8 Closets That Became So Much More Than Just Storage

updated Apr 21, 2020
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Maximizing space can be achieved in many different ways—shelves, storage, multifunctional furniture—but have you ever considered using your closet space for another purpose? Closets truly are a thing of glory: a coveted space to hang your coat and organize your shoes, but can they also play a bigger role in your space? We’ve got a few other ideas below.

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Living in a studio apartment comes with its own set of obstacles, space being one of them. Sarah didn’t let her floorplan affect her decision to move into her cozy studio, and was able to actually fit her entire bed into her closet, creating a warm and welcoming refuge she refers to as her “bed nook.” This creative use of space has actually turned her closet into her favorite “room” in the house!

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Welcome to the jungle! A lack of backyard space didn’t stop Summer from expanding her ever growing (literally) collection of plants. Summer converted her kitchen closet into her own personal grow garden—with an organic selection of fresh veggies, herbs, and greens right in her New York apartment.

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This creative couple’s mega-fun idea was to turn their closet into a bright and cheerful workspace. With three shelves stocked with everything Laura or Ray could need for work, this fun and quirky office has all the essentials, PLUS loads of personality.

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You’re a lucky person if you’ve got the space and the water hookup to turn a closet into a small laundry room. Tile the back, add some storage, and you’ll never have to visit a laundromat again. This one comes from Southern Living.

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This walk-in closet is a nice size to begin with, so it’s not a huge stretch to make it into a nursery. Mama Travel Pants did a great job however, and the space easily fits baby and lots of practical storage to boot. It can be done in a smaller closet too.

This closet turned reading nook is any kid’s dream! Julie originally created this reading nook for her daughter when she was ten years old. When her daughter entered her teen years, it was time for an upgrade. We love the sophistication and the versatility of this space as her daughter grows.

And book nooks aren’t just for kids. This one, designed by Thomas Kroeger Architects looks like an ideal place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Anu converted a boring closet into a welcoming mudroom with a DIY floating bench. With hooks, bins, and and a spot to sit and put on your shoes, this DIY mudroom has all the functionality of a normal closet, but with a much happier aesthetic.