High chairs have been a necessity in every family household for many years. They allow the infant a chance to eat with and be a part of the family meals starting from a young age. It also frees up the parents in order to prepare the meal with the little one nearby.
All high chairs in the past have been bulky and hard to clean or maneuver. Though, in today’s day and age, living spaces are getting smaller and more families are starting in apartments instead of houses. A space saving high chair is a must nowadays to save room in the kitchen and dining room. Below is a list of 10 quality high chairs that save space without loss of comfort or practicality.
Table of the Best High Chair For Small Spaces:
01. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair – Luminosity
While this chair may seem small in comparison to bulkier models, it does not sacrifice any of the comfort. It comes with a flexible strap system that lets it be strapped to any chair already at the table. It even has 2 height as well as 3 reclining adjustments for comfort or a growing child. For the moving eaters, there is also a 5 point harness that converts into a 3 point as the child grows. The tray comes off with ease and is dishwasher safe. It even comes with a cup holder and a place to hook bibs and toys with ease. There is no need to worry about messy eaters either as the pad is machine washable.
02. JOOVY Nook High Chair – Black
The Nook high chair is all the comfort of a normal high chair with the ability to fold compactly in half and out of the way. It comes with an adjustable swing out tray with 4 different depth options to keep the food of any fussy eater in one place. The tray is also dishwasher safe and can be detached easily while the surface can be wiped off with no problems. The Nook also comes with a 5 point harness to keep the child in place and settled into a comfortable padded leatherette seat. Also there is no need to fret about scratched floors with the no-scratch floor pads on the legs. The best part of this high chair though is that it comes fully assembled so there is no fuss over putting it together.
03. Graco Slim Snacker High Chair – Whisk
Graco’s high chair is a fast folding chair that can be folded with one hand easily. It has a sleek design making it easy to store wherever needed in your home, especially with its self standing design. With a large mesh storage basket beneath the seat, you are able to store whatever needed during meal time. The chair itself is easy to clean with just a wipe down. It also comes with a full sized tray with a full cup holder as well to ensure it can fit any sized meal offered. Comfort is one of the main keys for the Graco high chair, coming with a footrest, a soft seat pad and a 3 tier reclining adjustment to boot.
04. Phil&Teds Poppy Highchair – Cranberry
If you are looking for a more modern chair for your child, look no further than Phil&Ted’s Poppy chair. It comes in a sleek modern style with hypoallergenic and waterproof aerocore that is completely dishwasher safe. It comes with both a passive harness and a 5 point to ensure your child is safe while putting the tray on. One of the key features of the Poppy is that it grows with the child so it will continue to be useful for years on end. When your child no longer needs a high chair, it becomes a normal chair they can use wherever. It also comes apart for easy storing so you don’t have to worry about it taking up space.
05. Graco Slim Snacker Highchair – Gala
Graco’s Gala chair is similar to the Whisk listed above, but it comes with a few extra features such as a 3 and 5 point harness. It is also fast folding and stands for easy storage wherever needed. In case you needed to store anything during mealtime, there is a a large storage basket beneath the seat. The seat pad is easy to clean down with wipes as well. As for comfort, the Gala has 3 position reclining as well as a sturdy foot rest. The tray comes with a full sized cup holder, making any meal able to be held with ease.
06. Ingenuity SmartClean ChairMate High Chair – Slate
ChairMate is known for its very cleanable chairs. The seat itself can be wiped down with ease, the straps machine washable, and the rest being dishwasher safe definitely commits to the name. Another amazing feature of the seat is that as the child grows, it can convert into a booster chair for your child to seat at the table with the family. It comes with 5 point safety harness as well to ensure the child is safe during meal time.
07. Skip Hop Convertible High Chair – Tuo, Grey Clouds
Skip Hop is another modern design with a reversible seat pad to change the style as you wish. It is also completely dish washer safe and wipeable if needed. The tray itself is built with a second removable insert to be able to clean with ease. Skip Hop also comes with a 5 point harness to ensure safety. Also with the no-skid feet you don’t have to worry about it sliding over smooth surfaces haphazardly. One of the best features of this chair though is the longevity of it. It is able to turn into a toddler chair when it is no longer needed as a high chair.
