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Turn Your Closet into a Home Office

Published on: May 31st 2016, Tuesday
Category: Residential

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Think you don’t have space for a comfortable and functional home office? While larger homes might able to afford a study or a separate room for an office, some slightly smaller spaces like 1.5/2.5 BHKs may not have too much room. However some homes with niches or walk-in closets could be transformed into an office that can be closed and kept out of sight during your 'non-working hours'.  
With a little time and a couple of low-cost finds, we tell you how to transform these spaces into a functional workspace.
1. Get the basics right
Remove the closet pole and the lower shelves or shoe racks (or get a carpenter to do this for you). Higher shelves can be used for office storage while one shelf can be installed at the right height to become your work ledge. 
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Use a sleek chair with casters and adjustable seats so it can slide under the desk when not in use. Make sure the chair is the right size and scale to fit inside the office, or forgo the chair completely. You can pull up a dining chair when you want to work in this space. 
2. Use Wall Paper to suit your style
Even a large closet will still look like a closet, right? To give it a fresh look that is more in tune with a functional working space and your personality, we recommend that you wallpaper the insides in a print and colour of your choice.
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This simple move will bring forth tonnes of new inspiration to transform a cupboard into a home office and make you feel "more at home". 
3. Move or add shelves if required
Remember, you want your work desk to be at the right height for good ergonomic, so move around the shelves if needed. It isn’t all that difficult, as many adjustable brackets are available at hardware stores, so you can move the shelves up or down, as desired, to keep the height between them flexible.
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This will ensure that all your office paraphernalia – printer, desktop, files, stationery etc will fit neatly into these spaces. Floating shelves are also great because they don’t obscure the wallpaper too much.
4. Lighting
Since you are building your home office to suit your specific needs and it's quite likely it would be in a place that's not well lit, lighting becomes extremely important. Most closets don’t have inbuilt lighting, so you will have to redo the electrical wiring anyways. 
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Don’t think your options are restricted to overhead lighting either – a sleek pendant light, a small dainty chandelier and a practical desk lamp are all great options to consider. 
5. Rethink Organizers
Don’t feel limited by humdrum ready-to-use office organisers. Come up with cool ideas to create sleek, smart and cost-effective office organization. A pegboard hung on the closet doors offers plenty of storage space that doesn’t take up any floor or shelf space. Use wicker baskets and wire baskets to stack stationary. Or install a towel rail right above the desktop space and hang mugs and mason jars filled with stationary. 
6. Don’t Forget the Flooring
Provide a soft spot for bare feet, and inject a bit of personality into your home office to visually segregate the space from the adjoining hallway or bedroom. 
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A warm, soft, colourful rug gives your home office a cheery disposition and adds to the cosy ambience. 
7. Make the Doors Funky
Want to take it a step ahead? Add paint to the doors and make them a little ‘different’. It’s a cool way to differentiate between regular closets and your closet-turned-home office... and especially useful if the closet has a rather generic, clean design that you don’t want to interfere with. 

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Want to take it a step ahead? Add paint to the doors and make them a little ‘different’. It’s a cool way to differentiate between regular closets and your closet-turned-home office...and especially useful if the closet has a rather generic, clean design that you don’t want to interfere with. 

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