A high chair for baby is a must-have in any household with babies or young toddlers. It is heavily utilized for at least 3 times a day or even more!

One of the top concerns of many parents is the amount of space that a highchair may consume in an already tight living space.

Therefore we’ve hand-picked 4 best high chairs for small spaces to meet your specific needs without making the dining room feel more cramped!

A lightweight folding high chair is a great option if you are looking to fold it up for easy storage between meals, bring it along when you travel or use it as a storable highchair at grandma’s place.

However, if you find it a hassle to collapse the highchair and store it away after meals, a compact high chair that has a small footprint when fully set up may be a better choice.

Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered!

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#1: Stokke Tripp Trapp – Best Compact High Chair for Family Meals – If you are a fan of high quality wooden products (like me), you will love the Stokke high chair. It can be pulled right up to the dining table so your baby can enjoy dinner with the rest of the family. Even though Stokke is not a foldable high chair, it has the smallest footprint and can be pulled under the table (just like a regular chair) when not in use.

#2: Peg Perego Siesta – Best Folding High Chair Overall– This is great if you like modern gadgets and looking for a collapsible high chair. You will love the sleek looking Siesta for its ultra-compact and self-standing fold. It can also double up as a baby recliner.

#3: Graco Blossom 6 in 1 High Chair – Best for Families with a Baby and Toddler– A value-for-money high chair for a growing family as you can seat 2 kids at the same time!

#4: Joovy Nook High Chair – Best Foldable High Chair for the Minimalist – The Nook is super easy to collapse and folds compactly just like a beach chair! It is also lightweight, making it highly portable and easy to store. Not to mention, it looks modern and stylish with its clean lines and colors.

Do read on to discover the pros and cons of each contenders of the best high chair for compact spaces, or jump straight to the area of your interest such as the Stokke High Chair Review, Peg Perego High Chair Siesta Review, Graco Blossom High Chair Review or the Joovy Nook High Chair Reviews.

We will also be sharing with you a buying guide, including factors you should consider when deciding which highchair best suits your needs, taste and budget.

Very often, a highchair is not only used for feeding during meal times. Many parents also choose to keep their baby close to them by seating the baby in the highchair to play or relax, while they are busy in the kitchen, doing household chores, etc.

Given the heavy utilization, both you and the baby have to be comfortable and happy to use the highchair, rather than finding it a hassle or an eye sore.

Many of the highchairs today also include reclining seat feature to accommodate bottle-feeding babies (as young as newborns), so if you begin your search early, you might be able to find a high chair that can serve you over a longer period of time.

Moreover, kids grow up really fast. Before you know it, your baby is already moving on to solids and it’ll probably be too late to start frantically looking for a highchair then.

#1: Stokke Tripp Trapp – Best Compact High Chair for Family Meals


I am a fan of good quality wooden products, which is why I fell in love with the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair at first sight. Its classic design (both in terms of functionality and style) has been tested through time, having being in the market since 1972.

If you are looking for a high chair that allows your baby to join the rest of the family at mealtimes, this wooden high chair is perfect for you as it is able to fit right up to the dining table.

Yes, it is pricier than the average highchairs. But what you are paying for is the quality and flexibility.

It is well-designed and highly adjustable to offer an ergonomic sitting position for any age and to grow with your child. When your little one has outgrown the use of a high chair, it can even be used as a desk chair for your child into his teenhood. Just imagine that!

What Are The Selling Points Of Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair?

1. Made of good quality solid wood

The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is made of strong, solid, cultivated Beech wood which makes it eco-friendly and good quality… in fact, it’s almost heirloom quality – reliable and long-lasting.

There have been many anecdotes of families growing up with the Stokke Tripp Trapp, either by transforming it from a baby highchair to an adult chair or passing it down from sibling to sibling. There are even cases of the Tripp Trap chair being used over 2 generations!

