Giving kids a table of their own is great for creating focus, whether the attention is on mealtimes, arts and crafts or a good puzzle. Children love using furniture at their own scale, helping them feel grown up and setting the stage for more detailed activities between friends.
Most table and chairs are designed for kids between 3-6 years, giving them a short shelf life. A good set in solid wood or sturdy plastic costs around £75-125. If you’re spending more, make sure it’s on fun and quality rather than style; consider furniture that your kids will really get the most out of before you have to pass on.
Some plastic sets can be used indoors and out, but those at the cheaper end tend to be more disposable in quality. Look for materials that are easily cleaned, will withstand scratches and knocks, and can endure intensive use over a short burst of time.
1. Combelle children’s table and two chairs: £126.42, smallable.com
Kid’s furniture tends to be designed with a disposable attitude, so it’s good to see that this French-made set comes with a 10-year guarantee and is made in sustainable beechwood. It’s more of a mini-desk fit for one rather than a table to gather round. It’s suitable from age one and up and comes in a range of friendly colours like this coral pink. Very well-priced for the quality.
2. Tidlo Jungle Animal table and four chairs: £139.99, gulliverstoys.co.uk
This adorable furniture set suits kids aged three and up. Each chair features a different safari animal, including a friendly lion, leopard, elephant and monkey. The circular table has a 60cm-diameter with room enough for meals, games and puzzles alike. Tidlo specialises in wood toys, with a noticeable quality feel compared to plastic. The pieces can be bought separately too.
3. George Home table and two chairs: £35, direct.asda.com
Asda’s budget table comes with two chairs and has a basic design. The solid MDF furniture is painted white, but could easily be customised with a lick of coloured paint, stickers or stencils. It arrives flat packed and assembles easily. There’s no bells or whistles to this set, but it’s a good option if you don’t want to fork out on something that will be outgrown in a few years.
4. Kutikai Peekaboo desk and two stools: £636, miniobjectsofdesire.com
A deluxe table and stool set that suits parents who are wedded to modern design (even when it comes to the kids’ room). The Peekaboo desk has clean rounded lines and is finished in bleached solid birch plywood that is beautifully smooth. A hidden compartment in the centre stows pens and paintbrushes, and grey fabric crayon bags are an optional extra for the stools.
5. Magis Linus table and two Alma chairs: £270, nest.co.uk
Practical materials makes the Linus table robust and easy to clean after the odd spill. The legs are made from white polypropylene with added fibre glass, and the top is plastic-coated MDF. It comes in three sizes, from 55cm to 120cm in width. The Alma chair is Magis’ suggested partner: this plastic stacking chair can be used outdoors, comes in 4 colours and has a decorative back.
6. Liberty House Toys square table set: £59.99, wayfair.co.uk
A bright and colourful set for two that can be used indoors and out. Children love the mix-and-match style and chunky proportions of this inviting furniture. At 6kg, the table and chairs are light and easy to move around but wider legs help keep things grounded. The plastic is a little thin, especially when the price compares to wood sets, but does make this set practical to clean.
7. FLISAT children’s table and two stools: £66, ikea.com/gb
Best for artistic types, the top of this kid’s table from IKEA comes away to reveal storage for pens, pencils, crayons and more. The two buckets are additional (but cheap at £1.50 each) and are deep enough to help store kids’ everyday stuff safely and tidily. The natural wood finish makes a calming place for two to share activities and snacks.
8. Oeuf Playroom table and two chairs: £417, nubie.co.uk
This designer table and chairs set isn’t too cool to allow for a bit of playfulness. The chair backs have either rabbit or bear ears, and come with a set of stickers (£32) for turning them into faces full of character. The table is larger than average, seating four comfortably. It’s finished in white, scratch-proof laminate and all the materials are organic and non-toxic in nature.
9. Baa-baa blackboard toddler table and two Pied Piper toddler chairs: £129, gltc.co.uk
Perfect for keeping the little ones occupied, the blackboard top on this cute table from Great Little Trading Company allows hours of doodling. The frame is white-painted solid pine with an MDF top. The blackboard surface wipes clean to double up as a place to snack. Self-assembly is required. The Pied Piper stacking chairs are the best company for this table at £32 each.
10. Darla plastic kids’ table and four chairs: £68, habitat.co.uk
This super-lightweight collection of table and chairs is fun and flexible. Use the plastic pieces outdoors in summer, or for indoor play where they can easily stack away when not in use. The table is just £20 and chairs £12 each, so you can easily add more into the mix for parties and playdates. The palette of orange, pink, red and lime green is vibrant too.
The Verdict: Kid's tables and chairs
The Combelle set from Smallable is impressively well-made for the price. It’s been put together with the same care and consideration as adults’ furniture, without skimping on quality or material. This is one long lasting set you’d be happy to give or receive as a hand me down. For something more fun, the Tidlo Jungle Animal set is cute, characterful and well-made too.
IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.