Even the oddest closet corner may hold more potential than you think. Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and has worked for many of the main interior converting closet to office magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. For H&G, she writes features about interior design – and is known for having an eye for a beautiful room.
The anchors should line up with the holes you already made in the 1 x 2. Cut your plywood board with a circular saw or jigsaw to fit the size of your closet and set it aside. Now that you’ve taken inventory of your available closet space and have a plan, it’s time to get your materials. Tiered storage creates additional vertical space on a small desk or in a home office with a smaller footprint.
Match the closet doors to the rest of your home
But that doesn’t t mean that it’s the only component of an office. Beyond the desk, you get to be a little creative and make your converted closet office into your own. If the closet is not a walk in, installing a custom hanging desk is likely your best choice – just have it cut to fit the size of your space. Measure from the back wall to the interior lip of the threshold to ensure that all of your office equipment like printers and scanners will fit with the closet door closed. After all, the best part of a closet-office, or “cloffice”, is that you can close the door and hide it all away. If the closet doors could be fitted in place with a lock, then you could have your own, private multimedia station.
A mat or a comforter can go a long way, with a few toys on the floor. No, this isn’t the office with a window you had hoped for, but that doesn’t mean cloffice life has to be dull. Move your bed into the closet (just make sure you measure it correctly before moving).
Door or No Door
These metal brackets are easy to install but don’t give you a lot of horizontal support which is why I like having a 1×2 for support on each wall. The wood supports are just as easy to install and give much more stability. Now that you’ve found the perfect place for your closet office and you know how you want to use the space, here are some DIY closet desk ideas for inspiration.
Apply a coat of chalkboard paint to closet walls for a distration-free space. If your child needs help with their homework, use some chalk to work out the problem. Most of us don’t have an extra room to devote to work. Turning a closet into an office is the next best thing. If you can sacrifice some unutilized space, follow our tips on converting a closet to an office. If you do any kind of work at home, you’ve definitely considered the “closet into office” conversion.