Even some 25-30 years ago the presence of a separate desk for the student symbolized the high status of a particular family. Due to the complexities of living in small apartments, many kids had to do their homework at the kitchen table. Living conditions have improved our days and furniture stores can propose a wide range of kid’s room desks for studies. Plenty of design ideas, various modifications (including the options for children’s rooms) can emphasize the individual style and atmosphere of the room. And the cost of this essential piece of furniture varies in a large range too.
- Determining the size and configuration of the desk
- Choosing the material for the execution of the workplace
If your family has a schoolboy, the organization of a convenient, safe for health, practical, and attractive workplace is becoming one of the most important priorities. The organization of space for the study is perhaps the most important thing in the design of the kid’s room. It has the same importance as the arrangement of a comfortable bed. Certainly, you want your kid to have good posture, be full of energy for long training and preparation of homework, do not fall asleep at his/her desk, and do not perceive his/her workplace as a reference to hard labor. For such reason, you should allow your kid to participate in the selection of furniture for his/her room.
It is obvious that a small table where preschooler was engaged in creative work or just playing some time ago has lost its relevance. The kid could just physically “grow” out of his children’s furniture. In order to organize a convenient place for studying, it is necessary to create the appropriate conditions for the age and growth of the schooler and his/her needs. Each child should have their own place to study and relax. But the play area can be shared by all children.
When You Should Change Kid’s Desk
In the general sale, there are many models of furniture for the organization of working space that can “grow” with the child. Tables and chairs come with stands height regulation (tabletop and seat raised to a suitable height for the child’s). Chairs are also designed with a controllable height of the backrest position. Such a furniture set can be purchased even for a preschooler and eventually only to adjust the position of the younger child at his desk. But any furniture will be perfect as a working segment for a child from the first grade and to graduation. Change of furniture for a teenager is inevitable.
Experts recommend not to organize a workplace for the schoolboy at a computer desk. First, the child can constantly be distracted by the computer and forget the lessons (despite the fact that many homework tasks involve the use of the computer, time spent on the Internet should be limited). Secondly, a computer desk may simply not have enough free space on the countertop for comfortable allocation with books and notebooks. If the space of a kid’s room can’t allow the use of layout where the computer and desk are in different areas, you need to take care of, at least, a fairly spacious desk. This desk should have enough space for art and for its convenient location for classes.
Before you buy a table, you must define a list of the functions that it must perform. Anyway, a kid should have enough space to store his/her stuff. Therefore, the table should contain storage or easy-to-access shelves cabinets. Otherwise, shelving should be around the workplace.
Having defined the functional purpose of the table, it is necessary to deal with the selection of the optimum size. The important criteria are the size of the tabletop, stands’ height, and depth of the space under the table. According to the recommendations of pediatricians, the table must have a sufficiently broad tabletop (not less than 1 meter), a depth of 60 cm, and the space under the table for at least the size of 50×50 cm.
You don’t have to expect extra tidiness from first-graders. So it is better to choose the table from the mid-market category. Don’t try to save on quality. But it is also worthless to acquire the classic table made of solid wood if you are going to punish your kid for every scratch. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the “golden mean.”
Tops of the Desks
Among the materials used for the manufacture of desks. The following can be distinguished:
Particleboard is one of the most popular types of raw materials for furniture execution. Relatively high technological properties and low cost are the main selection criteria for the majority of people. This table is unlikely to be the legacy of the family. But it is able to “hold on” through the whole school life of your child. Due to modern technologies, this material is almost harmless to the environment and humans. This option may be the best in terms of price and quality.
Chipboard is even cheaper, but unfortunately not eco-friendly material for furniture. If the financial situation is pushing you to purchase a table of chipboard, then at least make sure you have a security certificate. If the budget for the purchase of the desk allows, give up the purchase of such products in favor of more environmentally friendly options.
MDF or Medium Density Fibreboard is the most expensive and high-quality American originated raw material for the manufacture of the form of tables (including writing). By its ecological safety, MDF is not inferior to natural wood. But it is much less sensitive to the effects of different hazards such as moisture, direct sunlight, and mechanical friction.
Solid wood – such furniture is expensive, but it would be safest for the environment piece of furniture.
Also, we can find models with a combination of metal frames and wooden worktops. Regarding such models, you must pay attention to the painting of metal parts and execution quality of accessories, as well as elements that were used to connect the parts together. The combination of wood and metal always looks great.
Kinds of Modern Desks
There are various modifications of modern desks – from conventional consoles that attach to the wall before the entire modular systems that include a variety of storage systems. You have a wide choice: angular models with semicircular tops, asymmetric and compact variations. Every parent will find a suitable table for your space, layout, style, design, and the wishes of the kid.
The advent of additional duties does not end the childhood of child-student. That is why it is not necessary to indicate entry into adulthood with the purchase of an optional writing table, where no place for games and fantasies, colorful furnishings, and images of fantastic heroes. Practical, ergonomic, and safe for the health desk can be bright, original, and most importantly. Definitely, your kid should like it. Then lessons (often long) will pass with a good mood and attitude. At the same time, most teenagers don’t like colorful space. They prefer more greyish and pale colors.