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10 of the best kids’ desk and chairs for homework

Set kids up with their very own workspace with our selection of the best desk and desk chairs for children, including all-in-one sets and colourful designs

best kids' desks and desk chairs

If the kitchen table is getting a little crowded during lockdown homeschooling, you might want to consider a kids’ desk and chair to help keep all their things together, and help separate work and home spaces a little more.

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There are a wide range of desks for kids available, offering workspace and storage for school work. There are also plenty of desk chairs for kids too, which will give them the correct height and comfort to get their tasks done.

To help you choose the best kids’ desk for your home, we’ve explained what the key things are you should look out for. We have also rounded up a selection of the best desks and desk chairs for kids, plus some sets which include both together.

If you’re looking at stocking up on other school supplies, we’ve also found the best kids’ pencil cases and best stationery for school children. And if your child will be using their new desk for some more exciting activities as well as homework, take a look at our round up of the best arts and crafts toys and kits for kids, too.

What to look for in a desk and desk chair for children

Here, we give some helpful pointers for things to consider when choosing a desk and chair for your child to work from.

Choosing a kids’ desk

Size – How much space do you have at home? There are some great, compact desks available for slotting discreetly into corners as well as other options with a wider surface area if you have the room. There are even double-sided options so multiple children can work together.

Storage – Every desk we have included in our round up has storage of some kind incorporated into the design. Even compact desks can offer additional storage space with lift-up lids, while others will have more expansive shelving and drawers to help keep everything tidy.

Design – While most desks are flat, some feature a slanted surface which some children may find easier to work from. There are also more decorative options available in fun colours and designs, which may be more suitable if the desk will be going in your child’s bedroom.

Choosing a kids’ desk chair

If you don’t already have a desk or table to work from, it might be worth considering a desk and chair set. If you do already have a surface, you may be looking for a more suitable desk chair for your child to work from.

Size – Kids’ chairs are designed with their smaller size in mind so they should more comfortable for children. They will also be more suitable for any specific children’s desks which are smaller than standard sized tables.

Type – There are classic wooden chairs with straight back support as well as office style chairs which can be adjusted to different heights. Some also have wheels so they can twist and be easily moved around, although you may need a floor protector beneath depending on your home.

Here’s our pick of the best kids’ desks and chairs to buy

1. Argos Home Scandinavia Desk & Chair, £55

Best compact choice

Size: H59.5cm x W59 x D39cm

This compact desk and chair set is a good option for families looking to save on space, with a lift up lid to store books and pencils as well as a lid prop to keep it open.

With 2 neutral colour choices in either white or natural pine, it should fit in with most home decor. The untreated pine wood can be also stained, painted or varnish if you want something more colourful.

Parents on the Argos site who bought this desk in the past seemed pleased and said it was “easy to assemble” and “just the right size.”

“Sturdy [with] safety desk lid, no trapped fingers,” said one reviewer who added that it was “great quality and price.”

Available from: Argos

2. Jules Children’s Desk Chair, £25

Best economical choice

Size: H48-37cm x W58cm x D56cm

This desk chair for kids can be adjusted in height to suit whichever surface they are working from, or for other siblings, and it shouldn’t break the bank at just £25.

There is a safety brake mechanism that helps keep the chair in place when little ones stand up, too, so there shouldn’t be any falls.

Keep in mind it’s designed for kids between 4 and 12 years old to use on soft floors, or with a floor protector underneath.

Available from: Ikea

3. Premier Housewares Hinge Lid Children’s Desk and Chair Set, £63.74

Best for traditional school style 

Desk Size: H57cm x W55cm x D48cm | Stool Size: H30cm x W40cm x D25cm

This classic classroom style desk is small but cleverly designed, with a hinged lid to store books and paper between tasks as well as a slightly slanted surface which kids may find is easier to work from.

The set includes also includes a coordinating stool which is designed at the ideal height for the desk, so you don’t need to worry about finding one which will fit.

