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How to Design a Multifunctional Office Kitchen

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The average person spends an estimated 90,000 hours working in an office or behind a desk. To make that time more enjoyable, productive and profitable, it makes sense for companies to maximize the amenities available to the people they employ. Even something as small as adding a coffee station has been shown to encourage creativity, facilitate collaboration and boost workplace morale, all of which positively impact a business’s bottom line. Just think what an actual kitchen could do! Here are a few tips for designing a multifunctional office kitchen that serves a variety of purposes (beyond serving food) and, therefore, makes the most out of any size budget:

Customize Your Options

What makes a space useful depends on the specific needs of the company designing it. Different companies have different types of office floorplans, different numbers of employees, different goals for the space, and different budgets. For these reasons, designing the perfect office kitchen is not the time for a “one size fits all” approach. An office kitchen able to fulfill the most diverse range of objectives will be the one that has been customized according to the precise requirements of the commissioning company.


Think about the size of both your workforce and the room itself. Consider whether or not your organization requires a full range of food preparation equipment and then tailor your space so the appliances, furniture, storage solutions and other aspects of your design match most of your company’s needs and objectives. Remember, time can and will change every company’s focus, so you’ll want to design a space that allows the easiest future modifications.

Pick a Good Location

Of course, a multifunctional office kitchen must, by definition, be functional in multiple ways. Thus, the best way to ensure the functionality of any kind is to first position your office kitchen in a convenient spot within the office itself. An ideal spot would be central to a majority of workers but still isolated enough that sounds and smells don’t permeate actual working spaces or otherwise serve as a distraction to daily work activities.

Think Outside the Box

Multifunctionality requires creativity. A basic office kitchen provides a place for employees to take a break, grab a coffee and/or eat a meal. A truly multifunctional office kitchen allows for a much broader use of the space. Perhaps the addition of a retractable screen at one end of the room and opting for plush seating rather than wooden opens up possibilities for the space to be used for entertaining clients or having meetings. Likewise, furniture can be used instead of cabinets to hide your utensils, pots and pans, knowing the space will be used for more than just eating. Think outside the box so your office kitchen is as versatile as possible and doesn’t scream “utilitarian,” “boring” or “inappropriate for the task at hand”!

The Key Interiors Advantage

You don’t need a lot of money to design a multifunctional office kitchen, you just need a good imagination. Professional designers like the ones on staff at Key Interiors can help. Our expertise makes us uniquely equipped to recognize the myriad ways an office kitchen might be used in today’s modern world. Please contact us to learn more.

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Why Collaborative Office Spaces are Essential in Modern Business

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Typical office layouts change over time. Workers have moved from working in individual stations to open spaces to cubicles and back again in a loop that transforms itself every few decades depending on the values and potential hazards (like a novel coronavirus, for instance) of the current time. And while changing the layout of an office can be a daunting process to consider, in many instances it can precipitate a variety of benefits that make the hassle well worth the effort, time and expense. As we enter a post-pandemic era, take a look at four good reasons to consider collaborative office spaces at your own place of work:

Increased Productivity

Isolation often inhibits creativity, magnifies stress and triggers lethargy. Indeed, with little exposure to and interaction with colleagues, employees who sit alone in their individual offices or cubbies (or homes!) can become bored and depressed, unable to generate new ideas or meet their deadlines. Bring them together in collaborative office spaces, though, and companies often see their workers more engaged and a lot happier, with renewed energy to tackle the tasks at hand. The result: more work completed in less time.

Enhanced Utilization of Space

Collaborative office spaces can also help keep your budget on point. Real estate in today’s business world is at a premium, and owning or renting a building that isn’t being used efficiently is simply a waste of money. Quite often, however, you can create collaborative office spaces that entice employees to return to the office, welcoming them back to a physical space that was being paid for, but not being used. It’s a great way to keep your building inviting and, therefore, fully occupied. Furthermore, collaborative spaces, by their very nature, maximize the square footage of a building’s existing space, condensing more employees into a space that previously held less. In this way, not only do more employees want to be back in the building, more can actually fit. It’s a two-fold benefit of collaborative workspaces that ensures your resources are being used appropriately and not needlessly squandered.

Revitalized Office Culture

Finally, collaborative office spaces frequently contribute to the strengthening of the relationships that exist within a company’s workforce. Unlike individual offices or cubicles, collaborative office spaces allow large numbers of employees to gather together at one site. In these communal spaces, employees are able to explore and share their beliefs, eventually creating sincere personal bonds that boost their overall well-being and improve their performance. Perhaps most importantly, the close personal relationships fostered between employees working together in collaboration lead to a shared appreciation for company values and beliefs, building the foundation for a meaningful and powerful company culture.

Want to Learn More?

In a post-Covid world, collaborative office spaces have become essential. They not only strengthen work relationships and enhance employee cooperation, they promote an office synergy that ultimately boosts a business’s bottom line. To learn more about creating collaborative workspaces at your own company, please contact Key Interiors.

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