If you don’t have a designated office in your home, consider converting a closet into a home office. You do not need a lot of space to be able to effectively have a home office. Although I have a commercial office outside of my home, I also have a home office to work projects at home. I converted an 8″ x 8″ closet into my home office. My home office serves as a command center in my home. I run my household and multiple businesses out of my office. Many family members and friends did not believe I could successfully convert the closet into a fully planning business. My only regret is that I didn’t take any “before” pictures. You can check out my “after” video here on YouTube. I took the following steps for my office conversion.
- Completely empty everything out of the closet. – You will need to determine exactly what you are working with.
- Remove clothes rods and shelves you will not use. – I decided to completely remove the existing shelf because I wanted to install a new Elfa (The Container Store) shelf system.
- Paint – Don’t be afraid to have fun with color. Try to avoid dark colors which will make the “office” look smaller. My brand color is wine. Although, painting the entire office wine would be too much, I decided to paint my office beige and paint an accent wall in wine.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting. – I opted for a fun and creative lighting feature. I absolute love it. Its different and unique and reflects the over all look I wanted to accomplish in my office.
- Make sure you have electricity. – You may need to hire an electrician to install an electrical outlet. My closet did not have any wall outlets or telephone jacks. The fine electricians from Divine Elements of Design did an awesome job. They even installed my TV and Roku so I could access video streaming. Check out my previous post on how I turned a regular TV into a smart TV.
- Find a workable desk. I used an existing desk I purchased several years ago from Office Depot. I know having a white desk is the current trend, but I love having my own style.
- Get a Comfortable Chair – I’ve used traditional office chairs with wheels in the past, but for this project, I wanted something a little more Divine. I turned to my own custom furniture for a stylish chair in a damask fabric that I loved. The silver nail heads on the chair was a perfect finishing touch.
- Shelves and Cabinets – Determine exactly what you want to store in your office. A single two drawer filing cabinet may be sufficient. Since I am running multiple businesses, I needed a tad more space for files, reference material, and projects. The custom Elfa system from The Container Store was perfect for my shelves. I also used three existing two drawer filing cabinets. I always recommend using what you and adding to it.
- Personalize it with accessories and decor – Your home office should reflect your personality. Bring accents into your office that make you happy and productive. Your office doesn’t have to be all about work. Have fun and be creative. Bring in flowers, plants, and candles.
I hope these tips and suggestions will help you on your home office conversation. Remember you can convert any space into a workable home office. Don’t forget to click here to check out the YouTube video for a tour of my home office.
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