Carve Out Space for a Home Office
Create your own corner (of the kitchen) office using furniture that blends into the room (here, the pieces match the clean, contemporary lines of stainless-steel appliances). And take cues from the countertops: Pasta- and cookie-storage jars and spice and cutlery receptacles adapt perfectly to office work.
What You'll Need
- A message center: A steel bulletin board is a sleek stand-in for traditional cork. Affix papers and notes with magnetic clips, and store paper clips, file tabs, and the like in magnetic spice containers.
- Lighting: A lean brushed-steel lamp pivots in two directions (up and down, side to side) and projects bright halogen light exactly where you want it.
- Furniture: A stainless-steel work table (here paired with a brushed-aluminum chair) provides ample surface area for writing, as well as lots of legroom. Casters keep things mobile. Glass food-storage jars prevent rubber bands and other odds and ends from taking over the desktop, while a letter sorter keeps postage, tape, and outgoing mail organized.
- File storage: A rolling cart pulls out from under the desk for easy access. Binders and a bin for files or magazines slide into the lower compartment, papers get tucked neatly into a box, and pens and pencils hide away in a plastic flatware divider.