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The Kritter childrens'and chairs from IKEA are ideal for toddlers. They come in a range of strong colours (red, yellow, blue, black and white) and a table and each chair is purchased separately so you can choose to have a matching set or a multi-coloured set. The description used by IKEA is 'small on size, big on fun' and I think this is pretty apt. The kids love having their own chairs which are small enough to get on and off without help and light enough that they can move them around themselves. The surfaces are easy to wipe clean as there is little detail in the design although we have the white ones and have found that it stains quite easily with kids' water-based paints. I would say that the chairs are probably suitable up until 5 years old My children find them especially useful to use as steps in the kitchen to reach the work surfaces. Having been used extensively for eating, craft, standing on and many other activities, they have lasted extremely well and the few knocks and scratches hide well. This are well worth buying especially if bought with the table too.
As we don't have children of our own yet, I do tend to spoil our little nephew. I've just recently bought two of these Ikea Kritter chairs and the matching Kritter table for him to sit at and use when he stays over with us. My husband did initially think that they would be a waste of money, but he has changed his mind since he's seen how often our little nephew sits at and uses these.
The Kritter chairs come in 5 different colours; black, red, yellow, white and blue. I took our little nephew on the trip to Ikea with me, so that he could choose the colour that he wanted, and surprise, surprise he chose the blue chairs. The chairs are just £10 each. Like all Ikea furniture the chairs do require self assembly, you only need an allan key for the chairs which is supplied in the pack, and it only took my husband around half an hour to assemble the two chairs and the table.
The Kritter range is made of brightly coloured painted wood, and is perfect for children. The range is really eye catching due to the shiny finish, and the bright primary colours, and all of the colours would easily mix and match well together. I would say that the blue chairs are a royal blue colour. The chairs are really well designed and made, and they even have two little animals (I think they are supposed to be a cat and a dog) embossed on the back panel of the chair. The table and chairs seem very durable so far, but due to them being wood I would say that they would just be suitable for indoor use. If you left them outside in the rain then I imagine that the paint would peel off and the wood would warp. These are easy to clean, I just wipe them over with a damp cloth.
The chairs are fairly lightweight and so are easy for a child to move and carry around. Our little nephew will sometimes sit at the table and draw or make things, build things with lego, make things with playdough etc. Sometimes he will just move the chairs all over the house sitting down in various spots and rooms for a bit! Not sure why, he's a toddler! The little table and chairs is also really handy for him to sit and eat his breakfast or lunch at.
I suppose that if I had to fault the chairs in any way, I would say that because they are not stackable then this may be an issue if you are short on space. The two chairs do push completely underneath the table and so we can just move the table and chairs into a corner in one of the spare rooms when they are not needed.
I'm glad that I bought these, they've had a lot of use, they look really eye catching and funky, and they seem to be brilliant quality for the money. And more importantly I guess, our little nephew loves having his own little table and chairs at our house!
A few years ago we bought a few small pieces of furniture for my little girl, who is now three. One of the things we bought was a bright red, small Ikea Lack table, and we bought two of these cute chairs to go with it.
We bought two of the red versions, although they are also available in black, yellow, blue and white and they cost £9.99 each.
Easy to make
As with all Ikea furniture, these chairs came flatpacked and although I must confess I can't remember how many separate parts there were I do know they were extremely simple to put together, and I did both by myself in a matter of minutes.
The shape of the chairs is fairly basic, but the thing that does set them apart a bit is that each has two slightly raised animals on the back of the seat. These animals are in the same colour as the chairs so this doesn't take away from the simplicity of the chairs, but does give them a bit of a twist!
My daughter uses these chairs to sit at her table and eat, play games and do crafts and we have used them a great deal since buying them. It's also a lovely place for her and her friends to sit if she has anyone over for tea. Although she is now over three, she has no problem at all sitting on them still, and she now even carries them around herself so she can move the chairs to "help out" with the cooking, and so on. So, yes, she does stand on them occasionally which although I try not to encourage too much the chairs are very sturdy and have never toppled over.
Despite plenty of use these chairs are still in fantastic condition - in fact the only signs of wear and tear are where the paint has slightly come off a few of the edges of the chairs when we left them outside ... and it rained - entirely our fault!
All in all these are great chairs that I would highly recommend for any young ones that you may have living with you! They have a simple yet attractive design, are really practical and seem to last exceptionally well. For £10 each I would definitely recommend these - our two are still going strong!
Measurements if you need them:
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 29 cm
Height: 53 cm
Seat height: 30 cm