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The kitchen workspace: a multitasker’s dream come true

Working from home no longer has to be specific to your traditional home office. WFH means flexibility, mobility and multi-use. Your house is filled with potential places to work.

Lana Katsaros of Making a House a Home told us about her kitchen workspace.
 
Q     What’s the benefit of a kitchen workspace?

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Multitasking! I cook a ton, so I love my kitchen workspace because of convenience. I can put something in the oven and get my expenses done at the same time. If I can access everything I need quickly, I’m happy and productive. 
 
Q     What is must-have furniture for the kitchen workspace?

A large open surface is essential. I always seem to use the entire dining table for even the smallest project.  As a full-time blogger, interior designer and shop owner, I need plenty of space, and the counter just doesn’t cut it. I want a separate area for my laptop that’s clean and clear of food.
 
Q     How large should your work surface be in a kitchen workspace?

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I always have a laptop open, lots of papers, materials, a camera and files. A dining table is about the right size for anything from sewing to creating a mood board and planning a color story for a project.
 
EXPERT PICK: The New Grange Dining Table gives nearly 5 feet of work surface in the kitchen.
 
Q     What’s your take on multipurpose furniture?

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Living in a small cottage means furniture needs to multitask. The furniture in our dining room must serve a purpose for eating (obviously), but we use it for other things, too, like as a staging area for photo shoots for our blog.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Adept Storage Credenza is great for storing office supplies when I’m working in the kitchen, but also functions as a buffet for dinner parties and entertaining. Plus, it’s easy for my little helper to reach his art supplies!

BONUS PICK: The Adept Storage Credenza is a perfect multipurpose sewing station in a multipurpose kitchen workspace.
 
Q     What is your ideal seating for the kitchen workspace?

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When I work at the dining table, I’m in a family space, so my son sometimes joins me. When I have my mini “helper,” the chairs must be easy to clean. I look for chairs that I can wipe down because his little fingers always seem to leave peanut butter behind.
 
EXPERT PICK: New Grange Spindle Back Chairs come in a set of two and have a higher back, so they’re more supportive and better for the whole family.
 
Q     Kitchen office storage: open or closed?

I don’t like things looking cluttered, so the more hidden, the better. I have everything from paint samples to mannequins I need to keep stashed away. Drawers, huge ones, have stolen my organizing heart, too.
 
Q     Can you really conceal technology and cords in the kitchen workspace, or is that                  a pipe dream?


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Hanging a power strip in a piece of furniture or mounting it under a tabletop has been a good way to have a bunch of power available but not have cords all over the place.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Edge Water SmartCenter® Secretary has a charging station to organize cords.
 
Q     What makes you feel most at home in your work-from-home space?
 

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Comfortable furniture and a great atmosphere! I added a bench to the dining table where I sit to work, and it makes me feel like I have more room. I also open the blinds every morning, turn on some light music, light my favorite incense, and surround myself with my favorite co-worker, my snuggly toddler. With coffee in hand, I’m prepared for my workday at the kitchen table.
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