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Closet Office Inspiration Galore!!

16 May 2011

Closet Office Inspiration Galore!! By Jennifer

Hello and thank you so much for welcoming me!  Today, I am popping over from my blog, IHeart Organizing, which isn't just about home organization, but my love of all things home and project related and how they all combine with one another.  My typical focus is to not only create effective storage solutions to simplify and organize our lives, but to add that extra element of appeal and beauty to boot!  That means thinking outside of the norm, re-using things that may have originally had a different purpose, getting crafty or grabbing a drill.

Last year we made two updates to our home that created pure bliss for both my son and myself.  Let me explain further...

We currently live in a 1200 square foot ranch home that also has an unfinished lower level.  There are five happy Joneses and a furry friend all sharing that itty bitty 1200 square feet, so maximizing each space is a must.  And that's exactly what we did when it came time to create a workspace for mom, and a workspace for Preston, our oldest son.

Upon browsing through the blogosphere, I happened to see an office tucked inside a closet and I absolutely knew that was our solution.  Now, you may be wondering, "Doesn't that take away from your storage space?"  Well, it depends.  Since we A} had no where to place a desk/workstation in a common area of our home and B} have a couple of ways to store our clothing, we were set.  In fact, our Master Bedroom has two closet spaces, and by simplifying our contents and getting creative with the shelving and storage options, we easily transitioned all of our clothing to one closet.  When it came to our son's room, again, wall space was limited and because our closet office worked so well for us, we decided to continue on with the greatness.  All his clothes then were folded and stored within his dresser.

So now that you know that I am here to share our closet offices with you today, I will move on to the fun part of actually sharing them along with before and afters!

We actually started off in our Master Bedroom since I had such a need to have a workspace to blog, run my Etsy shop, craft and journal {the couch is totally not functional}.

Here is a look at what we started with:

My goal was to ensure the desk space still felt cozy and like it's own room/space {vs. a closet}, so it was going to get the treatment I would give a room that I was updating... we removed all of the shelving, and gave it a fresh coat of paint on the inside walls and trim, and installed some absolutely gorgeous wallpaper!

Then, because we were utilizing one side as a desk, we had to maximize the storage on the other side for our clothing:

On the desk side, we installed a Lack floating shelf from Ikea, and a piece of painted MDF to serve as the new desk!

The desk was installed by screwing ledger boards around the perimeter of the closet, and placing the painted MDF on top of the boards.  Because the desk top was cut to size, the closet hugs it perfectly and it was never actually screwed into place, it's just floating on the ledger boards.

The next step was my favorite part, adding a pretty curtain to both closets {since the room was so small, we removed bi-folds and added curtain panels instead}, and accessorizing and adding storage to the closet office to give the end result of:

We installed an outlet inside the closet to allow us to plug in our computer and other pc related hardware, along with a swing arm lamp we installed above for task lighting:

The printer is actually sitting on a shoe rack that was cut down to the exact size of the closet.  We also drilled a hole in the top of the desk to feed cords through when necessary:

Because I love to create all sorts of things from pretty scrapbook paper, that is stored below the desk in stacked sorters:

The best part of using the closet space for the office is that I was able to really maximize the wall space for storage.  Magazine bins were installed on the side wall to hold greeting cards and journals, along with a metal bar and spice tins, for small scrapbook embellishments!

On the back wall, I placed cork inside an old frame to act as a memo board, and we installed a rail with hooks and cups for pens, markers, scissors and other crafting tools:

Other accessories include a wire stationary holder for my address book, note-cards, address labels and to do list pads:

An old tin for outgoing mail!

And a ceramic egg crate for additional small crafting embellishments and office supplies:

I seriously could spend all day in this space, it's my happy place.

Because the concept worked so magically, we thought we would give it one more shot in our oldest sons room.  The process was basically the same in this space.  We started out with a crammed and lack luster closet space.

Removed everything and gave the interior and exterior walls and trim a fresh coat of paint:

Popped a desk in just as we did the last time around {we actually used the scrap from the first desk}, and had a great homework zone for our oldest son {age 9}:

Again, I had the most fun adding all of the accessories for his space to be uber functional.

Like a towel bar with a large roll of paper for drawing and crafting:

Some alphabet bookends for his book collection:

And a clipboard personalized with his name for his current homework assignments and reading logs:

And paint cans covered with pretty paper, for his art supplies:

And task lighting, shelving, cork board, peg board and additional accessories make this the perfect place for our kiddo to work on his studies, read a book or draw a great piece of art!

So there you have it!  Two happy endings to two workspace dilemma's.  Each closet took about a weekend's worth of time on and off, and budget consisted of one piece of MDF, wallpaper, lighting and some minor accessories.

How about a final before and after?





You can find all the details, sources and links on the master bedroom closet workspace here on my blog, and here is the link to the original reveal of our son's workspace as well!

Thank you again to Cassity for having me over today!


TeenaBugg38 May 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

Incredible!!! I am so gld to see this done sorta start to finish becasue I have been wanting to do this very thing in our dowstairs room for my scrapping. Thanks for the inspiration!

Style & Poise May 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

This came out really good..what a smart way to use that space and it looks really good! Great Job!!!


momforhealthyhomes May 16, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

WOW! What a transformation and great ideas!!!


Julianne May 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

Wow, this is absolutely amazing! I especially love the wallpaper you chose and how well it makes the space pop. I really want to find a space to do this in my house!

I have just started a new blog, I'd love for you to come check it out!


Robyn May 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

What a wonderful and efficient use of space! I may have to use this for my son's room one day.

Jamie May 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

Lovely! Such an inspirational closet- I love seeing what people can do with small spaces! It makes me wish I had a closet I could do this to! :)

Wanting What I Have May 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

What a GREAT project!!! And such a tiny investment for such HUGE results! Very creative and well done!

Anonymous,  May 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

Both turned out fantastic! Just the fact that it doesn't take a lot of money just some creativity is inspiring!

Sawdust and Paperscraps May 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

Nice! I love the wallpaper as a starting point. I'll have to remember this post in case my next house doesn't have an office.

Erin May 16, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

It looks fantastic. I have always wanted to try something like that!

Cynthia May 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

Love them! I just don't understand what you're doing with all your clothes. They can't all be in drawers, can they?

iheartorganizing May 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

@Cynthia: My son's clothes are in his drawers, our clothes are stashed in the closet on the other side here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/09/september-featured-space-bedroom_30.html

Thank you!


Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma May 17, 2011 at 12:41 AM  

This is so lovely I just had to pin it...we too live in a tiny house {all 1100 square feet, but are blessed with tons of closets}...

Great inspiration.

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