A computer in the kitchen is great for many things—looking up recipes, streaming cooking shows, and converting measurements—but finding a safe place to store it can be tricky. A kitchen is ripe with messes, hungry children, and scurrying chefs, and all are capable of damaging your computer. Here are a few ways to keep your kitchen computer out of harm's way.
Mount it on or in the wall.
In a small kitchen, it may not be possible to set your computer on the counter, but if you have the space, it may not be wise. You may bump it off fixing dinner in a rush, or a wayward spill may damage it. Instead, mount it on or inside the wall like these folks. The computer won't contribute to your kitchen's clutter or stand in the path of destruction, but it will still be convenient.
Invest in a tablet computer.
Tablet computers—like the iPad or HP Slate—are portable devices with a touchscreen as their primary input device (rather than a keyboard like most computers). Small, lightweight, and capable of running many of the same applications as conventional computers, they are ideal for kitchen use. Store yours on a tabletop easel meant for small areas. The easels are affordable (often under $10, like this one) and a great way to secure your tablet computer and make it easy to read.
Put it under glass.
If you're in the process of creating a kitchen, consider putting your computer under glass. Glass countertops are readily available, and a little creativity with your cabinetry can give you the freedom to click while you chop.
Until next time,
The Home Know-It-All