Need Some Home Office Space? Use A Closet!

If you're like most people, you want as much closet space as possible, but you also might have a closet that you can easily empty out and store the contents elsewhere. If this is your situation, you can turn that closet into a mini office and keep all your paperwork, bills and computer equipment safely tucked away and out of sight when you're not working. If you want to take on the majority of this project yourself, go ahead and empty that closet, store the items elsewhere and then follow these steps.

Step 1: Measure the Inside of the Closet

Grab your measuring tape and obtain the length, width and depth of the closet's interior.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools and Materials

Take your measurements to the home improvement store and grab the following tools and supplies:

  • 2 shelves that are half the width of the inside of your closet
  • 1 shelf a few inches smaller than the width of the inside of your closet
  • 9 shelf bracket kits (with wall screws)
  • a drill
  • a small drill bit
  • a long level
  • a pencil
  • a screwdriver
  • a hammer
  • 9 drywall anchors
  • a screw drill bit

Step 3: Call an Electrician

Make an appointment with an electrician, so they can come to your home and install a couple of electrical outlets in your closet to charge your computer, printer and to power your other office devices.

Step 4: Remove the Door and Rods

Use the screwdriver to remove any hinges keeping the doors on. If you have sliding doors, remove them, and unscrew the tracks from the floor and the top of the doorframe.

Step 5: Make Your Marks

Measure the height in which you want your desk and place a mark on the back wall of the closet, toward one corner, with your pencil.

Place your level on the wall, just under the mark, and make two more marks in the spots where you want the brackets to go. Try to spread out the marks evenly, while at the same time making sure you won't hit the bracket when you sit in a chair, since this shelf will be your desk.

Use your level to ensure that the marks are at an even height with each other.

Decide where you want the other shelves and use the same process of marking the wall in the position where you want your brackets.

Step 6: Install the shelves

Insert the drill bit into the drill and drill small holes into the wall where the marks are. Tap the drywall anchors into the wall with the hammer.

Place one bracket on the mark with the drywall anchor secured. Make sure that the hole on the bracket is lined up with the anchor. Take the drill bit out of the drill and insert the screw bit. Attach the bracket to the wall by drilling one of the screws through the bracket and into the drywall anchor.

Repeat this step for all the marks that you made. Note: If your brackets have more than one hole, then you'll need to make more marks to match and then insert more drywall anchors and screws.

Place your shelves on the brackets (the widest one on the bottom) and insert screws through the top portion of the bracket into the bottom of the shelves. Use your level to ensure that all shelves are straight, and adjust by removing the screws and the bracket from the wall, and attaching them in the right spot. Note: You may need more drywall anchors if adjustments are needed, since you won't likely be able to remove the existing anchors from the wall.  

After you have completed this project, you'll have an in-wall office that you can use whenever you need it. Ask your contractor for help if you have any problems with these steps.

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