A child who is just getting ready or is already attending school spends a lot of time at the desk. Therefore, caring parents should, even before buying this piece of furniture, find out which table and chair will best suit their beloved child..
If you buy a table at random, just the first one you like, in the future there may be serious problems with the baby’s health: scoliosis, stoop and even osteochondrosis, so it is better to immediately choose the right furniture for the child than to correct the damaged posture later.
Sitting at the table, children should reach with their feet to the floor, and the toe and heel – the entire sole rest confidently on the floor. The angle between the lower leg and the thigh should be right, if it is obtuse, then the seat of the chair is much higher than it should be, sharp indicates that the chair is very low. For the child to feel comfortable working at the desk, the distance from his face to the table should correspond to the length from the tips of the fingers of the seated person to his elbow..
Children’s knees should not touch the table top, the back should be leaning against the chair, and the lower back should feel the back. Only taking these points into account can you choose the ideal table height for your son or daughter..
Correct height ratio
The comfortable height of the table for children depends on their height and age. With a height of 110 cm –120 cm, a table with a height of 52 cm is suitable for girls and boys. With a height of 121 cm to 130 cm or for 7 years, the height of the table top should be at least 57 cm. By analogy, the table height for a teenager is calculated.
But, despite all the numbers, existing tables and recommendations of leading pediatric specialists, it is better to go with a child for furniture. It is necessary that the future owner of the table sat down at him, moved around and decided whether it was convenient for him or not, and the parents from the outside appreciated the picture.
Criterias of choice
Everyone knows that it is very difficult for children to sit in one place, especially for 4-6 years old. However, no matter how much the fidget wants it, sooner or later he will have to sit down at the table. The task of the parents is to choose the ideal option that will fully meet the individual characteristics of the beloved child..
When choosing a desk, you should pay attention to the work surface, or rather, to its depth and width. For example, the depth must be at least 80 cm, and the width must be at least 100 cm..
Seating the child at the table will be the most correct decision. If your elbows are completely on the lid and your feet are flat on the floor at right angles, then the ideal table has been selected. Only in this case, the child’s posture will not suffer..
All school supplies should fit in the desk: textbooks, notebooks, pens, rulers, pencils, albums and other stationery. Everything should be easily accessible, close at hand, otherwise the student will be constantly distracted in search of the right thing. As a result – a decrease in the productivity of his studies.
A good option for a children’s table are models, the height of the tabletop of which can be changed depending on the height of the child. Thus, you can significantly save the family budget, since a table of this design will serve for more than one year. You shouldn’t buy a table made of expensive materials for your child. It is unlikely that he will treat furniture with special care and awe, even if it is made from the most expensive types of wood. Very soon, traces of a ballpoint pen, felt-tip pens, remnants of plasticine will appear on the table.
However, it is better to refuse cheap materials. For example, plastic can be toxic and its smell can trigger allergic reactions. Plus, cheap countertops aren’t always practical. When interacting with moisture, they can deform and become unusable. Mechanical influences are also unacceptable for such tables..
Trendy designer tables in a children’s room are also not always appropriate. First of all, the desk is the place where the child studies, does his homework. Such furniture should set the student up for work, and not distract himself..
When buying a table, you need to take into account the fact that someday there will be a computer on it. Therefore, the table must be strong.
Some table models cost much more than other similar products due to their additional functions. But children do not always need them, so you should not overpay for such nuances..
How to increase the height
If the table is purchased, all the rules are observed and it would seem that there are no obstacles to its use, but the child suddenly stretched out and the height of the table became uncomfortable for him, you can increase it with the help of the podium. This fixture should be slightly wider than the table legs and table top. It is firmly fixed to the table, so this design does not stagger, and the entire product will serve its young owner for a long time..
The height of the podium is chosen according to the situation. The advantages of such a device include the fact that it will serve as a comfortable footrest..
The second option for increasing the height of the children’s table is to replace its legs with longer ones (if the model allows). Now in furniture showrooms you can find ordinary legs – supports, separate without a table top.
If the table is too high
There are situations when parents realize that they made a mistake with the height, but they can no longer return the purchased goods. What to do in this case? Decide something or leave it as it is? Of course, the only answer is to do something! If the table is too high, it can negatively affect the child’s posture and vision. You can also solve the problem in two ways:
- Footrest. Having determined how many centimeters the purchased table is higher than the desired one, display the difference in the form of a footrest. You can buy it or make it yourself from any kind of wood, cover it with fabric, insulate it with foam rubber, then the child’s legs will be warm even in the fierce winter.
- Shorten the legs. An effective way to help you get a table of the right height. The only drawback is the irreversibility of the solution. Children grow up quite quickly, and there is no guarantee that in a month or two they will not have to return to their original height.