A home office? In a closet? Sounds like something Dwight & Michael would cook up for their next world domination strategy meeting.
Can you really create an office in a closet?
You absolutely can create an amazing home office in a closet! In fact, there are countless people who’ve done it. The key is to maximize your space, plan your closet office well, and make sure you’ve got everything you need to build a closet office nook for you to work in.
If you want to create a very clever and cool home office without spending a lot of money, then you should consider creating a small home office in one of your closets. It’s a great way to save space, save money get organized and get productive all at the same time.
But what are the challenges that come with building a home office in a closet?
What are the things you don’t even think about when you build an office in a closet?
What are some examples of really well-done closet offices?
In this post, I’ll show you examples of really amazing home offices built into closet spaces and I’m covering everything you need to know so that you can build your own amazing small home office in a closet without breaking the bank!
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Can you turn a closet into an office?
Yes, you can turn a closet into an awesome built-in closet office. The key is to use the space wisely.
You only have so much room to work with, but you can create a full-featured home office in a closet with just a little planning!
When square footage in your living space is a challenge you have to get creative.
Ample space isn’t always available but we’re not going to let that slow us down!
Doesn’t matter whether you want to create your closet office in a guest bedroom, your own master bedroom, or another closet somewhere else in your home, a closet office can serve dual purposes as both storage space for office and other household supplies, but also as a place for you to get work done and to crank out business.
Clever office storage solutions include:
- Seseno Small Pantry Organizer Basket Bins
- SimpleHouseware Foldable Storage Cubes
- mDesign Plastic Home Storage Organizer
Even if you’re in a studio apartment, you can put the ideas we’re talking about here to work for you so you can carve out a little bit of extra space, that’s outfitted in a really cool way, for you to work from home.
What is a “cloffice”?
A Closet Office or “cloffice” is when you take an ordinary closet and convert it into a home office space.
Whoever heard of a “cloffice” before anyway?
When I first learned about this emerging trend for people working from home, I was blown away by the creativity people are employing to build out these offices in a closet.
The best thing about creating a home office in a closet is that your closets already exist – they aren’t taking up any additional room in your house!
Having a cloffice saves your existing living space from the inevitable creep of work, and yet at the same time is a very clever and resourceful way to repurpose space that’s already part of your home.
So let’s talk about why you might actually WANT to build a home office inside a closet.
Why would anyone ever want to build a home office within a closet?
There are several reasons why someone would choose to build a home office instead of using an extra bedroom or spare room.
Many homes were not designed with the idea of being used as a full-time business headquarters.
So repurposing existing space just makes sense. You can build a perfectly modern office in a closet because most closets have been built specifically for storage purposes.
You can always add or rearrange shelving inside your closet to better suit your office needs.
How does a “cloffice” work?
The idea behind having a “cloffice”, or closet office, is being creative by using the space you have available to you, not having to dedicate an entire room to an office, and making a functional space where you can read, write or otherwise just get work done.
there are plenty of benefits to having a home office in a smaller space like a closet.
- You’re saving valuable floor space in your home.
- Your home office can be as fancy as you’d like making it a feature for your home.
- Having a home office means less clutter around your main area of the house.
- A home office gives you privacy which allows you to focus better.
- If you need to get focused and get stuff done, your closet office can help you do that in a big way.
- The best thing about building your own closet home office is that it makes you feel good because you’ve created a special spot for yourself.
- Lastly, a home office built into your closet can save money over buying furniture.
How much does it cost to build a home office in a regular closet?
You can create an amazing closet office for under $500 with a little thriftiness and creativity and tools from Ikea.
If you decide to use a separate room for your home office, you’ll likely spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on furniture, lighting, flooring, etc., simply because those items weren’t included in the original design of your home.
And lots of people don’t want to commit to big expenses like this, just to build a modern office.
The biggest expenses you’ll have with your office in a closet are your desktop surface and shelving.
- VWINDESK 60-inch Wooden Material MDF Desktop
- Tangkula 55×28 Universal Tabletop
- VIVO Light Wood 60×24 Universal Solid One-Piece Table Top
The good news is existing closets virtually always include shelving, which means you can easily add more shelves to increase your workspace.
Another thing that we’ll talk more about in a minute in greater detail is that most closets don’t have electrical outlets, so that can also be an expense to keep in mind when you’re thinking about whether or not you want to build an office in your closet.
In addition, another expense to consider is the amount of storage you’d like to include in your closet office.
You don’t have to break the bank to build an office in a closet!
Here is a basic product list to get you started with the essentials you will need to create a home office in a regular-sized closet.
Is your current living arrangement suitable for working from home?
If you’re single, then you’ll probably want to have your own space where you can work without having to worry about disturbing anyone else if you have roommates.
Keep in mind, If you have small kids, then you’ll need to be able to work from an area where you’ll be able to keep an eye on them while at the same time focus on getting work done.
But even if you don’t have children, then you’ll still want to have some sort of dedicated workspace that’s free from distractions.
Since work from home, then you’ll likely want to have a separate room or area where you can work without being disturbed by others.
If you do not work from home, then it will be important to have a place where you can work without distraction.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and you’ve retired – regardless of your age – then you’ll likely have more time available to dedicate to your business.
If you aren’t retired, then you’ll still need to have a place where your business can thrive without being interrupted.
If you run a small business, then you’ll likely need a place where you can concentrate on your work without being distracted by others.
How do I turn my closet into an office?
How big of a closet do you have? This question comes down to whether you have a small closet or a large one.
A smaller closet means you have less room to work with obviously, so your home office design in your closet will have to be optimized for maximum utility.
Clean That Closet Out!
First off, after you’ve figured out which closet you’re going to use, and you have an idea of how much space you will have for your closet office, you need to clear everything out of it.
