Turning Your Closet Into a WFH Space

By Kaitlin Hurtado on May 17, 2021

Whether you are testing the waters of working from home, or months into your routine of working from home, you may be ready for a change in scenery when it comes to what space you’re working from. You may already have adopted plenty of healthy WFH habits over the past year, but you are still lacking one major thing — a proper home office. While many of us aren’t ready or able to head back into an actual office or classroom yet, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to change up your WFH space. Enter, the closet office.

Depending on your living situation, you may not have the ability to dedicate a space to a complete WFH setup. Instead, take advantage of the space you already have that you may not be getting full use of — a linen closet, a small nook in your living room — and transform it into your new home office.

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Plan out your new WFH spaceĀ 

Before you begin shifting around furniture, clearing out your closet, or buying a completely new desk setup, make a plan that you can stick to when turning your closet into a WFH space. First, think about the nook or closet you are planning on turning into a workspace and ask yourself if it can make an effective workspace.

Does the space have easy access to an electric outlet? Does it get a good internet signal? You definitely don’t want to go through the effort of transforming your space when you have no internet access, or worse, no ability to plug in any devices or lighting. Next, envision yourself actually working in the space. Would the space make you feel too claustrophobic to be productive? If you’re thinking it’s looking a little too cozy for comfort, you may want to choose another space. Make sure the space is something that you will actually feel productive and comfortable in.

Unleash your dream design

Once you’ve picked out the right space for your new WFH setup, you’ll want to design it to be the perfect spot for yourself to work at. Just as you would with any workspace, start with your work surface and build around that. You may already have a desk or table handy that would fit in the closet space your choosing, so it may just be a matter of moving around some furniture. Depending on how small your closet or nook space is, you may also opt for a less traditional “desk” and want to look into getting a small table that would fit better in your new workspace. Or, you may elect to install a floating desk that is perfectly measured to fit in your new space and that has the ability to fold up to save space when not in use.

Make sure your space is well lit, especially if your closet or nook is tucked into a corner that your main source of lighting (a window, a ceiling fixture) doesn’t quite reach. Add in a lamp or two to brighten up your space, or install a more permanent lighting fixture to get all the light you need in your new WFH space.

Focus on storage and organizationĀ 

As with any other desk setup, you will want to make sure that you have everything you need within reach, from chargers to all your devices, to the notebooks and writing utensils you may rely on for your day-to-day tasks. Place a small bookshelf or cabinet below your work table to get in some extra hidden storage. If you don’t have much floor space to work with, use your wall space to install shelves to incorporate more storage, and a touch of decor into your space. If you are moving your desk setup into a closet space that already has an organizational unit or shelves, see how you are able to transform it and use it in a way that works better for storing everything you need for your workspace.

With a space as small as a closet or nook, you will want to make sure that you are staying organized and maximizing every inch of space that you have. If you have more floor space, opt for a larger desk or more storage units that you can place beside or under your desk. If you don’t have much floor space, but a ton of wall space to work with, make use of the empty space above your desk. If you don’t have much space to work with at all, consider something on wheels, like a rolling cart, that you can move closer to your WFH space when needed.

You don’t need a whole room to create your very own home office. Start with what you have, and you’ll be surprised with how you can transform your space into the perfect WFH setup.

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