Best Family and Kids Camping Chairs
Having a comfy spot to sit after adventuring all day is the best. Keep reading for some of our best seats at the campsite or on the trail. These are all camping chairs for kids that we use and love….and we also include the best camping chairs for families (think camping couch) and adults too.
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Best Camping Chairs for Kids
This super packable chair made just for kids is a favorite for kids aged 2+. It’s tiny, but can hold 200 pounds so if you’re bum can fit, it works! And the shape of the chair means that even a 12 year old can fit in it fairly comfortably.
I wouldn’t put anyone younger than 2 in it because it isn’t as stable as the chairs below, but remains the one Amelia’s kids fight over.
The helinox mini is the kids camp chair my kids fight over. They want to help set it up (which does require a little extra help for the younger ones), and they want to sit in it. They like that their feet touch the ground and it’s comfortable. I like that it packs small and is super light.TMM Editor in Chief and mom of 5 kids, Amelia
The REI Kids Camp Chair is a great option for your littlest campers! It’s sturdy and just the right size for littles with an 11 inch seat height. This chair is built to last and has some great features!
The girls love their camp chairs and they both started using them around age 1. They are the perfect size, pretty sturdy, and the girls love having a water bottle holder. I enjoy that I can also take a quick seat in them if needed due to its higher weight limit.TMM Team Member Jami
It folds up like a bag chair, but no bag to deal with. It has a built in carry strap with a clip to hold the chair closed for transport. It also has a cup holder that fit a kids water bottle. With a 125 pound weight capacity, its even big enough for a little mom (like Jami) to have a seat.
River has the REI Kids Camp Chair and loves it because he can set it up by himself.TMM Team Member Ginny
It is on the heavier side (4 pounds) compared to the super lightweight chairs, but the kids have no problem toting it around. And this chair comes in under $25! It’s portability also makes it great for around the yard, house, or toting to events.
The Kelty Lowdown Chairs are not technically kids chairs, but they work great for kids! They are an adult sized seat, but lower to the ground. The Lowdown chair has a 12 inch seat height and holds up to 350 pounds.
The chairs also each come with a fabric carrying case that can be easily tossed over one shoulder. The chairs have an adjustable armrest, and one adjustable and insulated cupholder. The Lowdown chairs have a steel frame and a polyester seat.
Like the Low Loveseat, the Lowdown chairs from Kelty are also fantastic, but they are a bit more prone to tipping if kids lean over the arms compared to the wider loveseats.TMM Team Member Kristin
Best Camping Chairs for Families
Strongback chairs are THE most comfortable camp chairs we have sat in, simply because they have excellent lumbar support. Especially if you have lower back pain, these are ones you could easily sit in all day long.
The Elite chair has a 19″ seat height and sturdy arms for an easy entry and exit. The Strongback Low Gravity 2.0 has a 7″ seat height. Both have a 300 pound weight capacity.
Made in the USA, Blue Ridge’s artisanal crafted wood and canvas chairs are as handsome as they are comfortable. We have the Blue Ridge Chair, but there are several types to choose from (as well as tables). They even have limited-edition chairs available (right now they are partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills offering some beauties—talk about bougie!)
These are my new favorite chairs for back-deck sitting, which my husband and I do often. You wouldn’t want to leave them always sitting out as the sun will eventually fade the canvas, but we nest ours together and lean them up against the house until we are ready to use them again.
Every visitor who has sat in these chairs for the first time has remarked on how comfortable they are. The angle of the seat and recline of the back paired with the low height of the chair overall places you in just the right lounging position.
Though their portability is limited by their weight and size, the two-piece design with the nesting seat and handy carrying strap does allow you to pack them flat for a car camping or cabin-based adventure if you’ve got the space.
As if we weren’t already enamored with the quality of their work, Blue Ridge is a company which is committed to zero waste products, which we love. If you’re searching for high-quality chairs for your next glamping adventure, look no further.
This lightweight but sturdy chair will likely be a winner around the campsite. Easy to set-up and take down, plus it packs into its included stuff sack. A low seat height (11 inches) makes this a good choice for kids or adults.
