If you've been in the market for a high chair, you'll already know this. But if you're just heading into that territory, I'm sorry to be the one to inform you: High chairs are expensive! Yes, there are inexpensive versions, but if you want anything with any sort of style, you'll start looking at high chairs that cost upwards of $300, with some double that. Yikes! And all that for something that will be spilled on day in and day out, and irreparably filthy just about minutes after the first time you use it.
Plus, high chairs are (obviously) more than just pieces of furniture. They need to meet strict federal standards for safety that include features like buckled harnesses, wheels that lock into place, and a tray that the child cannot remove. They also need to be made of a durable material, which you can clean up over and over (and over, and over) without staining or scratching over time. And they need to be inoffensive enough that the designer can offer a handful of models to keep their manufacturing costs down. Whew.
So with all that, you can see why they're pricey. That said, here are three of our favorite stylish highchairs. Two of them are only $120 and one of them is just $20. No, that is not a typo.
- phil&teds Poppy Highchair, $120: With a brightly colored seat (in three perky hues), cool kidney-shaped tray, and design that converts into a booster seat once your child gets a little older, it's so smart and stylish it looks like it should cost twice as much! That seems like a pretty good deal when you're looking at the super-pricey options.
- JOOVY Nook High Chair, $120: With a minimal silhouette, this chair would look great in a kitchen with a modern design scheme. The tray has four adjustable positions and can go in the dishwasher.
- ANTILOP Highchair, $20 at IKEA: Leave it to IKEA to get down to the basics — a slim frame and inoffensive white-and-steel design at an unbeatable price.
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Do you have a favorite highchair that's stylish, functional, and inexpensive? Share it in the comments below!