Students tend to bring their work home. But did you know that truly effective learning experience in a formal learning institution starts at home? That’s why it’s important to invest in the right tools.
Studies show that productivity starts with a well-balanced and engaging workstation. If a child (or any learner for that matter) feels like their workstation is too cluttered or too unengaging, studying is likely the last thing they’ll do.
Because let’s face it. Even as working adults, we face workplace depression. Why wouldn’t students suffer the same fate?
That’s why I’ve compiled 11 of the best study tables in this article. We’ll also be discussing how you can choose the top study table and chair that fits you or your student/s like a glove.
- 1. Tribesigns Simple Computer Desk Modern Style #1 Best Overall
- 2. Dakota
- 3. Coavas Computer Study Desk
- 4. Prepac Space-Saving Model
- 5. Convenience Concepts
- 6. Mainstays Student Desk
- 7. Yaheetech
- 8. SD Studio Designs
- 9. Lifetime 4428
- 10. ApexDesk Elite Series
- 11. KidKraft
Best Study Table Models (Updated for 2020)
There are over hundreds of thousands of study tables in the market claiming to be the top-rated study table in the world or the top study table and chair for students or claiming that they have the top study desk design. And I’ll be honest, and I haven’t come close to trying all of them.
I even went as far as buying a used study desk and chair because I couldn’t find the same model elsewhere, and I’ve even tried some of the best IKEA study desk models.
Despite my top choice, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no single best study table on the market. Each desk opened my eyes to the reality that certain desks would be better for different types of users.
So that’s what we’re going to take a look at today. Take a peek at eleven of the top study tables in the industry today.
1. Tribesigns Modern Simple Style Computer Desk – #1 Best Study Desk
This simple desk boasts a modern contemporary style that doesn’t clutter any room you place it in. What’s more, is that it’s very spacious and durable, so you don’t have to worry about the days when you feel like flipping over your table out of frustration.
Here’s why it’s the best:
Extreme Durability – surprisingly, this desk can handle up to 900 lbs. That’s roughly 900 paperback books on your desk if you can fit it. This also means your desk is unlikely to cave from your massive workload, no matter how out of hand it gets.
Great Comfort – this study desk is designed, so you have plenty of leg space to move around in. This also means you can choose to purchase the separate mobile shelf that Tribedesigns sells for an extra compartment under your desk without significantly minimizing the area you have. The top is also generously spacious. You can fit a desktop, monitor or laptop, printing, writing supplies, study space, and other home or office supplies.
Fits Like a Glove – this desk is designed with minimal space in mind. That said, it doesn’t discredit the need for study desks that provide a lot of legroom for taller users. The desk features an optimized simple and stylish design that allows you to place it in a small space without inhibiting your access to the desk and its facilities.
Summary: This desk is at the top of my list because of how practical it is. Its no nonsense design allows you to maximize the way you can use it. It’s also compatible with an under-desk printer stand and file cabinet that will give you more space without taking up more floor space. It is ideal for taller users because of the spacious leg room and is ideal for dynamic users because of the spacious desk.
2. Dakota – Best L-Shaped Table for Study with Bookshelves
This L-shaped table is perfect for maximizing your space. It features a dark espresso finish which makes it look elegant. This desk is also ideal if you like to keep multiple books or files close by for referencing.
Take a look at its most prominent features:
Space-Efficient – although quite large, this desk maximizes your corner space. If you have a corner, you can empty out, and this desk with durable wood is ideal for you. Its L-shape gives you more area for your things and allows you to multi-task. This type of desk is best paired with a swivel chair so you can switch from one side to the other with ease.
Fitted Attachments – this desk maximizes your convenience and values organization. It’s perfect for individuals who are often surrounded by the source material and electronic hardware. Two grommets fitted neatly into the desk allow you to keep any wires organized while the built-in bookshelf allows you to easily store books and binders nearby for easy access.
Summary: This desk is ideal if you need a lot of storage space without actual room space to fit everything in. It comes with handy grommets that allow you to organize your cables easily and a bookshelf that’s always close by so you don’t have to stand up constantly just to get your things. One of the things that did bother me about this desk is that the edges are very sharp. You will need to do some baby-proofing and spend a bit of time assembling it. That said, it’s a great desk for anyone.
3. Writing Computer Study Desk by Coavas – Best Budget
There is no shame in looking for a desk that fits into your budget. In fact, that’s something you should practice in everything you do. Stick to your budget.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the best desk for you because you stuck to a strict financial plan.
