"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!

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

 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas

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!

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

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Ahhh… Already starting to look better!

 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas

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

 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas
 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas


 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas
 closet desk makeover, closet, home office, painting, storage ideas

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
      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.
    on Jan 14, 2019

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

    • Sandra Jean Adkins
      on Jan 21, 2019

      You’ll need a professional licensees electrician to go into your attic and run power down. 😴

  • Marge W.
    30 minutes ago

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

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  • Miriam Robles
    on Jan 23, 2019

    What a great idea! Love how left the botton same color looking like a desk.

  • Anita K
    6 days ago

    That is gorgeous! An inviting workspace that would encourage anyone to be motivated to be productive. Magazine worthy result!

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