(ARA) - The kitchen is the heart of a home, a central gathering place to tackle the family finances, plan schedules and oversee homework. As a temporary workspace, the kitchen table can convert into the command center until the next mealtime. Eliminate the chaos and shuffling of projects and papers, with a kitchen office.
ncorporating high-tech equipment into a compact space and keeping with the design of an existing kitchen is made easier with specialty hardware to hide or hold the equipment needed for a kitchen office. Take advantage of an underutilized corner or a built-in nook to turn a portion of the kitchen space into a high functioning, compact kitchen office with the addition of a few pieces of hardware.
Here are a few tips on how to make these space saving features pack extra punch into a small kitchen office:
* Keep the surface area clear with mounting hardware to hang a computer monitor from under the cabinet or attach to the wall with a Single Axis Mount. The mount rotates a full 180 degrees for full viewing from any angle and a keyboard and mouse can be placed on a pullout platform for an easy retrofit solution.
* Hide the equipment. To make the keyboard and mouse even less obtrusive, tuck it behind a false drawer front by using hinged drawer slides to customize an existing drawer. Even the CPU can be tucked away with an under-the-desktop computer mounting system.
* Corral the wires on top. Eliminate the unsightly mess of cords and wires by using grommets to guide power cords and cables through the countertop. The grommets come in a variety of metal finishes or in hardwoods to match existing cabinetry.
* Use proper task lighting. Adequate lighting is important for any work area and is sometimes overlooked. A simple solution for retrofitting is to incorporate low voltage Xenon lights for under-cabinet lighting. These lights create less heat and last twice as long as halogen lights and they can be attached to the cabinetry surface or installed as an insert.
* Consider cabinetry with pullout shelves. Supplies and bulky equipment like a printer can be stored out of sight, but still readily accessible. Install pull out shelves or drawers in an existing cabinet. Full extension drawer slides will give you full access to the drawer.
Incorporating a few pieces of specialized hardware lets you turn an underutilized space into a kitchen command center that is organized, easy on the budget and pleasing to the eye. Courtesy of ARA Content