This Coavas computer desk is the best budget-friendly option in my opinion and here’s why:
Quick Installation – unlike other desks, you don’t need to assemble this one. It’s very simple to install, all you need to do is unfold the powder-coated steel frame, snap on the desktop, and you’re good to go. That said, if you don’t keep anything on it like a personal computer or other things, it’s fairly easy to fold it up and leave it in a corner until you need it again.
Multi-functional – because of how simple it is to fold and install this table, it’s great if you’re constantly on the go. You can bring it to picnics or anywhere you want. It’s easily versatile and has a lot of computer desk space you can use for anything. That said, if you’re using this strictly for studying, it has a very generous leg area that fits taller users easily.
Summary: This desk is ideal for anyone who is looking for a portable and versatile table. You’ll love the minimalist design with plenty of leg room and space for additional compartments below the table top. That said, it isn’t able to carry very heavy loads and customer service is very unreliable.
4. Prepac Space-Saving Model – Top Floating Desk with Storage for Small Rooms
If you’re worried about floor space, a floating desk is your best bet. And I have to say, and you can’t go wrong with the original. This model ideal because it is space-saving.
The Prepac floating space-saving desk boasts a timeless design and superior functionality.
You’ll love the signature rail hanging system that makes installation a breeze and the following features as well:
Very Sturdy – this desk can carry a load of up to 100 lbs. Each built-in shelf can carry 5 lbs of objects, while the top shelf can carry 20 lbs, and the middle desk can carry 50 lbs. If installed properly, you shouldn’t have any worries. This space-saving desk for small rooms can handle anything you put on it.
Multiple Compartments – the side compartments allow you to store smaller items, or you can also remove the side shelves to install a speaker system. There is also an additional “hidden” compartment that allows you to organize your wires better.
Summary: This hanging desk for small rooms is ideal if you want to save on as much floor area as possible. It features a unique wall-mounting system that allows you to mount it easier compared to other hanging space-saving desks. That said, it is slightly unstable because the bar that you mount it on only exists horizontally in the middle of the desk.
5. Convenience Concepts – For Medical Students
This desk is supported by two tier bookshelves on each side. This makes it ideal for medical students who need to have plenty of source material close by at all times.
Here’s why I like it:
Easy to Assemble – this desk requires no tools to assemble. So it’s basically unpacked and go. This gives you more time to arrange your desk and study and will fit nicely in apartments and dorm rooms where you don’t have plenty of area and resources to assemble a complex desk.
Multiple Compartments – this desk comes with your tier bookshelves and a spacious top desk. This allows you to keep your things organized and close by so there are little to no distractions while you try to cram for that upcoming test you’ve procrastinated on.
Summary: This product is ideal for any student who doesn’t have much time or area to spend assembling a desk. You’ll find that this product is quite worth its price and comes with multiple compartments to store source material and your things in. You’ll enjoy the spacious contemporary design and 11 color choices that allow you to tailor it to your needs.
6. Mainstays Student Desk – For Teenager
Teens are some of the most creatively frustrated age groups in any generation. They’re also the most prone to academic depression.
That’s why it’s important to set the right environment for them that encourages them to learn and do what they love the most.
This model by Mainstays comes in multiple color options, and you could even purchase it with a chair of your choosing.
Here’s why you should get it:
Accessory Drawer – teenagers are very adamant about their privacy. It’s important to make sure you cater to their needs as well as you can. It’s also a great place to keep other valuables close by. It’s very simply to operate and glides smoothly as you open and close it.
Adjustable Shelf – this desk comes with two kinds of shelves. One that is stationary and one that is adjustable. You can use both shelves to fit a variety of essentials such as books, electronics, and binders for schoolwork.
Summary: This model is ideal for users who do not need too much desk space. It can comfortably fit a personal computer and its components. However, it will not have much room for studying. So it will have to be one or the other.
7. Yaheetech – Good For Graduate Students
This premium writing desk can hold most of your graduate work close by with no problem. It features four shelves that allow you to store books, binders, and other essentials.
The hany bookshelf is connected to the sleek and spacious desk space that’s ideal for holding a personal computer and working on other things.
Here’s why you should buy it:
Easy Access – this model allows you uninhibited access to your source material without compromising their safety. The shelves are protected with guard rails that prevent objects from falling. You’ll enjoy the sleek contemporary design of this desk with a powder-coated steel frame and its shelves purely because it feels more spacious without the inhibiting walls.
Quick and Customizable Assembly – this model comes with a fully illustrated instruction manual that walks you through the whole process of assembly. Additionally, you also have the choice of installing the shelves on the left or the right side of your desk, so it’s basically ambidextrous.
