The Perfect School Chair & You

Furnishing your school can be a daunting task. Do you shop for cost or quality? For style or utility? When you’re shopping for school chairs, especially, there are myriad options. Whether you’re furnishing a brand new school or replacing existing furniture, this post is here to help you through the decision-making process.

Classroom chairs need to last for years and endure the use of numerous students, so durability is important. Scholar Craft’s 150 Series Solid Plastic Classroom Chair resists scratches and warping, so it’ll stay looking good for years. The hard plastic makes cleaning a cinch. It even comes in an adjustable-height model, so it can grow with your students.

Scholar Craft 150 Series Solid Plastic Classroom Chair

More often than not, budget is the biggest buying obstacle. If that’s your situation, check out basic models like Virco’s 9000 Series School Chair, Artco-Bell’s Discover Series School Chair and Scholar Craft’s 120 Series School Chair for classic school chairs educators have trusted for years. These durable chairs are the epitome of the old phrase “form follows function.”

And the bonus? These three chairs ship within 24 hours and are built for durability, so you won’t have to worry about ordering them again anytime soon.

But what if the thought of “classroom chairs” brings back unwelcome memories of dated grays, blues and browns? Luckily, school furniture has pulled itself out of the dark ages. Artco-Bell’s Discover Series Sled Base School Chair comes in 12 different colors, including several bright hues to liven up any classroom. Smith System Flavors Series Stack Chair has a unique shape in an assortment of colors to boot. If classic is more your style, Scholar Craft has a plastic chair that mimics wood for an updated take on wooden school chairs of old.

Found a chair that meets your style, budget or both? Great. Now you just have to find the right seat for your students. A chair that is too small or too big can be uncomfortable and distracting no matter your age. We’ve compiled this chart to help, where “X” marks the ideal seat height for each age, while the shaded boxes are recommended alternatives for growing students:

5″ 6″ 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″ 13″ 14″ 15″ 16″ 17″ 18″
Less than 1 year X
1 year X
2 years X
3 years X
4 years X
5 years X
6 years X
7 years X
8 years X
9 years X
10 years X
11 years X
12 years X
13 years & up X

Note: appropriate seat heights span a three-inch range to accommodate varying sizes of children by age.

Looking for more information before buying new chairs? Read this handy buying guide.