Before & After: Weirdly Shaped Closet Goes to Work

published Jun 11, 2015
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(Image credit: Carla)

A broom closet of varying depths and without any built-ins was collecting Carla’s random stuff. She decided it might serve better as a place for paperwork and projects, and we love how she made this strange small space fit her needs:

(Image credit: Carla)

From Carla:

My husband and I live in a small, one bedroom treehouse in the hills above Echo Park. Our sprawling upslope yard adds an amazing outdoor living space with views across the canyon, but our house is only 900 square feet, which leaves us limited space.

My husband uses the downstairs as an office, which I didn’t think I needed for my business. But after we settled in, I realized I desperately needed a place where I could put my things at the end of the day, keep all of my filing and source material neat and organized and place my inspirations on a goal board…but where to do it was a big problem.

We had a catch-all broom closet with no built-in shelves which was doing what most empty closets do…gathering random stuff. I emptied out the space and relocated critical items to our laundry room and garage—the rest I got rid of. Next, I measured the closet and found a bookshelf that filled the deeper cubbyhole on the left side of closet from Ikea. While at Ikea, I also picked up glossy white bins for crafting supplies and sewing notions, as well as some matching upright magazine holders.

I displayed some of my favorite things — like notebooks from Russel+Hazel and The Container Store — on the top shelf where they’re the first things I see. I added vintage hooks on the door and wall to hang my bags when I get home as well as the driftwood mobile.

Finally I took a piece of thick foam board, covered it with white linen fabric, attached them together with a small staple gun, and put the whole thing into an old white frame…instant push pin board to hang on the door! A small hanging pocket organizer from The Container Store holds incoming and outgoing snail-mail and bills, and a basket on the floor keeps fabrics and craft materials…and BOOM! That’s my office.

Thank you Carla!