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For many years now I have been working from home and it has mostly taken place at my kitchen table or living room couch. Sure I had a desk when I first started, but that was before my daughter came along and we were short a bedroom. It didn’t make sense to devote one whole room to nothing but a desk. Especially when we occasionally have overnight guests and they need to sleep somewhere.
It worked out fairly well, not having a dedicated location, for awhile. My daughter was only in school half days and I spent most of my time working out of a briefcase. This year though, she has 3 full days of school and it affords me time to actually work from home.
I needed an office, but wasn’t sure where exactly to fit it. I considered getting an armoire desk, but really space is at such a premium in our house that it wasn’t a great choice. And then I saw a tweet from Wendy Piersall that changed my thinking.
Turning a closet into a home office! Brilliant! Our guest bedroom/den has a closet that would be perfect, so I showed the post to my hubby and he took some measurements and came up with a plan. He had the week of Thanksgiving off and that is when the tranformation began.
We made a trip to Ikea for a chair and some baskets, desk accessories, lights, etc. By the way, tried that chair from the design and while very neat looking, it is not very comfortable. I went with something with a bit more cushion.
We had to take the doors off the closet to gain more room for the desktop, but I found some really lovely curtains from Target that worked. And here is the final product:
It has whiteboards and a corkboard for planning and dreaming. It has some nice cubbies and baskets to hold items. We added a mirror so that it doesn’t feel quite like sitting in a closet and gives a window to the outside. And I absolutely love it. Having a home base for working from home is so very important and it is something that I have been missing out on.
What does your home office look like? Was there an inspiration for it?