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computer in kitchenArchos recently introduced the ChefPad, a 9.7″ Android tablet made specifically for being used in the kitchen. It’s a desperate move to occupy what they perceive as a niche in a tough market. If you don’t need a device that can curate apps – after all you can find great kitchen apps The Tablet Gourmand: 5 Great Cook's Tools For Making Delicious Meals [Android] The Tablet Gourmand: 5 Great Cook's Tools For Making Delicious Meals [Android] There are very few cooking lovers who can look past a decent recipe application for their phone. Most of us are always keen to find a new application which will let us browse great recipes... Read More on MakeUseOf – you can probably do better than this gadget.

Installing a computer in the kitchen is a brilliant idea. Not only does it deliver cooking tips and recipes right where you need them, you can also maintain your digital and cloud-synced shopping list Always Know What You Need To Buy With Out Of Milk Shopping List For Android Always Know What You Need To Buy With Out Of Milk Shopping List For Android Out Of Milk Shopping List looks a little like a regular to-do list, and indeed can be used as one if you wish, but it really excels at looking after a shopping list for you... Read More or use it for entertainment. Imagine you could listen to music or watch your favorite TV show while preparing a meal or doing the dishes. Whether or not have a spare device and whatever your DIY skill level is, I guarantee there is a solution just right for you.

Mount Your Tablet Or Phone With Velcro

Let’s start with the easiest DIY kitchen computer. This is a temporary installation suitable for any light device, such as a tablet or smartphone. All you need is Velcro and maybe a cheap case you can mount semi-permanently.

I affixed my tablet on a kitchen cabinet door 5 Cool Ways To Make a Velcro Mount To Store Electronic Equipment 5 Cool Ways To Make a Velcro Mount To Store Electronic Equipment Velcro was invented by a Swiss engineer who couldn't help but discover a good use for the nasty burrs of burdock that would stick to his clothes and his dog's fur after hunting trips. He... Read More using 5 adhesive Velcro spots on the back of the tablet and counterparts on the cabinet door. Be sure to use industrial strength Velcro or a sufficient number of spots or stripes to safely mount your device. Et voilà! A safe location for your tablet or phone in a kitchen of any size.

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If you have a spare tablet, you might also be interested in other things you can do with it 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Your Old iPad After Upgrading 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Your Old iPad After Upgrading It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the new iPad. The new display is a significant upgrade and, for people who use their tablets to view text frequently, well worth the price of admission.... Read More .

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Build A DIY Touch Screen Kitchen PC

So you don’t have a (spare) tablet, but you do have an old computer that you would love to turn into a touch screen kitchen PC? Instructables has just the right project for you! On the downside, this custom kitchen PC requires an up-front investment and quite a bit of handicraft on top of that. Not recommended for the faint-of-heart!

You will need space on your wall, a spare computer, a spare flatscreen, and a touchscreen USB panel kit that matches the size of the spare display. You can get a 17″ kit for around $60.

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If you don’t have a spare monitor, you could also follow the instructions for the iPhone-inspired DIY kitchen touch screen project and invest in a new touch screen instead. The project comes with an incredibly thorough documentation and an open source forum where anyone can post improvements. The result is almost the same as in the project pictured above. This family here uses the screen as a digital picture frame when the computer isn’t in use.

computer in kitchen ideas

If you wonder whether or not you should keep the computer on Standby or better turn it off to save on electricity, consult my energy saving tips Energy Saving Tips For Buying & Using Electronics Energy Saving Tips For Buying & Using Electronics Electronics make up a significant portion of your household energy costs. Computers, printers, and WiFi routers alone account for around 25% of your electricity bill. While electronics are becoming more efficient, their increased use offsets... Read More article.

Install An Overhead Display For Your Kitchen Computer

In a small apartment you need to be flexible. Without ample suitable space for an office, most people cram a desk into the bedroom or living room, which ultimately changes the atmosphere of the room. A great alternative for setting up a small office space is the kitchen.