You may find yourself needing to move items around inside the closet to maximize its usable space.
The following closet organization materials can help you consolidate items when you’re cleaning out that closet so you can save space:
Once you’ve cleared all the clutter out of your closet, you’ll need to decide what kind of furniture you’d like to add to the space.
Measure The Depth Of Space You Have
Most standard closets (not walk-in closets, we’ll talk more about them in a minute), are 2 feet deep, at least in the U.S. That’s 61cm for the rest of the world.
In most instances, you don’t want your office to extend past that depth because you’ll likely want to be able to close it when you’re not using it.
Design Your Closet Office Space
The trick here is to maximize the vertical space you have in your closet and make sure that any desk/desk setup you choose doesn’t take up too much floor space.
That way, you get extra storage space under your desks as well as additional surface area for writing notes and other documents.
Think about the features your closet office needs to have; what do you want to have in your closet office?
A desk is a given, but do you need file cabinets?
What are you going to do about storage? Do you need file drawers? File drawers are essential for just about any home office space, but maybe you can get a file cabinet desk with drawers so you’re tackling multiple issues at once.
Even doing a simple drawing will help you get all your ideas out so that you can build your home office space into exactly what you want it to be, and help you plan for all the office essentials you need to have in your office nook!
Don’t Forget About A Power Outlet!
Most closets don’t have power outlets so you’ll need to consider adding some sort of electrical outlet installation before you start building anything else.
If you need to run an extension cord from a nearby outlet make sure you keep it out of the way so your desk chair isn’t rolling over it and causing problems there.
You can use adhesive strips to mount your power strip so it’s out of the way.
By using just one good power cord you can then plug in a high-quality power strip to supply your whole closet office with all the power you need.
- Nuesta 6-Foot Power Strip Surge Protector (12 Outlets and 4 USB Ports)
- Addtam 5-Foot Power Strip Surge Protector (6 Outlets and 3 USB Ports)
- GE 10-Foot Extension Cord Power Strip (6 Outlets)
Also, think about light fixtures. You will need to have some kind of lighting for your closet desk.
If you’ve already got an overhead light you can use that, but consider switching to an LED light.
They’re much longer-lasting and use much less power than traditional lights.
Since we’re talking about electricity in your closet space, you should also look into adding an ethernet line to your closet office.
Wired internet connections are faster and more stable, so it makes sense to have a wall connection for your internet in your new office space in addition to your WiFi.
Organize Your Closet Office Space
You may not have a lot of depth for your closet office, but you have vertical height and that is a HUGE plus. And you can still have plenty of storage space in that cozy nook.
You need to have plenty of storage in any home office, and a closet office makes all kinds of cool stuff possible.
First, can repurpose the existing shelving to make a space for your desk! Use the existing shelving by moving it around or reconfiguring it so that it flows naturally with your new closet office setup.
Use wire baskets or other storage bins to stow away your office supplies, and you can use peg board on the wall to maximize what you can store vertically.
Rubbermaid makes some great tools for closets and shelving and they’re a fantastic fit for building an office closet!
The good thing about building an office in a closet is that you have ample wall space so you have space for plenty of shelves.
You can use a combination of wire shelving and solid shelving to make the most of the space without destroying your budget.
Can I put my desk in my closet?
Since we’re building an office in a closet, creating a built-in desk is probably the best option.
A fantastic way to create a great desk in your home office closet is to grab a slab of butcher block for your desktop surface.
Another option that works just as well would be to grab a piece of laminate countertop that will fit perfectly in your office and be as durable as anything else you could put in your home office closet.
One of the things about having an office in a bedroom closet (or other unused closet) is the vertical space you’re working with isn’t a lot.
So putting a standard desk can work, but just know that it’s likely going to extend beyond the threshold of the closet.
That being said, if that’s not a problem for you, then by all means, as long as you’ve got the space to do it horizontally, there should be no problem putting your desk in your closet.
Just think about the things you need around your desk, like office supplies, a printer, etc. to help you be productive.
Why A Closet Office Is Worth It?
The closet office is worth it because it’s an economical way to create a fantastic space that not only is budget-friendly, but saves space, and provides a fantastic workspace at home in a cozy nook, or in an another unused/underutilized closet.
One of the great advantages to having a closet office is that it helps keep clutter out of sight when you’re done working.
If you keep your doors on your closet, when the workday is done you can simply close the doors so you won’t feel overwhelmed and you’ll be less tempted to go looking for stuff to do.
Having a home office in a small space such as a closet has several benefits.
First, it allows you to create an awesome space and make the most of the space you have – either in an unused closet or a cozy nook.
Second, it can save you a BUNCH of money because you don’t need to spend a lot outfitting a larger home office.
Third, it doesn’t take up a bunch of room in your house or apartment.
And finally, it keeps your living area clean and organized, separated from your main living space.
How do you make a small walk in closet into office?
How does all this apply to a walk-in closet? can you make an office out of a small walk-in closet like you could with a regular closet?
Yes, you can create an office from a walk-in closet!
The only difference is the shape of the space you’re working with.
So instead of a long narrow closet office, you’ve got a smaller, more rectangular nook home office.
Everything else we’ve talked about here applies.
Add some shelves above your desk to store books, files, and other items.
Add file cabinets or drawers for files to hold up your desktop surface so you have plenty of space for storage.
One major difference though is how you choose to light your walk-in closet office.
It would be very easy to feel very cramped in a small walk-in closet, so instead, make it into a battle station type of command room, where you’ve created a small, intimate and cozy space that feels open instead of feeling cramped.
In addition, since you are using a small space, you want to use lighting that will allow you to see what you’re doing without straining your eyes.
You also want to avoid overhead lights which might cause glare issues.
Examples Of Closet Offices
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