How to Build & Install a Desk Countertop in a Closet

Make them as minimalist or as frou-frou as you please. Note that flat letter-sized trays are just as helpful for paperwork organization at home as they are at your place of business. Choose a generously-sized desk and a comfortable chair. Lie a luxurious area rug on the floor beneath your work zone and replace your plain overhead lights with a colorful chandelier or other ornate fixture. Accessorize your desk with a lovely lamp and framed photos of your loved ones.

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  • What “most people don’t realize is that the fumes from cedar are toxic to moths only when in very high concentrations,” Professor Farr said.
  • The epicenter of her battle was an expensive wool suit from Harvé Benard that had “little holes all over it,” she said.
  • Remember to install an electrical outlet in your closet if you’ll be using it as a home office.
  • I also plan on doing some cute mirrors or other decorative pieces for my new favorite space.

That way you get the look of any hardwood you can think of without the high cost and possible warping that can issue with some hardwoods. As you see in the video, be sure to tape around the edge of the wall so prevent any stain or paint from getting brushed on the wall. Set the top in place and put some heavy objects on top to help it to stay in place as it dries.

Add the plywood top

One of the most important parts of my office & craft room makeover was a desk. It is first an office, and I need a place for my computer. When I first took over our old nursery, I knew immediately I wanted to build a desk in a closet in this room.

Consider alternating shelves with file baskets that hang on the wall, or set baskets on each shelf to hold items you’d rather keep out of sight. Take your shelves as high up the wall as you can, to maximize your storage capacity. Boost storage by mounting a set of floating shelves above the desk area, and add stackable bins or boxes for office supplies and files. Store items you use daily at eye level and stash extra supplies up top.

Final Thoughts on DIY Closet Desks

I also love that I have walls on either side of my desk. I was afraid I would be claustrophobic at first, but instead I love those little walls. And those holes are often the first sign of an infestation. Adult moths are a mere quarter-inch wide and a camouflage-friendly beige-brown, which makes them hard to see. Any space looks infinitely more put together when it has a cohesive design, and your closet is no exception. While you’re at it, ditch the mismatched original shoe boxes and replace them with something like clear drop-front organizers.

Remember to install an electrical outlet in your closet if you’ll be using it as a home office. Plan to hire an electrician to add one before converting closet to office moving your desk inside. If this isn’t possible, consider running an extension cord into the closet from a nearby outlet, Patterson suggests.