With the power of laptops these days, it's no surprise computing in the kitchen has taken off as a multi-use area for both eating and desktop computing. So why not embrace the workspace shift? Set up a kitchen island, a couple bar stools, and create a space that's perfect for the multi-tasking cook!
Here's three rules to help you start the perfect kitchen office area (in addition to Gregory's robust roundup a few days back), especially if you plan to work where you eat:
1) Wipe it clean: You don't want crumbs in your keyboard, be sure to have a readily accessible area to grab wipes and paper towels. There's nothing less attractive than having a laptop filled with leftovers from your early morning breakfast.
2) Power to the WiFi: They say you keep your friends close, but your mobile hot spots even closer. If you're computing in the kitchen area, have a shelf or place the wireless access point on top of a cabinet. It doesn't need to be in the line of sight, but just close enough to give you the best signal possible.
3) Optimize for Shared Spaces: This last rule is often overlooked, especially if you have roommates or guests over. Have a quick and easy stowaway area for laptops (optimally it's under where you work), password protect access to your computer, and create specific areas to set cups. Why define these areas? Tops of laptops are often safe from spills, but once any kind of liquid hits the keyboard, you'll be doing plenty of clean-up work, both externally and internally!
Have a tip for eating and computing spaces? We'd love it hear it in the comments!