Best High Chairs for Small Spaces
Best High Chairs for Small Spaces
December 11, 2020

Best High Chairs for Small Spaces

Best High Chairs for Small Spaces.
Best High Chairs for Small Spaces

If you’re looking forward to introducing solids but are worried you don’t have room for yet another piece of baby gear—don’t be. There are lots of great options for compact high chairs that are just right for even the smallest of spaces.

How to Shop for a Compact High Chair

There are a few different types of seats you should consider when you’re shopping for a high chair but are short on space. Any of these seats will work—it just depends on what your particular setup is and what you’re looking for in a high chair.

  • Booster seats strap right on top of a kitchen or dining chair, eliminating the need for a separate chair for your baby altogether. Booster seats are a good option if you’re really squeezed for space in your eating area or if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a full size high chair.
  • Hook-on chairs attach directly to the edge of a counter or table. These types of seats are ideal if you have an island rather than a dining table or if you’re looking for a small-footprint seat that can attach right to your table. They’re also great for travel.
  • Compact high chairs are full size high chairs that boast a, well…compact fold. These types of high chairs often break down quickly and easily and can be tucked away in a closet or behind another piece of furniture. Compact chairs are a good choice if you’re looking for a full size high chair but don’t have the space to keep it out other than at mealtime. They’re also a good option for grandparents’ houses or if you travel often and want a standard high chair that folds to fit in the trunk of a car.
  • One more option that may not immediately come to mind is a high chair that pulls under the table. Although these high chairs are full size and often don’t fold at all, they can save you space since they slide directly under your table, mimicking a dining seat. These types of chairs are a good choice if you have a kitchen or dining table and like the idea of your little one getting involved in the family mealtime action. They also tend to last for years—many of these seats can support the weight of a grown adult.

Want to learn even more about high chairs? Check out our Best High Chairs guide that recaps when you need a high chair, how to choose and what features you should consider.

Babylist’s Best High Chairs for Small Spaces

Here are Babylist’s picks for the best high chairs if you’re short on space.

Booster Seats & Hook-On High Chairs

Best Clip-On High Chair

If you’re looking to turn a countertop or other table space into a dining area, look no further than Inglesina’s Fast Table chair. Super portable and really easy to use, this clip-on chair attaches directly to the edge of your table and creates a comfy spot for baby to eat thanks to the padded seat pad. The fabric seat is washable (thank goodness) and there’s a pocket in the back where you can stash a bib. We also love this seat for travel since it’s so tiny and really easy to pack up into the included carrying case.

One thing to note here: you’ll want to make sure you have at least a few inches of clearance under the edge of your table so the chair’s arms have enough room to slide on unobstructed. You can also add a dining tray, sold separately.

Additional Specs
Weight 4.2 lbs
Usage 6-36 mos, up to 37 lbs
Dimensions Open: 14” x 17” x 11”; Folded: 14” x 17” x 4”

Best Booster Seat

If you’d prefer to skip the clip-on style seat for something that attaches directly to your kitchen or dining chair, this popular seat from Fisher-Price is a good choice. It’s small on space but not on features. It has two height adjustments and three recline positions—features not often seen on booster-style high chairs—and can convert from a high chair to a booster as your baby gets older. The seat and tray are dishwasher safe and the seat pad and harness can be tossed right into the washing machine.

Unlike lots of other space-saving high chairs, this one can be used from the newborn stage thanks to the recline feature and the five-point harness. It is on the bulky side, though, so you’ll likely want to reserve it for at-home use.

Additional Specs
Weight 8 lbs
Usage Newborn up to 37 lbs; toddler booster up to 50 lbs
Dimensions 20.4” x 24” x 21.6”

Compact High Chairs

Best Compact High Chair

This high chair has the name “nook” in it for a reason. Its space-saving design and ultra-compact fold makes it perfect to stash in any corner of your home when you don’t want to be tripping over your high chair all day. When it’s not folded up, however, there are lots of features to love. It’s lightweight and easy to fold (like a beach chair), it has a one-handed, swing-open XL tray and four height settings. The removable seat cover is machine washable and the tray is dishwasher-safe.

This model of the Nook doesn’t recline, so it’s not suitable for use with newborns. But if you want that feature, check out the Nook NB High Chair. It’s newborn-friendly and still features the same compact fold that original Nook users have come to love.

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Usage 6+ mos, up to 50 lbs
Dimensions Unfolded: 40.5” x 32.5” x 23.8”; Folded: 23.8” x 9” x 28.5”

Most Compact High Chair

Boasting the most compact fold of any high chair on the market (it folds down to 80% of its size), the City Bistro is an all-around great seat. There are a few standout features that you won’t find in most other high chairs like back-of-the-seat storage (the tray clips right onto the back of the high chair when folded, keeping everything organized) and self-standing storage. Other features to love include a comfortable seat pad that’s stain resistant and machine washable.

Keep in mind that when this seat is unfolded, it does have a fairly large footprint, so while it’s super compact when broken down it will take up a decent amount of space when it’s in use.

