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The Best Art And Activity Tables Sets for Kids

Kids have all sorts of crazy ideas and are into a ton of different activities. It’s important to harvest their creativity and to provide them with a suitable environment where they can properly express their ideas, whether they’re drawing, coloring, doing puzzles or whatever else they’re into. A kids’ art table thus becomes a must from a very young age.

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A cute little table also needs cute little chairs to go with it and usually these pieces come as a set. In many ways this is basically a scaled down version of a regular dining table or a desk.

Choosing any piece of furniture meant to be used by kids is challenging and tricky because there are a lot of aspects to consider and you can’t test everything yourself. For an activity table for example there are probably more options that you imagine. Here are some of the key elements to focus on when making a decision:

The type of table

In order to choose a suitable type of activity table for the kids you should have a clear idea of how this will be used. If you want a table that they can use for doing homework, learning and various other educational activities, it would make sense to consider a whiteboard table or a table with a chalkboard.

On the other hand, if the table is meant to be used for drawing, painting and other arts and crafts, what would really help in this case is plenty of storage. Look for a table with drawers, shelves and modules where all the crafting supplies can be stored and organized.

If you want something versatile that can be used for a variety of different activities, a simple design would be best. A table with a simple top and no elements or features dedicated to any particular task is the way to go.

The shape

As you know, tables come in all sorts of shapes and activity tables are no different. The most common ones are rectangular, square or round. These tables are versatile and easy to incorporate into a variety of different spaces and layouts. Round tables are best if the kids are doing a lot of group activities because they get to share the space more easily.

There are also other less common shapes for an activity table which you might already be familiar with. Kidney or horsehoe-shaped tables are usually great for younger kids because it gives them a bigger area to work with and surrounds them with workspace. This makes it easier for the kids to concentrate at the task at hand and is also a bit more safe and secure since it gives them less space to fidget in.

Other shapes like octagons for example are better for groups of kids because it gives them each a section to use. This is also similar to a round table which encourages collaborations and sharing in general.

The size

The size of the activity table usually has to do with the number of kids that will be using it as well as their age. Two kids could comfortable share a 18’’x 48’’ or 20’’x 24’’ table and for bigger groups you can scale this up. Small square tables can be placed side by side and combined to accommodate groups of kids more easily.

The height of the activity table is particularly important. The table should allow the kids to sit comfortably and to use it without having to bend down or to stretch. As such, you need to either choose a size suitable for their age or to opt for a height-adjustable table. The height of the table is also closely linked to that of that chair. The ideal chair is one that allows the child’s feet to fit flat on the floor and their knees to be bent at a 90 degree angle. The table top should be around 8’’ higher than the chair seat.

The material

For an activity, the best materials are the ones that are easy to clean, durable and safe at the same time. In that sense, consider plastic and laminate tables. Of course, this decision also has to be based on other details such as the way in which the table is used, the age of the kids and so on.

For example, if you want something super sturdy which can be used for crafting, a table that can last for years to come, one made of metal might be a good choice. These are usually versatile, sturdy and allow height-adjustable features to be included more easily.

Another common material is wood. It’s a nice choice for a table that looks a bit more old-school or traditional. Wood can be stained or painted for added customization. However, it’s not great around moisture. Wood is not an ideal material for activity tables used for painting and crafts that involve messy supplies in general.

Safety tips

Safety is particularly important for anything that comes into contact with kids. In the case of an activity table or furniture in general, there are a few things to consider. For example, the table should not have sharp or pointy edges that the kids can get hurt on. Also, the material from which it’s made should be friendly one. In the case of wood splinters are a hazard so make sure the wood is sanded and properly sealed.

Activity tables meant for toddler and young kids should have very sturdy bases. The kids might pull onto the table to prop themselves so the legs should be thick and short so the table doesn’t tall on them as they do so. In that regard, the table shouldn’t be heavy either.

As mentioned before, unsanded wood really isn’t the best because it can have splinters. Sharp edges are bad for any kind of table, especially one made of metal and pointy corners are not fun in any situation.

You might also want to pay attention to the type of paint used on the table. Those are water-based or that use harmless solvents are preferred in the vicinity of kids.

If the table has drawers or doors, pay attention to the hardware like the hinges or the closing mechanisms. Ideally, the drawers should have soft-close runners to prevent the kids from accidentally trapping their fingers and getting hurt while using them.

