Even before we ripped up the carpet, starting the remodel of what is now our home office, we knew that we were going to convert the awkward closet in there into a workstation. I know that I don’t even have to explain the enormous help Pinterest was in the gathering idea stage of the remodel, but let me show you a couple of the ideas we tossed around….
A place to store shipping supplies, and a surface to package up orders on, has always been our Achilles heel. In all the places we’ve lived, we’ve never been able to master a designated area for either. So something similar to the example above was a design we were considering. I love how everything is in easy reach and open so that you can not only see what you’re grabbing (e.g. blindly rooting around in an oversized Rubbermaid tub full of various shipping supplies), but one can also easily see what supplies are getting low, needing to reorder soon. Another idea we kicked around was pure storage, as in shelves, drawers, wall storage, etc., such as this next example:
This idea was completed using cabinets from IKEA. While we do have an IKEA in our State, it’s over 2 hours away. So not gonna happen. Though this is pretty nifty, we need more counter space, and I really didn’t want to have to deal with the awkwardness of getting boxes down from up under the top of the closet – you know, that space that goes up behind the top wall of the closet?, yeah, that. That narrow, dark space is always a dead giveaway that this was once a closet, which I wanted to avoid if at all possible. Then we briefly thought about doing a built in desk of sorts like this:
It looks as though they opened up the upper wall/header more, because it doesn’t really have that cubby area tucked up under there like most closets. This really is a swoon-worthy office nook, and I was really pushing for this one, but again, the more we thought about it, the less practical it seemed, for us that is – for someone that just needs a small space for mostly computer work, this is perfect! But our supplies and equipment would never fit in a design like this. Last but not least we considered a hybrid….a storage-work space-desk closet conversion such as this:
There is a small section in the center for a desk chair, storage on either side, above, and wall hanging supply storage as well. Love the pendant too! And notice, the typical deep header above the closet is adios….either that or they never had one. I really liked this version, but alas, part way through the office remodel we invested in a beast of a flat file to fit in the closet conversion, and it ended up being too big to accommodate a built-in working desk next to it….I swear we measured, but you know how those things go 😉