So many of us work from home now and even if you’re short on space, you can still have a dedicated place to work at home with a cloffice!
Have you heard of the word cloffice? It’s the perfect combination of small closet and a good working space! Pretty sure it’s become more popular since the days of the virus with everyone stuck at home.
My first “real” dedicated workspace in our home was this home office nook. It worked well for a while but then it didn’t! I had the basic office essentials but the location was our den with the tv. Not very quiet when I needed to concentrate.
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 makeover in our guest room was the result and the beginning of this room makeover!
Then we began our huge kitchen remodel and the contractors were in and out constantly. It was NOISY and DUSTY. I needed my own office space with natural lighting for taking photographs.
As much as I love organizing it was really just bins and bins with mismatched decor. And a purple accent wall for grins! I needed to go to a little more neutral color. Okay, a LOT more neutral! Plus, the clutter was overwhelming!
For a while I had a compact desk in my craft room but it was just so crowded! I needed a workspace where I could spread out, as well as edit photos and all the other business things I do. Plus, my daughter always said I needed a room with a door!
Since we had already converted this small closet space into storage I decided I wanted to make this small closet a cloffice! Since I spend most of my workday behind a computer I needed inspiration via the accessories around me.
This closet office at my previous home was one of my favorite projects! From the color to the clever built in shelves and inexpensive decor, this cloffice had a little bit of all my loves!
Take off closet doors.
Unless you want a way to close off this space for privacy or to disguise your space, completely take off the doors and hinges. If you enjoy DIY maybe you can find another way to use the doors in your home!
Clear out everything from inside the closet.
This was a huge but necessary task! Because I was adding an office to this room I also had to downsize my craft supplies. I sold a bunch of stuff for a set price in order to get them out of the house quickly. This was the perfect opportunity to declutter and reorganize.
Make any necessary repairs to walls.
Once your space is completely empty begin the process of repairing any holes or gaps in the wall. You want to end up with a smooth surface for painting.
Decide on interior closet color and paint.
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 room walls painted a lighter color, but the thought of taking all that stuff off the shelves made me nauseous.
Whether you go neutral or match the rest of the walls, this is your opportunity to turn a smaller space into a practical but beautiful home office.
Add a workspace and shelving cut from plywood.
My ex cut these shelves out of plywood. Each shelf is just one piece and is perfect for the open concept I wanted. Floating shelves would be nice as well but we just painted the brackets and they disappear into the wall.
The shelves go almost all the way to the ceiling so that I can store empty photo albums and picture boxes at the very top.
Decide on lighting fixtures.
I didn’t want to use valuable workspace for a lamp so I used an industrial type pendant light with the switch underneath the desk space. If you didn’t want see the cords you could use puck lights.
Set up your cloffice and decorate!
The shelves are filled with both practical storage solutions for office supplies, inspirational sentiments, baskets and jars for organizing and family pictures. I applied my personal touch and decorated this storage space with my favorite pretties!
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.
I also criss crossed jute to create a place where I could add a calendar and notes.
This $3 table was chalk painted black for a place to put my laptop, which hooks up to a large monitor for photo editing.
The office chair is covered in a neutral fabric so the teal back wall could shine!
I’m happy with my workspace in my new cottage home but I also loved this cloffice in my previous home. Make a nook, a cloffice or your entire room beautiful as well as functional.
FAQs about a cloffice
Create a Cloffice in Your Home
- Take off closet doors.
- Clear out everything from inside the closet.
- Make any necessary repairs to walls.
- Decide on interior closet color and paint.
- Add a workspace and shelving cut from plywood.
- Decide on lighting fixtures.
- Set up your cloffice and decorate!