Closet Turned Office

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Having a dedicated work space is so important. Whether you’re a freelancer, a student, a CEO, or just a homeowner simply trying to keep track of bills, it can be easy to get thrown off without the proper space and organization. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom that can be converted into an office. But if you can manage to free up a closet, you can transform it into an office nook that accommodates all work needs. The best part about this office hack? You can easily hide desk clutter or important documents behind closed doors. Remove the rod and add the items below. 

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Mount shelves at least 1 foot apart using standards, which can hold up to 70 pounds per foot. Try: Sand and Platinum Elfa Office Shelving in a Closet, $232;


Keep stationary and other miscellaneous items stowed in stackable boxes. This is a more attractive solution for desktop clutter and labels will help keep things in order.

Cork Board

If you don’t have folding doors, hang cork board on the back of the doors to collect and display important notes, bills, swatches, and photos.

Dry Erase Board

Hang a dry-erase board for an accessible to-do list at all times.


Insert a narrow desk with slim drawers for sleek storage that doesn’t carry visual weight.


Install a ceiling fixture, prop up a desk lamp or hang string lights. 


If you can fit a slim chair pushed in behind closed doors, or tuck a stool below the desk, supplement seating in this nook. Otherwise, keep a chair close by in the room that can be used as needed.


This idea originally appeared in This Old House magazine. 

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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