I want to start this post by saying that the dining table is a perfectly great and sometimes the only option for a SFH (schooling from home) space. However, if you are a parent facing the harsh reality (as many parents are) that normal school will not be in session in the next month (and you do have a little extra space to spare), you may be thinking about a more permanent school workspace. One that will make your home feel a bit more in control (remember control? haha wasn’t the past fun??) and the dining table reserved just for meals. Now I am not a parent but after watching and consoling my friends and family who are, I wanted to round up some solid desk/chair option for kids of all ages. It was the actual least I could do. Summer is almost over so let’s get right to it. Alright, little ones are up first.
If you are like Emily, your kids are in school but their studies are less about good grades and more about exercising their little brains to prepare them for the big leagues… elementary school. Sure there are cute workbooks and flashcards to go over but arts and crafts are still A BIG part of the curriculum. So instead of opting for a desk, think about getting a play table. Extra points if it has storage!
1. Jorden Lift-top Storage 3-Piece Ready to Finish Child’s Table Set | 2. Children’s Table & Children’s Stool | 3. Forest Table and Chairs | 4. Emilio Kids 3 Piece Arts and Crafts Table and Chair Set | 5. 2 Piece Table and Bench with Paper Roll | 6. Lemonade Playset | 7. 3pc Modern Table and Chair Set White | 8. Large Charcoal Adjustable Kids Table + Kids Chair | 9. Kids Table And Chairs | 10. Aghacully Kids 3 Piece Table and Chair Set | 11. Maxxi Mini Table Natural + Oriente Stool Natural | 12. Nicklas Kids 3 Piece Windsor Writing Table and Chair Set | 13. White and Maple 3-Piece Easel Kids Table and Chair Set | 14. Child’s Table with 2 Benches | 15. Kids’ Riviera Play Table & Kids’ Riviera Chair| 16. Kids’ California Dining Table + Kids’ Sunwashed Riviera Chair| 17. Melissa & Doug Wooden Table & Chairs | 18. Crescent Table & Crescent Chair Pair
I just think it’s worth a mention how chic children’s furniture has gotten. I mean #10 and #15 (hello mini wishbone chairs!) are too much for my heart. But when it comes it’s cuteness #3 and #14 are so sweet. However, being a parent makes you put practicality as the main priority, so if you don’t already have a ton of storage #1, #2, #3, #4, #10 and #11 are your top contenders.
Now let’s get serious because the kids are bigger and the math is harder…
This next roundup is for kids that are still not ready for the actual “big kid desk” but are in need of a more proper desk. The grind starts early people! And while I am clearly no expert, I feel that creating a work desk for your “not super little” little, is a good way for them to practice sitting at a desk like they would in a regular school setting. This is not me shaming any parent that doesn’t have a desk for their kid. Because let’s be honest, what is best for you sanity is best for you child:)
1. Black and Wood Kids Table with Drawer and Chair | 2. Architect Table Pink + Little Architect Chair | 3. Blue Kids Table + Galento Paris Kids Desk Chair | 4. 2 Piece Arts and Crafts Table and Chair Set | 5. Bohème Desk + Adjustable Weaning Chair | 6. Study Furniture Set | 7. Règine Desk + Kids Chair Suzie | 8. STUVA + Metal Children’s Chair | 9. Kids at Home Desk & Stool | 10. Kids’ Desk + Kids’ Chair | 11. Growing Chair and a Multifunctional Table | 12. Adjustable Mobile School Standing Desk + Industrial Activity Chairs (Set of 2)
And yet another classic “Jess can’t choose a favorite because she is annoying and can’t make a decision to save her life.” But really. LOOK at how cute these all are. I will say that the price of #1 is incredible and would blend with almost any style of home decor (10 points for that). #5 is a very sophisticated and CUTE setup and I would happily put that combo on display in my home. Plus the chair height is adjustable. And speaking of adjustable furniture, the desks for #9 and #12 also can grow and your kiddo gets a little taller. Pretty great AND practical.
Alright, it’s big kid time. That ranges from middle school to well I guess college with the quarantine still fully in place. The great thing about this category is that eventually, these pieces can be yours if you want! So HOT TIP: Choose with your kid (and you) in mind.
Also, the sweet room/desk setup on the left belongs to a now very grown 16-year old Grace that just this past year got a full room makeover and Sara and Julie are shooting this week! Stay tuned and hopefully, you are more patient than me because I CANNOT WAIT to see the photos. Until then here are the combos for your kids (and you)
1. Hampshire Olive Green Kids Desk + Adelai Office Chair | 2. LILLÅSEN + LÅNGFJÄLL | 3. Oslari Wood Writing Desk + Furlicious Faux-Fur Airgo Swivel Desk Chair | 4. Meredith Desk + Lourdes Task Chair | 5. Ada Glass and Wood Writing Desk + Upholstered Rolling Desk Chair | 6. Studio 34″ Wall Desk + Camden Office Chair | 7. Alex + Petal Office Chair | 8. Sloan Desk + Wingback Swivel Desk Chair | 9. SKARSTA + Channel Back Office Chair | 10. Helix Walnut Desk + Cooper Mid-Century Leather Swivel Office Chair | 11. Amherst Wood Writing Desk + Velvet Leighton Upholstered Office Chair | 12. FJÄLLBO + JÄRVFJÄLLET | 13. Trestle Desk + Velvet Mid-Back Task Chair | 14. LINNMON / LERBERG + FJÄLLBERGET | 15. Rooney Wall-Mounted Desk + Faux Leather Leander Swivel Office Chair | 16. Parsons Desk + Ergonomic Office Chair | 17. Kids Parke White Desk and Hutch + Kids Class Act Brown and Gold Desk Chair | 18. Industrial Storage Mini Desk + Green Upholstered Office Chair | 19. Mid-Century Mini Secretary + Velvet Office Chair | 20. Wood Writing Desk + Tufted Parker Upholstered Office Chair | 21. Reclaimed Pine Workstation + Sherpa Ivory Airgo Swivel Desk Chair | 22. Amelia Desk + Edith Velvet Desk Chair | 23. Troy Modular Corner Desk + Steelcase SILQ Office Chair | 24. MICKE + ALEFJÄLL
Ok hands down #1 is my favorite combo. That chair is the desk version of one of my favorite dining chairs that Julie featured in her Comfortable Dining Room Chairs post. Those leather-wrapped arms give my goosebumps! #4, #7 and #21 are also some of my favorites but something that was really important to me was to make sure they were all the chairs cushioned. It’s the only way! One thing I have been mulling over now that I have been working from home full time is an adjustable standing desk like in #9. Have you all tried them? Thoughts? Do I need one?
I know that some of these prices are steep but remember one day soon it will be YOURS, so buy in that mindset if you are wanting to purchase anything.
Ok so now your kids are guaranteed to stay quiet all day long and get incredible grades. Did you know it was that easy? Ha just kidding but I hope that if a SFH situation is upon you or even a WHF, that you got some good ideas. Let me know what you think in the comments. Are you finally setting up a “real school zone?” Let’s talk classroom ideas:)
Love you, mean it.