Parents who chose this option for their own children said it was “good value for money” and that the “stool is very sturdy”. Reviewers mentioned that the instructions for assembly were quite basic, but that overall it was simple to put it together.

Available from: Amazon

4. Allegro Writing Desk, £167.99

Best for something a little special 

Size: H94.5cm x W114cm x D50cm

Eye-catching and practical, this fun desk features glittery stars across a pink cupboard which is also a handy place to store school supplies.

The wide surface space also features a large storage box for keeping paper and pencils within easy reach while working.

Reviewers on the Wayfair website who bought this desk in the past described it as being a “great colour and size” which was “great quality” and could be assembled “without too much trouble and in less time than the instructions suggested.”

Available from: Wayfair

5. Wahson Children’s Study Desk Chair, £65.99

Best for fun design 

Size: H75cm-67cm x W41cm x D34cm

Inject a splash of colour and fun into your child’s workspace with this fluffy kids desk chair. The chair is available in a choice of 4 animal-style patterns, including 2 unicorn options.

The Amazon bestseller has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 200 reviews on the website.

One parent purchased 2 chairs for their 6 and 8 year old children and said, “they absolutely love them, they look great and have soft and cosy fur.”

And it’s not just style without practicality – another who bought one for their daughter mentioned that it “keeps her in an upright position to do her homework.”

Available from: Amazon

6. Camden 3 Drawer Desk, £65

Best for lots of storage

Size: H70.5cm x W91.3cm x D42.6cm

This traditional bedroom desk has a wide surface space for working on plus 3 huge drawers to keep everything packed away neatly once school work is done. This desk is part of the Argos Camden collection, so it will coordinate with other furniture from the range, too.

Those who bought this desk from Argos said it was a “nice desk for good money” which was “easy to assemble” and “looks very smart”. It was also praised for being “sturdy” with “deep drawers.”

Available from: Argos

7. Estelle Children’s Desk Chair, £28.99

Best non-office style chair

Size: H56cm x W27cm x D29cm

If you are looking for a classic chair for your child to work from rather than an office-style option, this wooden desk chair from Wayfair could be a good option.

The chair is available in choice of 4 bright colours; blue, green, red and yellow and it is especially sized for little ones.

This option is made from responsibly sourced wood and it went down well with previous buyers. Reviewers on the Wayfair website described it as “very well made”, “great quality” and “easy to assemble”.

Available from: Wayfair

8. Vox Spot Two Sided Desk, £325

Best for 2 children 

Size: H148cm x W75cm x L150cm

This double sided desk, apparently inspired by a playground swing, is definitely an investment but allows 2 children to work from it at the same time while still have their own space.

You can adjust the desktop  to 3 different heights and there are 3 storage spaces with lids to store all their bits and pieces.

The unique Scandi-style desk also has a discreet cable hole for charging laptops and tablets and it is made from a combination of laminated wood and solid pine.

Available from: Cuckooland

9. Smastad Desk, £128

Best for versatility 

Size: H100cm x W90cm x L79|cm

For versatile storage options this Ikea desk comes with 2 large drawers plus 3 shelves of varying sizes, which can be used to organise all your child’s essential bits and pieces.

We also like the addition of the handy slide out shelf desk so children can adjust to the best distance for difference tasks.

The desk is also designed to be compatible with various other storage boxes available from Ikea. The best bit, however, is that the desk doubles up as a changing table, so it can be reused if your family grows and your child doesn’t need it any more.

Available from: Ikea

10. B. spaces by Battat Table & Chairs Set, £69.95

Best for toddlers

Desk Size: H49cm x W55cm x D66cm | Chair Size: H66cm x W42cm x D37cm

If you’re after something smaller for toddlers and younger kids, this Scandi-style 3-piece set is great as a craft space, activity space and even meal times.

The egg-shaped chairs provide great support and are comfy for your kids to sit back into.

Reviewers on Amazon also praise its super easy assembly, which can be done in a couple of minutes by spinning the legs onto the table and chairs.

Available from: Amazon

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