If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that certain rooms in the home may need to be flexible in terms of the use of space. The kitchen, being the hub of the home, has recently become not only a place to cook and eat together, but also the necessary space for home working, or children’s school work. But how can you make sure that your kitchen is up to the task, and can meet the different requirements associated with these? Well, here at Priory Kitchen Studio, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design professionals. And this is our guide to everything you should consider to make your kitchen as flexible as possible.
What are the most effective ways to create a flexible kitchen space?
There are a number of effective options available when it comes to creating a flexible kitchen. These include:
⦁ Adding a breakfast bar- if you haven’t already added a breakfast bar, this can be a simple solution to create an ad-hoc work space, for whenever you need it. This is great for small kitchens where a kitchen table wouldn’t be practical, as well as for larger family kitchens, where the breakfast bar can be a great alternative to your kitchen table, which may be needed for other family members, or for home schooling.
⦁ Using a lowered section of work surface- Lowering a section of your work surface, or breakfast bar, can be the perfect way to create a small section of your kitchen for home working. This should be wide enough for your laptop and any paperwork you might need, without taking up too much room, and without getting in the way of any food preparation or cooking. And with a lower height, you won’t need to perch on a stool for 8 hours of the day.
⦁ Folding wall mounted desks- these are desks that can sit flush to the wall, or to kitchen cabinets, when not in use. These simply fold out, or pull down, whenever you need them, and can be easily tidied away again when not in use. For small and medium sized kitchens, this can be a clever and simple solution for temporary desk space.
What are the advantages of creating flexible kitchen spaces?
Creating flexible kitchen spaces can being a range of advantages, including:
⦁ Reducing stress- it’s a stressful time for many homeowners, professionals and families right now. But having somewhere to work safely within the kitchen can be a real weight off your mind.
⦁ Creating a designated work space- finding a work life balance when working from home can be difficult, unless you have a designated work space you can leave at the end of the working day. A flexible kitchen space can be the perfect solution.
⦁ Balancing all requirements- if your children are home schooling, and you’re trying to work, a flexible kitchen space can provide the perfect calm retreat for focused work, or the perfect place for collective learning, depending on your requirements at the time.
For more information or advice, or to find the perfect kitchen seating option for your home, take a look at what we have to offer, here at Priory Kitchen Studio.