The aluminum frame holds up to 250 pounds and has four legs for a stable seat. The chair seat is made of abrasion-resistant ripstop polyester (bluesign®-approved) and has been coated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to keep it looking fresh.
We love this chair because it is light, sets up in a hot second, and doesn’t take up a ton of space in our gear bin.TMM Team Member Ginny
Helinox chairs are some favorites among myself, TMM Team Members and subscribers. Chair 1 is a basic comfortable camp chair that packs down small and light. It works for both kids (though the mini is ideal for little kids) and adults however, it does tend to be a bit tippy, but works great if you aren’t jumping around!
Chair 1 utilizes a DAC aluminum frame with shockcord poles for quick and easy set-up. It has a seat height of 13.8 inches and a weight capacity of 320 pounds.
It packs down and stores in its own case. This is a comfy seat around camp that has breathable mesh on the back and sides to keep you cool on warm days.
Best Backpacking Chairs
The Therm-a-Rest Trekker 20 inch chair kit is an awesome ultra-light option for the backcountry, you no longer have any excuse not to bring a “chair”! It weighs only 10 ounces, and uses your own sleeping pad for comfort. It contains no padding or bulk of its own.
This is one of the few actual chairs we recommend to take backpacking if you really prefer to have one in the backcountry. It is comfortable, but also packs up small and light weighing only 1 lb. 14 ounces. It has more mesh than the Helinox chairs and is a couple ounces lighter.
Crazy Creek “taco-style” chairs are ultra-portable, especially the HEX 2.0 which also rolls up making it even more compact and perfect for backpacking or bike-packing. But they’re not just limited to light-weight adventures—we use ours for canoeing and sporting events as well to make those backless seats more comfortable.
Since Crazy Creek chairs sit right on the ground, they are great for kids. Though smaller tikes may have trouble figuring out how to leverage their body weight to stay upright, our 4-year old has it down and gets a kick out of purposely tipping himself backward.
As with all chairs of this type, what you gain in convenience you sacrifice in comfort—obviously these don’t provide as much support as a more structured chair. But when you can’t bring other chairs along, these work surprisingly well to protect your bum from a rocky shoreline and allow you to kick back and take a rest.
For backpacking, I can’t live without my Crazy Creek Original Chair. It’s literally the best and worth the ounces. Pads your knees when cooking, and pads your butt when sitting. Excellent for stargazing. Also fits in your tent for rainy or buggy weather.TMM Team Member Ginny
Ok this is more of a sit-upon than an actual chair, but it is a favorite in our family. It is light, comfortable, and works for backpacking, sports events, boating or just regular camping.
Best Camping Couches for Families
The Kelty Low Loveseats are great for around the campsite or yard, whether or not you want to cuddle is up to you! They have a 13.5″ seat height so they are great for kids, or adults who might like to get a little closer to the fire.
The Low Loveseat makes it easy for kids to relax and it’s also a perfectly reclined position for adults. The loveseat comfortably fits two adults or two kids (or three if someone wants to straddle the middle) and has a 400 pound weight capacity.
The Loveseat has a rugged steel frame that is very stable and portable. There are two insulated, adjustable cupholders, one on each side, and adjustable arm rests.
Every loveseat or chair comes with their own carrying “case”, which is the same fabric as the chairs and has a pocket and roll system which you then secure with clips. They also have a nice one shoulder carrying handle.
The Kelty lowdown loveseats are our favorite for camping and lounging in the yard.TMM Team Member Kristin
Kelty also makes a higher Loveseat, which sits at 19″ and has a 450 pound weight limit.
Best Chairs for Relaxing
Looking for a nice gentle rock or recline? The NEMO Stargaze has you covered. The mesh back is great for keeping you cool in the summer, but can get a little chilly on fall nights, so make sure you have a blanket!
I love being able to kick back, relax, and look up at the night sky without straining my neck! Super comfy with a nice gentle rock and an easy set-up. This goes on all our car camping trips!TMM Team Member Jami
It has a no-spill cupholder so you can recline without fear of tipping over your drink and an adjustable padded headrest. Best part… you don’t need even ground to get your rock on!