Summary: This model but is more than just a study desk. It can fit all of your essentials and more. It’s incredibly versatile so you can use it for reading, writing, surfing the web, printing or finishing a project. It requires assembly. However, it comes with a beautiful fully illustrated manual that makes it easily to follow. Also this model looks like Tangkula.
8. SD STUDIO DESIGNS – Excellent For Architecture Students
Architecture students need a more dynamic working space and one that is quite spacious to effectively put their vision onto paper.
This drawing table is optimized, so it tilts at the right angle to allow its users to spend hours upon hours pouring their hearts into their craft without risking back pain.
Here’s why it’s right for you:
Multiple Storage Space – this model comes with a side shelf and multiple large drawers that allow you to keep your drawing essentials close. It’s also too easily to get unorganized whenever you’re drawing or crafting for extended periods, which is what makes the added drawers a better option compared to the usual shelving units.
Tilting Table Top – the tabletop tilts up to 40 degrees to allow you better access and more ergonomic positioning when drawing. It’s too easily to switch between a flat and tilted tabletop, so it’s ideal for drawing and crafting projects alike.
Summary: This model is available on Amazon for under $80 used. You’ll enjoy the contemporary and minimalistic design on this desk coupled with the spacious and generous storage drawers and side shelf.
9. Lifetime 4428 – Good Folding Study Table for Camping
If you’re someone who likes to bring your work with you wherever you go, or perhaps you study nature and its beauty, this portable desk with MDF board and iron tube is ideal for the outdoors. It’s easy to bring along anywhere you like, and it doesn’t take up much space.
Here’s what caught my eye:
Versatility – it is not only ideal for studying but a host of other activities. You can use it for dining, preparing food, or laying our source material to document your experience while observing nature.
Adjustable Height – this model allows you to adjust its height to three settings: 24 inches, 29 inches and 36 inches. This makes it ideal for users of all heights. Additionally, this also makes it ideal for a host of uses.
Summary: It is ideal if you’re frequently on the go and need a portable desk to carry along with you. That said, the adjustable height and low maintenance nature of this table makes it all the more convenient. You’ll enjoy the fact that its highly versatile so you can use it for a multitude of activities. However, it isn’t very stable unless set on leveled concrete.
10. ApexDesk Elite Series – For High School Students
It is the best desk for students in highschool who constantly need to stay mobile. It easily and smoothly adjusts to your desired height which allows you to either sit or stand (or interchange) as you work.
Here’s why I recommend it:
Motorized Adjustment – this product for students allows you to raise or lower its height to fit your needs. This is ideal for various user heights and for standing. It is recommended that you stand for at least half of each hour if you sit for extended periods. This product makes that possible.
Scratch-Resistant Top – the high-quality laminate on the top desk makes it low-maintenance. You don’t have to worry about accidentally scratching its surface because it’s well protected.
Summary: This standing desk is ideal for combatting productivity issues and back pain. You’ll enjoy how easy it is to operate and adjust to your desired height.
11. KidKraft – Good for Kids
This study table is best for toddlers and younger children. It features multiple storage drawers for storing educational and creative supplies and encouraging your child to be more organized.
Here are its best features:
Fitted Bulletin Board – the built-in cork board is ideal for hanging artwork, schedules, or anything that can motivate your child to learn and stay productive. It’s also a great place to display their art projects to keep them motivated.
Multiple Compartments – the top desk features file organizers that can also function as a bookshelf and can store journals and other papers for educational activities. It also comes with three drawers, one that can store pencils and coloring materials and other flat papers and two deep drawers that can store more bulky items.
Summary: This product is ideal for teaching your child independence. It also facilitates a motivational environment that allows kids to study and release their creativity more effectively. There are multiple storage compartments that allow you and your child to stay organized.
Models not included in this review:
- TANGKULA Computer Desk Modern Style Writing Study Table Office Desk
Do You Need a Studying Table?
Your brain is wired so extravagantly that you might not know how every action you take is affecting certain regions of your thoughts.
For example, you might think to be more comfortable and sitting or laying on your bed while studying is very productive. Unfortunately, that is false.
- When you’re on your bed, not only does it trigger your brain into thinking you’re comfortable, but it will also tell your brain that it’s time to rest. Beds have always been associated with resting or sleeping even from a young age.
That’s why chairs and tables at school are usually uncomfortable to a certain degree. It’s to prevent you from feeling too comfortable and not retaining information properly.
Of course, this is different for every student. Some students tend to do better in a more laid-back and comfortable setting. That said, studying on a desk is still more physically rewarding compared to studying on your bed.
- Sitting in an ideal upright position is better for your back.
- Maintaining an upright position allows your blood circulation to be more consistent and ideal. This has many neurological and physical benefits, which ultimately allow you to be more productive and retain more information.
