From colouring books and playdough to homework and afternoon tea, the little tables and chairs in a kid’s play space see a lot of action.

Being the focal point of any kids’ area, these furniture items have their work cut out for them, providing a place to learn and play while being hard-wearing and hopefully at least a little stylish. Whether you’re looking for a play table and chair set or a kids’ study desk, there are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping around, including:

And then there’s the question of style: are you looking for a classic wooden table and chair set, or would you prefer to go with something fun… maybe even pink? Whatever you’re after, this guide will help you find and choose the perfect kids’ table and chairs for your growing home.

How to Choose the Right Kids’ Table and Chairs

Consider these factors when searching for kids’ tables and chairs.

How it’s Being Used

How is your child going to use their new table and chairs? Will it be mostly for play? Or will it be used as a designated spot for doing homework? Will it accommodate just one child, or several?

Have a think about who will be using the set, and how, before starting your search.

Size and Layout of the Space

Your child or children should be able to move around their table and chairs easily (and without bumping into the wall and leaving scuff marks on the paint!).

Be sure to measure your space to ensure your new set will fit comfortably in the room. If it’s too big, it will be impractical and overcrowded, and if it’s too small, things will get cluttered very quickly.

What Style Suits Best

The style and design of your children’s table and chairs should accommodate your child’s needs as well as your tastes. Consider the age and size of your child, and be sure to have them test out a few options in person to find the right fit.

Furniture can be an opportunity to allow your child to express their personality, so get them involved to ensure you pick a style that works for both of you.

Your Budget

Like with anything, having a budget in mind when shopping for a new kids’ table and chairs will help you stay within your price range. There’s plenty of affordable kids’ furniture available, so you’re sure to find something you love without breaking the bank.

Types of Children’s Tables and Chairs

From play tables to study desks, which type of kids’ table and chairs best suits you?

Play Table and Chair Set

No playroom is complete with a table and chairs to paint, colour, and really focus on that Lego tower! A kids’ activity table and chairs is the perfect addition to your kid’s bedroom or playroom. It encourages creativity while keeping the paint off the carpet!

Whether your little one is a budding artist or you just want a hard surface for the playdough, a kids’ drawing table and chairs is a great solution.

Toddler Table and Chairs

A toddler table and chairs is perfect for younger children, offering a safer alternative to clambering up onto the big-people chairs.

Toddler tables and chairs come in a range of fun colours, adding a playful touch to your home.

Children’s Table and Chair Set with Storage

Because there’s no such thing as too much storage space! A set with storage is the perfect practical solution for all those pencils and craft supplies.

Picture it: a perfectly clear table surface. Yes, it’s possible with a table and chair set with storage.

Study Desk

A kids’ study desk is a must for homework time. Having a kids’ study table and chair set will give your child a designated space to read, write, and study comfortably and without distractions.

Styles of Children’s Tables and Chairs

Consider your taste, your child’s taste, and your existing décor when choosing a style.

Wooden Table and Chairs

Timeless and traditional, wooden kids’ furniture looks beautiful in any home. A wooden set will stand the test of time, remaining stylish for years to come. It can also be customised with different varnish and paint colours for a fresh new look.

White Table and Chairs

White kids’ furniture adds a fresh, breezy look that works with any existing décor. You may want to consider a plastic tablecloth to protect the surface from that paint and crayon, though!

Pink Table and Chairs

If you or your little one wants to make a statement, pink kids’ furniture is sure to bring the wow-factor! Pink children’s furniture is playful and bold, and a kids’ pink table and chairs will be a fun addition to your child’s playroom or bedroom.

Black Table and Chairs

For something a little edgier (and something that hides the Vegemite stains), a black kids’ desk is a unique alternative. Black kids’ furniture brings a touch of style and sophistication to your home.

Blue Table and Chairs

Blue kids’ furniture is a fun way for your little one to express their style. Choose from bold hues and soft pastels for a blue that suits you.

If you’re looking for a study desk for a teenager, we recommend checking out our Buying guide: Desks to ensure you find the perfect fit.