Adding a Home Office to Your Kitchen
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Perhaps you're in that stage of life where you have a full house--the kids (or other relatives) are taking up all the bedrooms, and the home office you might have is currently being used as a guest room, playroom, or another bedroom. Unfortunately, you still need a place where you can get work done, so consider these ways to add a small home office to your kitchen.
Ways to Incorporate a Kitchen Home Office
- Reface a Section of Cabinet/Countertop: If you are refacing your kitchen cabinets, this solution can work well if you have a corner of the kitchen that is fairly out of the way of kitchen traffic. Instead of replacing the upper and lower cabinet doors, leave the upper shelves doorless and remove the base cabinet, adding a shallow drawer just beneath the countertop for office supplies. Add a barstool or chair and you've got a small workspace, with room for your legs underneath and room for books, paper, and bills above.
- Repurpose that Barstool and Countertop: If you have a kitchen peninsula, consider using an outside corner of the peninsula countertop (preferably the one next to a wall) as a workspace. After all, when you're cooking inside the kitchen, that outer edge of the corner is difficult to reach anyway. So add a couple of shelves to the wall and keep a barstool right on the outside of that corner. Use a grommet and cord covers to keep electric cords away from splashes and spills. You could even put a pegboard or corkboard on the wall next to you for reminders, calenders, or other office paperwork.
- Install a Small Desk and Recessed Shelving: If you are going for a complete kitchen remodel, consider creating an office space. Choose a wall on the edge of the kitchen that is out of the way. Install shelves where you would install cabinets to keep a continuous flow, and consider installing area-specific under-cabinet lighting, which can give you plenty of illumination for when you're working and allow the space to fade into the background when you're not. Choose a small but comfortable chair, and if you're able, choose the height of the desk based on that chair.
You may not have a room in your house for a home office, but if there's any extra room in your kitchen, a little thought and some creative planning could give you your own office space.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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