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Your memories of hybrid desk-chairs may not be particularly fond ones (your legs sticking to the plastic seats; the metal legs scratching the floor like nails on a chalkboard), but if you look past the bad parts for a second, you start to realize just how functional they are. With little ones getting ready for homeschooling this fall, parents are beginning to buy this classroom staple for their own spaces. A $120 desk-chair is currently the second-best-seller in Amazon’s kids’ furniture category. A removable cup holder and built-in cubby for storage are two likely reasons the pick is so popular. But there are a ton of other great options out there for parents who might not have the budget (or space) for a proper desk. Here are a few combos we’re loving for this school year.

If They Need Extra Storage

Child’s Desk by 6x6DSGNS, Etsy ($160)

Handmade out of sustainable birch and plywood, this Scandi-inspired desk has an extra smooth surface (it’s coated in a clear satin finish). Underneath the tabletop is a small shelf for supplies (calculator, pencil pouch). There’s also another larger platform under the bench for books. 

If They Like to Spread Out

Children’s Corner Writing Desk, Wayfair ($275)

One of the things classic desk-chairs lack is the ability to spread out, but this option offers a ton of surface area. Your little student can enjoy the luxury of having their laptop and book out at the same time. 


If They’re a Visual Learner

Tisch Stuhl Haus Kreide, Kinder Modern ($2,500)

This contemporary combo won’t stand out like a sore thumb in a living room. Plus its blackboard paint surface means it can double as a canvas for your kids’ chalk doodles. 

If They Want to Take Homework On the Go

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Lap Desk, Target ($200)

Take the classroom outdoors while the weather is still warm with this portable lap desk. When not in use, it can lay down flat and even be stowed away in a closet. 

If You Don’t Want It to Clash With Your Furniture

Architectural School Desk after Prouve, 1stdibs ($575)

A Jean Prouvé–inspired table will get your little one thinking like the great French designer-architect. School is in session, and we’re starting with a lesson on mid-century modern.

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