Children's Tables

I'm helping a friend decorate her new house and she is looking for a kid's table to go with these chairs from Conran.


She wants something similar to my kiddie table, that doesn't look too juvenile. I got ours at Home Goods about six months ago:



I love that it's solid wood and sort of a farmhouse style.

This one from PBK is beautiful, but it's pretty expensive even on sale at $299.


I think that a taller (at least 18" high) coffee or side table can make for a great kid's table. And they're always so cheap at yard sales and on craigslist.

Here are a couple from my friend's craigslist that we're considering. It's fun to think outside the box with these. A little paint would go a long way in making these look more kid-appropriate. Sunshine yellow! Fire engine red! Leaf green!








The IKEA Lack side table also works great as a kid's table. It is crazy cheap ($7.99), comes in a lot of colors, and is a great size especially for smaller spaces.
Do any of you readers have a good secret source for inexpensive but great kid's tables?

29 comments:

Marcy Tate said...

I can't believe the Ikea table is only 7.99, that's crazy! From the craigs list selection, I like the second to last one. he others are too much like coffee tables.

Bethany Ward said...

Ikea also has a couple different children's tables, not sure if you saw those. None in the farmhouse style but I like this one in solid pine: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40147707

Jenny said...

I don't have children, so I don't typically look for children's furniture. I do love the second and last option from craigslist. I think a fun, bright color would be beautiful with the simple chairs.

Ms. Bright said...

I immediately thought of Ikea, but also Target...Good luck finding something perfect!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Our daughter actually has the pale blue lack table from IKEA, and she loves it. It's easy to move around as well! I do LOVE the round coffee tables you showed from craigslist though, they'll look fabulous once you paint them!

my favorite and my best said...

i love the idea of one of those not traditionally used for kid's tables tables, an painted a bright color. i will say that the lack table even at 8 bucks is not worth the money, ESPECIALLY for a kids table. it is a piece of shit. not durable at all and scratches from anything. even a fingernail. i think getting a well constructed piece is the best way to go that way replacing it won't become an issue unless someone smashes it with a hammer.
also the laminate peels fairly quickly on the lack.

Tanya and Colin said...

It took me forever to find a kids table, like forever! Then I found the same one as you at Homesense. I often say that it is the best $ I have ever spent. I wish that I had of thought of using a side table. I am creating a craft area and have found a small kitchen table to cute down. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Jen said...

is it wrong to want kids to decorate for them?

just kidding but those tables are adorable! i think any of those craiglist tables would be great. you could even paint them a fun color. each has a different style, i guess you'd have to choose based off what's already in the room huh?

ps - my favorite & my best's comment is really funny. i'm glad she let us know about the table so i don't waste my $$! Thanks girl!

thanks!
Jen

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Anonymous said...

I love the idea of a round table...when my sister and I were little we had one...back then everything was pink....my whole play kitchen was pink....

Kathy :)

ps love the post from my fave and my be...she tells it like she sees it !!! LOL

Gillian said...

Did your kids table come with those chairs? (I'm assuming you did the painting yourself) or did you buy them separate? If so, where?

I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE your blog!!!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

I have the LACK coffee table for my boys playroom and it is holding up fine (with 3 boys). I think all depends on the kids!

leFiligree said...

those bunny jr. chairs are begging for a pedestal table. do not hide them under a farmhouse style table, oh no!

letter {A} studio said...

We have a white version of the little table from IKEA. It's perfect for little bodies & it's so cheap (which means it doesn't matter much if it gets a little worn). The legs on ours needed to be retightened often, though, which I did not like. I would try to find something with more stability for your client :D

ness said...

The table I'm saving my pennies for is the Jill table and Jake Chairs from Room and Board. I love the simplicity and it looks easy to clean and wipe off.

Jill table is here:
http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=19390

marymary said...

My sister in law has mad a couple of darling kids' tables by buying regular height tables from thrift stores/craigslist and then cutting down the legs.

Renee said...

Heads up Jennica, In my experience, the IKEA LACK table only works for a couple of years. It's just not the right height for any kids older than toddler years. It does make for good extra kid seating though, when upholstered on top.

MissBliss said...

love the first and second to last, and love your ideas about paint!!!

I just picked up the cutest vanity table on CL, and will post soon ;)

pve design said...

I love a gate leg table too for kids, it looks good when not in use.
pve

Maggie Whitley said...

We have that Lack table from Ikea, but we use it as an end table. It would be small for kids to sit at, maybe two kids max.

Gussy

The Consummate Hostess said...

I sort of favor the IKEA one and for $7.99, why not! Good luck, it looks like y'all are off to a great start.

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

We have a red lack table as a childs table in our basement family/playroom. It's actually also acting as a side table. It's the prefect size for my 2 toddlers and I'm not worried about it getting a little dirty or scratched (although it's actually been holding up really well) since I can replace it for $7!

Anonymous said...

Pleeease do not paint that Duncan Phyfe table (the first photo from your friend's craigslist) if you & your friend decide to buy it. As fond as I am of bright & cheerful colors for children's things, it just seems criminal to think of putting paint, of any color, on that table. I much prefer the way you did your own children's area: a traditional wood table & bright colored chairs.

B.

traci zeller designs said...

Unfinished wood stores are a great source for children's tables!

ljp said...

Just saw this table online on Target's site and thought of your post:

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=huc_ja_1_txt/184-0379101-0791411?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0002I5QDG&nodeID=&merchantID=A1VC38T7YXB528

I have no personal experience with the table, but the reviews seem positive and it folds(!) so it could put away if necessary.

Seems like it could work with a lot of grown up furniture.

p.s. the chairs are not included

Sarah said...

great idea using a end table for kids table.
I love your kid chairs, wherever did you find them???

ross said...

Great blog, I saw this site with some useful info on Kids Furniture. Hope it helps.

bovagoods said...

you can always take a full size table and cut the legs down. that's what we did with our old kitchen table. cut the legs down and now it's in the playroom!

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