Vintage School Chairs

Buy the best vintage school chairs selected and recommended by interior designers. By Chloe Hughes.

If you want to create the proper learning environment for your child, especially if their home schooled, then you need the right equipment. A desk is a good start, but a school chair will definitely paint the right picture that even though they're home schooled, it is still important and needs to be respected. Take a look at our collection and see what we mean.

Wood and Metal School Chairs With Blue Legs

Wood and Metal School Chairs With Blue Legs

Wood and Metal School Chairs With Blue Legs


What We Like: The splash of turquoise leg color

What We Don’t Like: Metal tips on the legs may scratch wood and tile floors

Not So Good For: Scooting in and out on hard floors

Perfect For: Blending in rooms with turquoise and blue tones

Shabby chic home stylists love this vintage school chair for its lovely pale blue legs and curved connector keeping the legs together. Sold as a pair, the back is twenty-six and a half inches tall, and the seat is fourteen inches.

Designer Advice

Since there are two, they are an ideal choice for homes with two small children. Paint an accent wall in your child’s bedroom the same hue as the blue legs for a marvelous pairing. Unless you are going for an eclectic style, don’t add too many colors with this chair to prevent color clashing.

Small Vintage School Chair

Small Vintage School Chair

Small Vintage School Chair


What We Like: Backrest has a cutout handle

What We Don’t Like: Takes up a wider footprint

Not So Good For: Tall children or adults

Perfect For: Small school-aged child

This 1950s wooden school chair has a round and smooth wood back and seat and rounded metal legs that stick out from the sides. The seat height is twelve inches, and the back heat is twenty and a half inches, perfect for young children.

The curved seat and backrest add extra comfort, and the cutout handle makes it easy to pull the chair out from underneath a desk. It may not be a good choice for desks with narrow openings below them with drawers on either side. If the desk being used has a wide open area below it, it should not be an issue to tuck the chair in.

Old School Chair With Sled Legs

Old School Chair With Sled Legs

Old School Chair With Sled Legs


What We Like: Sled legs can be used as a footrest

What We Don’t Like: They have a boxy look to them

Not So Good For: Pairing with the same undertones

Perfect For: Preschool and kindergarten students

The steel base on this school chair makes it more durable and its tan and distressed appeal marks it as a fantastic vintage addition. Its sled-leg design allows it to slide in and out from below a desk with ease, and the wood slat backrest offers more back support.

Designer Advice

As with any furniture made of thick steel, this chair may be heavier than other school chairs. If you use this chair in a room with similar tones, it may cause the room to look washed out. Instead, pair this chair with dark and bold black accents for a nice contrast.

Antique School Chair for Adults

Antique School Chair for Adults

Antique School Chair for Adults


What We Like: Comes with a basket to store books

What We Don’t Like: Small backrest

Not So Good For: Creating a seamless design because of the basket

Perfect For: Adults working from home or going to school

This vintage school chair has tapered light blue legs great for mid-century modern homes, and the metal basket is good for storing books. Enhancing its old-school style is the light wood grain seat and back, both rounded, with the seat curved down for better leg comfort.

Designer Advice

The foot protectors are a bland tan and an eyesore, but they can be removed and replaced with a more appealing color and fit. Place this chair in a room with honey-brown furnishings or picture frames, and a vintage lamp with a pleated shade, for a nice harmony.

Adult sized Wooden School Chair With Castors

Adult sized Wooden School Chair With Castors

Adult sized Wooden School Chair With Castors


What We Like: Wheels make it easier to roll around

What We Don’t Like: The legs are more on the rusted, antique side

Not So Good For: Using on thick carpets

Perfect For: Resting on top of a plastic desk mat

Made for adults to use, this old-school chair features an open back with a high backrest and a rounded square seat. The seat and back are cleverly designed with flat metal heads sitting on the outside, so it doesn’t dig into your back or legs.

Designer Advice

Choosing a chair with hard metal wheels can be a good choice so long as your floor is protected by a mat. The rust buildup on the legs adds to its antique vibe, though for some people the rust is too much. If you’re searching for a true vintage piece, this is a terrific pick.

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