Want more living space without adding on? One of your closets may be just the extra square footage you’re looking for. Besides helping to keep our homes neater, cleaner, and better maintained, closets are master transformers. Read on to see how each of these ideas could turn a closet into bonus living space!
1. A Walk-in for Junior
Need a room for baby? Many have converted a walk-in closet into a nursery. Brightening the space is always the first order of business. Install a window in an exterior wall if possible, afterwards, paint the wood-paneled walls with a white, no-VOC paint. So that mom and babe are comfortable, add a small vintage chair for nursing, a mini crib that you can “pimped out” with colorful bedding, and a super-soft baby rug.
2. Craft Closet for Mom
Have you always wanted a sewing room? If so maybe think about taking over you children’s toy closet! Idea’s like repainting an old desk and chair can make a huge difference. Make storage boxes from old packaging and contact paper, stencil the wall with leftovers from a friend’s project if you can! And for anything new, like a drawer set, shop those sales!
3. Built in Bookcase
Remove the door, molding, and hardware. Patch any holes and paint the interior. Keep the closet’s shelf brackets and cut new shelves that met the edge of the former doorway’s opening. Build a kick to cover the open space between the last shelf and floor. Finish with decorative molding and you have yourself a great new space!
4. A Reach-in ‘Cloffice’
If you’re short on space, go vertical or go home. This is many people’s strategy for maximizing the square footage in spare closets to create a place where you can study or work, play online games, and store clothing. Install drawer units under the desk for clothing and concealed it all with a desk skirt. Create additional storage with a 12-inch-wide shelf at the top of the closet and add recycled wood pallets to the wall and made a curtain rod from metal pipes.