The Cloffice: Office in a Closet
If you are like most of us, space is always an issue. One of the messiest areas in virtually every home is the office area. Some people are fortunate enough to have a designated room where they can just close the door behind them to hide the clutter. For others, the home office shares space in living rooms, bedrooms or other common areas visible for all to see.
Aside from space issues, we all have areas of our home that aren’t being used to their fullest potential too. The latest trend in home offices is the ‘Cloffice,’ a petite office that neatly tucks away in an underutilized closet space. With strategic use of space and the right furnishings, these mini offices can be pretty valuable real estate. Not to mention totally functional! So, find another place for all of that unused junk collecting dust in your closet (perhaps the trash or a donation bin?) and lets upgrade to a happy, usable space for the whole family to enjoy! Here are some tips on how to maximize your closet real estate.
Measure, Measure, and Measure Again
This is probably the most important tip when working with small spaces. Really understanding the dimensions you are working with can help you plan out the best way to maximize the area. For larger closets, you might be able to fit a full size desk without worry. For others, you might have to be more strategic by using reinforced shelving to serve as a desk top. If you are a DIY type, this might mean creating custom shelving and nooks. For the rest of us, perhaps a trip to a retailer to find the perfect fit. Make sure that your self can bear the weight of your computer and other items you plan of putting there. For larger desktop computers, make sure to reinforce the center of the shelf to prevent bowing.
Doors? Or No Doors?
This is a style preference but there are lots of options. To keep your cloffice completely incognito, keep your current closet doors to hide the mess when your not in the mood to tidy up. Another option can be to replace your closet doors with some fun curtains. Curtains help to create a feeling of warmth, but keep in mind that they also draw attention to the area. So make sure you have an attractive design concept in place for this one. For those who are always neat and clean, removing the doors altogether can really open up not only your cloffice, but the room as a whole. Creating a “work nook” can be a really nice design feature, especially in a bedroom.
Overhead spaces can be incredibly useful in a cloffice, try to think of overhead space as storage for items that are infrequently used. They also create a sense of height and bring the eye up. Using decorative boxes to hide loose items can improve the look and help you take the most advantage of the available space. Any space that is eye level should be reserved for immediate work needs. If you have the extra room, you can also add under desktop storage such as a cubby or a small filing cabinet to further make use of available space.
Pick the Right Chair
Picking a big clunky chair for a teeny tiny cloffice will rarely look good. Make sure to choose seating fit to scale. Also take into consideration whether you’d like your chair to neatly tuck away in your cloffice after the doors have been shut. Depth is key in this decision. The deeper the closet space, the the larger the chair you will be able to accommodate inside behind closed doors. If you have decided against doors altogether, size is less of an issue. For a no-door cloffice, choose a office chair that is both functional and makes stylistic sense with your chosen decor. Remember, open spaces are also a design feature and attract attention.
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