Kitchens have become the heart of our homes. Like miniature command centers, they serve as the nucleus for cooking and eating as well as planning and billing paying. Give your command center a proper place with a kitchen desk. From simple units to elaborate structures, you’ll be more organized and better prepared for any event with a place to park your computer and a few other essentials to keep you going strong.
• Raise It Up
Although most of the kitchen desks you see are built at table height, I like mine up high. Raise up your command center by creating a counter height desk space with a comfortable barstool to oversee everything in your domain. A few inches as the end of a row of cabinets for your computer, phone on the wall and a desk drawer are all you really need to research recipes, sales and coupons.
• Don’t Forget the File Cabinets
If you’ve got the space to spare, don’t forget to build in a file cabinet or two in your new kitchen desk area. You won’t have to go back and forth to a different room to store important papers and such if you use your kitchen as “bill payment central.”
• Claim the Window Wall
One of the nicest places to locate your kitchen desk is right under a single window or bank of multiple windows. It allows for maximum light in the space and creates a bright and cheery place to do some of your more mundane chores.
• Close it off with Closet Doors
If you like the idea of a kitchen office space, but don’t want to look at it all the time, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Just hide your kitchen office behind a set of closet doors to open and close at will.
• Include Corkboard and Chalkboards
When finishing the walls adjoining your desk space, remember to include a place to pin up important papers or inspirational ideas. Create a covered corkboard to organize your thoughts on the wall. Or you can also create a place to write notes to yourself and family members by painting your wall space with black chalkboard paint. It’s a quick and easy way to communicate with your busy family.
• It Doesn’t Need to be Fancy
Whatever you do, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Just give yourself enough hard surface to set up your laptop. You can even clear it off and use it for additional serving space when you entertain guests. It’s just nice to be able to claim a part of your kitchen to perform the administrative tasks of running a home.
Check out pictures and inspiration for this article in the Kitchen Desks ideabook on Houzz. You’re sure to find an idea you’ll want to use in your kitchen command center to make everything go a little smoother day-by-day.
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