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Usage 6 mos, up to 40 lbs
Dimensions Unfolded: 42” x 19.5” x 25.25”; Folded: 27.25” x 19.5” x 6.88”

Slim and Easy to Store

Popular high chair brand (and all-around awesome baby brand) Graco’s slimmest seat is the Slim Spaces, an ultra-compact option with a fold of a little over eight inches. It does weigh about five pounds more than most of our other compact fold options, at a little over 20 pounds, but we don’t find it makes much of a difference considering all its other great features and think the pros of this seat far outweigh (pun intended) this con.

The seat pad is stain resistant and the removable tray insert is dishwasher safe so cleanup is pretty easy. There are also lots of custom adjustments: six height positions and a three-position recline.

Additional Specs
Weight 20.22 lbs lbs
Usage Newborn up to 40 lbs
Dimensions Unfolded: 32” x 23” x 42”; Folded: 14” x 17” x 4”

Most Affordable Compact Seat

Cosco is known for no-frills, well priced baby items that parents rave about—and this high chair is one of them. This compact seat folds flat and stands on its own, so it’s easy to store or take on the go. There’s a three-position adjustable tray with a removable insert and a wipeable seat. There’s also a leg rest so your little one is ergonomically positioned correctly for solids. At under $50, you can’t find much of a better deal.

There is one con parents consistently mention, though: the seat cushion. Although it is easy to wipe down, it’s not removable, so you’ll want to keep that in mind before you buy.

Additional Specs
Weight 14.55 lbs
Usage 4 mos up to 50 lbs
Dimensions Unfolded: 38.75” x 24” x 28.5”; Folded: 26” x 18” x 6”

Save Space, Save Money

Another affordable + compact seat that gets high marks from parents is Evenflo’s Symmetry high chair. Similar to the other compact options on our favorites list, this one folds down to about eight inches for quick and easy storage. This seat has two recline positions and three tray positions as well as a dishwasher-safe tray. And although it will cost you slightly more than the Cosco high chair, this one features a removable, machine-washable seat pad, which some parents think is worth the added cost.

Additional Specs
Weight 14.1 lbs
Usage 4 mos up to 40 lbs
Dimensions Unfolded: 23” x 26.6” x 40”; Folded: 32.5” x 13.9” x 23”

Minimalist’s Choice

While the Lalo doesn’t technically fit our definition of a compact seat (it doesn’t fold), it does boast a really small footprint and is one of the slimmest, sleekest high chair designs we’ve seen so it’s worth a spot on your radar. This two-in-one seat—it morphs from a high chair to a kid-size seat as your little one grows—has a super minimalist design without a lot of the typical bulk found in other high chairs. The smooth surface is easy to clean and the included tray is dishwasher-safe. It weighs only ten pounds so it’s easy to move around your home and you can also add on a (machine washable) seat cushion for a little extra padding.

Additional Specs
Weight 10 lbs
Usage 6-36 mos
Dimensions 24.5” x 24.5” x 33”

High Chairs That Pull Up to the Table

Loved for Decades

Stokke pioneered the idea that even the youngest of babies should have a seat at the table. The Tripp Trapp, a seat that debuted in 1972 and is still going strong, is an iconic favorite. Although it’s on the larger side in terms of footprint and weight, it can be pulled right up to your dining table. That, combined with how it transforms from a baby + toddler seat to an adult seat that can hold up to 242 pounds, means that it ultimately acts as just another chair at your kitchen and dining table rather than a separate high chair just for baby.

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Usage Newborn (with Newborn Set, sold separately) up to 242 lbs
Dimensions 19.3” x 31.1” x 18.1”

A Modern Twist

If you love the idea of Stokke’s Tripp Trapp but prefer something a bit more modern, take a look at the Nomi. Created by the same Scandinavian designer who pioneered the Tripp Trapp, the Nomi has many of the same features with a slimmer profile and a bit more of a modern flair. It transforms from infant seat (with the Baby Attachment)to high chair to an adult seat that holds up to 330 pounds. It’s easy to adjust—simply turn the knob on the seat’s stem, no tools needed—as well as extremely stable and ergonomically designed with excellent support and an adjustable footrest.

Additional Specs
Weight 10.8 lbs
Usage Newborn (with Baby Attachment up to 330 lbs
Dimensions 26” x 21” 33”

Sleek, Simple and Cool

Mima’s Moon high chair is the perfect combination of modern cool + awesome functionality. The seat can be used three ways right out of the box: as a newborn lounger, a high chair for the baby and toddler years and finally a junior chair that works until about age 10. It pulls right up to a table or a countertop, so although it does have a large base, it can take the place of one of your usual chairs. It features push-of-a-button height adjustment and is super easy to clean thanks to the innovative materials.

All of this innovation will cost you, though. The Moon is one of the pricier seats on our list and is also one of the heaviest.

Additional Specs
Weight 23.1 lbs
Usage Newborn up to 99 lbs
Dimensions 25.6” x 21.7” x 47”
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