Top 5 Teen Seating Picks

Teens are a unique age group; they have their own wants, needs and one-of-a-kind personalities. And they can also be a very rewarding group to serve if you can create a space that offers them comfort, creativity, a place to socialize, and a place to learn and explore.

As a product manager of teen furniture, there are always certain criteria that I have in mind when selecting products to add to our offering.

  • How durable is it?
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Are there fun colors to attract teens?
  • Can it be easily moved?

I know these are the same questions you ask when looking for furniture for your library. I carefully select all of our teen products, and I’ve selected my top 5 teen furniture favorites that meet these criteria and more:

1. Tenjam DuraFLEX Seating

This is the most durable seamless soft seating I have come across! This stuff is seriously amazing!

It features a nonporous and waterproof flexible plastic shell that has no hidden pockets or stitched seams where bacteria can hide and multiply. The surface has great stain resistance and can be readily cleaned and disinfected. There is also an option to make each piece mobile by adding casters. And there are lots of fun shapes and colors to choose from!

2. SIMS Benches

Variety is the spice of life! These pieces are built tough for demanding environments and their structure makes them resistant to sagging. They are also extremely versatile. With 8 shapes, 3 base styles and 19 color options, the possibilities are endless!

If that isn’t enough, the vinyl upholstery is anti-microbial and easy to clean. No matter what type of space you have, you can find pieces that will create instant seating that will last.

3. Offi Molded Stacking Chair

These are some of the toughest chairs in existence! They’re made of recyclable polyethylene and are virtually indestructible — a plus for teen areas!

Their unique design allows the chairs to be stacked up when not in use, and because the chairs are extremely lightweight, they can easily be moved about as needed. This allows you to create a flexible space that can be used for multiple purposes.

Need more floor space? Just stack and store!

4. Armless Upholstered Seating

Teens crave comfortable spaces where they can hang out and mess around. This line of seating is specifically designed for commercial environments, and the pieces can handle extreme use from teens. The seats come in a bevy of colors, fabrics and vinyls to make the pieces appealing and complementary to any space. And you won’t have any worries about keeping each piece clean and looking nice — spills and dirt wipe off easily.

5. ABS Café Tables and Stools

Teens today are naturally drawn to a coffee shop-style environment. These stylish café tables and stools help achieve this look. Not only are they modern, they are also durable, as they are made from virgin ABS plastic instead of regrind ABS plastic. This means that they have a strong impact resistance in case they get knocked over. The hydraulic lift also makes it easy to adjust to users of all sizes.

Creating an environment that will draw teens in can take some thought, but there are so many options out there to choose from that speak to the needs of today’s teens. Below are additional resources to provide more inspiration for your teen space:


Rosalie Franz

Rosalie Franz

Rosalie is a former Product Manager at Demco, where she kept close tabs on what was happening with young adult library services to inform Demco’s selection of furniture, displays, décor and learning materials for teens, librarians and educators.