Add A Closet Office To Your Home

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Guest Post by John Miller

Having a home office to stay organized and focused is one of the many ideas that may have come to your mind, but many of us don’t have an extra room in our houses to convert into a dedicated office. If you are one of us with tiny house, I have a great idea for you – converting a closet into a home office can be your best solution.

Since we do not use many closets in our homes to their optimum level, converting one into your home office can help you in organizing your work, staying functional and properly managing your business from home. Now that you are thinking to convert that poorly utilized hall closet into a home office, we have some tips to help you.

Depth of closet

Before you make your final decision to convert a closet into home office, make sure that the closet has enough depth to hand all you stuff. Most closets are only marginally deeper than the size of a hanger. To make things certain, you can shift your computer, printer, scanner, chair, table and other necessary gears on the closet floor, shut the door if any and see if there is enough room to house them. If you still have extra space to accommodate cabinet for your files, you’re among the lucky ones.

If your think that your existing closet is small to work as your home office, consider adding a room divider within a large room to make separate space for your new office. You should read more if you want to have a dedicated and professionally designed office in your home.

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Paint the walls in motivating colours

Converting your closet into your office doesn’t mean that it should appear like a closet. You are converting it into your office and so should it look like. You can paint the inside walls with colours that would motivate you to work. You can even hang colorful photos on the walls so they appear lively.

Electricity for your new office

It’s time for installation of lighting and electric plugs for your new home office. Keeping in mind your work kits that require power, you should have an electrician visit your home to install proper lighting and electricity plugs, cables etc. for your electrical and electronic equipment.

Focus on comfort

Because your office in a closet, you should make sure that you have an easy space to work in. Ensure that with your stuff like chair, desk, computer and other printer in your new office, you have enough space for yourself to work comfortably. You can increase your comfort by adding adjustable chair, back pillows, and other similar components.

De-clutter your new home office

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Remove unnecessary items from your office and keep your desk uncluttered. This will help you to stay organized. Use boxes to keep items like scissors, pencils, and pens etc. If you have items that are necessary to help your in your work, you can use the space available on the walls. You can find a lot of mountable storage tools that can help you store your important stuff on the wall. Even wall pots for plants can be of great help.

Keeping objects under cover

You can have enough space by keeping some items like wastebasket and cans of soda under cover. You can do this by hanging a piece of tablecloth from a tension rod running down the table or shelve.

Have rug in place

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Use a comfortable and elegant rug if you want to work bare feet. You can even use a decent floor covering from the hallway into your office. This will make you appear more professional and bring elegance to your new home office.

Now that your new home office is arranged, it’s time to get to work. This closet office will help to keep you functional and effective. Your new home office grounded in these ideas will make you love your space and will motivate you to do more.

John Miller is a seasoned writer who loves writing about home improvement and design. He contributes regularly on various websites and online publications. 

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Jason - June 16, 2015 Reply

Keep Calm and *Stitch* On? Or am I misreading that?

Marie - June 16, 2015 Reply

Notice the “Keep Calm” writing on the Black board? Stitch is misspelled!!!

Jason - June 16, 2015 Reply

I wouldn’t mind seeing some pictures of closet offices. The pictures shown seem tenuously related to the topic.

    Fred - June 16, 2015 Reply

    Well Jason, if you want to see pictures of closet offices, you could certainly use your favorite image browser, such as google image, or whatever – search for “closet offices”, and then you’ll be able to view thousands of them.

Fred - June 16, 2015 Reply

I have one closet in mind for a future home office. It’s about 4 feet square and 8 feet high and its front opening and closet door, which has already been removed, is the full 4 feet wide. My home office used to be a 15 x 15 foot room, but I don’t need that much home office space any more, and that room has become a storage room anyway. In the meantime I bought a computer armoire. It’s 31″ wide and 52″ high, with a double swing-open front doors. When I’m not working (computing), I just shut both doors and it looks like a cabinet, which it is. It meets my needs completely, and so will my converted closet when I move into it at some point in the future.

Paula - June 17, 2015 Reply

I really enjoy reading the Tiny House Blog. However I couldn’t even finish reading this article for all of the typos and lack of words in the right places. Writer and Editor-spell check and proofreading is in order. This is so weird and uncharacteristic for this site.

Di - December 9, 2015 Reply

With a handheld computer, an office may not be needed. Communicate via skype and email. Store files of documents/images in the cloud. Work anywhere, such as the park or beach.

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