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Recliner Chairs for Kids and Baby

Updated on November 14, 2014
Image credit: Kids' upholstered rocking recliner shown here is available below.
Image credit: Kids' upholstered rocking recliner shown here is available below.

Resting Easy Decor: Upholstered Kids & Baby Recliner Chairs

Kids' recliners can be a bit tricky when decorating--especially if you'll be incorporating the chair into your common living area. I'll give you tips along the way to help you fit this new little addition (er . . . the chair, not the child) into your home's decor, be it your living room or kids' bedrooms.

We can all relate to a favorite chair, even if it was dad's old rocking recliner that's seen its better days or a child's rocker from yesteryear that's survived rehoming and recovering on down the line. My own recollections include the recliner upholstered in some strange fabric my mom called "Naugahyde" and I called "NOT."

Today's recliners for kids have the same construct but proffer plenty of fun colors, patterns and child-friendly design even we parents can appreciate. Some chairs rock while others are stationary but chances are, you'll find a fave among those recliners I talk about here.

Scroll down for a peek at fun, recliners for baby to older tot along with my tips on incorporating these childhood treasures into your decor scheme, so your kids will be sitting pretty as part of the family.

Getting Started with Your Kid's Recliner Options

Fitting a Kid's Chair into Your Space

Colorful Recliners in 14 Colors for an Ideal Match to Your Color Palette

Flash Furniture Deluxe Padded Contemporary Blue Vinyl Kids Recliner with Storage Arms
Flash Furniture Deluxe Padded Contemporary Blue Vinyl Kids Recliner with Storage Arms
Here's a look at the recliner with the footrest tucked in. I've included an image of the same chair in pink upholstery fully extended, below.

Here's a Look a the Above Chair Fully Extended with Storage Armchair

Storage is always a welcome addition to any space and I love how kids can secret things away that would otherwise clutter your space.
Storage is always a welcome addition to any space and I love how kids can secret things away that would otherwise clutter your space.

Things to Consider About Placement When Choosing Your Kid's Recliner

Kids most often choose fun colors over the more traditional brown and blues. Where you plan to place your child's recliner will be your determining factor if decor is important.

These fun, high-energy recliners promise cozy nights in front of the big screen and will fit right in with your family's rec room or home theater. A mistake most people make with placement of furniture is situating everything against a wall. While this arrangement will work with some pieces, consider moving away from the wall with chairs (you'll need to do so with recliners, anyway).

If you've an awkward, long and/or narrow room like a basement, creating two sitting areas: one for conversation and one for TV viewing makes the best use of space.

Kids will appreciate a 'big chair' like mom's or dad's and might even sit long enough for grownups to enjoy a show. These recliner chairs have handy storage areas for game controllers, art supplies and any number of treasures they're known to have. Solid colors help cut through 'design clutter' that can prove too busy.

Deciding what's most important: form or function will help determine what recliner is best for you.

Recliners from Classic Hues to Fun and Colorful

Like the recliners above, these chairs come in a host of colors from classic furniture hues to fun and uber- kid-friendly.
Like the recliners above, these chairs come in a host of colors from classic furniture hues to fun and uber- kid-friendly.

Cup Holders Really Help to Keep Spills in Check

Flash Furniture Contemporary Beige Vinyl Kids Recliner with Cup Holder and Headrest
Flash Furniture Contemporary Beige Vinyl Kids Recliner with Cup Holder and Headrest
Keeping messes at bay just takes a little forethought. With my twin boys, it seemed everywhere they went a trail blazed through the area with the usual socks, crumbs and spills--on top of clutter. I did come to my senses and equipped every room with a small waste bin and a covered basket for clothes and those elusive socks. If your family room shares my visual, consider a game plan to corral clutter and prevent messes. Having chairs with cup holders is an easy way to keep spills to a minimum when kids get excited and a spill is almost guaranteed [insert your own scary visual, here]. Too, upholstery that wipes clean is a must, especially in family and rec rooms. I was excited to see these comfy kids' and toddler recliner chairs with cup holders. They're wipe-up material is extra comfy with the over-stuffed padding and they're available in 14 colors if you prefer dark colors but there's a white version for those of us who are brave. Remember, with toddlers and kids you'll need to prevent the mess as much as possible and these recliners sure fit the bill.
Personalized Vinyl Upholstery Kids' Recliner
Personalized Vinyl Upholstery Kids' Recliner

A Chair to Call their Own

Personalized Kids & Toddlers' Recliner

We often forget kids' furniture is a rarity in our homes and often delegated to their bedrooms, while every other piece is for 'big people'. I always made a big deal introducing my toddlers to something they can call their very own.

