Remove the top that was being test fit in the last step. It should fit against the bottom of the strip of MDF installed in the closet. Cut interior beams from MDF and test converting closet to office fit them on the bottom of the desk as shown. These interior pieces will be sandwinched between the top and bottom of the desk to form drawers, cable trays, and tool wells.

turn closet into desk area

If you use maple plywood I would recommend you choose something non-yellowing as well. Maple is a very light wood, and yellowing stain just looks bad. With the clamps in place, drive in the pocket hole screws. With all the screws installed, you can remove the clamps.

Step 5: Adding DryWall Anchors to Support A DIY Closet Desk

You may need to do one general-purpose pass first, then apply pressure on a bit of an angle to get the sides to really stick securely. With the shelf edges installed, test-fit them again just to be sure. For the U-shaped shelf, I used a mitre saw to mitre the edge pieces where they met under the shelf. For all the shelf supports I tried to hit as many studs as possible, because they are stronger.

As a final step, install some additional beams on an angle, extending from the edge of the closet entrance to the back wall. Attach them to the supports on the walls using a combination of pocket holes and screws driven directly through the wood. If your closet doesn’t have a door, Flanigan suggests hanging drapes for added sound control. Use a tension rod and you don’t even have to put holes in your walls or the doorway to hang them. Add task lighting in the form of a desk lamp or a plug-in sconce, and you’ll be all set for whatever comes your way during working hours.

Creating A Space For Your Office

A cozy little space, they’ll think it’s a sleepover every night. Similar to the idea above, an unused linen closet can make an excellent makeup vanity. Add a floating shelf and a fantastic mirror for a glam station straight from heaven. Feel like you’re wealthy with your own private theater… in your closet! Although this TV room closet is shown in a child’s bedroom, it would be superb in an adult space as well. Create a private area in a child’s bedroom for sleeping while still allowing room for play.

Plus, I am planning on hanging a couple sconces from the shelves to add a little more light to my desk area, which will come in handy when I am working late at night. I also love that I have walls on either side of my desk. I was afraid I would be claustrophobic at first, but instead I love those little walls. I built this entire thing (and painted the space) for only $40. The front of the draws were cut from the front trim of the desk so that they are flush when closed. The back edge of the desk has a well that opens up to hide computer cables, telephone wires, etc.

ideas for turning a spare closet into an office

The first step is to measure the length and depth of your closet so you know what size to cut your top piece and support pieces. This is also a good time to decide how much wall space you might need between any floating shelves. Consider it the WFH super couple (albeit more successful than Brangelina). When you build an office in a closet, say hello to fold-up desks, shelving systems, hideaway chairs, and clever lighting, as you make a designated work area behind closed doors.

Let the stain dry completely, then protect the desk off with 3 coats of polyurethane. This especially helps if you put a lot of weight on your desk (like a computer or printer). I made my desk 28 1/2″ because my 30″ desk was a little high for spending long hours typing. It might seem really low when you are building it, it did to me. If you want to see how to build a desk in a closet for just $40, read below for the tutorial. And to see how I am doing with my $100 Room Challenge this month, check out the week 2 update and then follow along to see all the creative (and budget friendly) projects.

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