A cool feature of the Stargaze is that it packs down pretty small. In its included padded case, its size is 23.5 in x 6.5 in x 6.5 in. The chair weighs in at 7lbs 5oz and has a weight capacity of 300lbs.
Set up is easy, just unpack, connect the shock-cord poles, attach the seat and you are ready to sit back, relax, and look up at the stars. Or, rock your baby to sleep if you need to.
Sometimes when you’re camping you just need a rocker…for your own comfort or just rocking those babies to sleep. We love this one because it is sturdy, comfortable and worth the extra weight.
The Kickback Rocker is a smooth rocking chair that will sure to be a favorite around the campfire. The shocks in the back make for a smooth, easy rock on hard or soft surfaces. Its powder coated steel frame holds up to 250 pounds and it folds flat for easy transport. This chair has a 17.1 inch seat height.
GCI Outdoor also makes another chair, the Firepit Rocker Chair, that has a lower seat height (14.8 inches).
If you don’t want to haul the extra weight of the GCI rocker, the Helinox 2 is a fantastic option that really folds down nice and small. The geometry of it makes for a comfortable seat and I like that the rockers are removable.
The Chair 2 is similar to Chair 1 but has a higher back, deeper seat, and an (optional) repositionable head rest. Rocker or stationary chair, the choice is yours with the removeable rockers.
The Velcro on the chair is for a head rest pillow, the included stuff sack can be converted into a pillow when stuffed with clothes. Or you can purchase a Helinox inflatable pillow for the chair. Mesh on the back and sides encourage airflow to keep you cool.
Like Chair 1, Chair 2 also utilizes a DAC aluminum frame with shockcord poles for quick and easy set-up. This rocker has a seat height of 13.4 inches and a weight capacity of 320 pounds and packs down into its included bag.
Hammocks are not traditional chairs, but we thought these mutli-purpose items should be included! Hammocks can be a comfy spot to relax in, your tent at night, or a play area/swing for the kids during the day.
At only 6 feet long and 3.5 feet wide, this hammock is perfect for kiddos or smaller spaces. Works great as a swing, reading lounger, or whatever the imagination comes up with. Use it indoors or outside.
The hammock comes with everything you need (including anchor straps) at an affordable price and 100% satisfaction guarantee. It has a 500 pound weight capacity and is made of high quality parachute nylon and weighs just 14 ounces.
The smaller size makes it easy to use under your climbing dome or indoors! At around $26, this is an affordable option that will last your kiddo years.
Kylie loves swinging in her hammock under the dome! The smaller size is perfect for her and fitting under the dome. And I have no worries if I want to have a seat in there too!TMM Team Member Jami
Wise Owl Outfitters also makes adult single and double hammocks.
Single: Kammok Roo Single Hammock
Most of the time a double hammock is probably the best choice for families to allow everyone in, but sometimes you just need a single. Check out the Kammock Roo, its soft and strong with a breathable fabric. Kammok utilizes Gravitas™ 40-denier diamond ripstop fabric which helps reduce stretch, and it has been treated with a DWR.
There are 6 gear loops that hang along the sides allowing you to keep your things nearby with carabiners or clips (sold separately). The Roo weighs just 10.2 ounces and holds up to 400 pounds and it packs down into its built-in roll-top stuff sack.
Double: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
This hammock is a favorite among many of the TMM Team Members. Room for two with a weight capacity of 400 pounds. The hammock is durable and weighs 1 pound 3 ounces. It comes in a variety of colors and prints, and ENO makes tons of accessories to outfit your hammocking adventures.
Eno’s suspension system is sold separately and will run you another $30-$45.
This (ENO DoubleNest) hammock was a favorite spot to relax with the littles when they were still babies…and it has now become a swing, hide and go seek spot, and where mama hides away with a book while the kids are occupied! It’s a must-have for our camping kit.TMM Team Member Jessica
Finding the Best Chair
We hope this guide helps you find the best chair for your camp, or at least narrow down your search. However, we know that finding the best chair can be tough. If you can, head to your local outdoor store and try them out. All butts are not created equal!
Have other recommendations? Leave them in the comments below, we would love to check them out.
If you don’t have room for more camping necessities, a yoga mat can also pull double duty as a seat or play area and of course for practicing yoga.
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