Ideal Dimension for Children’s Furniture

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Children’s furniture dimensions are very important while we are designing a children bedroom, because body dimension of children is different than the adult’s dimension. Dimensions of the furniture should be calculated according to the body dimensions of the children.

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We should take special care when we are selecting materials, colours, etc. for children bedroom design. Dimensions play a major role in designing furniture for children. Body dimensions of children remains same till 12 years. After 12 years, dimensions of boys & girls changes as per their body growth. In below given image we have explained how much dimensions are required for 8 & years old child, 13 years old boy & girl.

01. Table:

For table sitting easy acting of knee and elbow are necessary in determining suitable dimensions.

Minimum value of sitting height and maximum value of two-calf (lower portion of knee) thickness were used in calculating of table height. The reason of this is to ensure easy acting of knee on horizontal and vertical ways and the connection between elbow and table.

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimensions

Height of children table should be 527 mm (1’-7”) if height of child is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 614 mm (2’-0”) if child height of child is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 574 mm (1’-8”) if height of child is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

Chair:

For comfortable and healthy sitting, sitting height, chair depth and breadth are important.

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

For chair height, minimum sitting height should 347 mm (1’-1”) when height of child is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 404 mm (1’-3”) when height of child is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 378 mm (1’-2”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”). Because, feet must touch to ground and calf must be rest while sitting. The depth of the chair is according to the distance between buttocks to knee and maximum hip breadth is used for the breadth of chair. Depth should be 286 mm (1’-0”) & breadth of knee should be 279 mm (11”).

02. Washbasins & Mirror Height:

Minimum height of elbow in standing position should be used for the washbasin height. The distance of tap to person (depth of the washbasin) should be according to the minimum value of forward elbow reach.

Height of wash basin should be 867 mm (3’-5”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 1050 mm (3’-4”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 982 mm (3’-2”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

Centre point of mirror is known as mirror height. Eye height in standing position is used for the mirror height which is 1070 mm (3’-5”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 1240 mm (4’-0”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 1160 mm (3’-8”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

03. WC Pans:

Value of sitting height is used in calculating WC pan height. Value of buttock to calf depth is used in calculating of WC pan depth. For breadth of WC pan, hip breadth is used.

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

WC pan height should be 347 mm (1’-1”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 404 mm (1’-3”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 378 mm (1’-2”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”) from the flooring.

04. Bed:

The size of bed is very important for the comfortable sleeping, and it also helps to reduce ergonomics risk. The height of bed should be according to children’s dimension so they can easily use it.

A: The maximum Length, which should be 202 cm (6’-6”).

B: Maximum depth of bed should be 100 cm (3’-2”).

C: Maximum height of bed should be 153 cm (5’-3”).

D: It should be 83 cm (2’-7”) which is the height between beds from bottom mattress base to top bunk mattress rail.

E: Storage width should be 190 cm (6’-2”).

F: Height of side rails from top mattress base should be 36 cm (1’-1”).

G: Entire width of bed should be 104 cm (3’-4”) with ladder.

H: Height from floor to bottom mattress rail should be 21 cm (6”).

05. TV Tables:

The most important measurement in the design of TV table is the eye height in sitting position to get a perfect view.

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

The centre of TV should be at the eye level when person is sitting on chair. This distance should be 970 mm (3’-1”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 1131 mm (3’-7”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 1052 mm (3’-4”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

06. The Coat Hangers:

In coat hanger height, the arm is considered to make 45 angle with the coat hanger while using it. For this, the formula below is used to calculate the minimum value of coat hanger.

Coat Hanger Height (min. value)=Shoulder Height (min. value) + X
Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

The coat hanger height should be 1090 mm (3’-8”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 1260 mm (4’-2”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 1190 mm (3’-9”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

07. The Toy, Shoe and Equipment Cupboards:

Proper cupboard height is important while designing shoe, toy and equipment. Minimum eye height in standing position is used in calculating cupboard height.

Courtesy – IS Code for Children’s Dimension

Cupboard height for toys, shoe, etc. should be 1070 mm (3’-5”) when child height is 1081 mm (3’-5”), 1240 mm (4’-0”) when child height is 1260 mm (4’-1”) & 1160 mm (3’-8”) when child height is 1178 mm (3’-8”).

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