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Creating a Closet Desk Space


In today's world, where remote work and online learning have become the norm, the need for a functional and inspiring workspace at home has never been more apparent. If you're searching for innovative ways to optimize your living space for productivity, consider turning an underutilized closet into a convenient and focused desk area. Creating a closet desk space can provide you with a dedicated zone for school work or remote work while effectively utilizing space that might otherwise go to waste.

cartoon image of person working from a desk, an above view where you can see all their contents- two monitors, keyboard, photos, etc.

Clearing Out and Planning

Before you start transforming your closet into a desk space, it's important to declutter and clean out the closet. Remove any items that you don't need or haven't used in a while. This will give you a blank canvas to work with.

Next, assess the available space and dimensions of the closet. Consider factors like lighting, ventilation, and electrical outlets. A closet with a sliding door can be ideal as it saves space and allows for easy access to your new desk setup. Take measurements to ensure that your desk, chair, and other equipment will fit comfortably within the space.

person planning in a planner

Choosing the Right Desk and Furniture

The type of desk you choose will greatly impact your comfort and productivity. Opt for a desk that fits well within the closet, taking into consideration both the width and depth of the space. A wall-mounted desk can be a smart choice, as it provides a clean and uncluttered look. Alternatively, a compact writing desk with storage options can help you keep your workspace organized.

Pair your desk with an ergonomic chair that provides proper support to maintain your comfort during extended periods of work or study. Consider adding shelves or storage solutions above or beside the desk to keep essentials within arm's reach.

leather office chair

Lighting and Ambiance

Good lighting is essential for a productive workspace. If your closet doesn't have a built-in light source, consider adding task lighting. A desk lamp with adjustable brightness and color temperature can help reduce eye strain and improve focus.

To create a conducive atmosphere, paint the inside of the closet with light and calming colors. A neutral or pastel shade can help create a serene environment that encourages concentration.

a desk lamp on a desk with an open laptop and a mug

Cable Management and Connectivity

To prevent cable clutter, integrate cable management solutions into your closet desk space. Use adhesive cable clips to secure cables along the edges of the closet or desk. This not only keeps things tidy but also prevents accidental damage to cables.

Ensure easy access to electrical outlets. If your closet doesn't have convenient outlets, consider using extension cords or surge protectors to provide power to your devices.

A hand holding multiple wrapped up cable wires

Personalization and Inspiration

Make your closet desk space a reflection of your personality and motivation. Add a corkboard or magnetic board to pin up important notes, to-do lists, and inspirational quotes. Decorate the space with plants, artwork, or personal touches that uplift your mood and keep you motivated.

an organized and personalized desk space, with photos on the wall, a plant on the desk and computer

Organization and Storage Solutions

Limited space doesn't mean limited storage. Use shelves, drawers, and organizers to maximize storage capacity. Utilize vertical space with wall-mounted shelves or floating shelves to store books, notebooks, stationery, and other essentials.

a desk with two shelves on either side for storage space

Comfort and Ergonomics

Investing in an adjustable monitor stand or laptop riser can help you maintain proper eye level and prevent neck strain. Ensure that your keyboard and mouse are at a comfortable height to prevent wrist discomfort. Remember to take short breaks and stretch regularly to stay comfortable and energized.

a small desk with ergonomical function with keyboard and monitor lifted

Regular Maintenance

Finally, maintain your closet desk space by periodically decluttering and reorganizing. As you accumulate new items, ensure that everything has a designated place to prevent your workspace from becoming chaotic.

A person working at a clean and organized small desk space.

Transforming a closet into a dedicated desk space for school work or remote work can be a creative and effective way to optimize your living area. By following these steps, you can create a functional, organized, and inspiring workspace that enhances your productivity and overall well-being. Remember, the key is to tailor the space to your needs and preferences, making it a place where you can focus, learn, and achieve your goals with ease.

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