The Kitchen Office: A Bad Idea?

The Kitchen Office: A Bad Idea?

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 25, 2011

With rent prices still going up for some of us in the more popular metropolitan areas, many are nixing the idea of the "home office" altogether. Instead, individuals are renting out their old offices and turning their kitchen tables into all-in-one eating, computing, and work areas for the sake of convenience and saving money. The question is - will this merger of keyboard and food backfire?

There's some definite perks here. Mail usually ends up on the kitchen counter at one point or another, so having some desk/work space allocated in the kitchen may not be that bad of idea at all.

The problem comes with the crumbs. Crumbs from food. Crumbs from work overflow. If you're using your main dining area as the primary work area and not a side nook somewhere, the issue of clutter becomes exponential. Especially for those of us who aren't on top of our stacks of bills everyday, this quickly becomes the carnage of the house and can quickly take over a kitchen.

On the other hand, I think the bigger issue in turning a kitchen into a pseudo-office is integration of office supplies into kitchen land. Think staplers, filing cabinets, and miscellaneous sheets of paper, all nearby or next to your forks and knives. For some, this may be a living nightmare. For others, it's just another part of living small with big style. However, for those ambitious enough to take on the task, the effort may pay off in the long run.

Let's open it up to you guys. Do you think converting a kitchen into an office is a good or bad idea?

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