How to Make a Closet Into an Office

Two Methods:Closet Office PreparationCloset Office Design

If you are always searching for space to work in your home, you may have a hidden option that you've never thought of - your closet. A closet office is a great place to work from home, organize bills or letters, create a study space for your children or simply work on the computer. A closet usually comes with storage features that can be turned into desktop organization. If you have an extra closet, you can turn it into an open or enclosed work area by rearranging its features and adding a desk and a chair. This article will tell you how to make a closet into an office.

Method 1
Closet Office Preparation

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    Remove all your clothes or objects from the closet. Although this may take a while and displace your belongings, it will be hard to get a good idea of measurements and space while the closet is full. Find other places to store the items in your house or garage.
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    Measure the depth of your closet. This is the length from the doors to the back of the closet. Closets can be deep or shallow, and this will determine the size of your desk and chair and how much you can fit into the office space.
    • You do not need a walk-in closet to create an office. However, it is a good idea to choose a closet that is deeper than a hanger's width. The desk and chair will not go too far out into the room or hallway, if it is deeper.
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    Devise electrical support for your office. Count the number of electrical appliances you need to plug in, and buy a power strip or surge protector. You can provide your electricity in 1 of 2 ways:
    • If you want to have an overhead light, a computer, a printer, a scanner and more in your office, then you should consider hiring an electrician to rewire your existing electricity into your new office. This will allow you to feel safer about the power sources that control your many electronic devices and it will also allow you to install an overhead pendant light.
    • If you plan to fill your office with a few simple electronic devices, such as a desktop and a clip lamp, you can extend an extension cord from a nearby plug to your office. You should buy clips to secure the cords to the bottom of the wall so that no one will trip over the cords. You can also consider getting a hard mat or soft rug that will go over any cords that extend too far.
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    Remove the doors to your office. If you have a walk in closet, this might not be necessary, but in most cases, you will create more space by removing the doors, so that you have more space to fit in desks, organizers and a chair.
    • While removing the doors creates a more accessible office, you may want privacy when you work in your office. In this case, consider buying a collapsible screen that you can put in to divide you from the room or rest of the house when you want some privacy.
    • You can also place a colorful curtain in front of the office to hide it when it's not in use.
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    Clean your closet well before turning it into an office. Vacuum the floors, dust the corners and clean the walls and shelves with soapy water and a sponge.

Method 2
Closet Office Design

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    Choose a desk. If you have a small closet, consider looking online for a Murphy desk that drops down and can be folded up when not in use. Otherwise, you can measure your area and place a desk of any kind that fits in the space, including modular designs, classic styles with plenty of drawers and plank desks that will fit plenty of electronic devices.
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    Use currently installed shelving for organization or install more shelving. The kind of shelving that you choose is mostly based on what you plan to store in the office, such as documents, books or office supplies. It is a good idea to choose shelving with dividers so that you can separate your projects, just as you do at an office.
    • Try to install shelving as high as you can in your office. You must maximize your storage space, if you want it to be a useful area. Many closet offices can fit 4 or 5 shelf levels from desk level to ceiling.
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    Install cabinets in empty spaces on the sides of your desk. This is especially important if your desk does not come with drawers. Open or file cabinets can store things that you want hidden.
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    Create lighting. Most closet office spaces do not get the benefit of natural light. This means that you should provide overhead light. Install a pendant light, small chandelier, a touch light or expand on the current closet light with a beautiful fixture.
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    Find a chair that is comfortable and fits well into the desk space. You will need to measure the desk before you buy the chair so that you are sure it will fit. Most people do not choose desk chairs because the casters tend to stick out, so choose a chair with a cushion on it or add a pillow for lumbar support.
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    Decorate your closet. Choose a few accent colors and make the desk into something that reflects your personality. Paint the shelves and/or desk or put up wallpaper before you move your supplies in and buy coordinating office supplies.
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    Place all of your supplies inside your closet. You can now make last minute adjustments and use your new home office.


  • Make sure your shelves are well secured before putting anything on them. You may want to choose a shelving system with extra adjustable metal supports. Find studs in the wall with a stud finder, and then anchor all shelving to the wood studs instead of the sheet rock.
  • You can also turn a closet into a wrapping or craft station. You can use a removable clothes bar as a wrapping paper or ribbon holder.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Soapy water
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Wall stud finder
  • Sturdy shelving
  • Cabinets
  • Office supplies
  • Curtain or collapsible screen
  • Electrician
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cord
  • Light fixture
  • Decorations
  • Cushions

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