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Children's Table Options

One of the first things I got for Henry when I first learning about Montessori and child-led learning was his own work table. It was the first child-sized furniture we bought and it was a big step toward independence for him and us! At the time we went with the LATT set from IKEA. It was a great introductory piece and fit our needs really well. 

Fast forward almost six years. This past week I was sitting at the table working with Nora and leaned on the surface with my elbows. Next thing I knew, my elbow was through the top of the table. Yikes! I think the surface got wet and not cleaned and it's old. So, long story short, our work table ended up with a giant hole. Now I'm on the hunt for a new table. It was getting to be time to upgrade anyway. Our table in our art area is also starting to get too small for the kids too. 

Here are a few things I am considering, in case you are also on the hunt for a kid's table. 

Wooden children's table options

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Option 1: Taller chairs, but small working surface | Option 2: American made, like the design, but still seems small 

Option 3: Like the design, but chairs seem pretty reclined, still small | Option 4: Lots of working space, may be too tall, wouldn't accommodate both kids | Option 5: Solid table, good size, but expensive without chairs 

Option 6: Good size table, but I have mixed feelings about the round | Option 7: Decent size, but only 1 could work at, colors kind of loud | Option 8: Only one could work at, sides limit size of work but adjustable height nice, little expensive for IKEA with bench 

I'm not sure what I'm going to end up with, but I want something with a solid surface top that ideally two kids could work at together. But, I also want it to be pretty and not cost and arm and a leg. 

Do you have a children's table you love? Any recommendations? I would love to hear them! 


kategriss said…
I bought the IKEA one when we moved (my son was 4 and 1/2). I really love the space he has and I can put up to 2 TROFAST storage boxes (or 4 small ones).
Allison said…
We found the white Sundvik table and chairs from IKEA were worth the slightly higher price. They're solid wood and the paintes surface scrubbed clean from any art or food.
Alex Watts said…
I have what I believe is Option 1 (Melissa and Doug). I don't think it was worth the price (has to be tightened often and top coat is peeling) and the seats of the chair are quite high for my 15 mo. Plus the table is much too small for two kids. I'm in Canada so it cost $150 :(. Happy hunting! Interested to see what works best.

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