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20 Colorful Kids’ Desks and Chairs

The armchair in August’s room will soon be out of there. Nobody is sitting in it much (we read more in bed), and when I asked him if he would rather keep the chair or have a desk instead, he wanted a desk. Eleanor has one in her room, so of course August wants one too.

His bedroom has unpainted wooden trim, a wooden dresser, a black bookshelves. The bed will be upholstered, and the only other soft surface (the armchair) is being removed. I’ll be repainting and I’ve already added a more colorful rug, and I’m looking to bring in more color with the desk and chair. I found twenty options that can mix and match and when I showed them to August, and he said he wanted red. No, light blue. “No, all of them! Stack them up to the roof!”

A lot of help he is!

20 Colorful Kids' Desks and Chairs | Making it Lovely

With the exception of one desk (#3, which is over by ten dollars), everything here is under $200. Much of it is under $100.

  1. Commune Chair
    Bent plywood in red, green, blue, or black.

  2. Tobias Clear Chair
    This is also available in a clear version, but that lilac is unexpected in a wonderful way.

  3. Safavieh Bentley Writing Desk
    Industrial inspiration plus poppy color.

  4. Janinge Chair
    Comes in white too, but the yellow is much more fun.

  5. Pagoda Blue Evie Molded Dining Chair
    Knock-off Eames shell chairs. There are a million out there, or go for the licensed version in plastic or fiberglass.

  6. Homeroom Metal Desk Chair
    Teal, lime, pink, red, or white. The rolled front edge makes the chair more comfortable for longer periods of time.

  7. Student Desk with Open Front Metal Book Box
    A primary school classic that also comes in blue, but you have to order at least two.

  8. Expound Desk
    That modern trestle base is a fun detail on a well-priced desk. Available in several colors.

  9. Public Chair
    Just adorable. Eight wood and accent color combinations.

  10. Ideal II Chair
    Bent plywood chairs are always a nice go-to.

  11. Lucinda Stacking Chair
    Orange powdercoated iron. Super colorful and sturdy! Also comes in grey.

  12. Domino Desk Chair
    Such a great price for a design like this! Similar styles often go for much more from pricier stores. Choose green, gold, navy, or pink.

  13. Vilmar Melamine Chair
    These are usually bent wood, but the melamine makes this easier to wipe down and keep clean. Comes in several colors and patterns.

  14. Go Cart Mint Rolling Desk
    Similar to the other on this list, but less expensive and in a lovely mint color.

  15. Reidar Outdoor Aluminum Chair
    Metal chairs are wonderfully sturdy and indestructible. Choose from black, white, and yellow.

  16. Pony Peacock Chair
    I didn’t include a lot of fabric choices here on purpose, but I liked this one too much to pass up. Comes in a gray tweed too if you’re looking for something less colorful.

  17. IKEA PS 2014 Secretary Desk
    Toys and display space up top, hide everything else below! The zingy orange and modern design is great, too.

  18. Marais A Side Chair
    16 colors! We have these in our dining room, in gunmetal gray.

  19. Umbra OH! Arm Chair
    You know where the name comes from? You sit down and exclaim “OH!” when you realize how comfy it is.

  20. Red Josephine Desk
    X-bases for the win. Plus a fold-down drawer!

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  • Gloria
    August 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Where was this three weeks ago when I was searching to find a desk/table for my boys room! Love all these bright colors!

  • Alexandra @ My Urban Family
    August 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I may not be a kid, but I love the pops of color these items bring!

    August 12, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    We had one similar to the ikea secretary in Roan’s room and it was constantly stuff with paper clutter. It would just fall out when he opened it. Adorable when closed but not compatible with a kid’s version of cleaning up. At least not my kids :)

  • Anne
    August 13, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I would mix 19 with 20.The chair looks the most comfortable and the desk is the cutest. And both colours match well! Curious to find out what you went with.

  • Riki
    August 13, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I think the longer desks will probably grow with him more than the smaller ones (7, 17). They also allow for more than one kid to work at whatever crazy project they have on the go. The red desk (20) is probably my favourite of the bunch. The x-base is really popular right now but overall I think the shape is fairly timeless and good for a boy.

    Now for the chair, I have no clue how you’re going to choose. They are all adorable.

  • Ahoi
    August 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Color rulez :-) !!!!

  • Andrew
    August 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I the black Eames chairs in fiberglass for my breakfast room. I love them for us but the scale is great for my nieces and nephews too. Very cute for a kid’s room in blue!

  • Antonina
    August 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Great choices!
    I probably would go with 20, 5 or 9.
    I do like modern,but wooden always makes it cozier.

  • Making it Lovely
    August 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    NOOOO! I went to order the red desk (#20) and now it’s sold out!

  • Cindy
    August 18, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Rats Nicole! I hate when that happens! I’ve been looking for a portable small work table/shipping station and #3 or #14 fit the bill perfectly. I better be quick! Thanks for the great finds.

  • Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    August 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Ohmy. Yes, yes. The (great red!) Josephine desk is so perfect. Hopefully, you can back order. If not, try Wayfair Supply. They have an amazing selection of doable desks for everyone. Will be interesting to see what you decide! These decorating classes are fun. You shop for us Nicole!

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