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Video:How to Make a Closet into a Home Office

with Erin Hoffman

Making a closet into a home office is possible if you know how to properly organize and set up the space. Watch this About.com video to see instructions for pulling this off.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Closet into a Home Office

Hi, I'm Erin Hoffman, Productivity Specialist and President of Optimum Productivity. I'm here for About.com to give you tips on how to convert your closet into a home office.

Why Turn a Closet Into a Home Office?

A closet home office is a great solution for those who don't have an extra room to convert into an office. Transforming an extra closet, nook, or alcove can be a great use of space. Desk space and shelving is a key element to a functional home office.

Steps for Making a Closet Into a Home Office

The first step is to measure the depth of the closet. You may be able to find a desk that will fit the closet space. If not, consider installing a custom size shelf that will act as your desk. Storage will be another consideration. Shelving designed specifically for closets is another great option to create extra storage space in your office. Make sure to measure the height of the books, binders and other supplies to make sure they'll fit on the shelves. You can also make room for a filing cabinet under your desk.

Things to Consider When Making a Closet a Home Office

Next consider the technology needs in the space. You will need to ensure that you have an outlet to provide power for your equipment. Also consider if you're going to need phone and internet access. Wireless options are great for this type of space. One challenge to a converted home office is light. Make sure that you have enough light to work. Natural light is best, but if that's not an option be sure to bring in an extra lamp or light fixture. Decide if you want the office visible when you're not using it.

Other Important Considerations

You might decide to save space by eliminating the closet doors. Put a lot of consideration into choosing the right chair. The chair that you choose must be comfortable enough to sit for long periods of time. Depending on the layout of your office, it may also need to be compact and attractive to fit the space. The last step is to make it your own. Color in a small space can go a long way. Consider painting the walls or adding a fun print wall paper. You may also want to add a hanging cork board for additional use of space.

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