How to Choose the Right Study Table: A Complete Buying Guide
Posted by NIRAJ MODAK
Children need a good home environment and comfortable ambiance to perform well academically. This includes an ergonomic study set up with a table, chair, and good lighting. In addition, having a private study space helps your child focus better without distraction and develop the habit of organizing their place from a very young age.
This blog will serve as a guide to help you choose the right study table, so you don’t have to shop with no clue on what to look for.
Why should your child’s room have a study table?
Having a private space inculcates the habit of seeking solitude while trying to focus on study/work. And with a dedicated study table, your child can experience
- Improved concentration
- Better posture
- Longer study time
- Organized study space
- Positive association with study and work
7 tips to make your study table purchase easy and worthwhile
1. Size of your room/space
Make a mental calculation of the space available in your child’s room or the shared room for a study table. Is it small, spacious, or a shared space? Next, determine where the table will sit in the room– corner, against the wall, between the two beds, under a bunk bed, etc. This will give you a good idea of the table size to buy.
2. Audit the existing furniture and the room’s decor
There are plenty of options when it comes to the material to choose from. But auditing your existing furniture will help you arrive at a synchronous piece for a table. For example, if you already have a wooden cot and a chest of drawers in dark walnut, a table in the same finish will be your priority. So, always check the existing furniture and the room’s decor before you go furniture shopping. Most of all, it should meet your needs and suit your taste.
3. Size of the table
There’s no one size fits all. The size of your table purely depends on your preference. You may choose a more extended, broader table if your room allows it. If you must put it in the corner, a compact table is your best fit. But as a general thumb rule, your child should be in a comfortable seated position while still being able to reach the table to do their work. An “L” shaped table will serve you best if you need space for a desktop. If you’re looking for a more ergonomic table, you can opt for height adjustable table, especially for older kids. This gives much freedom and scope for movement eliminating stiff necks, swollen legs, backaches, etc.
The type of material you want for a study table is purely a personal choice and could influence the amount you spend on it. Your usage, how often you’re likely to move around your furniture and even moving places should be considered before you decide on the material. However, a wooden study table is a classic choice for most, with a few opting for a steel/metal, plastic, or glass table.
As your child grows, the number of books, stationery, and other belongings will surely rise. So, look for a study table with storage space so you don’t have to invest in another piece of furniture or a book rack. Also, when what your child needs is within reach, there’s less distraction and getting up from the table. Basic drawers are great for stationery and books in use. And cabinet drawers are perfect for storing books and other belongings.
Study tables come in all sizes and prices. Having a rough budget in mind helps make the decision quickly and confidently. While high-quality wooden tables will be expensive, they’re the best for their durability and functionality. Not to worry, there’s always scope for choosing a table in your budget when you opt for other materials like metal, aluminum, steel, re-engineered wood, and even plastic (PVC, Polypropylene, and polymer plastics).
Always ensure there’s a warranty on your furniture because they’re often an expensive purchase. This can save you from a lot of headaches should something go wrong. The contract generally covers manufacturing defects, and the seller can help fix minor issues that crop up after the purchase.
Best Study Desks For Kids' Rooms
1. Strongman Classic Desk with Storage
Made with premium engineered wood, this class desk has a built-in storage space for large files and a drawer for small stationery.
- Clean and modern dual-tone design
- Suitable for study and work
- Ample storage space for all belongings and shelf space for a bag or miscellaneous stuff.
- Good leg space to stretch and house a footrest.
- Easy assembly.
Price: INR 11,300
2. Luka Study Desk with Movable Storage - Oxford Cherry
Integrated with a pin-up and dry-erase board, this table has all you need for a compact study/workspace. The movable storage cabinet is stylish and functional and lets you park in the space of your choice. The pin-up board is great for reminders and quotes, and the dry-erase whiteboard is a brilliant space to pen down ideas that pop.
- Unique design
- Pin-up board
- Writing board
- Sturdy table
- Ample storage
- Movable storage
- Spacious legroom
Price: INR 14,900
3. Picardo Pro Wall Mount Table
Got limited space? This foldable Oxford Cherry color table can be yours for its compact and equally functional design. You can lift to the wall once you’re done to save space, be it in the bedroom, study room, or balcony.
- Saves space
- Foldable elegant study/laptop/bedside table
- Strong and sturdy
- Easy to clean.
Price: INR 4,700
4. THO Manual Sit and Stand Desk- N04-Black
This Manual Sit and Stand desk is an ergonomic and budget-friendly option if you have slightly older kids or want to use them for your home office. The eco-friendly surface of the board is sturdy and can accommodate a desktop while also operating as a study table. With a simple tool kit, the height can be easily adjusted too.
- Eco-friendly particle board
- Adjustable height
- Detachable crank for easy uninstallation
- Leveling feet to adapt to most uneven floors or surface
- Easy assembly
Price: INR 25,900
If you’re looking to design a study table from scratch according to your taste, then you have the flexibility to work around the available space, the aesthetics of the room, and the level of convenience you’re seeking. But, of course, it comes with a much heavier price tag. Nevertheless, study tables are a must investment for school-going children. And they’re worth it since the table will likely be used for at least a decade.
The ideal height of a table is 26-30 inches. But it solely depends on how your child finds the table. So ensure you shop for furniture with your child, so they can sit at the table, check the height and feel comfortable before you make that purchase. Also, don’t miss picking an ergonomic chair with the study table. Your child will be much more comfortable, maintain a good posture, and have undistracted study time.
Spending on a good study table is a good investment in your child’s future. We hope you’ll make the right choice with the tips discussed in this blog.