DIY Cloffice: How to Create a Closet Office


Want to see me transform our closet into an office?  

Read on!  

It doesn’t take much to create a DIY cloffice and you can get as fancy as you like.  

True to my style, I kept my closet office classy and somewhat minimal.

Why a cloffice?  Why not just put your desk in the room?

There are so many good reasons to consider a cloffice.  Maybe you want to utilize an underused closet in your home?  Maybe you have a bedroom that also has to be an office? 

I chose a cloffice because my office is also in our guest bedroom.  

I wanted there to be a true separation of space when guests are staying.  

In addition, having the desk area in your closet frees up A LOT of space (provided that you are ok emptying out a whole closet).  

It also just feels much cozier, and you can get a little more creative in your “cloffice” because at the end of the day you can shut the door on it.  

I considered wallpaper but I ultimately decided to keep things budget-friendly and go with leftover paint that we had in the garage.  (In fact, it’s the same paint I used on our painted sideboard.)  

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How to Create a Closet Office  

Before we start, there are a few considerations to think about.  

—>Will your existing desk fit in your closet?  If not, you will have to either buy a new desk or create a built-in desk.  Most desks should fit in a standard closet.  Whether or not you can fully close the doors is another factor!  

—>Do you have an outlet in your closet? Every office needs at least one outlet!  If you don’t have an outlet in your closet (I do not), you can either have one installed by an electrician or you can use a power strip with a long cord and run it to the outlet nearest your closet.  This is not the prettiest option but it does work and you can hide the cord with baskets/drapes/rugs.  

—>How Much Storage Do you need?  Everyone has different storage needs and it’s good to get the wheels turning as to how you want to organize your office closet.  I’ll go through some cloffice storage ideas later in this post.  

—> What’s your budget?  You will most likely have to spend some money on creating your cloffice.  Determine your budget first!

First step

You want to start with a clean slate so go ahead and clean out that closet!  

DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
The Before
THE BEFORE:  DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
The Before

Remove any wire shelving that’s in there.  

THE BEFORE:  DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
Before

Declutter and/or find a new place to store your items.  

Give your closet a good cleaning and repair any holes in the walls from the old shelving.  

Second Step

Consider what you want your backdrop to be.  

Because it’s a nook in a closet; this is the perfect opportunity to go a little wild.  

Make it dark.  

Make it light.  

Install some molding.  

Hang some wallpaper!  

What looks good with your existing desk furniture and decor?  What’s your budget?

Since I was trying to keep this budget-friendly; I went with paint I already had in the garage.  (The color is Rocky Bluff by Sherwin Williams).  

Third Step

Install your Storage!  This can be as simple as a shelf or as elaborate as a whole storage system.  

I bought three shelf brackets and drilled them into the studs.  Then, I used this reclaimed wood shelf we had in the garage as a shelf.  Easy! 

Hanging a Shelf in a Cloffice

Container store also sells these Elfa Systems if you feel like you need a lot of storage compartments.  

You can buy these floating shelves and fill them with baskets and accessories.  

DIY Cloffice: How to Create a Closet Office - It doesn’t take much to create a DIY cloffice and you can get as fancy as you like.  

I also really love these drawer units on wheels.  You can move them around and they look sleek enough to have out in the open.  

You can also use them as the “legs” for your desk.  IKEA has a great option for building your own desk setup.  

Make sure to set up your power situation so you are ready to plug everything in.  

Fourth Step

The final step is also the most fun:  You get to Decorate!  

Lamps, artwork, greenery, and other accessories are a fun way to personalize your cloffice area.  

Homegoods, Target, and IKEA are great places to look for stylish office decor and accessories.  

A candle is always good for those days when you want to work with some ambiance and a soothing scent.  

Don’t forget that you can utilize all the walls within your closet area, so grab some pinboards for notes and important papers (or make your own linen pinboard!) 

DIY Cloffice: How to Create a Closet Office - It doesn’t take much to create a DIY cloffice and you can get as fancy as you like.  

And that’s it for this cloffice!  

DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet
DIY Closet with Shelf - How to Create an Office Closet

Let me tell you that working in the cloffice has been a game-changer for me.  I find I am more productive and I love love love visiting my office throughout the day.  

Plus, it’s so nice to have a guest bedroom without a bulky desk taking up space.  

Maybe one day I’ll put up some wallpaper or change the paint.  

It will be fun to see this space evolve!  

Xo Karen