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Inexpensive library chair ideas and suggestions
Old 07-03-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I co-taught last year and used my co-teachers foldable chairs in our library. This year I am on my own and am looking for something to put in the classroom library that the students can relax on while reading. Any inexpensive ideas or places to buy little chairs that you suggest?


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I haven't bought them for my kids for years, but you used to be able to buy little plastic chairs for small children at places like Family Dollar. I have found little lawn type chairs at Walmart. Kmart probably has them too. The teacher I worked with last year had regular beach chairs that her students could sit in at the library. They were adult sized, but her kids were fifth grade students. I would imagine Big Lots would be a good place to look for lawn type chairs, but not sure if they have children's chairs or not. A lot of times, teachers use those pillow wedges or bean bag chairs for their libraries.
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Make sure that you check with your principal. We used to be ale to bring furniture, but over the last 2 years they told us that any furniture brought in must be purchased by the school. I believe that it has to do with fire safety regulations.
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My students earn a coupon to bring a center towel to school based on their behavior and work habits. They bring their towel in their backpack and use it at their center area. It works great.
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I don't use chairs
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because they seem either too big or too small, too flimsy or too expensive.

I use carpet squares that work great for me. My DD is in the floor covering business so he often has carpet squares left over from a case. They are much better than carpet samples that many teachers use because they have a foam underside that stays where they are placed, they don't unravel and you can just put them side by side and carpet a whole little area or separate them and have individual spots. My kids love to take one from the stack, find a little private place and read.

I think if you go to a privately owned carpet store you can ask if they have any carpet tiles left over, often they will give you the few left over from a job for free. especially if they are doing commercial work and not residential.


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I used big pillows from Ikea this year and the kids loved them. They're cheap, too.

This year, I may get one or two of these:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Classic-Vi...Colors/5799562
...but I probably won't.
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Online, Walmart has children's camp chairs (canvas folding) for $10, but they are all out of stock. I'd think these would be easy to care for in the classroom. I will try later in the year.
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Ikea Chairs
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I know these are a little expensive but they have held up so well for me over the past 6 years. I had previously bought cheaper chairs at other places that would rip, crack, etc.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20099496/

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I found some cute chairs last fall on Targets end cap clearance shelves. My students loved them and they are very durable. I think they were $14 each, I bought two.
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Frog chairs
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Last summer I bought two folding child size frog camp chairs on sale at Lowes. They match my reading center pond carpet and the children love them.


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I just saw
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some cute plastic chairs on clearance at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They were nice, colorful and looked really sturdy.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions! I am going shopping on Saturday and have some great ideas now!
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:06 AM
 
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My student's love exercise balls. I had one from my resource teacher last year and the students could earn a coupon to sit on it and loved it. You have to teach them the proper way to sit (I had a couple that love to bounce pretty hard on it) but they love it and it is great for any student that is ADHD or ADD. Hope this helps.
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Two days ago, I tried to order camp chairs ($9 each!) from Walmart online. They were out of stock. I looked again today and they were in stock! I got 2 camp chairs with excellent reviews for $20. I didn't have to pay shipping because I can get them at the store next week.
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A little off topic
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so excuse me for the interruption...

The pp was lucky to find chairs at the store and not pay for shipping at Walmart. I do not shop at Walmart, so I don't know their policy but I have bought a ton of stuff online lately and found that if I ordered something from a local store online and then had it sent to the store and picked it up there I don't pay shipping. Just a thought that you might check it out as an alternative. Trying to save $$ for all of us.
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I didn't pay shipping at Walmart AND paid less tax. Maybe I only paid state tax? The tax in that town is 12%.
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Christmas Tree Shop
Old 07-09-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Do you have a Christmas Tree Shop near you? I've found neat little chairs and a child's stool there on clearance. I also have bought some pillows there. This time of year they start to have clearance on their bright summery pillows and a lot of them are supposed to be for outdoors so they have a more durable, plastic-y covering which makes me think it may stay a little cleaner for slightly longer... (either way, they're only about $3!)
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Aldis is having beanbag chairs for twelve ninety nine starting tomorrow in their dorm merchandise.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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what about making some of those crate seats. I'm making those.
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