The wooden finishing is also certified to the European regulations, which are generally higher than US standards. So, if you are a wooden furniture lover like me and hoping to avoid plastic materials for my young kids… this is the baby high chair for you.

2. Highly adaptable and adjustable – Grow with your child through to adulthood

The standalone solid chair frame itself is suitable for 36 months and above, and can be used for years up to a maximum weight limit of 242 pounds!

For children under 36 months, you will need to use the Tripp Trapp chair along with the Baby Set. The baby set is suitable for use when your baby is able to sit upright unassisted, which is usually around 6-9 months, through to 3 years old.

The Tripp Trapp baby set has a high back support and rail, with an integrated passive crotch post so that your baby can sit securely and comfortably. It is easy to attach and detach, with no tools required.

As your toddler grows older, you can remove the baby set insert and just use the Tripp Trapp as a booster chair at the dinner table along with the harness. Eventually, you can even remove the harness system when your toddler is old enough to deem it a surplus.

As your toddler starts learning how to climb, you can even teach them to get up onto the high chair by themselves using the footrest as a step. In this manner, you are encouraging independence and motor skill. You no longer have to lift them in and out every time.

As your child grows into teenhood, this Stokke highchair can even be adjusted for an adult to use as a desk chair etc. The longevity of this model explains why Stokke is offering a 7 year warranty for the Tripp Trapp when you register your purchase online.

Having said that, you will need an Allen wrench every time you want to re-adjust the seat and footplates. So, it is not exactly something that you want to adjust too frequently and customize to any young visitors to your home.

3. Ergonomical design

The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is ergonomically designed to ensure that your baby will be seated with adequate foot support from a young age. Both the seat and footplate are adjustable in terms of height and depth to ensure that your child’s elbows, hips, knees and ankles are kept at a 90-degree angle when seated.

Stokke provides clear instructions and guidelines on how to set the seats and footrest according to the age/size of your child.

The stable footrest will provide the much needed support and comfort compared to many other toddler booster models that leave the child’s feet dangling in the air.

The double curved back provides adequate back support and helps in the spine development for the young one.

TIP: For maximum comfort and to ensure ease of getting the little one in and out of the baby set, adjust and set the seat depth such that there’s 2-3 fingers of space between the back of the knee of the baby and front of the seat.

Some parents do complain that if their babies have chubby legs, their little one looks “forced” into/out of the baby set. If you still face the same problem even after adjusting the seat depth as mentioned above (or as per Stokke’s instructions), you can try pinching the plastic tab of the baby set where it’s fitted to the bottom of the chair seat to lift the baby set, hence increasing the size of the leg holes.

4. Designed to pull right up to the dining table

The Tripp Trapp is lower than most highchairs as it is designed to bring the baby to the family table. The seat height is such that it can allow comfortable reach to tables of 28.35-29.9 inches tall, while having a 90 degree elbow angle.

5. Easy to Clean

The sleek and clean lines of this Scandinavian design also mean that the Tripp Trapp is extremely easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth (to maintain the wood quality) without much crevices for food and debris to get in.

The baby set is made of dishwasher-safe plastic.

The only lowlight is that the harness is not so easy to clean as there are many straps to wipe clean. The good thing is that the buckle itself does not really collect much crumbs.

6. Small footprint and lightweight

This highchair is compact. Moreover, when the chair is not in use, you can easily slide it under the dining table just like any chairs and it will blend in just like any other piece of furniture.

It is lightweight so it can be easily moved around the house or the kitchen.

6. Color and style

This Strokke high chair is adaptable to almost any décor. The sleek and elegant Scandinavian design is compatible with most modern home décor while the wooden nature of this furniture allows it to fit into traditional homes. Most importantly, it does not scream ‘baby’ at first sight.

The Tripp Trapp also comes in so many different colors that I’m sure you can find one that matches your home. The baby set also comes in matching colors, but well… you have the option to be adventurous and customize! You can mix-and-match the chair frame and baby set color options as you wish.

