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14 Kids Desk Ideas That Make Homework Cool

Encourage creativity and good study habits by giving your child a desk of their own. When their desk is comfortable and has the features they want, they're more likely to use it.

Emilie Baltorinic, an interior designer, advises, “designing a fun and functional workspace for kids gives them their own space to concentrate on learning and creating. Age and activity are important factors to consider when selecting a desk; you will want to select a finish that is easy to clean, and a size and style that are comfortable enough to use at the moment, but also grow with over time.”

Keep reading for more design tips on choosing the perfect desk for your child.

Measure Your Room

A larger work surface makes it easier for your child to spread out their work. It will, however, take up more room, so be sure to take into account the space needed for moving the chair around; there should be about two-and-a-half to three feet of space behind the desk.
Also, consider placement. Do you want the desk near a window for natural light – or electrical outlets for lamps, computers and such?

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Make Sure the Desk Fits Your Child

Children concentrate best when they are comfortable, so your child's size plays an important role in choosing a desk. 

Your child will probably outgrow a couple of desks, so consider how long your family will need a specific desk before you decide how much to spend.

Age and activity also play a big role in the type of desk your child needs:

Preschoolers may get the most use from an activity table where they can both sit and stand to create their masterpieces. It should have a large work surface — one that's easy to wipe clean.

To be comfortable and to foster good posture, elementary students still need a writing desk that's smaller than adult size. They should have a chair that lets them sit with feet flat on the floor, and the top of the desk should be about 8 inches above the chair seat. Kids desks with drawers help keep the desktop clutter to a manageable level.

To be comfortable and to foster good posture, elementary students still need a writing desk that's smaller than adult size. They should have a chair that lets them sit with feet flat on the floor, and the top of the desk should be about 8 inches above the chair seat. Kids desks with drawers help keep the desktop clutter to a manageable level.

Fun and Functional

Kids desks can be fun as well as functional. You can match the style of the desk to the rest of the furniture in the room, but if you let your child help you choose something different, you give them a sense of ownership.

Desks also need to be practical. They're going to get a lot of use, especially if several children use them, so look for sturdy construction and good-quality material like wood. In a wood desk, drawers shouldn't stick, shelves shouldn't be wobbly, and surfaces should be non-toxic and easy to clean.
A desk is a personal space, even for a child, so give yours a desk of their very own, and watch them grow and learn!

14 Kids Desk Ideas That Make Homework Cool

Let's face it: Kids will flop and plop down almost anywhere with their books and laptops to study, connect with friends or simply chill. When the time comes for serious concentration, provide them with the perfect space to cram for a test, design an art project or write their masterpiece — all with function and design in mind!

1. Clean Start

Eliminate clutter-filled study areas by choosing a desk with clean lines and mounting lighting on the wall. Be sure the chair you choose fits your child: Their feet should rest comfortably on the floor with their knees at 90 degrees.

2. Elevate

A desk hutch is perfect for organizing supplies and displaying prized possessions while keeping their work surface open for the project at hand. Add art pieces, school banners or stylish hooks at a kid-friendly height to complete the space.

3. Shared Spaces

Choosing identical desks is an ideal solution for shared spaces in a bedroom or family room. Allow your children to personalize the wall space above their desks.

4. All Tucked In

Save floor space and create a cozy study cove by tucking the desk under a bunk or loft bed. A fun chair and wire storage baskets complete the vibe.

5. Clutter Corral

Drawers and desktop organizers help keep study supplies rounded up. Choose a desk with drawers sturdy enough to withstand repeated (and sometimes rough) opening and closing.

6. You've Thought of Everything

Desks with built-in electric outlets, USB ports, and charging stations help organize cords and wires. Positioning the desk under a natural light source helps boost concentration. Fun, printed curtains soften the look and add an extra punch of cheer.

7. Blended Decor

For shared living/workspaces, opt for a desk that allows existing design elements to shine while allowing your student to do the same. Open-back hutch desks are perfect for this.

8. Small But Mighty

For desks with a smaller footprint, install shelves above and add baskets below for displaying trophies and certificates and corraling equipment.

9. Cozy Toes

Keep their feet happy while their brains are busy. Add a colorful, comfy rug under the desk. This also protects your floors from the constant scooting of chair legs.

10. Just Their Style

Allow your child's style to shine with dazzling drawer pulls, the perfect punches of favorite colors, and an unconventional seating solution. A nearby throw to wrap in on chilly study nights completes the look.

11. Shining Star

For the best possible study sessions, try positioning your child's desk near windows for natural light. In addition, try providing a stylish desk lamp for those late-night cramming sessions.

12. Hooks and Baskets

Utilizing wall space for supplies with stylish hooks and wire baskets will allow easy access to the contents. Keep everything within your child's reach by hanging these elements at a kid-friendly height.

13. Canvas the Area

Personalize their study space with their own art or purchase canvases with pops of color that echo the desk and decor. Complete with a picture-perfect chair color and desk lamp.

14. Comfy All Around

Opt for a padded, upholstered chair for kids who put in longer study sessions. Add felt pads to the chair's feet to prevent floor scratches. Their backs — and your floors — will thank you!

 

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