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September 21, 2017 2 min read

Children are more likely to pay attention and are more open to learning if they are comfortable during class. You can positively influence the overall learning environment in your classroom by choosing school chairs that are the right size for the children in your care. Figuring this out can be confusing and a little frustrating, which is why we found some simple guidelines for you to remember as you choose chairs for your classroom.

How to Choose the Appropriate Chair Size for Students

Chairs are available in a variety of sizes, designs, materials, and finishes. Be sure to pick chairs that will be comfortable for children to sit in while also complementing the other furniture in your classroom. A general rule to remember when you’re trying to determine a suitable chair size is that children’s feet should be able to touch the floor when they sit back in the chairs.

Appropriate chair seat height is often based on children’s age, but you should also research any state licensing or accreditation requirements on chair size you may have to meet. You can use the chart at the bottom of the page to help you choose comfortable chairs for the age group in your care.

School Chair Seat Height by Grade Level
5″ – 8″
seat height
9″ – 11.5″
seat height
12″ – 13″
seat height
13.5″ – 14″
seat height
15.5″ – 16″
seat height
17.5″ – 18″
seat height
Preschool (Ages 1-2) 75% 25%
Preschool (Ages 3-5) 75% 25%
Kindergarten 75% 25%
Grade 1 25% 75%
Grade 2 75% 25%
Grade 3 25% 75%
Grade 4 75% 25%
Grade 5 25% 75%
Grade 6 – Adult 100%

Kids come in all different sizes!

Remember that these guidelines won’t necessarily work in every situation, because there is no one size fits all for classroom furniture. This is an especially true statement for tables and chairs because children are a variety of sizes and heights at any age. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have, Andy or Lisa will be more than happy to help you with your classroom chair needs.