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5 Brilliant Ways to Repurpose a Kitchen Desk Space

A trend of the past, the kitchen desk space has worn out its appeal. Not quite big enough to call a home office and too small to do much with, it can be difficult to decide how to use the space. If you have a desk space in your kitchen, here are five ideas on how to use it more efficiently.

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Create a Coffee Bar

Originally, this desk space served as a place to dump off mail, unfinished art projects and piles of miscellany—a bit like a wide open junk drawer. So, Katie and Jeremy (aka Bower Power) decided to use that wasted desk surface for something better. A coffee bar! Try these 12 handy DIY mug tree and display ideas for storing your coffee cups.

Follow these tips for organizing open kitchen shelves.

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Use it as a Bar

Back in the ’70s, built-in bars in homes were quite popular. They were often in the basement or “rec room” because that’s where there was some extra space. Now that a kitchen desk no longer seems like a good use of space to many people, some are converting theirs into a designated wine and spirits area.

Here’s some great advice, and reader-built photos, for anyone thinking about building a home bar.

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Create a Wine Station

If you’re a serious wine lover, why not repurpose that wasted kitchen desk space as a mini wine cellar. Consider adding a wine fridge and cupboards or shelves for storage. The countertop is the perfect place for a stylish wine rack. You need to see these 10 stunning wine cellars.

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Small Appliance Niche

We all love out instant pot, air fryer, waffle maker, coffee grinder, food processor and stand mixer, but there’s no denying that they take up a lot of space! Turn that unused kitchen desk space as a roost for all of you beloved kitchen accessories. If your deck has cabinets above and/or drawers, store small appliances there or use the desk surface itself. If you don’t like the idea of having them sit out without a cover, there are many clear and fabric covers available for all sorts of small appliances.

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Make it a Cookbook Library

Consider using the desk space as a small kitchen library. Use shelves above to store cookbooks, as seen here from Tomco Company Inc. If your current kitchen desk space doesn’t have drawers underneath, install some for extra storage space.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.