November 28, 2012 3:40 pm
Benvenuti suggests creating a visual boundary such as half walls or columns between the kitchen office and the kitchen itself to promote productivity. He also offers these tips to create a successful workspace:
Add enough power for all the tech stuff.
- Use adequate task lighting.
- Keep in mind your particular storage needs when choosing cabinetry.
- Consider using built-ins for added storage needs.
- Use pullout shelves versus doors, which take up more space.
- Hide all equipment possible in closets.
- Choose a durable flooring as traffic flow will increase due to the added functionality of the space.
Use the island - Many kitchens have islands, and this can be a great place to add a workstation. An extension at a lower height on the back of the island will keep your computer and papers safe from kitchen messes and provide the appropriate height for ergonomic seating.
Connect - In many homes, the transition from kitchen to great room can leave some dead space that may go unused. Make the most of this area by creating a mini-office area conveniently close to the kitchen, yet out of the way.
Standing room - Even if you don’t have enough room for a real desk, you can create a standing “command center” for taking messages and sorting bills.
Keep it under wraps - Like the idea of a kitchen office but don’t want to look at the clutter that often accumulates in such a spot? A hutch offers many options to suit any decor style, and it has the added bonus of portability.
Hopefully these ideas will help consumers make the best of the unused nooks in their homes and apartments.