"Closet Desk" Makeover

A few years ago, we had one of our closets turned into a little secret “home office” work space. We added some built-in shelves and a desktop into the closet. However, we never really paid much attention to the work space and it become sort of a “catch all” in our house. We recently had our major built-in desk installed in our family room, and this poor little work space was feeling some major desk envy!

From the outside, it looks like a basic, average closet when the doors are on and closed.

Here’s what I started with for this makeover. Besides adding the shelves and desktop, we never really took the time to make it look and feel like it should…. Until now!

I began by painting the closet walls to give it some color.

Ahhh… Already starting to look better!

I added in storage, seating, accessories, and desk decor to give the space style and functionality.

I just love the space – and I know its days of being a “catch all” spot are over. We’ve got the storage we need and the style we want! Be sure to click the link below and "follow" along with my posts, so you're sure to never miss a project!

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  • CarlyTee
    on Sep 9, 2018

    Hi there, I’d also love to know the dimensions. I’m about to tackle the bedroom closet and I have 130 x 58 cms to play with. I also LOVE your shelves and desk. First closet I’ve seen with shaped shelves. Are they made side-back-side or is it one sheet of wood with the front cut out? This is the best closet office I’ve seen! I even signed up to Hometalk so I could ask this question!

    • Robyn Garner
      Robyn Garner
      on Jan 21, 2019

      I created a closet based office in my previous home. Check the width on yours - I was able to use a cheap hollow core door to accomplish a desktop!

  • Judy in Canton.
    Judy in Canton.
    on Jan 14, 2019

    How did you install the wall outlets? Lighted closets usually have a ceiling fixture.

    • Sandra Allen
      Sandra Allen
      on Mar 28, 2019

      If functionality is more important than aesthetics, you can just run a power cord from either a wall socket outside the doors.

  • Marge W.
    Marge W.
    on Feb 18, 2019

    Did you remove the closet door? Looks like you did but wanted to make sure.

    • Sandra Allen
      Sandra Allen
      on Mar 28, 2019

      They did. I can see the brackets still on the floor. If it's that pretty I would not want to hide it so I am thinking they wanted to keep the "flow" of the room open.

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  • Marge W.
    Marge W.
    on Mar 28, 2019

    I really love this project and will start to work on it over the summer. Thanks for replying to my question.

  • Joanie
    on Jun 9, 2020

    I like the privacy in the closet. Great idea! No one lookin' over your shoulder.

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