The classic Windsor chair is an obvious choice. With their strong frames, these chairs are a great choice for families with young children. They are sturdy and easy to clean, and can be painted. Cushions can be made to soften the wooden seat.
the "head"/back board idea, utilizing fabric. I could use this in my huge master loft space, incorporating the fabric used in the nook, into some throw pillows in the living room space--it is all one large rectangular loft area