Create a desk area for your kids schoolwork and homework, to encourage them to get stuck in. We've sifted through some gorgeous house tours and pulled out our favourite desk ideas for kids.
Some of these desk areas are set up in bedrooms, others in play rooms, and others are lucky enough to have separate home offices just for doing homework in. Whatever your setup, these desk ideas for kids are full of ideas and inspiration.
We love the idea of sectioning off an area with cosy drapes, and we love the space-saving ideas of pull-down desks that sit flush with the wall when they're not in use. In one of the larger kids office spaces, a long desk wraps around the wall offering lots of surface for spreading out books and papers, while a magnetic tack board on the wall offers the perfect place for hanging all those artworks.
The examples below show how you can create a desk out of a window sill, or wall mount a floating desk into an unused area as another space-saving option – for example in a family kitchen.
And then there's cute mini desk with mini chairs, perfect for art and messy projects. If the desk is in a dedicated room, you could paint the walls with chalkboard paint to create a floor-to-ceiling blackboard for doodling – and learning.
Create a desk area in their playroom, their bedroom, the family room or in the adults' home office.
Get inspired by all our desk ideas for kids below...
A desk area uses up an awkward alcove space. A framed artwork and wall light make this space feel very elegant and grown-up for a homework nook.
Designed by Alice Lane, this clever desk area was created between the cabinets, in the window sill area. A full wall of built ins allowed for projects and papers to be organised and out of the way.
This compact, pull-down desk creates the perfect spot for doing homework.
Interior designer Naomi Clarke built a wall of mirrored cupboards either side of oak desks, with a seat in the middle. Beautiful but also so practical. Either side of the desk is a linen covered notice board for the children to display their cards and notes. At night a drop down cinema screen covers the space when the homework is finished!
Framed desk space
This super chic desk idea for kids features a desk with drawers underneath and shelves on top, nestled between built-in wardrobes. Designed by Katharine Pooley, we love the red and blue colour scheme, the fab desk chair and the upholstered wardrobe doors. It's all about the details!
This lovely study nook incorporates a built-in desk with shelves and a pin board. We love the powder blue paint colour.
Under the stairs
This desk space makes the most of an under-stair alcove.
A fun wallpaper brightens up this homework nook, designed by Caroline Cobbold.
Burst of colour
Make their pictures have more impact by displaying en masse. Arrange a collage in a large frame or hang them from a piece of string using decorative pegs, or you could pin them on to a huge noticeboard.
A zingy citrus yellow wall fills this playful space with energy, while vintage pieces tone it down.
This young child's desk space features floating shelves in a matching powder blue paint shade. An acrylic chair with soft cushions provides a fun contrast to the wood furniture.
How's this desk space for a girls bedroom? The chair is particularly gorgeous, but we also love the pin board that's upholstered in silk. When they reach teen years it also doubles as a gorgeous vanity area for experimenting with make-up.
A fish tank built into the wall gives this playroom instant cool points. The room also features a 12 foot long custom lacquered desk with polished stainless legs and an indestructible ‘colourblock satin Lucite’ work surface.
Magnetic wall board
The custom glass painted tack board is magnetic, and is perfect for hanging up kids artworks.
This desk idea for kids features a wall-mounted desk and pared back Scandi palette. The wall paint colour is calm and zen-like, muting distractions.
This floating desk was fitted next to the kitchen and makes the most of otherwise unused space.
Looking for desk ideas for kids – in the plural sense? This adorable work station for doing arts and crafts at is surrounded by little bear shaped chairs, creating an inviting art area for the owner's four children.
The blackboard started out as a fun thing for the kids, but it’s turned out just as useful for the parents to scribble reminders on.
This desk space is nestled into built-in storage, painted in vibrant gloss blue.
A computer station sits along this wall, and is separate from the table in the centre of this kids' office which is used for arts & crafts.
Padded banquette seating make a snug corner for homework in this kitchen corner. To ramp up the glam factor, a trio of Lee Broom crystal lights hang over the table.
The black grid-like boxes of the shelving unit, together with the black lines of the desk and painted ceiling create a Mondrian-inspired effect. We love how the desk flows into the shelves, as one piece of furniture.
This playroom and homework area is divided from the rest of the living and kitchen area via some steps. Contemporary modular shelving lines one wall, while the kids desk and chairs creates the perfect spot for homework.
This calm office space is also used by the children to do their homework, and also doubles up as a play room from time to time.