Closet Desk Ideas: How to Turn a Closet into an Office

In this DIY guide, we’ve shared five closet desk ideas that can utilize bedroom space and convert your closet into a fully functional home office. Your closet desk can stay out of sight when you’re not working, and then reveal a hidden office when it’s time to get productive. Essentially, you’ll be like Clark Kent transforming into Superman.

Use a Compact and Mobile Desk

The average closet doesn’t have enough space to store a full-sized desk, but a portable design like the AIRLIFT XL is perfect for your closet office. Built with locking casters and a height-adjustable base that goes from 27.1” to 41.3” high, you can use this desk while sitting or standing. Simply roll the AIRLIFT XL wherever you’d like to work, and get started.  

standing desk

Paint the Closet Interior

Meanwhile, if you’d like to create a stationary office inside your closet, we recommend sprucing up the closet walls. You can start by painting the rear wall with a complementary color, and then hanging up a few decorative items that give your mini office some style. A clock, calendar, and desk lamp will be useful tools in your new space.  

Install Shelving or a Mounted Organizer

Since you’re not hanging clothes in this office closet, you have an empty rear wall that can be used to hang important supplies. Depending on your needs, you can install traditional shelving for books and inspiring décor, or you can mount an organizer on the wall like this 6-tier mesh design. Use it to stash everyday paperwork or organize your business mail, so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Dedicate Storage Space for Documents

A portable closet desk like the AIRLIFT XL offers mobility and adjustable height settings, but it isn’t designed for storage. To stay organized and boost your available storage space, we recommend investing in a mobile solution like the 3-Tier Mobile Letter/Legal Office File & Utility Cart. This versatile cart has three distinct storage areas – a hanging file folder, a wire shelf, and sliding mesh baskets. At only 15.25” deep, the unit will fit in almost any closet.   

office file cart

Beautify Your Office Doors

Finally, your closet may have bifold, accordion, sliding, or pocket-style doors, which will inform your decorative approach for the closet office. For example, you may not want office storage and post-it notes to be visible when you’re not working. If you have bifold or French doors, you can hide these items on the inside of the door, and leave the other side bare. Make the most of your closet doors, and use your imagination to think of creative solutions!

Ready to maximize your living space? With a closet office, your bedroom or family room will have multiple functions, and you can quickly switch between “work” and “rest” mode whenever you like. To see more DIY home tips, visit our blog, Pinterest, or Facebook page and get inspired!  

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