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
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
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
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
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
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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