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The best kids' desks 2022: ideal working spaces for learning from home

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The best kids' desk should help keep the kids productive and motivated. After a long day at school, most kids aren't so keen to do homework, which is certainly valid. However, it has to be done, and they might be encouraged to do so if they've got their own comfortable space to do it in that's distraction-free.

Desks aren't exactly the cheapest "school supply item" on the list, but back-to-school sales have started to pop up in anticipation of the next school year. So, it's the perfect time to invest, especially if you're also planning on purchasing a new student laptop for your matriculating mini-mes.

Don't let this higher cost of living issue prevent you from investing in your kids. They deserve more than a place at the dining room table or the couch in the TV room to do their homework in and study for a quiz. They deserve a space that's not only free from interruptions, but has everything they need – pens, notebooks, and all the other accessories – within reach.

We've tested more than our share of desks, including standing desks and kids' desks. So, we know a thing or two about what makes the best ones for your maximum productivity and comfort. To help you in your hunt, below are the best kids' desks we've found so far, whether you want a desk-and-chair set, something with drawers, or a more minimalist option.

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best kids' desk Ikea Filsat Children's Desk against a white background

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1. Ikea Filsat Children's Desk

The best kids' desk overall

Specifications

Dimensions: 72 x 92 x 67 cm (28.3 x 36.2 x 26.4 inches)
Weight: 15.3 kg (33.7 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for arts and crafts
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Adjustable height
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Fits rolls of paper

Reasons to avoid

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Not as versatile as other desks

This adjustable Filsat table from Ikea is the best kids' desk if you have kids who like to get creative while in their bedrooms, whether it's sketching, painting, writing, sculpture or anything else – it's like giving them their own personal easel to work with, and the desk can grow higher as your youngsters do.

While you can't draw or paint directly on the work surface here, it is easy to clean, and there's a removable roller at the top of the desk that you can attach a roll of paper too. When your kids want some more canvas, they just need to pull down to get another sheet of fresh paper, and away they go again.

The desk can be used for whatever you want of course, but it's definitely geared towards arts and crafts, and the adjustable legs mean you can tilt it too, if required. There is a chair that goes with the desk if you need one, but it's sold separately.

best kids' desk Ikea Latt Children's Table against a white background

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2. Ikea Latt Children's Table

The best budget kids' desk

Specifications

Dimensions: 48 x 63 x 45 cm (18.9 x 24.8 x 17.7 inches)
Weight: 6.39 kg (14.1.7 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for two toddlers
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Versatile workspace on top
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Lightweight and compact

Reasons to avoid

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Not for heavy duty use

We imagine that quite a few of you reading this will have multiple kids to buy furniture for, and if two of your little ones are sharing a room then the Latt Children's Table might be just what you're looking for – and the package comes with two chairs included as well.

It's a table that's just as good for holding tea parties as it is for getting down to some serious colouring or number games, and thanks to the durable and easily maintained materials, you don't need to worry about it collapsing in the first couple of weeks. It's going to last until your kids are too old for it.

The white and pine colour effect is likely to easily go with a lot of other furniture designed for youngsters, and with the surface unadorned with any breaks or features, it's completely up to you and your kids how you utilise it. It's compact and light too.

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3. Ikea Micke Desk

The best premium kids' desk with cable management

Specifications

Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 50 cm (28.7 x 29.5 x 19.7 inches)
Weight: 15.5 kg (34.2 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Compact, versatile size
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Cable management feature
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Spacious storage draw

Reasons to avoid

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Not for the youngest ages

At first glance this looks like the most ordinary of children's desks, but look a little bit closer and there's a lot to like about the Micke from Ikea – like the hole at the back of the workspace for hiding away cables, or the spacious drawer that slides out underneath (perfect for pens and calculators).

One benefit of the unfussy aesthetics of the Micke desk is that it can fit just about anywhere, into any sort of bedroom setup, and you can get it in three different colours as well: black-brown, oak and white. If you like the look of the unit, then one of those should suit your needs.

This being Ikea, there's plenty more furniture from the same series that you can get to accompany this, including a chair if you need one. Due to the size and the style of the unit, this is more for older children and teenagers rather than the youngest kids.

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1. Nubi 1 Drawer Pedestal Desk

The best kids' desk overall in the UK

Specifications

Dimensions: 74 x 120 x 52 cm
Weight: 41 kg

Reasons to buy

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Heavy duty industrial look
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Plenty of storage space
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Nice expansive worktop

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't suit younger kids

Perfect for older kids who've moved beyond a need for bright colours and shiny extras, the Nubi 1 Drawer Pedestal Desk is stylish and subtle in a very grown-up way (which might get your youngsters in the mood for getting down to some serious work). You get four shelves (two behind a door), a deep drawer, and a wide top space.

We think the aesthetics of this Nubi desk are going to go with most kids' bedrooms, and it's been designed to look like some of the heavy duty industrial furniture that's proving popular right now. With a clean, open workspace on top, it's up to you (or your child) how you arrange a laptop, books, lamps, and so on.

The flexibility and the form of this unit appeals, with a lot of space underneath the desk as well as on top and it's an easy pick for one of the best kids' desks of 2022. It's a two-person assembly job though, and check the dimensions carefully – it's maybe a bit bigger and more bulky than it appears in the picture.

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2. Habitat Kids Pagnell 3 Drawers Desk

The best budget kids' desk

Specifications

Dimensions: 71.5 x 100 x 48.5 cm
Weight: 26.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Appealing design
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Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly might be a little tricky

School-age kids will appreciate all the organizational compartments the Habitat Kids Pagnell 3 offers; as will, of course, their parents who have to deal with whatever mess they leave behind. Three drawers with smooth metal runners, the bottom being a deeper one, offers plenty of space for their pens, markers, crayons, and papers, leaving its desk top clutter-free.

It's also more spacious than it looks, so whether you've got a school-age kid or one that's a little older, they've got more than enough space to work in. Chair isn't included, unlike some of the desk-and-chair sets on this list. However, if you're looking to save money – and you've already got a chair on hand – this is a great budget kids' desk. 

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3. Argos Home Scandinavia Pine Desk and Chair

The workspace that can fit anywhere

Specifications

Dimensions: 59.5 x 59 x 39 cm (23.4 x 23.2 x 15.4 inches)
Weight: 10 kg (22 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Easy to put together
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Simple to move around
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Internal storage space

Reasons to avoid

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Not the biggest

With the Scandinavia Pine Desk and Chair from the Home department of Argos, your kid is going to feel that school vibe, even at home. One for the younger children out there, this is a desk that has a definite classroom feel to it, and the lid also opens up for easy storage of textbooks, pencils, apples and so on.

While the dimensions of this desk aren't going to suit everyone and every situation, the furniture can be placed just about anywhere and even moved around – have it up by the window one day and over in the corner the next day. You've got plenty of options to play around with in terms of location.

As well as the pine version shown in the picture above, you can also get this with a white finish, if that's a better fit for your interior decor. Built from solid wood and with an easy-to-follow assembly process, this is a kids' desk that we think is going to prove very popular during the back to school season.

Michelle Rae Uy
Michelle Rae Uy

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives. 

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