Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY toddler chair

Lucy is growing like a weed and while she has outgrown her high chair, she is still too small for an adult chair so it was time for us to figure out a solution that works for her and our table. Andy got busy designing a toddler chair that is tall enough for her to sit up to the table and safe for her to climb up and down by herself (the kid loves to climb). We are not experts on kid's furniture (or kid's safety when it comes to furniture) but Andy came up with something that works really great for Lucy. Here is a peek at his design drawings-

His inspiration came from a life guard chair- Andy spent a couple summers working as a beach lifeguard and liked the idea of a wide chair with steps that are easy to climb. As a former structural engineer he knows how to make something sturdy and his goal was to create a chair that is strong enough for a toddler but could transition into a chair/step stool that we all could use in the future.

Of course I had to paint the chair! I added colorful triangles to the seat and painted the steps and arms in different colors.

Then we sanded the paint for a bit of a distressed look.

Needless to say the chair is a HUGE hit! Not only have we been using it at the dining room table but it also works great at our art table in the garage and per Lucy's request, we have been moving it around the house to random locations where she can sit on her perch and play.



25 comments:

LOCKwerkE said...

So wonderful. I like your ideas and your great pictures. Love Karin

Peaceful/Paisible said...

she's so cute !!

Bilgen said...

so talented work, well done! how lucky is!

Liz said...

Great idea and looks awesome, too!

Helmi said...

what a beautiful girl!

Mami Made It said...

Great idea and woodwork! Lovely color finishing!

livethegoldenrule said...

Kind of reminds me of a lifeguard chair. Love it ! Good job you guys!!

donna bailey said...

What a great diy project! I love how it turned out! And this little princess is so gorgeous!
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Faygie Fellig said...

what a great pair you guys are.

Julia said...

A lovely idea and such a cute little girl!

studioGypsy said...

just love this!! :) oxxo

Anonymous said...

What a great! Just one suggestion - it totally needs wheels! Especially with moving it around so much. There are types that have locking casters that can keep the wheels from rolling when you get it where you want it to be. Just thought I'd pass that along.

Vivyane Veka said...

Such a good idea ! = )

Carol McCready said...

That chair is awesome and she appears to really love it.

*Tadaam ! said...

Nice ! I love the colours ! (Sarah)

Rhonda said...

LOVE this chair! I want to make one!

Stephanie said...

LOVE! Great idea. for my 3 year old

Beth H. Reese said...

You are such great parents, and Lucy is a doll. Her cute smile makes me happy when I see her.

Dana said...

What a lovely thing! The post is so nice! Thank you for sharing!

Mishelle said...

It is so lovely! I love it! The is idea is wonderful!

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Penelopa said...

The chair is awesome! Great job! You are just so creative and full with great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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