Keep an eye out for any wires or other features that the activity table might have. If there’s built-in lighting or sockets for example, it might be best to remove these or to hide/ protect them if little kids are around.

Design and aesthetic

Of course, an activity table for kids should also look nice and fun so they actually want to use it. To make that happen, there are a few strategies that you can follow. For example, you could choose a theme, perhaps one that suits the room that you plan to put the table in.

Pick a color palette that’s fun and interesting. Kids love color so look for designs that stand out. You could go with a set of complementary colors, a single bold nuance or a combination of several hues. The design should be fun without being obnoxious or too over the top.

Best 14 Art And Activity Tables Sets for Kids

Different types of art tables come with different types of features and all sorts of designs and accessories. Finding the one that’s best for your kid is not easy and the fact that there are so many different products to choose from doesn’t really make it any easier. Luckily, we did some of the hard work in advance and we came up with a list of our 15 favorite products. Check them out below.

Alex Artist Studio Super Art Table with Paper Roll

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The Alex Toys artist table has a really cool feature: a paper roll. It doesn’t sound very interesting when we say it like that but it’s actually super fun and really great for kids. The table itself has a sturdy wood construction and has built-in plastic cups and a canvas for storing and organizing art supplies.

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Super Art Table with Paper Roll
Super Art Table with Paper Roll

Recommended for children 6 years of age and older

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Art Easel for Kids Art Table with Storage

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This Top Bright table is also very cool but in a different way. It’s made of high-quality, durable wood with eco-friendly water-based paint and its top is actually a double-sided surface with a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other. It can be used in two different ways, either as a regular table or table easel, allowing kids to either be seated or standing when they’re drawing.

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Art Easel for Kids Art Table with Storage
Art Easel for Kids Art Table with Storage

The height of the art table easel for kids can be adjusted between 40.5 inches and 45.5 inches, can be used from 2 to 12 years old.

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Step2 Great Creations Art Center Art Desk Easel

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Similarly, the Step2 Great Creations also includes both a whiteboard and a chalkboard. The design however is less simple and more…colorful. It’s meant to appeal to kids and to be practical at the same time. The boards can rotate 360 degrees and the frame has a little hook on the side plus there’s plenty more built-in storage all around for things like coloring books, notepads, crayons, painting supplies and more. There’s also a molded-in bench.

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Step2 Great Creations Art Center Art Desk Easel
Step2 Great Creations Art Center Art Desk Easel

Large storage compartments for coloring books, Notepads, painting supplies and more

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Children Desk and Chair Set Kids Study School Adjustable

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The FDW children’s desk has a certain professional look and offers some nice features such as the adjustable height for both the desk and the chair. This way kids can sit properly when they draw plus the desk will actually grow with them. It’s made of high quality MDF board and the frame is made of solid steel. This makes the set very durable, stable and able to withstand wear and tear and to last for a long time. The design is attractive as well as ergonomic. The chair has ventilation grooves for good airflow while sitting and there’s built-in storage for books, papers, pens and everything else.

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Children Desk and Chair Set Kids Study School Adjustable
Children Desk and Chair Set Kids Study School Adjustable

This student desk will grow with him for years.

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Melissa & Doug Child’s Lift-Top Desk & Chair

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If you want something simple and chic, this set should be just right. It includes a solid wood desk and chair both with a white finish. They’re strong and durable and they look really cute even though they’re super simple. The desk has a safety hinged lid which can be lifted to reveal a storage space for things like books, pens and art supplies. It’s the perfect kids’ art table for a contemporary and minimalist home.

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Melissa & Doug Child’s Lift-Top Desk & Chair
Melissa & Doug Child’s Lift-Top Desk & Chair

The durable construction of this child’s desk and chair set allows it to hold up to 150 pounds.

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UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set

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The Utex 2-in-1 set includes a table and two chairs perfect for toddlers of ages 3 and up. The table has a surface made out of double-sided playboard which allows it to be easily converted from a playtime table into a little desk with a smooth surface more suitable for writing and drawing.

Multi Activity Table
UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set
UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table and 2 Chairs Set

The table dimensions are 25.6"L x 25.6"W x 21"H and the chair measures 11"W x 11.8"D x 21"H. 

