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Children's desks - the whens, whats and where froms

Desks aren't only for adults. They can provide benefits for toddlers right up to teenagers. So what do you need to know about children's desks?

You might not necessarily think that desks and children go together but adding a desk to a child’s bedroom or setting one up for them in the lounge can make a big difference. 

Whether they enjoy drawing, you regularly create craft projects for them or they’ve just started school so need a place to do homework, a desk can your little one focus and gives them a designated space. 

So what exactly do you need to bear in mind when it comes to choosing a desk for your child? We’ve put together this helpful guide to you can get to grips with the benefits of children’s desks, what will work for their age and what type of desk is best.

Why should I get a children’s desk?

You might think that your child is far too young for a desk, but as soon as they are able to sit unassisted and start playing with things on their own, a desk can be hugely beneficial. Not only can it save your dining table from accidental scribbles, but a desk specifically for your child can also benefit them in several ways:

  • Improved posture - Posture is important and it is far too easy for little ones to fall into bad habits that cause them pain and discomfort later in life. A suitable desk and chair can ensure they are encouraged to sit correctly and so develop good habits.
  • Keeps them focused - It can be hard enough to get kids to focus, but it becomes even more difficult if they are over-stimulated. A desk can ensure they are better able to focus on the task at hand, whether it’s schoolwork or colouring.
  • Promotes independence - Creating a desk area that is specifically for your child means that they have their own space. It will help them understand that they are allowed alone time, can figure things out on their own and enable them to learn new skills. 
  • Gets them motivated - You probably already know how hard it can be to get a child to do something they don’t want to do, but a desk can make it a bit easier. Creating an interesting and inspirational space for them can make them more interested in things - including schoolwork!

Desks can be incredibly versatile, allowing you to use the same space for school and play, ensuring your little one gets the most out of the space you create for them. 

When do children need a desk?

While younger children may not “need” a desk, it is a good idea to set them up with some sort of table of their own when they are toddlers (18 months to five-years-old). This will mean they can benefit from all of the points above, as well as develop good habits. 

Of course, when it comes to younger children, you want to ensure that their desk is as versatile as possible, which likely means you just end up getting them a small table and at least one matching chair. This will make it easier for them to use and allow them to use it multiple ways - including playing, crafts, tea parties and even to eat their dinner at. 

When children get older and start school that will see them needing to do homework, you should consider getting them a practical desk that will be suitable throughout their education. This means, ensuring they have enough space to write, use a computer or tablet, store stationery, and grow into. This will make sure they are able to use it properly and that you don’t end up needing to replace it down the line.

What size desk does my child need?

It goes without saying that your child isn’t going to need a full-sized office desk as you would find in a corporate space. Even if you have the room for a large desk in their bedroom, it may not be the best option - especially as it leaves them with even more space to dump stuff. 

Ideally, children between the ages of six and 12 should have a desk that is around 800mm wide as a minimum, although you don’t need to provide one with as much depth as a standard office desk. 

If you want a desk to last them a little bit longer, you might want to consider going up to a 1200mm, as this will give them enough space to grow into and suit their needs well into secondary school or school.

Our Home Work range of desks provide some good options, especially as they are 600mm deep rather than the average 800mm. They come with different width options as well, meaning you can choose the right size for your child, as well as their bedroom. On top of this, there are various colourful storage options available with these desks, including drawers, cupboards and upper shelves, helping to create a complete desk area for your child.

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What else will they need?

A desk is really just the start of their setup whether you are creating a fun space for crafting and colouring or if they will be using their desk for studying. You also need to consider what else they will need and what they might find useful, both of which will help your child get the most out of their desk. 

A suitable chair

To start with, you need to ensure your child has a suitable chair to go with their desk. Ideally, the chair should always be with their desk rather than you using a dining chair or one that they have to move into their room. This will ensure it’s there when they need to use their desk, which will encourage them to do so. 

An office chair that allows for adjustments and supports good posture is always a good idea for older children who are likely to spend more time working at their desk. This will make sure they can sit comfortably, don’t get a bad back and are able to focus for longer periods of time. 

You have a little bit more leeway when it comes to younger children’s chairs. While you still want to encourage them to sit properly, it’s unlikely that they’ll benefit from an office chair - plus you don’t want to risk them playing with and breaking different levers! In this case, something like our Harrow Side Chair will work as it is still comfortable and sturdy, plus it’s available nine different colours so you can match it to your kid’s bedroom.


Whether their desk is for schoolwork, fun or both, storage is going to be needed. Giving them somewhere to put pens, paper, paint, notebooks and anything else they use at their desk will help keep their room tidy - in theory at least - and allow you to keep track of what they are running out of. 

You can make life easier by opting for a desk with storage, which can include drawers, pedestals or even shelves, or choose some added storage that suits their space. Practical storage options include filing cabinets, which provide deep drawers that are ideal for craft supplies, and tambour cupboards, which have sliding doors for easy access, making them a great choice if you use boxes or trays to keep supplies organised.

Even better, if you opt for desk-high storage options, you are able to create a neat desk area in your child’s bedroom, as well as provide extra workspace. This is ideal if you want to set up a desk lamp, homework chart or anything else your kid will like or find useful. 

Need more help?

If you still aren’t sure what desk is best for your child or you need help finding the right size, chair or storage, we are here to help. Our customer service team can answer any questions you have, point you to the right resources and offer recommendations so you can create the best desk area to support your child’s learning and give them room to play. 

All you have to do is give us a call on 0800 8044 760, drop us an email at or start a live chat and we’ll do everything we can to help you find the right desk for your little one.

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