8 best kids’ table and chairs sets to encourage learning and creativity during lockdown

From in-built storage solutions to blackboard tabletops, these sets are well worth the investment

Tamara Corin
Tuesday 14 April 2020 17:34
Before buying, consider where in the house you will be placing it and what purpose you want it to have
Before buying, consider where in the house you will be placing it and what purpose you want it to have

Kids' furniture has a reputation for being loud, garish and easily breakable, but designers have upped their game in recent years, creating high quality items that are often miniature versions of your own stylish pieces that enhance an area rather than overwhelm it.

You can’t beat a kids' table and chair set – they are ideal for playing games, doing arts and crafts or as a dedicated place for older children to do their homework.

Most tables are built for three to six-year-olds to enjoy, but younger siblings will no doubt want to join in the fun around the table too.

Before buying your furniture set, consider where in the house you will be placing it and what purpose you want it to have.

Some tables have in-built storage space solutions and blackboard tabletops, which are extra features that are worth investing in.

Whether you prefer contemporary wooden styles or plastic and durable sets that can live both in the playroom or in the garden, they’ll come in handy for years. In fact, you’ll probably wonder how you ever managed without it.

Here, we’ve cherry-picked our favourites with both child and parent in mind.

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Great Little Trading Co baa baa chalkboard toddler table and chairs: From £30.40, Great Little Trading Co

With its blackboard surface, this will bring hours of delight to your toddler’s playtime. Allow your toddler to draw on the surface for an impromptu arts and crafts session or let your toddler use it as a tabletop to play with toys or enjoy mealtimes.

The blackboard surface makes it easy to wipe down, while its simple white painted pine legs makes it an understated feature in your home. You can also mix and match chairs in different colours and designs to complement your child’s personal taste or indeed your own.

This is a solid and durable piece of children’s furniture that is well worth the price. Get even more for your money by subscribing to the brand’s mailing list as it frequently has discounts and special offers.

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JoJo Maman Bebe white play table with storage boxes: £125, JoJo Maman Bebe

There’s never enough space to keep children’s bits and bobs. Whether it’s Lego, paints, dolls or action figures, kid’s toy’s gradually, with each birthday (and more children) start to creep into every corner of your home.

If you’re fed up of tripping over your toys, then this generously sized play table will be your best buy, whatever room you intend to place it in. Doubling up as a play table but also a clever storage solution, both parent and child will be happy. Our only criticism is it doesn’t come with matching chairs.

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Kidkraft mid-century kid toddler table and chairs: £125, Kidkraft

This is great for large families or if you're wanting extra room around the table for your child’s playdates to sit and enjoy their time with their friend. This sturdy and modern set comes with four matching chairs that give you great value for money and allow plenty of children to gather around and play together. We love table's spacious rectangular design and easy-to-clean surface. And if you’re not satisfied, it comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. A worthy investment for growing families.

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Pottery Barn kids my first table and chairs: From £79.20, John Lewis & Partners

This fuss-free table and chair set from the popular American brand Pottery and Barn is beautifully made in solid hardwood, with a smooth bright white finish. The classically styled set resembles a miniature version of an adult dining room table and chairs, with a sophisticated feel. The choice of quality materials and finishes – compared to most kids’ furniture – means that it will last well and can easily be handed down through generations.

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Liberty House children's multi-coloured table and chair set: £30, Amazon

This multi-coloured bold set is fun and lightweight meaning you can schlep it from indoors to outdoors with ease. It's made from a sturdy and hard-wearing thick plastic that serves its purpose whether it’s for arts and crafts indoors or eating alfresco. It’s durable, easy to clean, simple to assemble and comes with two chairs, making it an affordable and practical choice for young children. But, by six-years-old, they’ll definitely outgrow the height of the table and chairs.

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Buschman children's table and chair set: £139, Amazon

This was a big hit with us for its creative and retro design, curved comfy chairs and faultless sturdiness. It's is a must-have if you want a table and chair set that will see you through your children’s growing years without disrupting the aesthetics of your home in the process.

The rounded edges and turned legs are specifically designed to avoid bumps and scrapes, making it a well thought-out design. This is better suited for children aged three to eight-years-old, but if you have younger children, it may be worth considering purchasing the armchair which has more support. It's easier for little bodies to climb on and off from without asking for help.

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In2Wood small children's desk and chair: £426, Cuckooland

This is an undeniably cute piece of furniture that will make your child feel like they are a “real” grown-up. It's a revamp of the old classic school desk with a contemporary twist. With a small recess and pen pot, there is space to hold your child’s bits and bobs, and the storage beneath the desk makes a great hiding place for books and paper. This design is specifically for children aged between two and six, but there is a larger option for older kids too. Plus, we love the fact that you can choose from eight different colourways. Expect some waiting time from order to delivery as this is so special, it’s made to order.

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Oeuf play table and chairs: From £240, Cuckooland

If you take pride in your home and want your children’s furniture to complement your modern and stylish decor, then this is a great choice. Made from birch plywood and high pressure laminate, this sturdy and durable table is completely scratch resistant. The Scandi-style finish adds to its appeal plus it’s super easy to assemble, which is always a bonus for parents.

It's designed to be paired with adorable animal chairs (available separately in rabbit or bear designs), but be warned, this will significantly rank up your bill as they cost £240 for a pair. Aesthetically the set is a winner, but we struggled to justify the price point.

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The verdict: Kids' table and chairs

Top marks go to The Great Little Trading Company baabaa toddle table and chairs for their functional yet playful design that will give your child their own space to get creative. If you’re looking for a storage solution and space-saver, then the JoJo Maman Bebe play table with storage boxes will encourage kids to clean up after themselves (we can live in hope) and its good quality build makes it a firm favourite with parents.

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