Stealing the spare square footage of an unused closet is a great way to squeeze out a little nook for your home office — unless it ends up being an eyesore. Today's featured workspace is an office-closet remade.
Lifehacker rwootten and his wife initially converted their closet into a mini-office, but were unhappy with the slapped-together appearance of it and the clutter that was always in sight. They remodelled the closet with stunning results, banishing cable and peripheral clutter. He writes:
After: after purging those CDs from the 80s (Great White anyone?), organizing with baskets and adding stoarge, the space became a joy to work from. Creating this space took a couple weekends, a gallon of paint, an unfinished filing cabinet, 3 sheets of plywood and some pre-made cabinet doors from Southern Lumber.
The lower drawers are a false front for a hidden file cabinet and the cabinets above the desk hide the computer case, printer and the paper shredder. All the wires are routed out if sight behind the drywall and new built-ins, lighting is even and consistent thanks to overhead and under-cabinet lights.
They even painted the sides and back of the closet a few shades darker than the paint in the greater room to create an illusion of depth. The change from the prior arrangement is tremendous and save for the piece of furniture visible to the left of the closet in both photos it would be easy to believe they weren't even the same workspace. Check out the link below for detailed photo notes or click on the image above for a closeup of the before and after.
White and Blue: An Office-in-a-Closet Makeover [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]