08. HOOMALL Fast Table Chair – Navy
Hoomall is a very unique high chair with the fact it clips onto the table instead of standing separately. With its non-slip plastic arms, it clasps onto the table and even keeps it from scratching it. Though it is only for tables with the width of 0.8” to 3.35”. It comes with a storage pocket in the back for anything from bibs to bottles. With the ability to fully come apart, it makes transporting it a breeze, especially with its own carrying bag. It also comes with a 5 point harness to ensure your child is buckled up while being able to sit directly at the table with everyone in the family. With no tray and removable fabric, the cleanup with this chair is minimal and quick.
09. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair – Grey Floral
This Fisher-Price chair is similar to the Luminosity one listed above with a few extra features. The Floral has a bonus tray as well, both being dishwasher safe for a quick clean. The seat pad is also machine washable so you could get out any food stains your child may leave. Though with the deep dish tray, it keeps food in the one place it belongs. With the ability to strap to any chair, the Floral is able to go anywhere needed. It also comes with an adjustable 5 point harness as well.
10. BEABA Up & Down High Chair – Gray
Beaba is a high quality high chair that is made in a more modern style. With 6 adjustable heights, it can fit at any table. It is made with high quality materials and a stable structure. The tray is removable along with the seat padding, making cleaning a breeze. Also with a sturdy footrest and a lovely cushion, comfort is a great feature of this design.
Types of High Chairs
Grow with Child
Grow with child high chairs are able to do as the name implies. They often adjust into booster seats or, as some of the products listed above, turn into seats for your toddlers to use as they wish. They typically have varying settings to change both height and recline to best fit your child. These are the best chairs to buy if you are looking for more long term options with only one product instead of multiple.
Adaptive high chairs are often ones that you can use anywhere. Like both the Fisher-Price models as well as the Hoomall, they are able to be used wherever without needing to set up a whole high chair. They typically are able to strap to any chair or even the table which allows the child to be a full participant in family meals. This type of chair is the best to go for if you are low on space and have an extra chair already in place.
Portable high chairs are ones that easily come apart or are often lightweight enough to carry where you need to go. Often they are able to fold in on themselves or come apart for easy storage. In cases like the Hoomall, they are fully detachable and could be stored in a simple bag. This kind of high chair is best if you are looking for something you can take with you to different venues or family houses.
Features to look out for
Stability is a key feature to look for. You want a chair that you know will not slip or fall apart, especially when your child is sitting within. It is best to look for high chairs with quality material and a no slip grip on the legs to ensure it doesn’t slide around.
Safety plays in with stability but more so with harnesses. It is always best to have a high chair with a 5 point harness that is able to hold the child in. This ensures that even a squirmy child can’t just climb out and take a fall from a great height. There are also chairs with an effective 3 point harness as well as a passive one to ensure the younger children are unable to fall forward.
Being able to clean your high chair is one of the most important features. Let’s face it, children are messy eaters. You will need to be able to clean off any spills with ease and fully wash the seat padding or cover as well. To find a model that is easier to clean, look for the key words of dishwasher safe and machine washable.
While price is often not a concern for such a necessary tool for all parents, it is a good feature to look into. While not all badly made high chairs are cheap, not all cheap high chairs are bad. There are many cases of amazing high chairs for as little as $40 that last for years. There are also some rather expensive high chairs that leave little for use later on in the child’s growth. Always make sure to determine the quality of the chair by the features, not the price.
If you are looking for a high chair that saves on space in your home, it is best to use this guide to help you along the way. The chairs listed are high quality and are more so than not to last a good many years for you and your child. Make sure to consider what features you are really looking for in a high chair. If it’s able to be cleaned easily, if it will last as long as you need it to, or even if it is a good fit for your living situation.