The Heart of the Home – Multi-Functional Kitchen Space

Jim Marrazzo, Designer at Kitchen Views in Newton, MA

It is becoming more and more popular to have the kitchen be the center of household activities. You may find that this is the perfect place for you to incorporate a desk or an office space. Do you like to look for recipes on your computer? Want to have the children nearby as they do their homework? The kitchen may be the perfect place for you to have a desk for your computer and for kids to do homework. Or maybe you just want a place to write or pay bills.

Custom Kitchen with Office Area

Custom Kitchen with Office Area

First, decide what activities you want to do in your office area. Find a place away from the main traffic flow of your kitchen. Think about sitting space, especially if you need more than one seat. Lighting is very important. Even if you are able to place the desk beneath a window, you will need to have general lighting and more importantly task lighting. You’ll also need plenty of conveniently placed power outlets if you want a complete office setup with a computer, printer, calculator, etc.

Cabinetry companies are now providing more options with specialized cabinets for holding our various electronic gadgets while they are charging. Some shallow cabinets can create a usable nook on the end of other cabinetry, such as the Mini Message Center from Schrock.

Schrock Mini Message Center Cabinet at Kitchen Views, Warwick, RI

Schrock Mini Message Center Cabinet

The ideal height for a desk and office cabinets is about 30 inches from the ground, which then allows wall cabinets to be lower for easy access. Most cabinet companies make file cabinets to match your kitchen cabinets, a must in your office kitchen. Plan a convenient space for supplies like paper, pens, pencils, etc. Perhaps you want a bookshelf, too. Have a place to put all your office needs so you can keep this space tidy and organized.

If available space is limited, make the desk area versatile for multiple functions. Put in glass doors for stemware display space and you can turn your daytime office into an elegant bar by night.

Easy Access Desk in the Kitchen

Easy Access Desk in the Kitchen

The experienced designers on the Kitchen Views team can help you to make the most of your available space. When everything is conveniently organized, tasks are easier and can even feel effortless. Let’s make your kitchen the true heart of your home by making it multi-functional.

Jim Marrazzo
Kitchen Views at National Lumber

15 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020 x 118 phone
617-969-7426  fax

1 Response to “The Heart of the Home – Multi-Functional Kitchen Space”

  1. 1 Jonson October 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

    looking beautiful. thanks for sharing such a great post..

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