13 Great Desks and Study Tables for Kids and Teenagers

As kids grow older, homework becomes a big part of their lives. Like it or not, your children will have to spend a significant portion of their time outside of school, studying, writing essays, and hitting the books. To make this job easier, a purpose-designed study table for teens (and preteens) is an essential accessory.

Some kids are happy to sit at the kitchen table to do their homework. When they are younger and more likely to need your help, this is probably a good solution. However, in time, peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the living room is important. If there are too many distractions, homework won’t get done and grades will slip.  This is especially true now that all of us are being forced to “virtually” or “hybrid” learn.

We’ve refreshed this article for the 2020-2021 school year, and all the challenges it entails.  That meant spending over 20 hours researching and reviewing the various features and options on the market today.  So if you are looking for the best study desk for teens, here are some excellent choices to consider.  With supply chains still recovering from Spring manufacturing shutdowns, a desk available today may be temporarily out of stock tomorrow.  So if you need a particular desk, I recommend buying it while you can.

Also see: Our rundown of the best desk chairs for teens – or our list of the best kids desks so younger siblings can be comfortable learning from home.

Best Study Desks for Teens

Convenience Concepts Designs2Go No Tools Desk
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Frylr Folding Computer Desk
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TOPSKY Metal Computer Desk
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Coavas Simple Study Desk
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Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage
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Sofia + Sam Multi-Tasking Lap Desk
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Mainstays Student Desk in Black
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Urban Shop Student Z Desk
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Home Styles Hanover Student Desk and Hutch
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1. Best Overall: Convenience Concepts Designs2Go No Tools Desk

Convenience Concepts Designs2Go No Tools Student Desk, Black

This desk is our top overall pick for a few important reasons.  First, the built is high-quality.  It’s sturdy and designed with enough strength that you can actually take it apart and reassemble it later – something to think about with teenagers a year or two from heading off to college. The stainless-steel tubing and thick wood top will last for many years.

Second, this is EASY to build. It’s designed to slot together quickly.  Budget anywhere from 10-30 minutes with no additional tools necessary and your desk will be complete.  If you’ve made it to having teens in the house, you understand from experience how time-consuming most “some assembly required” furniture can be. That’s not the case with this Convenience Concepts desk.

Finally, it doesn’t take up a lot of room but still has features you need.  It’s well under 2 feet in depth so it will fit in even the tightest spot.  But don’t worry – it will accommodate all but the largest laptops and monitors.  There’s plenty of room to spread out papers and books as well, and 4 integrated shelves in the legs of the desk.

2. Built-In Power and Portability: Frylr Folding Computer Desk

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The Fryler Folding Computer Desk is a great choice for a no-frills desk with built-in phone and laptop charging.  While it’s utilitarian in design, it’ll still look good in most every teen’s bedroom.

There’s plenty of room for both online and offline work to take place.  It comes with both 2 USB charging ports and 2 power sockets so your teenager won’t need to get down on the floor constantly to plug and unplug all their devices.  You’ll appreciate the no-assembly required design.  If you can handle setting up a folding table, you’ll do fine with this desk.

It’s not glamourous, but it’s extremely portable and will serve your teen well through the years.

3. Top Value Pic: FURINNO Simplistic Study Table

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The Furinno Simplistic Study Table is a great study table for teens. It has  plenty of work space for books and a laptop and is a great value versus most other desks. There is also plenty of legroom and space beneath for school bags. This desk could be placed anywhere in the home, including the living room, as it is an attractive piece of furniture in its own right.

If price is important, this study table should be high on your list.

4. Best Large Desk: TOPSKY Metal Computer Desk

The TOPSKY 55″ Computer Desk is a great choice if you have the space (and desire) to get your teenage student a full-sized office desk.  It can handle multiple monitors and textbooks and still have room to spare.   Your child will be able to spread out their work and get to learning!

It’s a sturdy desk, built to hold up to 500 lbs of weight.  Owners appreciate the under-desk bookshelf – and your teen will as well.   This study table comes with a good-looking metal cover to hide the cable routing to monitors and laptops on the surface.  Overall, it’s just a great looking piece of furniture.

5. Coavas Simple Study Desk

Coavas

The Coavas simple study table for teens is a lovely piece of urban design furniture that can be used as a student desk. Constructed from steel and MDF with an attractive cherry finish, the desk is easily assembled with one click. You’ll take more time removing it from the shipping box than you will setting it up or taking the desk down.

It’s perfect if you are looking for a desk for a teenager that you won’t keep set up all the time.

6. Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

If you prefer minimalist clean lines in your home, this white floating desk by Prepac is a good choice. The desk can be wall mounted at any height using a rail mounted fixing system. The desk has side storage compartments for books and stationery and two removable shelves for computer speakers. It is also manufactured in the U.S.

7. Sofia + Sam Multi-Tasking Lap Desk

Sofia + Sam Multi-Tasking Lap Desk

Lap desks are really useful for studying in bed or on the sofa and the Sofia + Sam multi-tasking lap desk is a well-designed product for exactly this purpose. The lap desk has lots of handy features, including a USB light, slide-out mouse deck, a tablet slot and smartphone slot. The work surface is large enough for a 15” laptop. It’s also portable, which is handy if your kids need to study whilst on vacation.

I wouldn’t want to rely on this lap desk on my lap for 6 hours of online school each day, but it would work fine perched on a kitchen or coffee table.

8. Mainstays Student Desk in Black

Mainstays Student Desk in Black

The Mainstays student desk has a black laminate finish. It has a writing table plus a side storage unit with a book shelf and drawer (which can be height adjusted). The workspace is large enough for a laptop and papers, while the top shelf is ideal for a printer.

9. Urban Shop Student Z Desk

Urban Shop Student Z Desk

The Urban Shop Student Z-Desk is perfect for smaller rooms and dorms. This super modern silver desk has a sturdy metal frame with enough workspace for a laptop and books. It’s also lightweight so you can move the desk around with no effort at all. Teenagers will love the funky urban design.

10. Home Styles Hanover Student Desk and Hutch

Home Styles Hanover Student Desk and Hutch

If you are looking for a more traditional student desk, the Home Styles Hanover desk and hutch is a good choice. This desk is made from solid hardwood with a pleasing cherry veneer, so it will look great in a living room. The desk has four drawers, some open storage, and a handy cable management system. It also comes fully assembled.

11. Inval Student Writing Desk

Inval Student Writing Desk

The Inval student writing desk is a simple yet effective design. Made from engineered wood sourced from well-managed forests, the desk is finished in double-faced stain, heat and scratch resistant melamine. There are two storage shelves beneath the desk worktop and plenty of room for a laptop.

12. Furinno A Frame Computer Desk

Furino A Frame

Teens with a traditional style flair will love this A Frame Desk complete with a raised top shelf and storage on the worktop. The desk is constructed from sturdy E1 Grade composite wood and is great for homework activities.  While it’s better suited for a laptop, it can handle a tower desktop on the lower rail.

It’s definitely not “no assembly required”, but if you follow the instructions you’ll end up with a reasonably-priced desk that is sturdy, won’t wobble, and can get your teenagers through their high-school years.  Do remember that composite wood and cold drinks don’t mix – invest in a coster if your children will be drinking Diet Coke while during their homework on this desk.

All kids benefit from a comfortable, functional study space, but if you think we have missed out a really cool study table or desk, let us know in the comments.

 

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