Expand Seating With Simplified Storage
- What: Flash Furniture Kids Colorful 5 Piece Folding Table and Chairs
- When: 18 months and up
- Why: Extra seating, compact, affordable,
- Where: Amazon
I freely admit I didn’t come up with the idea for this folding table and chairs on my own. We celebrated New Year’s Eve with friends a few years back, and they whipped out their awesome folding kids’ table. Much like a standard card table, this table comes in a smaller kid-sized square shape.
This blue table comes with folding chairs in four different colors: blue, yellow, red, and green. Both the chair backs and seats have padded materials, and the table has some slight cushion to it as well. It wipes clean with ease and has yet to stain, despite many spills and opportunities. We’ve used it both indoors and out to expand seating for kids, and they love it.
The table legs each have a lever that needs to release to collapse it, so it provides lots of stability and safety around little hands. Each chair also has a release lever, and even I have trouble getting them to fold sometimes, so no kid could do it. Nor would it ever be able to fold while occupied. You push on the lever to release a pin that then allows the chair to collapse. It can take some adjustment to put pressure on the right part, but it works great once you figure it out.
Because both the table and chairs fold, we can slide the table upright behind a door or a piece of furniture or in a closet. The chairs take up a bit more more, about the same as a set of stacking kid chairs when leaned against a wall all together. But altogether they still takes up much less space to store than four chairs individually, even stacked ones. Both the chairs and each individual table leg click once locked into place, so you can be sure you’ve got them set up correctly.
It expands seating options for big family events, or summer dinner in the backyard, as well as art project or other times you want a surface at kid height (or don’t want all their crap where you need to eat). In a pinch, we can get five or six kid-sized seats around it. My almost eight year old has no trouble fitting under it, and he tends towards the tall end of the spectrum. I’d guess it would fit most kids under ten.