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Once, while I was growing up, my mom hauled home a vintage desk for me. It was beautiful—a little thing with a stack of drawers on the left side (but barely room for a chair). It didn’t take long to discover why its previous owner had placed it at the curb: It was a torture device, unfit for anyone who might want to move their legs more than an inch or two.
After years of wrestling with that piece of furniture, I’ve come to understand a lot about the utility of our workspaces. It’s tough to be focused, productive, and creative when you’re cramped like a contortionist. As much as we may long for a desk that meets a certain aesthetic, there’s no point in purchasing it if comfort isn’t key.
So, just in time for another school year, we hit the virtual shops to find children’s desks that are practical and beautiful. Whether your little one is heading back to the classroom full time or diving into homeschooling, a dedicated study space can make all the difference.
Below, we’ve pulled together 10 of the most stylish—and comfortable—desks fit for any kid’s room. As you’ll see, there are no cramped leg spaces here.
With its mid-century flair, this desk may be kid-sized, but it's the perfect fit for any style-forward space.
available in white or gray
This option is a minimalist's dream, with clean lines and a small profile. We love the simple storage and the adorable pencil holders, complete with friendly animal faces.
Etsy | Kidoo Crafts
Whimsical, handmade, and adorable to boot, this house-shaped desk features an adjustable height for longer use.
Pottery Barn Kids
Need an option with versatility? Look no further than the Morgan Leaning Wall Desk. Purchase the standalone desk with one shelf, a built-in cork board, and a roomy drawer, or opt for a set of matching shelving for extra storage.
Suitable for preschoolers up to second grade, this old-fashioned desk set features a flip top for interior storage.
available in gray, honey, white, or espresso finish.
For the ultimate in an organized study space, this traditional desk has plenty of options, from a built-in cork board to open drawers and shelving.
Storage options abound with this media system and desk combo from Martha Stewart.
available in white or gray
Modern and minimal, this natural wood desk set would make an adorable and practical addition to any child's study space.
Crate & Kids
For a touch of timeless glamour, look to the Crate & Kids campaign-style desk. Featuring classic gold hardware, this desk has ample storage and a seriously stylish design.
available in white or navy
This classic desk set features a hutch for storing all the study-time essentials and has plenty of workspace too.
available in white or natural wood