’ll love the added comfort and security of having their own place to hang out and be themselves.
Recliner chairs | NSW Fair Trading
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CPSC Warns Parents About Child Accidents In Recliner Chairs | CPSC.gov
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Furniture Manufacturers today issued a national consumer alert about possible accidental death or injury to young children using or playing on recliner chairs.