The Best Desks for Kids, from $12 to $700

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As July comes to a close and August inches closer and closer, back to school season is officially upon us. And while we don’t know what your kiddo’s back to school plans actually entail, (in-person, virtual, remote, hybrid, pod—there’s a lot of options nowadays) we do know that you want them prepped and ready to crush the new year.

Regardless of where and how your youngster is going to be hitting the books this year, they’ll need a study space that helps them focus and keeps all their school supplies off your kitchen counter. But with so many options out there, finding the best fit can be tricky. So we did the research for you.

From an adjustable standing desk to one perfect for your teen, here are 15 of the best desks for kids of all ages, starting from just $12.

The 10 Best Toddler Tables and Chairs

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1. kidkraft Study Desk With Chair

Best Overall

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.

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2. jsb Small Folding Computer Desk

Best Value

Believe it or not, a quality kids’ desk doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars. This simple metal and wood option has more than enough surface area (it’s 39 inches wide) for children to lay out their notebooks and prop open their laptop for virtual classes. It also has a storage basket that can hold books and folders so they don’t end up strewn all over the bedroom floor (a parent can dream, right?). On the opposite side the desk features hooks that are great for hanging headphones or their backpack and the minimalist design makes this a cinch to set up. Extra bonus: The desk's frame is foldable making storage of moving it a breeze.

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Pottery Barn Kids

3. pottery Barn Kids Catalina Storage Desk & Tall Hutch


Spending nearly $800 for a desk is certainly no small feat, 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.

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4. ecr4kids Natural Bentwood Multipurpose Kids Wooden Chair Set

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 with this nifty chair and table set. The versatile table has more than enough space for all of her art projects. Or you can switch things up and use it as a bench or a shelf that she can stack her books and toys on. The two smaller pieces are also multifunctional and can act as side tables to scribble on or used as chairs that are the perfect size for her tiny frame. Basically, it's like getting four different pieces of furniture for the price of one.

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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.

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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.

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7. laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Bronson Desk With Hutch

Best for Teens

If you’re shopping for a teen, we suggest opting for one that doesn't look too childish but still gets the job done. 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.

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8. 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.

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9. 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.

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10. hashtag Home Baxter Desk

Best Minimalist Design

If you're trying to find something simple yet stylish, look no further. The minimalistic style of the white metal and light washed wood coordinates well with the rest of your child's bedroom furniture. Two different drawers allow the ideal amount of storage space. And its surface is easily cleaned of any spills or messes.

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11. Tangkula White Corner Desk

Best Corner Desk

A corner desk is a great way to save some space but finding one that doesn't lack storage space can be tricky. But this little guy fits the bill. Despite its smaller design, there is more than enough room to do homework and projects without being cramped. Plus, the large drawer easily fits all the necessities notepads and pencils and the shelf underneath is a convenient spot for their textbooks and workbooks.

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12. Haotian Floating Workstation

Best for Small Spaces

If a top priority for finding the best desk for your kid is saving as much space as possible, snag this one. This desk mounts to your wall and gives you a major helping hand in not making a tiny bedroom feel crowded. Despite its small design it has ample table space for a laptop and workbooks. And it gets five stars for its cubby holes and storage shelves that can be filled with school supplies and books. Making the best use of space? Check.

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13. Elfa White Kids' Mesh Coloring Table

Best for Arts and Crafts

A desk doesn't have to be used only for homework. So if you have a little artist on your hands that spends their spare time practicing to become the next Picasso, they're going to love this puppy. Boasting more than 54 inches of space, your little one has plenty of room for whatever masterpieces they're working on. It's equipped with six drawers that can be stocked with paper, colored pencils, paint and loads of other supplies so that they're within arm's reach for when inspiration strikes. Bonus points for coming with label stickers so everything stays nice, tidy and easy to find.

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14. Ebern Designs Hublersburg Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Best Standing Desk

Every person learns differently. So if you have a kid that gets fidgety and struggles to concentrate the longer they sit, they're going to love a standing desk. The height is so easy to adjust and can work for a first grader just as well as it does a fifth grader. Added bonus: A drawing board that can be raised up so it's at the perfect angle for writing and drawing.

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15. 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.

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