Asked on Jun 28, 2017

Ideas to replace kitchen desk?

by Ann13227507
I never use my kitchen desk for what it was intended. It's a catch-all for for anything that comes in the house. Under it I store gallon jugs of water. I'd like to put the space to better use. If I had my way it would be a pantry. My husband, though, is against any renovation. Please help. (Sorry! It's not usually quite so messy.)
q ideas to replace kitchen desk
  10 answers
  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Jun 28, 2017
    How about changing it up to open shelving to hold cookbooks or fancy serving dishes? I think it would look really nice. In fact, you could install lighting since you already have a connection and grow houseplants in one of the shelves.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 28, 2017
    I like the idea of a pantry, and it would sure be easy to do. Just add shelves, and make a door on hinges or find a bi-fold one to fit the space. You could make 2 doors for an upper and lower cubboard. I would take the measurements down to Habitat for Humanity Restore, they have tons of doors including bi-folds - I got a set for $25. You could probably also pick up enough scrap lumber to do the supports for the shelf sides (make sure they go into studs or use anchors as they will be holding alot of weight). They might even have shelf width lumber.

    For that little bit that sticks out farther, you could add a cell phone charger/holder, a mail center, maybe even a small white board for messaging.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 28, 2017
    Start by painting the chair and moving it to another room. Baby steps.... Then gradually start upgrading to the shelves , then doors. It'll be a pantry before you know it !

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jun 28, 2017
    How about setting it up as a coffee station?

  • Sandy Sandy on Jun 28, 2017
    since your husband is against any renovations, I'm not sure if putting up shelves is an option. What if you tried to find an existing shelf or cabinet to go over the desk part and also under? it might take some searching to find something that fits. Or if you are a wine drinker, you could put in a wine rack and some glasses. Do you need a place for a microwave? And of course, the chair has to go. You could leave the water bottles on the floor and put up a curtain to hide them.

  • Pat Ruge Pat Ruge on Jun 28, 2017
    Well of course your husband is against any renovation. Girl, sometimes it is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. If I were you, meaning you are capable, I would begin by removing the upper cabinet and the shelf. With that done - now WE must do something about it. Who said "baby steps"? This is your first baby step IMO. Think full fledged pantry to maximize your storage.

  • Shannon Shannon on Jun 28, 2017
    I feel your pain, I'm in the same boat with that kitchen desk area. I like the idea of the extra pantry space!

  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 28, 2017
    Perfect spot for a coffee/tea station

  • Lyn15291588 Lyn15291588 on Jun 28, 2017
    Perfect place for a wine rack and a glass holder hung under the cabinet.

  • Barb Barb on Jul 02, 2017
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