Double Duty Design: Creating a Kitchen Office

Double Duty Design: Creating a Kitchen Office

Taryn Williford
Feb 2, 2012

It can be hard to stay organized when your office isn't an office. Creating a double-duty live/work space brings up unique challenges, like "Where do I put my pencils if every drawer is full of silverware?" and "How the heck am I going to fit a filing cabinet in the pantry?" Luckily, Martha Stewart's team comes to the rescue with a few inventive solutions to making a workspace work in the kitchen.

From the archives of Martha Stewart Living, this home office seems to make the best of a bad situation:

If a sit-down dinner isn't an everyday occurrence, then your dining room can easily double as a discreet office. Any table large enough for a family meal makes a spacious desk, and all other work essentials can be slyly stowed among the china and flatware.

And slyly stowed they are. Borrowing a bit of space from the kitchen, this office manages to cram an entire home office into two drawers, a window seat and the few closed shelves below a china hutch.

The hutch hides a printer and laptop dock, made easily accessible with a retro-fitted pull-out shelf. Pens, pencils and scissors find an out-of-the-way home in silverware caddies painted to match the hutch, and spare reams of paper are disguised inside labeled boxes.

The filing cabinet is replaced by a storage-ready window seat fitted with freestanding hanging-file-folder racks.

The rest of the office kicknacks are stashed inside two drawers borrowed from the kitchen storage. Everthing fits neatly thanks to silverware drawer organizers (which work great for organizing in any office), but there's also plenty of other to make kitchen tools useful for organizing office supplies. Check out our post on 10 Ways to Use Kitchen Storage in the Office.

What do you think? Could you make a kitchn office work with these tips? Do you have another secret for creating extra storage in a multi-pupose space?

Read More: Martha Stewart

Eat and Compute: Kitchen Office Dining at its Finest
10 Ways to Use Kitchen Storage in the Office
Kitchen Command Centers
Desks in the Kitchen

(Images: Eat and Compute: Kitchen Office Dining at its Finest, Martha Stewart)

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