With limited space and limited resources you need to be creative. I found two projects that address the space issue. The kitchen PC with laptop twist project works with a spare laptop and a wireless keyboard and mouse set. The laptop is mounted overhead at the bottom of a kitchen cabinet. Obviously, the screen orientation is rotated by 180°, so it isn’t upside down. The advantage is that you can put away the keyboard and mouse, but still view the screen, even if you need the work surface.

computer in kitchen ideas

The second kitchen PC project uses a mini PC with a small TFT. Both are mounted onto a plywood board, which is subsequently installed upside down underneath the cabinets.

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Both projects are ingenious for small spaces and relatively easy to install. For the most part they rely on spare hardware or second hand devices you can get for cheap, which also makes such projects very affordable.

Stylish Kitchen PC Set Ups

Those of you who have a spacious kitchen, should consider reserving a corner for your computer. You can find an almost endless slideshow with kitchen computer home design photos at Houzz. Below is just one beautiful example.

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General Tips

Setting up a computer in the kitchen, that hot and steamy place where you handle liquids, grease, and other things no computer should ever get in touch with, is a bit risky. So here are a few tips to keep you and your hardware safe:

  • Install your kitchen computer above the workspace or away from where spills or splashes could affect it.
  • Also keep the hardware away from heat sources, such as the stove or oven. You don’t want the plastic to melt!
  • Keep in mind that you need a power outlet close to your computer, either to charge it or to run it in the first place.
  • Pick a location where cables can be concealed easily, for example next ot the fridge.
  • Kitchen counters are higher than regular desks or tables. Thus you will need a stool or raised chair if you want to sit in front of the PC. Alternatively, design your setup so you can use your kitchen PC like a standing desk Your Backbone Will Thank You: 6 Great Standing Desk Designs Your Backbone Will Thank You: 6 Great Standing Desk Designs Sitting can kill you or at least cause serious health issues. Unfortunately, many jobs require us to sit at our desks for many hours a day. While it's tough to change what you do for... Read More .

Conclusion

A kitchen computer is a wonderful thing to have and there is a solution that fits any kitchen, DIY skill level, or budget. The most important ingredients next to spare hardware are a tiny bit of imagination, DIY courage, and patience. The result is whatever you need it to be; efficient use of your space, distraction or entertainment for dull routine work, or tools that help you produce great things in the kitchen.

What kind of kitchen computer appeals most to you? Maybe you have already installed a computer in your kitchen. What do you typically use it for and do you have any tips for fellow readers? We would love to hear your opinion and learn from your experience!

Image Credits: Green Kitchen via Houzz, Rob Kane Traditional Kitchen via Houzz

  1. dragonmouth
    May 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    "Installing a computer in the kitchen is a brilliant idea. "
    Only if the kitchen is not used for cooking and is used to demonstrate proof-of-concept ideas.

    I don't know about your kitchen but, when we cook, our kitchen is always full of steam, dust, food particles, smoke and grease, all things inimical to any kind of a computer.

  2. Scott M
    May 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I use my laptop in the kitchen.

  3. Scott
    May 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I'd settle for just having a kitchen that looks anything close to those shown above. As for having the money to do any of those installs.... no time soon. ;-)

    • dragonmouth
      May 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      All the photos accompanying the article look like they were taken in a model kitchen in a model house where no human activity takes place. Like the pictures in Home and Garden or Architectural Digest magazines.

  4. null
    May 30, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Any recommendations for recipe software that can maintain a database from top recipe websites... or is Google still as good as it gets?

  5. Zhong J
    May 30, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Great, now I can eat and be right next to my computer, I won't move anywhere else.

  6. Eric Tacti
    May 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Awesome! I have wanted to do this for awhile, and now I have the perfect guide to do so.

  7. likefunbutnot
    May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    ... Buy an Android HDMI stick and use the TV that might already be there?

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