Command Center – Offices in the Kitchen
Designer: John & Lynn Hammerschmidt/Photo by Charlie Gibson
Even if you don’t have room for an office, a small dedicated space in your kitchen can serve as your family’s “Command Center.” It can serve as a writing desk, high-tech hub, homework zone and first aid station. It creates the ultimate multi-tasking space! Pay bills, sort mail, schedule appointments, and shop online all while your dinner in simmering. Here are a few options if you are considering incorporating an office area into your kitchen:
Stand-Up Station Designer: David Raymond/Photo: Laura Moss
For folks on the run, a stand-up message center, armoire-like may be the answer. No space required for sitting and the extra bookshelves makes good use of space. With a corkboard backsplash and open bookshelves recessed on all three sides, provides immediate access to binders, calendars, and everything one might need to get out door in the morning.
The Convertible Photo: Shenandoah Cabinetry
Requiring a little more space, is this desk situated at the end of a long countertop. Close to the action but out of the working triangle, the beauty of this layout is that it can also be used as a buffet, or to prep food or roll out a pie crust, by just stowing the office supplies in the drawers. The counter top is high enough to function as a standard kitchen counter, or a counter-height stool can be used for seated tasks.
Mighty Movable Desk
To add an office area to an existing kitchen, a mobile desk is a good way to experiment. It can also transform into an impromptu bar or buffet for entertaining!
Looking for more kitchen office ideas? Homedit Interior Design & Architecture’s article, 20 Clever Ideas To Design A Functional Office In Your Kitchen, will convince you that an empty wall, small table, and a comfortable chair are all you need to incorporate an office into your kitchen.
* To coordinate the style, you can use the same table legs used at the nearby island.
* Designers generally recommend a desk height of 28 to 30 inches and a knee-hole depth of 25 inches.
* A desk “backsplash” made of custom corkboard, chalkboard or dry-erase board keep communication organized. Visit Pinterest for unique bulletin boards creations.
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From Meredith@unOriginalMom Creating a Command Center that Works for Your Family
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