Give Your Kids Space to Create: Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table and Ikea MALA Easel

The Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table and the IKEA kids easel will help you keep kids occupied and their craft projects contained.

The Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table and the IKEA kids easel will help you keep kids occupied and their craft projects contained.

In my experience as a  parent of preschoolers, every house needs a designated kid area for glitter glue projects, finger painting, and those other big ideas that involve scissors, Elmers, and lots (and lots) of Scotch tape. Here’s where these two top-rated pieces of furniture come in to play. They are designed for kids in size and functionality and will fit in any empty corner of your home.

Miniature furniture gets more use than you may know

There’s something about a mini-table and chairs that makes kids feel right at home. Somehow I always labeled furniture like this as a waste of space (and money). After all, don’t they always want to sit with the grown-ups? But, after purchasing my first art table I was proven wrong. My kids and their little friends use it for coloring, crafts, tea parties, race track building and snacks. It’s a place where they don’t have to kneel to reach what they are doing or climb warily onto a kitchen stool. And, if they (accidentally…?) color on it, I don’t start smoking from the ears. This popular Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table is built to last for years of fun. Plus, it comes in three finishes with eight chair color options for mixing and matching. Add-ons include a refillable table-length paper roll and under storage carts, plus two table leg heights that will grow with your budding artist.

Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table

Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table

Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Craft Table

Score: 90/100
Price: $469 for table and four chairs (pieces also sold separately)

“We love this table! It was a reasonable price, it went together with ease. My children have eaten on it, colored at it, painted at – you name it. It cleans up well too! It is a sturdy all-purpose table and chair set that looks great in any decor.” GSMommy, Reviewer since 2008

No room for a table? Looking for a less expensive way to give your kids a place to create?

Reviewers love this IKEA kid’s easel that’s constructed of durable wood in a natural finish. Kids can create art and games on the whiteboard, chalkboard and attached refillable paple hey color on it (by accident?) I dnoer roll. It’s great because it also folds up easily for out of the way storage and has a great sized “catch all” tray for all those bits of broken chalk and crayons.

A well-built kid’s easel at this price? Everyone wins.

IKEA Kids Easel

IKEA Kids Easel

IKEA MALA Easel

Score: 96/100
Price: $14.99 + $4.99 paper roll

“I love the fact that it can be a chalkboard, whiteboard or used for drawing on the paper.  The shelf for the crayons is handy and sturdy.  I am generally not a fan of IKEA quality, but the shelf has been sat on a few times and still has yet to crack. It is also nice that it is slim and thus can fit anywhere easily.” grimcamille, Reviewer since 2010

If you have been pushing off the days when “all things kid” take over your home, take a deep breath and check these décor-friendly products out. By giving your kids a place to be creative, messy and inquisitive they will be happy. Bonus? Those grand-scale projects will be contained to one kid-owned area of your home.

Jessie Veith Rouleau (58 Posts)

Jessie Veith Rouleau is a full-time mom with two kids, Sam, 3, and Mia 2. When she’s not pushing strollers, buckling car seats, washing hands, and reading stories, she’s writing about the products that help make mom’s day a little bit easier. At the park, when you’re talking baby and kids, she’s listening.