Converting a Closet

Converting a Closet

Sarah Coffey
Apr 19, 2010

We envy those who can pare down to the point that they barely need a closet. We usually feel like there's no such thing as too much closet space, but if we were able to live a more minimalist life, we'd consider converting our closet into something as useful as a home office or a tiny extra bedroom.

  • Office in a Closet: This is a common conversion that we see a lot in small apartments. Advantages include a space that's tailor-made for built-in storage and the ability to close the door on your office at the end of the day. For some inspiring closet offices, see this post.
  • Closet-Turned-Bathroom: Since closets are often located off of bedrooms and hallways, it makes sense to repurpose one if you need more bath space. For tips on converting a closet into a bathroom, see this post and this resource guide.
  • Closet Bedrooms: If you need to maximize space in a small apartment or find a place for guest bed, closets can sometimes provide that extra room. For a few closet bedrooms from the Apartment Therapy archives, click here.
  • Closet Media Center: Most people don't want a giant TV or stereo system to be the focal point of their home, but in a small space, anything sticks out more noticeably. The closet media center is a smart solution, since it allows you to tuck all your tech away when you're not using it. For more tips on hiding tech in your small home, see this post.
  • Closet-Turned-Pantry: Small kitchens often lack enough storage space to accommodate food and cookware and dishes. If you're blessed with a closet close to the kitchen, you can add more storage space by repurposing it as a pantry.
  • Other Ideas: We love the idea of a mini library in the closet, filled with books stacked to the ceiling. Another common conversion is the closet-turned-laundry-room, a convenient solution for hiding appliances and dirty clothes. Have any other suggestions? Add them in the comments below.

    1 Home Office in a Hallway from Raumplus
    2 Twinline Tub/Shower Combos
    3 Closet Bedroom from Alvhem
    4 How to Camouflage Home Entertainment Tech
    5 Kitchen Pantry from Kitchen & Bath Ideas

    Photos: Raumplus, Twinline, Alvhem, Janel Laban, Kitchen & Bath Ideas

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