Going into the closet: to, you know, work there

By on May 26th

"Cloffice" kind of sounds like… I dunno, maybe an equine venereal disease. But sound it out with me and you'll see we're actually talking about offices built in closets. It's genius, right? If you have a small space or you don't need an office all of the time, putting your workspace in a closet might be a perfect solution.

If you haven't seen a cloffice before, you're probably thinking, "What the hell, Cat. I want my office to be a pleasant space to work, not weird and dark and cramped like Ryan's closet desk on The Office."

It's okay! Take a look at what Martina from MyMcLife did with her little cloffice:

Perfect location: end of the hallway.

Oh, hello!

Right? This looks pretty workable to me, and she's not blocking the flow of traffic in the hallway.

So, if Martina can do that with a small linen closet, think of what you could do with a walk-in closet. Lucky us, we can also see what Anna Bergquist did with her cloffice:

Look! So much space, neatly organized, well-lit! Plus, I bet you can't hear noise from the rest of the house.

And Anna didn't even lose an entire closet: behind the desk sits still-usable hanger space.

Plus, Anna was nice enough to send along her most important advice:

  • Identify what needs to be stored in your cloffice. The items you use regularly should be easily accessible, while other items can be stored away.
  • Most importantly, make it visually fun — adding pops of color will keep it from looking and feeling tiny or unpleasant.

If you're now plotting your own cloffice, you could do a build-out — but after I pitched this post I went to a rummage sale and picked up something exactly closet-sized, so I wanted to plant an idea for the interested: school desks.

Granted, I'm 5'4, so if you're much taller than me this just won't work. But this desk fits me perfectly — and would fit a closet, too.

The desks that show up on eBay currently are all older and smaller, but I've seen desks in this '60s/'70s style in lots of local sales. If you really want one — try a Craigslist ad.

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.