Legare makes eco-minded desks that come flat-packed and can be assembled in 3 minutes, sans tools. They use sustainable materials like bamboo, engineered composite wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and safe colors. There are various styles available – with a hutch, without. With a rolling file cabinet or not, and so on, but all are way more affordable than the average eco-desk. A major downside of Legare furniture for kids, is that it can be insanely hard to find – all in one place that is. Enter “Legare Kids Desk” into a Google search and many shops selling one color or another will pop up. In fact, to make it easy, I’ve rounded some up for you via the links below.
OFFI Sled Desk
For little ones in kindergarten through the elementary years, a simple desk may be all that’s needed. Thankfully, the OFFI Sled Desk is perfect. An adorable cross between old school desks and modern design, complete with a durable plywood desktop surface and seat, and a two railed wooden sled with ample leg room. There’s a storage space under the seat for your child’s books, papers and more. The Sled Desk was designed by Roberto Gil of Casa Kids, hence the beautiful lines, and made of Baltic Birch plywood and non-toxic painted MDF.
Child’s Maple & Cherry Work Bench
We love the heirloom quality of this Child’s Maple & Cherry Tool Bench. This may be one of your more affordable very sustainable choices too, made with real wood by the wonderful Camden Rose. The desk is finished in Three BEEautiful Bees Original wood polish and is extra sturdy. There’s a great work top, large enough for two children to work and play side by side plus a large center drawer to store supplies.
Land of Nod’s more “sustainable” desks aren’t perfect, but they’re also not bad. The Pirouette desk above would work in almost any bedroom, has an included tip restraint kit for securing the desk to the wall to prevent tipping and has a pretty cool design for a big box type desk. The desk features a whitewashed oak top, powder coated metal legs and knobs, and two roomy drawers for storage. You can also use the adjustable levelers for uneven floors. Made with low emission engineered wood with hardwood veneer and solid hardwood drawer boxes with metal drawer glides and English dovetail joints.
If you’ve got two kids (or twins) this Elementary table is adorable and perfect for holding lots of gear. It features three cubbies, each measuring 11″w x 11″d x 8.5″h, a nice underneath shelf, pretty bead molding and round button cap details and heavy base feet for stability – like when your child climbs up onto the desk! The desk is made with renewable solid rubberwood legs with low emission engineered wood and three colors, white, honey or espresso are available.
Ah, Ikea. Yes you can get a super inexpensive desk at Ikea, but how eco-minded will it be? Turns out, Ikea isn’t all that bad when it comes to sustainability. Sure, they’re not perfect, and yup, you can spot an Ikea product about a mile away, but then, they do offer an outstanding amount of choices you can actually afford. They use materials such as fiberboard, honeycomb structure recycled paper filling, Ash veneer, and paper to make many of their desks. Check out some of their eco-objectives and see all their desk options at their online shop.