Converting Closets, Nooks and Furniture into Functional Home Offices

by Shelley SmithJanuary 17, 2012

“I believe in small spaces; a place where comfort, beauty and practicality can all co-exist in harmony. Any fool can make things bigger and more complex, but it takes a touch of genius to move in the opposite direction.”  – Thoreau & Gower

I adore this quote and truly believe that it is the best way to describe the latest trend of regular closets, nooks and furniture, turned extraordinary home offices. There is a big “wow factor” to these innovative, space-maximizing transformations that really has started a new trend… especially for home owners who find themselves short on square footage, or additional space for a traditional office.

These small, yet multi-functional ‘rooms’ are actually becoming more and more popular in homes of all sizes. If you’ve been looking for a great way to create more space out of an underutilized closet, here are some great ideas!

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As you can see, simple shelving inside of a closet office is the key to adding room for additional storage.

If you have a small nook or closet that no longer has usable doors, but you still want to be able to close off your new office to others when not using it, try some inexpensive curtains or draperies to section off your space.

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If you think there’s no hope for a cool, space-saving office in your home because all of your closets are already being used and you don’t have an empty little nook… don’t worry, you’re in luck! You can make your own with just a simple re-purposed piece of furniture!

From a bookshelf to an old TV cabinet, almost anything can be made into a small home office with just a little imagination.

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Here are some things to keep in mind when constructing YOUR new innovative office space.
Pinpoint what Functions you’ll need to Perform:
These makeshift offices can have a big impact but are still small on organizational space, so make sure you scale down on clutter and paper mess to keep your office as organized as possible. Also, when building your new office keep in mind the KINDS of storage you’ll need room for. Will it be standing files or flat boxes? Knowing what sorts of storage containers you’ll be working with in the beginning will help you eliminate any space requirement headaches later on.
Get Comfortable.
Nowadays we tend to spend a LOT of time in our home offices, especially when using the computer. So find a counter top height and office chair that will be comfortable and easy on your body. Think about possibly finding a place in your new office to store a small throw, if you should get chilly or lumbar pillow for your back. Since the biggest allure about a home office is that it’s in the comfort of your own home, make sure to take this factor into account!
Create an Inspiring Environment.
Sometimes working within cramped spaces can make people irritable. One way to combat that is to surround yourself with inspiring color and design. Pick a paint, wallpaper or color scheme in your space that will make you WANT to dwell there. When we feel happy and content in our surroundings it reflects heavily in our work and attitude.
Have you ever thought of converting a  closet or nook into a home office? Could this be next on your “Home Improvement” list of things to-do!?
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