Closets Can Be Used For More Than Clothes!
It seems there is never enough room for all the things we would love to have or need like a home office, a room for crafts, a special place for the kids to play. Look around your home and see what you have to work with- a nook off the living room, a guest bedroom closet, or a kitchen pantry; you can take that space and make it into something more useful.
- Have a spare bedroom you want to use for guests but you would really like to have a home office? No worries. Turn the closet into a simple, low-key but efficient office area. Slide in a desk or install some shelves for the desktop, books and office supplies; add a pegboard to the inside door and use hooks to hang file holders and other things; if you want the space to look more open, remove the doors and hang a pretty curtain along a rod to cover up the space when you have guest.
- Turn a coat closet into a nice area to hang purses, backpacks, coats and whatever else you may need. Remove the door and put a bench inside. Great place to sit down and put on your boots.
- Create a place for kids to read or just hang-out. To maximize the space in a tiny playroom, turn the closet into a place for kids to play and read. Remove the doors, cut a foam pad to fit the closet floor and cover with a sheet that can be cleaned when necessary; add in some fabric storage boxes for toys and books.
- Make more room in the nursery by putting the changing area in the closet. Remove the doors, paint or wallpaper the inside of the closet; slide in the changing station or use one of your bureaus and put the changing bed on top.
- Move your laundry room from the basement into your linen closet. Contact a handyman to see if the move is possible; add some shelves for storage.
- Create your own mini library to store and display your books. A hall closet is perfect for this. Remove the closet door; install shelves and add your books. Take it to the next level-use fewer shelves, add a bench with a form topper cut to fit and covered in a bright fabric; add a couple of throw pillows and now you have a cozy spot to sit and read.
- Make your own mini-bar. Turn any space into a bar with a bar cart. Ideally, your bar would have a sink and refrigerator so you will need to call on a plumber and electrician; or, you can keep it simple and just use an ice bucket; add a large mirror on the wall to add more dimension to the space.