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Children’s Furniture

Chair Charlie

This is a super cute kid’s chair, but there’s something else pretty special about it: it is made from Ecothylene®, which is recycled plastic (check out YouTube for the video showing how it’s made or visit EcoBirdy directly.). It’s comfortable, light, and stable with a soft and friendly form. What else do you need for your kid’s drawing/making space? There’s a table, container, lamps, and sets available as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Elephant Chair and Table

Thank goodness someone knows how to make decent children’s furniture without resorting to gimmicks and garish colors. The wrap-around beech wood on this Elephant chair is both fun and elegant in its simplicity. Pair it with the accompanying Table ($278) for a serene spot for your little one’s artwork and puzzles.

Purchase Information:

Price: $297.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Brooklyn Desk

The Brooklyn Desk has clever little storage boxes that slip over its edge, which means the boxes can be arranged to suit the user’s preferences exactly. Now, do keep in mind it is a smaller worktop, so it’s ideal for smaller people (and smaller spaces), and would be especially suitable for a growing child, as the desk height is adjustable (up to adult height). Perhaps with enough interest, Oeuf will make a larger version? One can hope.

Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: Oeuf

Twin Beds

Some friends of mine have asked for help in finding acceptable twin beds for their children, so I sat down and combed through a few retailers to find some good possibilities. Just in case you’re in the same boat, here are a few of my recent bookmarks. In most cases, fabrics and colors may be customized, and, in some cases, trundles added, so click on the retail links to see all the options.

Kids ErgoErgo

You’ve seen the ErgoErgo Stool*, haven’t you? Now little ones have their own version: the Kids ErgoErgo. Active sitting encourages ‘micro-movements’ and that means increased concentration- and we all know that kids could use a little more of that at home or in school. With six colors to choose from, kids can pick their favorite hue or mix it up with several different ones around a small table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: ErgoErgo

Kenno S Kids Recyclable Chair

Don’t worry, we’re not going to start featuring all sorts of kid’s furniture. We’ll just link to the ones that stand out and make sense. The Kenno chair is made from a new cardboard that can be recycled again whenever your favorite little one has outgrown it. No screws or glue are needed for assembly and the white surface allows kids to draw or paint their own designs for a more personalized version.


Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Hiya Rocker

Those of you with a mind like a steel trap will remember this kid’s rocker we posted back in ’09, but the rest of you can consider it for those little ones in your life- sons/daughters, nieces/nephews, etc. The Hiya Rocker has a small book bin in its back for storage and has a seat wide enough to accommodate two small kids. Painted with an eco-friendly non-toxic paint.

Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: Spot On Square

Face Boxes

If you need a place to store some of your little one’s toys and knickknacks, you could do a lot worse than Ferm Living’s Face Storage Boxes. Just take a look at those faces/handles. Cute. Plus, they’re stackable and small enough that kids can carry them around on their own. Maybe it’ll make cleaning up a little less of a chore (one can hope).

Purchase Information:

Price: $310.00
Available from: Ferm Living Shop

Beanbag Pit Stop

By all means, if you’re able to make this yourself please do so. The price tag is a bit hard to swallow, I know, especially since it’s a beanbag in the shape of a tire and intended for kids. However, it is knitted wool, sewn to a polyester fleece, and has appropriate detailing that puts it well above, say, something you’d find on sale in the kid’s section at your local furniture store. And, of course, Bertjan Pot is the designer, so if you’re an admirer (I am) you’ll appreciate the concept, if not the price point.

Purchase Information:

Price: £645.00
Available from: twentytwentyone

Perch Bunk Bed

I don’t know a lot about kids’ furniture, but I do know if a piece costs over the $1000 mark it better look damn good. Luckily, this bunk bed looks better than most adult beds, and will stand the test of time thanks in part to a sturdy Baltic birch plywood and FSC certified eco-MDF frame. As with most bunks, it separates into two beds (a loft bed and a standalone twin) should your little ones want a different configuration.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,490.00
Available from: 2modern

C.F.S. Kids Set by Metrocs

If you’re in the market for some cheap(ish) kids furniture and don’t want to go down the IKEA road, check out this cardboard set by Riki Watanabe. No adhesives are used (it’s folded only) and could be considered a classic, since it won the Mainichi Design Prize in 1967.

Also, the C.F.S. Stool, which is more suited to an adult’s derriere, is $29 and also available at

Table and stool set.
Colours: Orange, White, Yellow, Blue

Manufacturer: METROCS


Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: METROCS

Rip + Tatter Chair

Now, obviously, with a little bit of effort, you might be able to recreate this chair for your own kids without shelling out $55. If not, you can shell out the $55 and rest easy that it’s not so expensive that it can’t be destroyed (and then recycled, of course). Designed by Pete Oyler, the chair is made from industrial cardboard and “sculpted” into shape by hammering.

100% recyclable, non-toxic

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Assembly Design

DIY Cardboard Kid’s Chair

For the budding builder or designer, this cardboard DIY chair would be a fun afternoon project. With a little bit of time and elbow grease, recycled paper parts can be assembled into a chair sturdy enough to take on 132 lbs (though I doubt many 5 to 6 year olds weigh that much). Decorate and paint once assembled.

From MUJI, of course.


Purchase Information:

Price: $23.60
Available from: MUJI

Perludi Children’s Furniture

Felt is ridiculously popular in furniture and product design right now. A new felted-whatever seems to be coming out every other day so it takes a little more effort to make something that will stand out. These pieces from Austrian children’s furniture company Perludi are doing just that.  The material is properly applied in three ways: it adds cushioning and padding for safety, it creates a playing surface for use with hook-and-loop fastners, and it adds some really fun color to the products. Perludi creates amazing non-felted products as well, but I had to just point these out in particular because it’s so refreshing and exciting to see felt used in a new and creative way.


3D Puzzle Furniture

3D Puzzle is a children’s table, shelf, and chair furniture set that is easily assembled without the use of any tools or fastners. It also doesn’t come with any instructions. So it’s to you and your child to figure out what pieces go where and complete the puzzle. You can choose between a normal chair or a rocking chair and 1% of the sales goes to “Save the children”.

Designer: Elin Basander Lundin
Colors: black, white.
Suitable for ages 2-6 years.

Table: width: 32 cm, height: 28,5 cm, depth: 40 cm.
Chair: width: 40 cm, height: 36,5 cm.
Rockingchair: width: 40 cm, height: 39 cm.
Wall shelf: width: 25 cm, height: 25 cm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $177.22
Availability: Buy 3D Puzzle Furniture here