The Best Desks for Kids, from $12 to $800
For many families, September is going to look, uh, a little different this year. And if you’re one of the families whose back-to-school plan involves partially- or fully-remote learning, your child is going to need a workspace where they can focus…and keep all their stuff off your kitchen counter. (Because we all remember how much fun that was last spring.) Here, the 11 best desks for kids of all ages, starting from just $12.
1. KidKraft Study Desk with Chair
Between all those notebooks, folders and guided reading books, your kid is going to need a desk with ample storage space. And this 36-inch wide pick from KidKraft totally fits the bill. It has two deep cabinets, a storage drawer, a paper organizer and even a bulletin board so she can pin up some of her latest art projects. It also comes with a chair, so you don’t have to worry about finding one that’s the right height. Designed for kids ages three to eight, parents love how easy this cute set is to assemble and that it can grow with your child.
2. Mainstays Basic Metal Student Computer Desk
Believe it or not, a quality kids’ desk doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars. This simple particleboard and metal option from Mainstays has more than enough surface area (it’s 36 inches wide) for children to lay out their notebooks and prop open their laptop for Zoom classes. It also has two shelves where they can store binders, textbooks or bins full of school supplies so they don’t end up strewn all over the bedroom floor (a parent can dream, right?). And a minimalist design means this one’s a cinch to set up. Extra bonus: The desk is available in multiple colors so you’re bound to find one that matches your kid’s bedroom decor.
3. Pottery Barn Kids Catalina Storage Desk & Tall Hutch
Spending nearly $800 for a desk is certainly nothing to bat an eye at, but in this case, it just might be worth it. Made from solid poplar wood and expertly constructed, this 45-inch wide Pottery Barn Kids desk will last him straight through middle school—even if it gets the brunt of a few friendly wrestling matches gone wrong over the years. Featuring three drawers, three cubbies and a corkboard back panel, it’s also Greenguard Gold Certified. Hey, if you can swing it you might as well invest in a nice piece of furniture that he can use for homework and studying for years to come.
4. Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin
Best for Toddlers
She always wants to get in on the action with her older siblings, and that includes when they go to school. So while she doesn’t necessarily need a desk, she’ll appreciate being able to color or play alongside them—especially once she sees the cute Lion King design on this one. Not into Simba? Check out the other available characters like Mickey Mouse, the Lion King and Catboy. We especially love the built-in cup holder and the pull out storage bin underneath the seat (because we could always use more storage). Recommended for ages three and up, this one measures 23 inches wide.
5. Guidecraft Children’s Media Desk and Chair Set
Best for Elementary Schoolers
This 24-inch wide desk is designed for kids ages five to 12 and is available in three soothing colors (gray, lavender and teal). The solid wood design features two cubbies underneath, as well as a hutch with additional storage and a bulletin board. And conveniently, it comes with a ready-to-assemble chair. Parents say it’s good quality, too. “It seems sturdy and well made. Our daughter just loves it and was so excited to start decorating it and setting it up with supplies,” confirms one mom.
6. Pottery Barn Teen Beadboard Smart Small Space Storage Desk
Best for Middle Schoolers
By the time they’re in middle school, you might as well opt for a teen-sized desk. Otherwise, they’re going to outgrow it in a year or two at most. This 56-inch wide pick from Pottery Barn Teen is made from premium wood and has a classic design they won’t get bored of, plus is Greenguard Gold certified. But the real reason we picked it for the middle school set? It has a built-in power strip at the back so they can plug in all of their devices without even having to reach down.
7. Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Bronson Desk with Hutch
Best for Teens
If you’re shopping for a teen, a regular old adult desk should do the trick. This one has a 42-inch wide table area which is more than enough room for spreading out textbooks, notebooks and a few folders, plus three convenient shelves. But what really sets this one apart for teens is how bare bones and simple it is, since we all know how picky they can be.
8. Urest Height Adjustable Kids Desk
Best Adjustable Desk
Want to ensure that your kid’s new desk and chair are the perfect fit? The height of this desk and chair set is adjustable, so you can fiddle around with it until it’s just right and continue to change the settings so that it will grow with her until she’s 12. The 26-inch wide desk also features a built-in book stand, LED lamp and a pull-out storage drawer. No wonder this one keeps selling out…
9. Latitude Run Sauve Floating Desk
Best Fold Down Desk for Kids
If you’re pressed for space, installing a fold down desk might be your best bet. This clever option from Latitude Run doubles as a cabinet, so you can fold the desk up into the wall when it’s not in use—but still take advantage of that precious storage space. “Exactly what we needed for my son’s room. I homeschool and he had outgrown his previous desk, but wanted to save floor space. With this, he can have both," confirms one mom. Once folded down, this one measures 30 inches wide, and also features a reusable blackboard so your kid can doodle the afternoon away.
10. LapGear Compact Lap Desk
Best Lap Desk for Kids
OK, if she insists on attending Zoom class from the comfort of her bed, you can at least make sure that she has a solid surface to take notes on. This 13.7-inch wide lap desk has earned over 400 five-star reviews thanks to its comfortable cushions, lightweight design and pretty pastel colorways. Just note that this one is on the smaller side (it’s designed for 13-inch laptops), so consider going with a bigger option if you have older kids.
11. Cilek Pirate Shark Desk
Most Fun Design
Getting him to sit down to do his homework is damn near impossible when his toys are sitting 10 feet away. But we have a feeling this fun shark design might help. Parents say their kids love this 40-inch desk, and its sturdiness, easy assembly and built-in lamp have earned it a 4.8 out of five star rating on Wayfair’s site. Recommended for ages three and up.