Personalizing furniture pieces are an ideal way for little ones to lay claim to it and having their name on a chair is a special thing, indeed.Not to mention, a personalized chair makes for great pictures.

I was happy to see these cute, personalized recliners, as my twins' chairs didn't have this feature and their chairs looked alike, making it hard for them to claim one as theirs. These cuties are available in different colors--even pink.

One more note: I've been looking at this chair's reviews and learned the personalization is on a removable cover, so when your child outgrows the chair it can be passed down. Thinking about it, personalizing the chair itself would be near impossible.

If you're the fun, relaxed decorator type, I applaud your ability to take decorating in stride in lieu of fun and togetherness. Kids' furniture can be tricky when melding it with grownup pieces--especially in smaller spaces. But getting back to fun, these popular designs: leopard print and camo can help kids feel part of the pack come Sunday night ball games on TV. Ideal for family fun, these recliners will earn their keep among their bigger versions.

I love the leopard recliner and wouldn't mind a bigger version for myself.

Creating a Cozy Nook with Just a Few Pieces

A Recliner, a Rug and a Lamp = Easy and Useful Space

Kids' recliners can be a great part of getting kids to read or simply unwind in their bedroom. Creating a cozy nook they can call their own is really simple with the addition of a few pieces once you've decided on a recliner.

If you've hard floors, a fun, low pile rug will really warm things up, followed by an overhead light or small side table with an accent lamp. I'm all for saving money and I often recommend a super-cheap paper lantern with a light kit for under $10. You can add a bookshelf for a library look to really make an impression towards healthy reading habits.

Kids' recliners like these have the added visual interest kids love while adding another decorative touch to your overall decor. An added plus: these chairs are plenty sturdy and wipe up well for those "OOPS!" moments.

Child-Sized Recliners for Family Rooms or Home Theaters

A Convenient Table Keeps Things in One Place

Kids' Recliners with Cup Holder Table.
Kids' Recliners with Cup Holder Table.

Defining Recliner's Purpose

Dual Kids' Home Theater Recliners with Cup Holders

It's obvious these recliners for kids are for home theaters or game rooms but defining your furniture pieces' purpose is a consideration that's best made before you begin the hunt for the perfect recliner. Will your kids be watching TV, reading or just relaxing?

Having 'been there and done that' I realized I should have opted for vinyl upholstery when buying furniture for my twin boys. At the time, I was thinking aesthetics and not practicality ~ big mistake! Furniture pieces for entertainment need upholstery that wipes clean. If you've kids that tend to be very busy, opt for a darker material; you'll be glad you did.

These theater kids' recliners have the ideal features: cup holders to keep drinks at bay, easy-clean upholstery and a handy table for snacks. Aren't they cute?

Vinyl Upholstery and Easy Cleanup: A Win-Win

Yes, I profess to being a big time fan of cup holders where there's kids in the vicinity.

Kids' recliners like this one, have vinyl upholstery for easy cleanup which I love after having paid every six months for a professional cleaner to sop up the umpteenth spill on my prize sofa. I'm loving the plethora of color choices, too.

Decor-Friendly Neutral Tufted Tan Recliner

Microfiber:the Cozy Upholstery Rocker Recliners

Microfiber is extra comfy and makes the ideal upholstery for kids' rocker recliners like these. They're easily incorporated into any numbers of decor genres with the many choices available. I only included a few here to give you an idea of what's available on eBay. Be sure not to go overboard with bidding. Just bid once and cross your fingers; this way you won't get caught up in bidding wars that can prove disastrous on your budget.

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