The office for Harry Stearns Painting is in our living room, which is open to the kitchen and TV room. That means the over-stuffed file folders, overflowing stacks of paper, calculator, notebooks, binders, scrap paper, computer, printer, phone, papier mache turtle, etc. are out in the open for all to see. I’ve always dreamed of having a proper office. But with two kids, a dog, a cat, and a small house, there’s just no room.
…or is there?!
Have a spare closet? The clever folks at The Family Handyman show how you can turn a spare closet into a compact, efficient office. If you ask me, the most attractive part of this project is the fact that you can shut the door(s) and hide your office clutter!
Office project overview: Features, tools and cost
Is your home office a mess? Do you need a spot to organize your kids’ schoolwork and projects? Or do you just want to get your office stuff out of sight when you have guests? We’ll show you how to solve all these problems by turning a spare closet into a super-organized office.
In this story, we’ll show you how to build and install wall shelf cabinets, a countertop and under-mount drawers, including how to adjust the dimensions to fit these projects in your closet. We’ll also show you an easy way to conceal all those cords that usually dangle down behind the desk. We’ve included a Materials List (See “Additional Information” below.), but you’ll have to adjust the quantities to fit your closet. The project shown here is constructed with birch plywood and boards and cost us about $400.
This is a great project for any intermediate to advanced DIYer. There’s no complicated joinery—the wall shelves and drawers are just wooden boxes that are screwed together. We used a table saw to cut the plywood, a narrow-crown staple gun to attach the shelf backs and drawer bottoms, and an 18-gauge nailer to attach the face frames. If you don’t have these tools, you can use a circular saw and straightedge guide to cut the plywood, and a good old-fashioned hammer and nails. It will just take a little longer.
(Harry’s wife, unpaid marketing consultant & chief cheerleader)