A desk for a kid should have a few important features. Here’s what to consider when selecting a desk for your child:
Height. Obviously your child’s height will impact the height you want for the desk you get her. You should pick a desk your child can sit at and his feet touch the floor. If you’re wanting a desk that will age with him, there are a couple options, still. You can pick up a desk that adjusts to your child’s size (though those are a bit more difficult to find, they do exist.) Or you can buy a larger desk and pop a foot stool underneath it so his feet aren’t swinging uncomfortably. This will help maintain proper blood flow because, as we know, a child who’s not comfortable won’t stay in a place long.
Durability. For a toddler desk, you’re going to want something extra durable that can withstand the beating of a small child. And can take the artistic abuse, as well. Because as sure as the child likes to color, she will like to color on that desk. And in most circumstances, you can’t correct an action she hasn’t yet taken, you’ll probably be cleaning off the paint, marker, crayons and more at least once. Plastics tend to wipe clean more easily and can withstand a child’s beating relatively well so you may want to consider this. Plastics reinforced by metal may be even more durable and some adjustments may add to the longevity, as well. Solid wood, especially that with a protective coating, can last your child well into her teens and even longer if maintained, but may be a bit more expensive.
Aesthetics. Of course you’ll want a quality desk that will last, but keep in mind that the longer the desk lasts, the more decor it will have to match through it’s lifetime. So high quality desk that matches your tween daughter’s bubblegum pink room may not be the best choice for a desk that will last her into college. Likewise, a desk that gives her another chance for self expression is an opportunity you probably won’t want to pass up.
Incline. Clearly an incline isn’t the kind of desk you’ll want to put a computer on top of, but for virtually any other use of a desk, the incline of a desk will improve your child’s comfort levels. It is a more ergonomic design to read and write on an incline, even if it’s just slight. For that reason, we highly recommend a desk that inclines for your toddlers and younger school-age children, before they begin to use a computer at their desk, at least. If your child will be operating a laptop, though, you may still want to pick up an adjustable incline desk. For desktops, a flat desk is necessary, but if you get your child a desk that will grow with them, then a desk that can incline or remain flat will be ideal for all scenarios and will go a long way for the longevity.
Study desk vs. activity desk. A study desk is one that’s simple; it has a flat (or maybe slightly inclined) surface for its desktop but not a lot of it. There will be enough space for a few books, and writing supplies or a desktop and keyboard. (And you may even want to put the computer on the floor.) An activity desk will be essentially a table for your child to work on. There may be cubbies for specific tools, utensils, or coloring books. The activity desks are more geared to art and creativity and more often than not, you’ll find them best suited for your younger children. But not always, so you may not want to limit your child’s creativity by choosing a too “grown up” desk.
Suitable for corner placement. A great way to save a bit of space is to put your child’s desk in the corner. Not only will it give your child more space to scoot his chair around more freely, but it will make use of the corner which is notoriously hard to use space.