Note: According to Vastu beliefs, the best place to keep study desks is in a northeast study room. You should also face northeast or if that isn’t available, North or East facing positions work just as well.
What to Look for When Buying Tables for Studying?
When buying furniture of any kind, it’s important to consider the space you want to put it in. Obviously, if you have a bit of a smaller area, you will have to consider a smaller or more compact study desk.
You might be frustrated that your Google search for “what size desk for home office” yields no results.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that the right size is subjective to each user.
Here are the things you should think of when you’re trying to decide what size of a study table you need:
- What do you need to put on the desk? Make sure you have enough room for your essentials and plenty of room to work on it.
- What is the size of your room? Make sure your desk fits comfortably into your room without making it difficult to move around. If your room is too cluttered, it adversely affects your productivity.
Ideally, you should be able to put your reference materials on your study table comfortably and have room for a lamp, computer, and all your other studying essentials for a complete desk.
- If you’re placing your study desk in your bedroom, make sure there’s enough room to place a chair in between your desk and your bed.
Aside from the size of your desk, you should consider its overall design. Make sure it is comfortable and fully functional for your needs. Here are the most important aspects of an ergonomically designed desk:
- Height – consider the height of the desk you’re using. Ideally, the overall height should be around 26 to 30 inches. Having said that, the ideal height will vary from user to user. Generally, it should be tall enough that you don’t need to hunch over, and it shouldn’t be so tall that it comes up to your chest.
- Adjustability – if you’re hard-pressed to find a study desk that has just the right height, you’d do well with an adjustable computer desk. Some desks feature a motor that allows you to adjust the height to fit your needs specifically.
- Attachments – does the computer desk you’re looking for cater to your specific needs? You may not need the study table with a wardrobe, but if you need a lot of references, you might need the study desk with bookshelf.
- This also means you should consider if your desk can work as a coffee table for when you need a break while studying.
It’s important to consider the mobility of your desk. Are you frequently moving furniture around? Are you considering a renovation in the near future? Or perhaps you like to switch between sitting and standing positions to keep your body loose.
- Mobility is important if you like to move furniture around. A desk with wheels will help you maneuver it into place upon installation, and when you feel like you need a new view when studying.
- That said, there are desks that are optimized for dynamic users. So if you like to move around or sit and stand while you study or work, an adjustable standing desk might be a good option for you.
Study desks are generally useful not only for students but there are also options that can be considered the best office desk. Of course, they’re also ideal for home office computer use.
Even if you Google “Best Home Office Desk 2019”, “Best Home Office Desk for Multiple Monitors or Laptop” or “Inexpensive Home Office Desks,” multiple study tables will show up in your results.
Make sure your desk is versatile and can keep up with your needs. For most students, this is a big necessity.
Learning institutions have become more demanding in recent years and students have begun to take on various loads and projects to increase their academic standing.
Where To Buy Study Tables / Shipping / Price / Warranty
I get a lot of questions from clients about where the best place to buy a desk is. There are a lot of cheap and on sale options in physical retailers like Costco or Home Depot. That said, Amazon has a wider selection.
Here is some key information you shouldn’t forget:
- It is more convenient to shop online. However, you will be able to better determine a desk’s fit if you see it assembled in the showroom.
- That said, there are more options online rather than in physical stores.
- Evidently, you will need to determine if the company that ships your desk packs them reliably.
- You should also make sure your desk is reasonably priced. It’s not worth spending thousands of dollars on a high-tech desk with features you don’t need.
- Remember, a cheap study table will work better than an expensive one if it fits your needs better.
Final Words. Which Study Desk is Best?
Choosing a study table is a highly objective affair. What works for me might not be ideal for you at all. Having said that, I found that the Tribedesigns Modern Study Desk packs most of the best features into one relatively cheap desk.
Here’s why it’s my top pick:
- Ideal for various user heights. Whether you’re average, tall, or short, this desk can handle it. It’s ergonomically designed, so the height is just right for most users. It also doesn’t come with a chair, so you can choose a chair that adjusts to the right height to maximize the comfort of this study table.
- It’s very simple and slick design. The legroom is very spacious, and the desk can fit multiple items on top of being able to carry up to 900 pounds.
- The laminated particleboard surface makes the desk water-resistant and scratch-resistant. This means you don’t have to worry about water damage or waiting for your table to dry before using it if you accidentally spill water on it. This also makes it very low maintenance because it’s ideal for spot cleaning.
Keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you. If you’re looking for a more luxurious unit or one that has more attachments, make sure you consider your comfort before doing so.
Overall, I can confidently say that the Tribedesigns study desk is the best and most practical option for me.