Chair Pockets for Preschool and Kindergarten Chairs

Have you ever tried to find inexpensive chair pockets that fit preschool or kindergarten chairs without breaking the bank or resorting to the dreaded S word (sewing)?

It’s like searching for the Holy Grail, elusive and frustrating. My aversion to sewing is no secret, I’m a card carrying and founding member of the “Anti-Sewing League” well documented here and here.

seat pockets for preschool and kindergarten via

Cheap Classroom Chair Pockets

As usual, my quest began when I decided I had a problem that needed solving. My problem involved the storage of student writing folders.

I wanted to cut down on the time it was taking for students to get their writing folders out and to minimize cross traffic. Seat pockets are a logical solution to this problem.

First, I tried the pillowcase idea but even standard size pillow cases are much too long and wide for my little chairs.

Then, I saw this idea using book covers. The chairs at the link were “big kid” chairs and I didn’t think the book covers would work on my little bitty chairs.

Since I wasn’t planning on stuffing the pockets full of books or supplies and they were only $1.00 I decided to give them a try.

I use colored table caddies for supply storage just in case you were wondering.

DIY chair pockets for preschool and kindergarten via

As you can see at the top, the stretchy book covers fit my little people chairs perfectly; I was thrilled! Just turn one side of the book cover inside out and slip the other side over the back of the chair and you have instant seat pockets.

The book covers come in many colors and designs and can be found in the Back-to-School section of most big box stores like Target; I have also seen them at The Dollar Tree and CVS. I’m sure they can be found wherever back-to-school supplies are sold.

The folder that is stored in the seat pocket is just a simple two pocket folder.

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Merilee Barrington says:

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to have chair pockets but never found any to fit that were in my budget and I am definitely NOT a sewer.

  2. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Do I need to get the ones that say “JUMBO” like I see in your picture?

  3. Louise Morgan says:

    Thanks for the link to my site! My 2nd grade chairs are actually 27′ high – which is probably bigger than yours, but smaller than the chairs used in the upper grades. Thanks for pointing that out. I will add a post script to the blog post clarifying this. I hope you have a wonderful school year!

    • V. Levin says:

      Hi Louise,

      27 inch chairs sounds heavenly, my chairs are only 13 inches high! Job security for chiropractors :)

  4. Louise Morgan says:
  5. I love Target, but unfortunately, our closest Target is about 30 miles from where I am. You had mentioned the Dollar Tree as well; do you know if they have the jumbo book covers?

  6. says:

    I love the idea of chair pockets. Although, knowing kids, every so often you may end up finding gooey stuff and such in the pockets. I think I would prefer a chair pocket in plastic or a material equally washable.

  7. I found them at Target for 80 cents each!

  8. They are at Target now for only .69 cents!

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