Yes! I turned a closet into an office space! I created a "Cloffice"! Why on Earth did I do something like this? Well, probably just like many of you, I had that ONE closet that was just a catch all. It was useless because I had so much stuff THROWN in there in an unorganized way (see BEFORE picture below), that even when I knew where it was, it was impossible for me to get to it without things crashing down on me followed by a 30 minute loading/unloading session. NOT. COOL. AT. ALL. I was fed up, got creative and now it's super functional and quite adorable!
One of the real reasons I decided to do this was that my husband is a bit of a "leave things on the counter" kind of guy and I would always end up putting things "away" for him and they would get lost. He didn't really have an office space to keep his things where the kids (or I) would not touch them, so this is where the "closet office" idea came from. This particular closet was in our kitchen (see below), so it was the perfect place to store his work belongings and still have them accessible as he is running out the door. I'll break down my steps to doing this so that you can create something similar yourself if you'd like.
How I Created a Closet Office (Cloffice):
I first took the dimensions of my closet (length, width, height), keeping in mind the trim insets; make sure you get the smallest measurements inside the closet space.
I searched extensively online for a "Narrow Desk" that would fit my dimensions. I happened to find this one on Overstock for a great price. I LOVE that it had the open shelving that I could set my printer and other files on.
While I waited for the desk to come in the mail, I emptied out the closet. YIKES! My entire kitchen was a mess and things got way worse before they got better, but it was worth it!
To organize, I went to Target and grabbed some of these bins that I LOVE! I've used them in about every room of the house and they're perfect for organization, but also keeping things neutral. I organized my items in the closet into 3 categories (light bulbs, cords, and kid stuff) and placed things in the bins to put on the top shelf I already had in the closet.
Then, as I was getting ready to put the things back into the closet, an idea popped into my head! The walls seemed boring, but I wasn't sure I felt like painting. I started thinking about the Contact Paper I used for shelf liners in my pantry and I thought, why not put this on the walls?!? (I know, I'm crazy!)
I cut out a small section of the Contact Paper I had left over and adhered it to the wall to test it out. Guess what? It stuck! So I ran over to Target again and grabbed me three additional rolls and got to work.
Then, I measured using the grid along the backside of the paper to cut out the large pieces and then I adhered them to the wall like a giant sticker! The toughest part was lining up all the patterns, but for me (it's a closet for goodness sake), I didn't care to be a perfectionist. Choose your battles, right? I would recommend leaving a little bit extra on each end/corner area because you can always trim it off. If it's too short, you're going to be in trouble! (I also covered up our electrical box that happened to live in this closet. Keeping everything the same pattern really helped to camouflage it and make the space seem less choppy.)
Friendly Tip: When your trimming your corner edges, use a box cutter, it makes a very clean and straight cut.
By the time I finished my contact-paper wallpaper job, I had received my desk in the mail so I started to work on that. The worst part about it was that I had to assemble the desk INSIDE the closet, otherwise I could never get it in (hope that makes sense). My husband was not home (and I'm incredibly impatient) so I did it myself and it WAS possible, however I would recommend it being a two-person job!
Lastly, I hung some functional wall decor to store our bills and hang backpacks and whatnot, just to keep things off the desk and use the vertical wall space as much as possible. We stored our printer and files on the two shelves in the desk and that was it! When I stepped away, I could not believe my eyes and the transformation!
So, What do you think? HUGE difference, right? It's adorable, practical, useful, purposeful design that actually WORKS for our family. Instead of praying nobody ever opens that closet door, I now show it off when friends and family come over...who would have thought a closet could be so fun!?
Are you inspired? I hope so! SHOW ME! I want to see those ideas and projects! Take before AND after photos and use the hashtag #SLBInspo or email me with pictures, questions, or ideas - I'd love to hear from you!
Talk to you soon,