How to Turn a Closet into a Home Office

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Work from home but no space for an office? Learn how to turn a closet into a home office (plus all the details on the craft room organization!)

closet turned into a home office

(Check out my video tour at the end of this post!)

When I first started blogging I used the computer that was in our den. Just a desk on a short wall in the room but I could work while the rest of my family relaxed.

Eventually we created an office nook on a different wall in the den and I loved the added space. 

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Fast forward a few years, and my oldest daughter kept telling me I needed an office with doors. When we began our huge kitchen remodel (see that amazing reveal here) the contractors were in and out constantly. It was NOISY and DUSTY. (Anybody else remodel and think dust is from the devil?)

Time for mama to take this job seriously. I had finished homeschooling my children (23 years total. Where’s my medal? lol) It was basically just me and the dog home during the day, but I knew I wanted a space that would inspire my creative side.

When our oldest son went to college and our oldest daughter got married within six weeks of each other, I needed a project to keep my mind off that grief. My craft room was the result! (You can see this room makeover here.)

As much as I loved that purple wall I needed to go a little more neutral. Okay, a LOT more neutral! That was a “go big or go home” color choice for sure!

purple craft room accent wall with desk and closet storage

I still love color A LOT, but I balance it with neutral walls and color from the furnishings and decorative elements.

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For a while I had a cheap desk in my craft room but it was just so crowded! I needed a place where I could use my day planner and journal, as well as edit photos and all the other business things I do.

On a side note, does anyone else have an  absolute FAVORITE pen for journaling? I started using G2® Pens by Pilot Pen a couple of years ago and they’re the ONLY ONES I’ll use! For real. 

Last week I went shopping at Michaels for G2® Pens (the perfect place for all your back to school and office needs.) 

Back to school supplies at Michaels with Pilot G2® Pens

Since I work from home I believe my office nook needs to be a place that is both beautiful and creative. I use the G2 pen for everything (appeals to the Overachiever in me!)  This pen writes smoothly, comfortably, and has been proven to last longer than competitive gel ink brands. 

Writing in day player with Pilot G2 pens

But honestly, all that matters is I love how it performs! (You can shop for them here at Michaels.) 

I also purchased a pack of the Pilot G2® colored pens and love them for writing in my personal journal and work planner.

Journaling at home office desk in a closet nook

Did you know you can get a teacher’s discount at Michaels? As a homeschooler I used that extra 15% every time I shopped. I miss it now that my kids have all graduated.

So what do you think of the way we turned a closet into a home office?

Home office in a closet with shelves and teal accent wall

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How to Turn a Closet into a Home Office

The most important aspect for me was this teal accent wall. It just makes me happy when I come into my office to work.

I would love to have all the walls painted a lighter color, but the thought of taking all that stuff off the shelves makes me nauseous. Plus, my hubby’s kinda tired of so many “honey do” projects! (You can read why in our farmhouse bathroom remodel reveal.)

home office in a closet of a craft room with teal accent wall

Tim cut these shelves out of plywood. Each shelf is just one piece and is perfect for the open concept I wanted.

The shelves are filled with both practical storage and inspirational sentiments, family pictures and evidence that I am loved.

shelving made out of plywood for home office nook

Closet and Image

I used fabric I bought off facebook marketplace to create two bulletin boards on each side.  Since I was a big scrapbooker I used part of my collection to create art that would inspire me. 

A graffiti covered wall

I also criss crossed jute to create a place where I could add a calendar and notes.

Text, calendar

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Closet and Shelf

This $3 table was chalk painted black for a place to put my laptop, which hooks up to a large monitor for photo editing. 

A laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table

In this picture you can see a better look at the entire room.

craft room with long shelves and day bed in coral and aqua

Tim built the daybed out of fence boards and chalk painted them. Isn’t it amazing?

I bought three pairs of window treatments and cut one in half to add to each side to make them wide enough.

craft room with daybed decorated in aqua and teal

Pillows are yard sale finds!

You can see the 12×12 canvases I decoupaged with scrapbook paper below. I love these patterns so much!

A bedroom with a bed and a painting on the wall

I painted these inexpensive boxes the same color as drawers below. Such an easy way to add a pop of color and still stay organized.

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These drawers have been in this room the entire time but were in sore need of a makeover. I chalk painted the drawer fronts and added inexpensive new handles.

The file storage boxes are my favorite for storing my HUGE collection of scrapbook paper!

A book shelf filled with books

 Love this storage unit and canvas baskets! The baskets on top were scored for a $1 each at a yard sale.

Office and Home

I used both teal and aqua in this room and they’re both such happy colors for me. Oh, and the coral. So so fun!

A person standing in front of a computer

There’s still some work to do on this room but if I waited until it was perfect you’d never see it!

home office in a closet with teal accent wall and shelves

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Take the virtual tour here!

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  1. I love the color you chose and how organised the space is! I’ve been thinking of turning a closet into an office as well so these are great ideas.

  2. Great post! I miss my craft room. There just isn’t a space for it here in my new much smaller home. My couch is my desk these days, lol. I may need to finagle a spot somewhere. Great post. Pinned!

  3. I too was all over the place for my office! I almost did my closet hall upstairs but it was in the way of people walking so I stopped! I love how super organized your desk closet is and it gave me some great ideas! I may reconsider and use a closet like you yours in my daughter bedroom .

  4. Love this. I once had an office in a closet but nothing this nice. Great work place.

  5. Marty, I love your progression of offices you have created. The colors are bold and peaceful and you are so organized. Thank you for this. I might have to leave my dining room table and star creating something new for myself. And yes, I have a favorite journaling pen?

  6. I would give my left earlobe for a craft room that’s so beautifully organized and functional too. Love what you’ve done Marty and the color you’ve used on the wall. So very pretty

    1. Hi, Michelle. Thanks so much for the sweet comments! I only wish mine looked like this as well. Right now our daughter’s boyfriend is staying with us and he’s in here, too! So it’s office/craft room/bedroom!

  7. I love bold color with white. My utility room is Harley orange and my guest / my bathroom is a dark teal. I have not branched out to other rooms. I plan flamingo pink for my sewing room. But now we are discussing selling and moving. I may regroup we will see. But I LOVE color after years of off white on base housing. I’m ready for color