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Style & Living Back to School

10 Fun & Functional Lap Desks That Every Kid Needs This School Year

For toddlers through college kids. 

By Katie Leahy

With Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, we are fully back to school which is always a mix of emotions in our house. The excitement of a new teacher, finding out which friends are in their class and new back-to-school sneakers to “kick” off the school year (pun intended!). Then the first few days pass and you embark on the other end of the spectrum—the dreaded nightly homework. You may have a child that jumps off the bus, runs in the house and gets their homework done and out of the way. If you do, I wholeheartedly congratulate you because I do not. My oldest is in the second grade—Read: Minimal homework—but somehow I become public enemy #1 when I mention, “Time to do your homework!!” in the cheeriest voice I can muster.  

Regardless of age, kids will be busy this school year with worksheets and computer assignments, coloring and crafts, and they will need a workspace to do churn out all of this creativity. Which brings us to...the lap desk! Lap desks give the option of working in the bedroom, living room or even on-the-go in the car en route to after school activities. And while I can’t promise they will be excited to get to work, they will love the flexibility and features these 10 lap desks below give them throughout the year. 

LapGear Lap Desk Designer

With a variety of fabric pillows to choose from, this lap desk comes with a convenient slot for your cell phone as well as elastic straps to hold paper or notes. A generous size desk supports up to a 17-inch laptop and the handy strap makes for easy carrying for your child.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $34.99

Sofia + Sam Mini Memory Foam Lap Desk


This sleek lap desk is a nice lightweight option that features a memory foam cushion and wrist support.  Measuring a bit smaller, it holds up to a 15-inch laptop.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24.99

Honey Can Do Lap Desk

The Honey Can Do has a selection of fun desktop colors to choose from as well as a unique removable cushion that helps with storage or tight workspaces.

BUY FROM: Walmart, SALE $17.05

Bada Boards Lap Desk

The most portable on the list, the Bada Board weighs just 4 ounces and can fold in half to fit inside most backpacks. It also features a curved edge for a comfortable fit around your waist and a dry erase side for taking notes or playing games! 

BUY FROM: Target, $9.49

Folding Lap Desk

Perfect for a child on the go who likes to tote their arts, crafts, and coloring. With the color option of pink, green or blue, this portable lap desk has folding legs and a compartment under the writing surface to store paper, markers, or projects.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $22.99, Regularly $23.99, 4% Off!)

Portable Laptop Desk

This lap desk certainly takes the award for most unique on the list! No worrying about your legs overheating from your laptop with this airy elevated design. Made of sturdy plastic covered in a soft polystyrene micro-bead pillow, this desk forms to your lap for a comfy fit.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $23.99 

Bohemian Teal Jacobean Lap Desk with Zipper Pouch

Brightly colored not only on the desktop, but also on the microbead cushion, this cheery Bohemian lap desk features a built in zippered storage pocket and carrying handle, creating the perfect space for writing or coloring.

BUY FROM: Barnes&Noble, $19.95

Create N Carry Case

A great option for the younger kids in your life, Crayola’s created not only a durable desktop with easy-to-reach marker holders, it also comes chock full of art tools including contraction paper, markers, colored pencils and more!

BUY FROM:Crayola, $14.99

TG Lap Desk With Built in Cushion, LED Light and Cup Holder

If you are looking for the lap desk with some extra bells and whistles, look no further than the TG.  A foam bead cushion, gooseneck LED lamp (removable for storage) and cup holder in addition to a handle, makes it easy to carry and perfect for any student anywhere.

BUY FROM: Houzz, SALE $17.39, (Regularly $28.99, 40% Off!)

Slate 2.0 Mobile LapDesk, The Essential LapDesk, Whiteboard

This lightweight yet ultra-strong bamboo desk is uniquely designed with air ventilation, which will keep your lap top cool and efficient.  It comes in three designs that feature a mousepad, white board and/or additional desk space.  All designs have a display dock for your phone or mini tablet.  

BUY FROM: Houzz, SALE $69.99 (Regularly $129.99, 46% Off!) 

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