What Are the Benefits of Captain's Chairs With Children in Cars?

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What Are the Benefits of Captain's Chairs With Children in Cars?
Consider captain's chairs in your next vehicle (white van image by goce risteski from Fotolia.com)

Captain's chairs are a beneficial option for SUV and minivan families. Captain's chairs offer a seating arrangement that can put an end to uncomfortable children's seating arrangements or fighting during short and long trips alike. The benefits of captain's chairs go a long way---happy, comfortable children can change the nature of trips in your vehicle.

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Access

Second-row captain's chairs are convenient for children. Placing children who ride in car seats in the captain's chairs makes it easy to move in and out of the vehicle. You have convenient access to the third row without needing to remove the car seats. Bench seats are often a problem for this reason--older children cannot get in and out of the vehicle until the child in the car seat is removed. Access to and from the third row, for other children, doesn't have to involve moving around heavy car seats or waiting to get out of the vehicle.

Space

Second-row captain's chairs are removable, which maximises cargo space. If travelling for a long period of time with a lot of cargo, children still have plenty of room---either in the captain's chairs with the rear seat folded down or in the third-row seat with the captain's chairs removed. Bench seats do not come out easily, if at all, and take away from cargo space when they're folded forward. Captain's chairs also fold forward, revealing convenient cup holders in the plastic backing, while some may second as a small table.

Comfort

Captain's chairs offer more comfortable, one-person seating. Captain's chairs are usually part of a luxury package that includes leather. Armrests provide comfort on long drives. Because captain's chairs are usually part of a vehicle upgrade, lumbar support and heated seats are commonly paired features with this seating option. Children can adjust their own seating and settings by moving the seatback, armrests and other features as necessary. Individual settings enable the children to have their own personal comfort zone, resulting in fewer arguments.

Options

Most manufacturers offer optional accessories with captain's chairs because of the space that's left between the two seats. You can purchase an after-market extra which may prove useful for children, such as a toy box, storage area or storage net. Children can store their travel toys and vehicle games on trips---toys and other children's items usually end up scattered around the vehicle otherwise.

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