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Costzon Kids Art Easel

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This is the Costzon kids art easel. It features a sturdy MDF frame and a simple and practical design. The drawing board features a replaceable paper roll above it for easy access. The storage section positioned to the right of the board includes several small nooks/ shelves which allow kids to store all their art supplies close at hand and they’re also great for displaying some of their favorite artwork. 

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Costzon Kids Art Easel
Costzon Kids Art Easel

The paper roll is 16.4 feet long. 

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Costzon Kids Table and 2 Chair Set

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This children’s activity set is composed of a small table and two little chairs with matching designs. The table has a square top with rounded edges and four conveniently-placed storage bins underneath it. It measures 27″ × 27″ × 20″ and the chair dimensions are 13″ × 13″ × 20″. The storage boxes are detachable and useful for storing and organizing art supplies. The set is made of durable and non-toxic PP material, it’s waterproof and stain resistant as well as lightweight. 

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Costzon Kids Table and 2 Chair Set
Costzon Kids Table and 2 Chair Set

There are four storage boxes under the tabletop.

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BABY JOY Kids Wood Table and 2 Chair Set

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The Baby Joy set is adorable and really cute with its pink and lilac surfaces and those little heart cut-outs. It includes a table and two small chairs and is made of pine wood and MDF. The pieces are sturdy and durable and have really clean and chic designs which makes them appealing to both kids and parents. The table features two built=in drawers for toys, art supplies, books and other such things.

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BABY JOY Kids Wood Table and 2 Chair Set
BABY JOY Kids Wood Table and 2 Chair Set

There's also a paper roll attached to one side where it's easy to reach and to replace.

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Crayola Wooden Table And Chair Set

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The Crayola set is obviously made for drawing. It includes a table with a square top and rounded edges which features two generously-sized storage compartments on the sides. There are also two chairs of different colors with high backrests that look like crayons. The tabletop also features handy storage pockets in all four corners which are perfect for organizing all the crayons, pens and other art supplies.

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Crayola Wooden Table And Chair Set
Crayola Wooden Table And Chair Set

The set comes with 2 fabric storages and 4 fabric pen holders to store kids' stuff and supplies.

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Step2 3Piece Farmhouse Table & Bench Set

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This cute set is designed to reflect a farmhouse style with a rustic vibe but with a clear modern flair. The table is rectangular and has a footboard at the bottom. It’s complemented by two little benches which can sit two kids each. The colors are neutral, in tone with the overall style of the set. It’s a really cool combo for the playroom, ideal for groups of four but equally nice for smaller groups or even single kids.

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Step2 3Piece Farmhouse Table & Bench Set
Step2 3Piece Farmhouse Table & Bench Set

From pretend meals to painting or coloring, little ones can do it all with on-trend rustic farmhouse style.

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Child Student School Desk Height Adjustable

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The Mecor desk and chair set is designed to promote good posture for kids, featuring a tiltable desktop which provides a better angle as they draw or write on it. The desk and the chair both have adjustable heights which again is great for posture plus it allows kids to keep using the set as they grow up.

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Child Student School Desk Height Adjustable
Child Student School Desk Height Adjustable

To adjust the height just use the rotary knob on the desk and simply lift the chair manually to fix it in place.

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Baby Relax Hunter 3 Piece Kiddy Table and Chair Set

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In case you prefer a simple design without any bright colors, check out the Baby Relax Hunter set. It includes a table and two chairs, all with kid-friendly heights and good proportions in general. they feature a combination of grey and white finishes and are also available in all-white.

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Baby Relax Hunter 3 Piece Kiddy Table and Chair Set
Baby Relax Hunter 3 Piece Kiddy Table and Chair Set

The overall dimensions are  25.25 L x 19.12 W x 17.87 H (inches) for the table and respectively 11.25 L x 11.25 W x 19.87 H inches for the chairs. 

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UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table

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This is the same utex 2-in-1 activity set we mentioned before but this time with an elegant and beautiful espresso finish. It’s suitable for kids of ages 3 and up and it includes a table with a square-shaped top and two small chairs which can fit underneath when not used for better space-efficiency.

Multi Activity Table
UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table
UTEX 2-in-1 Kids Multi Activity Table

The dimensions are 25.6"L x 25.6"W x 21"H for the table and respectively 11"W x 11.8"D x 21"H for the two chairs. The surface of the table is double-sided. 

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