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Reclaim the Dining Table! Get Your Kids Set Up at One of These Awesome Desks

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A functioning workspace for the kids and dinner in peace ... everyone’s happy!

By Patricia Cunningham

Wouldn’t it be nice just once to sit down for dinner without having to clear the table of math worksheets, composition books, a recorder or two, crayons and colored markers, eraser bits, pencils shavings, and the odd half-assembled Lego set?

Maybe it’s time to outfit the kids’ rooms with some functioning workstations. The benefits: the kids get an organized space of their own to where they can not only get their homework done, but draw, read, make, dream. And you get your dining table back for what it was meant for: meals!

Here are some of our favorite fun and versatile kids desks on the market. 

Little Sloane Leaning Desk

An ideal space-saving desk, the Little Slone safely attaches to the wall and includes its own shelf. You can add pieces from the collection to fit your needs, including an awesome leaning bookcase with toy storage bins.

Phoebe Writing Desk

Contemporary and sleek with midcentury touches, this little desk is nicely proportioned for a kid’s space — and fits mom’s design aesthetic as well. Win-win! An expanded version includes a hutch for all your little one’s tchotchkes.

Tangent Desk

With its colorful accents à la George Nelson, the Tangent desk looks straight out of a high-end shelter mag, but at a mid-range price. It includes cheery hutches for storage and a grommet hole for computer and tablet cables.

Taylor Walnut desk

A desk you wouldn’t mind setting up in any room of the house, the Taylor desk is made of solid walnut and has loads of custom storage options. Hang some bins and a pen cup on that handy rod, or set up some books on the built-in shelf. And it can be complimented by items from the Taylor furniture line for kids.

Foundation Desk

You’re a committed Scandi and nothing’s going to change that. Well, here’s a desk even Ingmar Bergman would approve of! The Foundation desk by Land of Nod perfectly embodies the Swedish concept on lagom — "not too little, not too much, but just right." Yet if you think you might need a bit more storage, you can add that too.

Marotta Desk

If campaign furniture is more your vibe, this cheerful desk is a great option. Uber-popular with the online shopping set, this is one desk mom might be tempted to coopt when the little ones aren’t using it.

Blush Mod Desk

Have a budding tween or teen? This desk is social media ready. A heavenly creation made in Denver, CO, it features a cool geo print on top and sleek steel legs.

Ivar Writing Desk

A traditional and petite desk that is perfect for little ones graduating from a play table, it includes a spacious bin for storing books and toys — and a Teddy Bear or two.

Chang Desk

Cute and modern, this desk incorporates a massive amount of storage including numerous shelves and a spacious cabinet for tucking things away that the homework set will love.

Bentley Writing Desk

This industrial-style metal desk gets an A for versatility. Combine it with a cute filing cabinet or matching bookcase. It’s guaranteed to look good in any configuration.

Outline Desk

A sturdy little desk that looks like it can stand up to the test of time and many, many art projects. Currently featuring a nice sale price, get it before it’s gone.

Laptop Desk with Hutch

Basic and utilitarian never hurt anyone — oh, and what about that price? I see many term papers in this desk’s future.

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