There’s even a variety of cute and beautiful cushion covers that you can play with to customize your highchair.

7. Other safety features

It comes with a harness system that can be used with the baby set or chair frame, and can be removed when your child has outgrown the need of a buckling system.

The Stokke chair makes use of water-based, non-toxic paint so you can be assured that the highchair your little one is seated in is free from harmful substances such as bisphenol and phthalates.

The Tripp Trapp chair comes with gliders at the back legs. For added safety, the 2010 Stokke Tripp Trapp baby set comes with extended gliders to provide additional backward stability and to reduce the risk of tipping over.

You may have seen some Youtube videos about how a toddler manages to push himself away from the table and cause the highchair to tip backwards. The extended gliders is meant to allow the chair to slide backwards instead of tipping over. Nonetheless, adult supervision is still needed, just like with any other high chairs.

 IMPORTANT: These gliders work fine on hardwood floors. However, they do not slide well on stone floors or carpeted floors, hence, it will be easier to tip backwards.

Stokke has also voluntarily obtained the safety certification from JPMA.

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair Review

What Accessories Can I Buy For the Stokke Tripp Trapp?

1. Cushions

I really love the variety of beautiful and cute designs of the seat cushions. And I’m sure many moms love them too…

However, on a more practical aspect, I’m more hesitant about getting these cushion paddings as they are made of cloth. For a messy toddler, it will just get dirty after every meal.

The good thing is that it is machine-washable and seems to wash well without much issues on stains. However, that means that you have to either contend with wiping it with a wet cloth after every meal and throwing it into the machine every week, or you have to face the hassle of washing/changing them every day.

In doing so, you will need more than 1 set to alternate and air-dry. And boy, these beautiful cushions are not cheap… It is also not so effortless to change the cushion as you will need to take the entire harness system apart and loop them back in again.

In terms of whether the kids really need these cushion paddings to feel comfortable, the opinions are expectedly mixed. So you might want to observe your child’s comfort before investing in multiple sets of cushions.

Some babies appear to be more comfortable with the cushion padding. Without the padding, some seem to be bothered by the plastic piece of the harness at the back.

However, some are comfortable with the bare wooden seat alone. This is especially so for many toddlers who find it easier and less slippery to climb up the chair or pick up food that drop onto the seat without the obstacle of cushion.

2. Baby Set

As mentioned earlier, the baby set is recommended for ages 6-36 months. You can purchase it separately if you receive the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair frame as a hand-me-down. Else, it is a better deal to get the bundled purchase.

3. Newborn set

The Newborn set is now available for the US market!

The latest newborn set can be attached to the Tripp Trapp chair, bringing your newborn up to the height of your table to allow for eye contact and interaction.

Mealtime can really become family time right from birth as you no longer have to juggle dinner with the baby in one hand, or having one parent tasked with keeping the baby occupied.

There are 2 incline settings which you can easily adjust single-handedly. The seat is also well-padded and provides a cosy nested environment for the newborn to feel comfortable. As always, you can be sure of egronomic support for the infant’s back and legs.

4. Tray

You can also convert the Tripp Trapp into a standalone baby highchair by getting the Stokke Tray, which is dishwasher-safe. However, this has to be used together with the baby set.

Just bear in mind that Tripp Trapp was initially developed and designed for the European market with the intention of bringing the baby to the table. Hence there was no tray initially and was only added for the US market.

Hence, it is not as adjustable or well-designed as many other models. There has been complaints by some parents that it is poorly designed, such as it being too small and the tray bottom being a food trap that is hard to clean if the messy toddler grabs the underside with his/her dirty hands.

What Are The Lowlights Of the Stokke Tripp Trapp?

The basic Stokke Tripp Trapp purchase is just the chair itself. In the past, all the accessories have to be purchased separately, which means that the total cost can add up very quickly.

GOOD NEWS!

In 2019, Stokke started to package the accessories with the Stokke Trip Trapp high chair into different bundles to offer price savings compared to the previou