You know those little desks they built into kitchens about 20 years ago?
We all thought they were so cute, imagining ourselves sitting there making our grocery lists and organizing our recipes.
But did we?
No. Not usually.
We piled papers and junk there.
We loaded up stuff in the knee hole space.
We kept organizing it, but the thought of sitting at that tiny little space, facing the wall, especially today when we’re on laptops, iPads, and other devices all over the house, is soooo not appealing.
This is one of the first things, I find, that homeowners want to address in their kitchen remodel. And, we do it a variety of different ways. Ways that fit our homeowners’ needs today.
How Are Homeowners Addressing The Desk In The Kitchen Today?
I totally understand a landing station, but we are really living differently in our homes these days. How often does one really sit and work at the little desk in the kitchen anymore, facing the wall in a little tight space with your back to the action?
When you update or remodel your kitchen, you might want to consider thoughtfully how you live in the space. What are you NOT using? What bugs you? What is a remnant from the past?
Here’s a tiny desk, below, that was unused. We turned it into a small niche in the side of the run of cabinets in this kitchen remodel.
My kitchen, below, with a landing station at the garage door. We added this in our remodel.
Here is a job where we removed the low desk and built a new, higher one, as a continuation of the kitchen counter, to also serve as a dry bar for the homeowner.
This kitchen remodel project, pictured below, had a desk off to one side that we turned into a mudroom type station. It was much more useful to this client for stashing all the stuff that comes through the door. The pups are happy with their feeding station too!
Here is small desk that is in front of a window, but something about how it is sort of squished in there makes it rather unappealing to sit for work. The homeowner used it for doggy bowls.
In an attempt to reuse the existing base cabinetry as much as possible, we had the contractor raise the drawer there to regular kitchen counter height and then we built in a beverage fridge on the right.
The countertop is much more useful as a bar area. They can still have dog bowls, or storage in baskets, in the knee hole left below the drawer.
Some Still Like a Desk in the Kitchen
In my last featured kitchen remodel project, below, this homeowner did want the desk to remain. However, she needed a way hide some of the papers and “stuff” that lands in the kitchen when everyone is coming and going.
So, I designed some full height storage there, beside the desk, to keep the clutter tucked away and organized. It’s much more useful for them now. 🙂
This remodel, below, was a more minimal one and the homeowner did not want to remove their desk in the kitchen. For them, it came in handy when they needed an extra work-from-home situation a few years ago. 🙂
I’m all about customizing a home for our clients, after all!
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Here’s a post about a kitchen with a desk that the homeowner was ready to lose for her remodel.
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