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Making a Kitchen Office Work

At first thought, the idea of a kitchen office doesn’t sound too appealing. But on second thought, there are many benefits to having a kitchen office, especially if set up correctly.

Having an office space in your kitchen allows you to answer the phone, pay bills, work on the computer, or anything else you’d typically do in a home office; all while cooking or supervising your children. It can also provide supervised computer time for your children, whether to work on homework, or for safe internet surfing.

In order to maintain an attractive kitchen, the office units come with fold-down desks, pull-out phone trays, a fax area, a space for a computer tower, and drawers for filing and organizing. Place your desk at the end of the counter, out of the way and where it is least likely to get food spilled on it.

The Harmony Collection from the KraftMaid ™ Company comes complete with a cd/dvd tray, keyboard tray, self-contained computer tower cabinet, wooden trays for small items, files drawers, a monitor shelf, and built-in trays. The Merrilat Company and the Armstrong Companyboth offer similar design options. All come in many beautiful finishes and door options to match whatever theme your kitchen follows. You can also include a bookshelf above the desk area with decorative glass doors.

Have your contractor wire your kitchen office with a phone jack, internet port, wireless capability, and cable if you want to include a TV. Be sure there is adequate lighting above your workspace; maybe even have your electrician install a separate circuit so you can control the light just in that area.

The kitchen is a great place to incorporate an office space, especially if you don’t have another area in the home designated for that purpose. If you are designing a new kitchen or just want to incorporate an office, request a free estimate today from a professional certified contractor.

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