Guest Picks: Soft Seating for Kids
These comfy chairs, poufs and beanbags are easy to move and great to look at — and some can even hide a mess of toys inside
With the rough and tumble that is childhood, soft is best when it comes to furniture. I've come to love ottomans with storage under the cushion to hold those errant toys that seem to accumulate in adult spaces (or all over the house). I've rounded up some soft seating that would look great in the home while catering to the needs of your little ones. — Maddie from Colour Me There
This snow-capped mountain beanbag is as fun for kids as it is beautiful to display. It's perfect for a neutral-colored space.
These are beanbags with a modern twist. They're light enough to move around and minimal enough to blend into adult spaces.
This chair is a great spin on the typical wing chair. Plus, it comes complete with button-up storage for important pictures or artwork.
The traditional Moroccan pouf makes a fabulous coffee table, footstool or soft seat for kids. It's stylish enough to use in any room and sturdy enough to handle a climbing kidlet.
Nothing beats Fatboy for child-resistant seating. Their beanbags are available in a rainbow of colors and patterns, but I'm a huge fan of this bold Marimekko print.
This patchwork Mushroom pouf would add a whimsical touch to a fairytale kids' space.
This drum, chevron fabric ottoman is made from hand-printed fabrics. It's a beautiful and unique piece for communal spaces.
With paint-dipped legs and geometric fabric, this footstool is totally on trend.
The Point footstool is a rollable, pushable seat in Fatboy's trademark water-resistant fabric. It's perfect for moving around the house wherever it's needed.
This storage ottoman would be perfect for the pirate-loving kidlet.
This beanbag chair is waterproof, colorfast and fitted with a separate inner bag, which allows for the outer cover to be removed and washed easily. It's parent-approved seating!
Cocoon Couture adds embroidered fun to their kids' beanbags. You can find everything from owls to monsters in bright, fun colors.
Cupcake beanbag — there are no words!
This might be a little pricey for everyday seating, but it's the sort of thing I'd love to have on display long after the kids grow up!
P'kolino's soft seats are fun and modular. They separate into various parts and can be used in fun and creative ways, making them great for kids' development.
This graffiti art beanbag is for the kid with attitude.
Food-related furniture is always a winner with kids — except maybe if it's broccoli shaped.
Contemporary and minimal, this fold-out seating is a far cry from the cartoon character versions seen so often in kids' rooms. Sometimes you really can have too much Dora the Explorer.
These modern and brightly colored beanbags come in Mt. Fuji, Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro designs. They're perfect for the tiny explorer.
I have a couple of these footstools in the house, and they are a dream for storing items that tend to accumulate in the family room. They'll hide the kid clutter from view.
The Muffin pouf with storage might be out of your price range at almost £2,000, but it sure is cute!
This range of modular seating comes in a variety of fabrics that mix and match like patchwork. They make a fantastic statement in a kids' space.
These handmade poufs are a riot of color. I want one for myself.
Ideabook published on Oct. 6, 2012.
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