Work from home? Short on space? Hankering for a study? In some homes, a study may be considered a bit of a ‘luxury’ because all the other spaces are taken up with living space, bedrooms, family areas and a kitchen. Or maybe you have a desk in a spare room that doubles as a space for guests. But there’s nothing like having your own dedicated space for a computer and your ‘stuff’ that you don’t have to shift if someone else uses the room…or you have to set the table for dinner.
I found some ingenuous solutions that effectively are a home office in a closet. Don’t think ‘cramped space’ or ‘looney parent hiding deformed child’ but an organised and dedicated space you can call your own. A home office in a closet can be colourful, surprisingly spacious and even private if you want it to be.
Some older houses have a walk-in wardrobe that can be easily transformed into a home office in a closet. A shelf for a computer and shelving for files and books, plus adequate light, are almost all that is required. Adding strong colours can also make a space appear bigger, and certainly brighter. Add items that make you smile or feel comfortable. Because if you’re anything like me you will spend ALOT of time in your office.
Decide for what purpose you want a home office in a closet. Is it just to do your tax returns? Or do you spend time on your computer? Maybe you just need some private space for ‘you time’. Whatever the reason, a small space can be converted into a very useable area with a bit of thought and some great storage solutions. Places like IKEA and Howard’s Storage World sell a great range of storage items – shelves, boxes, CD holders, stationery stations – but you can also find cheaper options at K-Mart or Bunnings.
All you might really need for a home office in a closet is a shelf under which you can position a chair and onto which you can put a computer. So if you really strip down your needs, you may be able to find a suitable spot more easily than you thought.
Have you created a home office in a closet? What did you do? Was it workable? Are you still using that space? Do you have any tips that would help our other readers? Please do share.