DIY Advice: Transform your closet into an office

An unused closet is the perfect location for a small home office. Decorate and dress it up like any other room.

We love Caruth Studio’s DIY blog post on home office closet.


This tiny room serves as a guest room on occasion so making it an office exclusively wasn’t in the cards. But the underused closet had the space for a small office area and doors to keep it private when overnighters use the room.

Although it wasn’t absolutely necessary to remove the existing shelves, we wanted to wallpaper the interior, so out they came. A large-size tropical pattern in vivid pink, teal, and green gave us the decorative punch we needed to encapsulate the tiny space. The pattern is from York Wallcovering’s line of removable papers so it’s not only a snap to install (as much of a snap as possible with two people working in such a small area) but can be changed on a whim.

The small desk in plain white looked a little lackluster in the space so we spruced it up with drawers and door in hot pink to match motifs in the wallpaper. Painting a smooth finish on slick surfaces like melamine can be a challenge. Opt for alkyd paint or a spray paint formulated for use on plastic to get a durable finish.

Make use of the closet door’s real estate with a framed pegboard. Mounting the frame to the door leaves space behind the board for hooking in the organizers that hold tools and supplies

On the opposite door, a clipboard holds reminders and memos, sticky notes, tags, and other small paper supplies, and removable stick-on frames showcase favorite photos.

Cheerful and efficient, the small space is now a functional office with ample storage, simple furnishings, and personal accents.

A staggered series of shelves above the desk provide space for bins and boxes while keeping the wall open enough for the wallpaper pattern to shine through.

While a dainty chandelier might not be the light fixture you’d expect to see in a closet, it does add a touch of elegance to the working environment.

To avoid visual clutter, magazine holders, bins, and boxes on the shelves keep periodicals, files, and papers organized and tucked out of sight.

Desktop accessories put office supplies on display while keeping them tidy.

A large wire basket tucked into a corner can hold rolled maps, drawings or plans, fabrics, or gift wrap.

Credit: Caruth Studio. N.p., 2016. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.

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