In most homes, household bills, correspondence, school notes and pens seem to always end up piled on the kitchen bench or stuffed in a drawer somewhere near the telephone.
So having a small desk or office area set up right in the hub of things does make sense and can certainly create order in the kitchen.
Space is often at a premium in the dining and kitchen areas so use narrow bench or hall table, preferably with a drawer stood against the wall
Lap-top computers are slim and convenient for this type of office and wireless technology now makes it possible to check emails and use the internet without having a specific data socket
A set-up like this is ideal for kids who would prefer do their homework and use the computer while still enjoying time with the family