May 20, 2010

Offices in Closets & Small Spaces

from Paula Prass (love her colorful blog!)

A friend of mine lives in a great but tiny apartment with an incredible view of the city (if you call Salt Lake a city).  She's considering turning a closet off the main living area into an office.  I've seen some great office-to-closet conversions so I was excited for the chance to do a post for her.

A common theme in all these photos is the use of wall space.  Whether it's shelves, fabric-covered bulletin boards, colorful clipboards, or peg board, don't forget how useful walls can be in areas where you don't have a lot of room for desktop space.

These old filing cabinets were given new life with spray paint.
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Organization is key, and cardboard storage boxes can be a very inexpensive way to get organized.

from flickr

I love the bulletin boards here, and the stacked drawer units.
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A simpler desk space.  The black & white look great, though there's not a lot of "hiding" space here.

The pegboard and floating shelves are functional, and I love the wallpaper on the back wall.

from Country Living via The Inspired Room

This photo isn't great, but I like the candy jars!

from cnn.com

Another example of the of organizing with cardboard magazine boxes, which minimize clutter by hiding the various colors of magazine stacks.

from cnn.com

More beneficial bulletin boards and peg boards.  The mirror is interesting too, though I'm not sold on it yet.  I guess it probably gives that illusion of more space, but I'm hesitant to use mirrors in areas where it can also give the illusion of more clutter.


I love the clipboards and color here (had this image saved specifically for my own office).  I'm guessing you can use wallpaper, fabric, or maybe scrapbooking paper to cover boring old clipboards.

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The picture ledges (I assume from Ikea) also make great ledges for office accessories.  I love the chalkboard paint here too.

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I like the use of these canisters (or mailing tubes?) and an old shutter with binder clips for mail organization.

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For slightly larger spaces, the Ikea Expedit units are a great (and inexpensive) way to keep things organized.
                          

Jen, I hope you're inspired.  Let me know when the project starts - I want to help!