Dining room. This can be a candidate, especially if you rarely dine there. One plus: a large dining-room table allows the visually oriented plenty of space to spread out papers and files.
Order, order, order is the key to a dining-room office. You really need to be able to close off your work space during meals-to protect your papers as well as your digestion.
Kitchen. Can a kitchen make a decent work space? It depends on the nature of your work, on your need for privacy, and on how boisterous your family is. Some home workers like the sense of connection to the pulse of a busy household; others feel constantly distracted and exposed to interruption. There’s also more potential for damage to papers and other business materials. But if the site still appeals to you, consider whether you might incorporate your work space into a breakfast area or build it into a cabinet run.