A small wooden desk is a common sight in homes across the country. A desk and chair is an important addition in a child’s bedroom, play space or anywhere in the home. But, how do you create a bespoke children's desk that will last the test of time? And can you really find one that goes with your other industrial reclaimed furniture?
You will have heard about ergonomics. Ergonomic design is about creating a space that flows and one that fits with those people that are using it.
Creating and choosing a bespoke children's desk for your child is no different. In fact, in terms of ergonomics, it is vitally important you get it right for a child’s desk. Your child will grow, meaning that the desk that ‘fitted’ them perfectly last year could be too small for them now.
Children like to be involved in exciting projects, especially one that benefits them! A bespoke design for a child’s desk should be stylish and versatile, such as a reclaimed wood desk or one with a contemporary design.
Colour is important in your child’s development, so choosing the right colour is essential. Red for example, is associated with passion and strong feeling with yellow being the sunshine colour, and is ideal for use in a study space.
Green helps children to relax, and pink is known to lower heart rate. Purple is a popular, attention-grabbing colour, and orange has been known to enhance critical thinking skills.
Choose the colour of the study space, children's desk and chair so that it enhances your child’s study experience.
The Correct Size
We have referred to ergonomics, the science that impacts on the flow of work in a space but size is everything.
When the desk and chair is the right size, it is comfortable to sit at. When a child is focussing on a creative or developmental task, having to constantly change position to get comfortable will intrude across their study and work.
Our team can help you determine the right height for your children's desk, and match it with the right height chair too from our Oldman desk range.
Function, Function, Function
Remember, this is not an office desk, where the child will be shuffling paper and stapling - it is a platform on which they will create and study, play as well as work.
Storage is key in any children's desk. Storage solutions need to be instantly accessible – too much effort means important things don’t get put away.
Accessible, simple storage solutions also help children to learn about keeping work areas tidy, essential if you want to innovate and create at a desk. An industrial reclaimed desk could have in-built cubed shelving and pen pots, for example.
Other Practical Considerations for children's desks
- Material – desk material needs to be robust and sturdy, and easy to keep clean. There are many materials that offer these qualities, as well as being uber-stylish, important for any child’s bedroom or teenage study space. Steel and wood desk designs go with almost any décor.
- Position – a child’s desk should be bathed in light, therefore positioning it near or close to a window is a great position. If natural light is in short supply, focussed light, not too bright as to make the desk area ‘startling’ is a welcome addition.
There are many styles of children's desk, from contemporary to the industrial furniture look. It is important to get the right desk that fits your child, as well as looking great in your home.