Since the pandemic began, forcing most school-age children into a virtual learning setup, parents have collectively realized that a) teaching is not their forte, and b) providing kids with a structured, organized environment at home is essential to them learning.
What that’s meant is that parents have had to load up on the kinds of supplies kids usually get at school — crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors and, of course, an all-important desk. According to Sara Kirsch, general manager of education for Wayfair Professional, search for “kids desk” was up 120% this year compared to 2019. “Student desks have consistently been one of our top-performing searches since March,” she told us.
As a result, with school back in session across the country, kids’ desks aren’t easy to land right now — with many completely out of stock or backordered until next year. Fear not, though, for we scoured the internet to find the best desk options for kids of all ages — from preschool to high school — that are available now. Below are options in every color, material and size you can imagine, starting at just $40. Happy teaching, parents!
Sweet as can be, this desk is perfect for the pink-obsessed kid in your life. We love the ombre paint and the fact that the set comes with two sets of drawer knobs (gold and silver) so you can customize the desk to your preference. Back to those drawers: This desk has a ton of storage! And we love that the line comes with a matching dresser. If Walmart sells out or develops an ultra-long wait, check out the same desk at Wayfair, which costs 22 bucks more.
Let us count the ways we love this wood desk from Harriet Bee. Currently available in teal, gray and lavender (the navy and white hues are back in stock in November), this kids’ desk with a hutch features a whopping five shelves for papers, folders, notebooks and more, not to mention an open drawer and a corkboard. Designed for kiddos aged 5 to 12, the high-gloss piece also comes with a matching chair. Score!
This Project 62 desk is a top seller for Target for good reason. Available in three rustic stains (oak, walnut and gray), the desk comprises two wide drawers and an ultra-sturdy metal frame. Simple and chic, it will fit in perfectly with the farmhouse aesthetic popping up in homes all over the country.
If you’ve got a big ol’ corner in your house that’s empty — well, first off, we’re jealous. But secondly, you need to take advantage of that space with a corner desk. Kids have a lot of school materials, from workbooks and notebooks to folders, pencil cases and, oh, right, those beloved Chromebooks. With this corner desk by Ameriwood, nearly 105 inches of surface space is available for students to spread their stuff out while still saying focused and organized.
More than 1,600 Amazon reviewers agree that this flexible workstation — kids can use it on the floor or on a chair! — is worth the minimal investment. Greenguard certified, the one-piece, nontoxic desk is also super lightweight (only 3.5 pounds), making it portable too.
Ultra traditional, this whitewashed wood desk from Andover Mills comprises three roomy drawers (each is 22 inches wide and 13 inches deep!) perfect for tucking away art projects, homework and workbooks galore. The piece is designed for 7- to 14-year-olds and features a 31-inch desktop, leaving ample space for Chromebooks, iPads and beyond.
If you’ve got multiple “students” at home learning — godspeed! We’re guessing it’s probably become clear that a definitive workspace for your kids is tantamount to maintaining focus and learning. But finding the space for two (or more) desks is no easy feat, which is why we love this extra-long two-person desk. Taking up just one wall, the 94.5-inch-long desk offers ample space for kids to spread out, and it also features a two-tier open shelf and two stands perfect for stacking books and binders.
Now here’s a desk Joanna Gaines would approve of! Lined with on-trend beadboard, this compact desk (44 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 58.5 inches high) and hutch includes a drawer and a cabinet with a fixed shelf, not to mention four top-of-hutch nooks perfect for masks or stacks of school supplies. Oh, and there’s a sweet bulletin board in there too.
Just because your student is tiny doesn’t mean they don’t need a desk. This old-school, lift-top solid wood desk from Melissa & Doug is your solution, as it’s designed specifically for ages 3 to 8. Preschoolers will feel big sitting at an actual desk, and you’ll feel good about how little space it actually takes up (it’s 16.15 inches wide by 23.6 inches deep by 23.25 inches high). More to know: It’s available in a light blond stain too.
Do we have any Montessori parents out there? Then this is the desk for you (and your child). Bursting with storage — the six roomy shelves can corral all the crafting must-haves — the set includes the hutch, making it a steal at this price. We love the light gray and blond oak stains currently in stock, but if your heart is set on white, fear not — that hue is available in early November.
One of Amazon’s bestselling kids desks, this height-adjustable set (including the chair) can grow with your kids, accommodating ages 3 to 14! Extra-thoughtful design details include a curved and ventilated chair for added comfort and a desktop that can go from flat to a tilted 40-degree angle, making it perfect for computer work, reading, drawing and more. More to know: The desk also comes in pink and has a 4.6-star rating and more than 800 positive Amazon reviews.
Make a statement with this ultra-cool X-frame desk, which is currently available in red and black. With nearly a thousand positive reviews, the desk is a Target favorite. We love the clean lines, the old-school metal pulls and the three drawers that offer plenty of storage.
Delight preschoolers with this adorable pint-size chair and desk set where they can color, read books and check in with their teachers on Zoom. Available in 12 different character themes (“Lion King,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles,” Spider-Man and more), not to mention plain white and gray hues, this sweet little desk also comes with a storage bin for all your big kid’s essentials — like, ya know, a blankie, books and maybe a pacifier too.