Kitchen Office Nook Ideas (Design Ideas)

In a family home, the kitchen is usually the center of activity. A cozy, bright, airy, sunny, and cheerful kitchen can create a lively atmosphere in the house. It might initially sound like a bad idea, but having a small, modern, stylish, and functional home office nook in your kitchen space could be the best decision you could ever make. Using a blend of colors and materials, the right interior design can make this possible.

Kitchen office nook with shiplap wall and white cabinetry

Here are popular reasons an office nook is right for your kitchen:

You have no extra room for a separate office – not everyone has the luxury of space, and the kitchen might be spacious enough to allow room for a small office space.

Keeping your kitchen organized – the kitchen is usually directly connected to the garage, and all the important letters and bills end up on the kitchen counter or drawers, so why not dedicate a space for all those documents and keep it safe from other real kitchen items?

Multi-tasking – you won’t have to worry about over-cooking your turkey while you quickly check your emails when your small office nook is right in the kitchen. The small nook could also work as a study area for your kids, so you can easily assist them in their homework while you work in the kitchen.

A safe gadget area – kids and adults alike end up hanging out in the kitchen, so it is inevitable for charging devices to hang around in the kitchen. Keep your electronics safe from water & food. A small office nook will keep your gadgets (and you) away from danger! [toc]

Home office nook off the kitchen

Office nook next to kitchen and dining room with cupboards

The pantry is usually a dry area in the kitchen and would be a good spot to place your office nook. Use a matching style and finish as the rest of the kitchen cabinets so your kitchen office nook blends in.

You can also use the same countertop material so that it’s just as sturdy as your kitchen surface and matches the overall design. Choose from various countertop options and colors to find the perfect fit for your home office nook.

If you know you spend a lot of time in the kitchen calculating bills and finances and checking your emails, then it’s time you have a proper space for work! Make sure you have a dry area in your kitchen that you can safely assign as the office nook, and let’s get productive!

Desk next to a window

Kitchen with built in desk with quartz countertop

This cozy corner could work with a small dinette set for eat-in dining. Instead, the owners decided to add a quartz-topped desk with a stool as a functional workstation. The addition of a window and overhead downlights helps maximize lighting which enhances productivity.

Built-in desk in the kitchen

Kitchen office nook with built in desk island with breakfast bar seatingThis small kitchen office nook is placed by the kitchen entrance making it a convenient drop-off point for letters and documents, and also placed far from the sink and the cooking area. The area is situated right by the dining area as well, so you have no worry of missing out while you check your finances.

Kitchen pantry nook

Small office nook off kitchen

A small dry corner of your kitchen could easily be converted into a small office nook. Horizontal shiplap wall panels look especially nice with classic & country style kitchens, paired with reclaimed wood table top and pipe shelving. A small pendant lamp would also be a nice addition especially if you have no desk space for a table lamp.

Built-in desk with drawers in the kitchen

Shabby chic kitchen with built in office desk nook

An old display shelf can easily be re-purposed into an office nook, by clearing out the base drawers/cabinets to create a desk space. Keep the existing shelves for your displays or for your office needs, and make sure to install an accessible outlet for your use.

Kitchen with office nook and cream cabinets

Aside from display cabinets, a dry counter area can easily be converted into a kitchen nook. This spacious kitchen/dining area has a wall counter that is quite away from all the moisture and fire, making it an ideal area to place the kitchen nook.

The base cabinet was simply removed to make space for the chair, and the wide counter area has enough space for you to work on! Install lights under the overhead cabinets or use a table lamp.

Open kitchen with built in office nook desk and white cabinetry

This large open concept kitchen has a lower built-in desk countertop with extra storage bins below. A large picture window provides an inviting backdrop for contemplation while working.

Small nook

Small kitchen built in desk

If you have an unused space that’s supposed to be used for the fridge, it can also be a good candidate for an home office nook area.

This space usually has a dedicated outlet that you can use, and the free overhead space allows you to install a desk and overhead storage that perfectly fits your height.

Kitchen table with bench

Kitchen with built in bench table nook and storage

If you expect more than one person working or hanging out in the kitchen at one time, then a more multi-use kitchen nook would be a good idea.

This kitchen office nook is also a small breakfast nook, but also has a storage bench to keep documents dry.

Its layout is spacious enough to allow multiple persons to work in the area at the same time – perfect for families for doing home work after school or other work projects.

Kitchen with extended countertop

Kitchen with extended countertop peninsula for sitting

Your kitchen office nook ideas can be fancy, or they can also be as simple as this – an extended counter area with lots of undercounter space.

This way, you can still have options to use the area for food preparation when not in use as a work area.

Kitchen with pass-through niche countertop

Kitchen with diy pass through niche with bar stool seating

If you have a really small kitchen area, you can also consider opening up one wall and adding a small counter area that you can use for working, while still being away from spills and moisture. You can also use it as a small breakfast counter.

Kitchen with lower height counter for office space

Kitchen with home office desk and drawers

The normal counter height might be too high to use as a desk, so make sure you adjust accordingly for your comfort. This small kitchen office nook is just placed beside the pantry cabinet & blends right in with the rest of the kitchen cabinets.

If you have limited clearance from the countertops to the upper cabinets for desktop computer products you can consider a custom built-in computer desk for your kitchen office nook.

The desktop is a bit lower than the countertop for a more comfortable working height, and to have a visual separation between the work and kitchen surface.

To create your own home office nook ideas check out this list of kitchen cabinet design software.

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