Seating for children is in many ways different than outdoor patio chairs for adults. There are many different considerations from style to safety. Today we want to give you some advice for picking out the best pieces for your little tykes.
Safety is of course of foremost importance. Booster seats, seats that strap in and chairs that are simply hard to fall off of are all good choices. For children that are a little older you simply want to make sure any sharp edges are covered with some sort of padding. Even the best intentioned child can trip and fall on a sharp edge. It’s best to prepare for that before it even happens.
Another note on safety, tire swings and hammocks can be great fun for the whole family. Unfortunately with especially aggressive or energetic children they can also get hurt on them. You know your child better than anyone so decide for yourself whether these are a good choice or not. If you think they are mature enough to handle it then go ahead with it.
Comfort is also a big selling point for those with children. No one wants to have to listen to a child complain that their outdoor patio chair hurts and isn’t comfy. This can lead to some excessive whining in the worst case scenario. You may want to try some bean-bag style furniture if that comes up or at least add some additional padding.
Durability is very important for two reasons. One because your outdoor furniture has to be able to endure the normal damage any kid puts on them when they’re feeling especially energetic. The other reason is that a piece can literally break with a child in it if it accrues too much damage or is poorly set up. Either one can be a huge problem. If the worst happens the child themselves could be injured during the break. No one wants that.
Style is the final thing to consider. Kids love pieces with logos or ones that are made in the shapes of their favorite characters. It is fine to do that but it doesn’t have to ruin your setup. You may want to pick a character that fits the colors of your outdoor setting. Fortunately the main characters of many children’s shows come in a wide variety of primary colors. Of course you may sometimes want to make some sacrifices in order to keep a child happy. As with anything like this you should do so sparingly.
So durability, safety, comfort and style all should factor into your final purchase. You can bend these rules a bit but don’t go too far. If you break any of them then you could be in for quite a bit of trouble in the long run. The final note is that you should also use this as an object lesson for your kids. It can help teach them to make proper purchases which will help them when they eventually grow up.