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23 Unexpected Ways To Transform An Unused Closet

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1. Make a homework space.

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Apply a coat of chalkboard paint to closet walls for a distration-free space. If your child needs help with their homework, use some chalk to work out the problem. Get the tutorial here.

2. Design a kid's hideout.

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Cut a foam mattress pad to fit the size of the closet floor. Toss in some pillows, line shelves with books, and create soft lighting. Find the full tutorial here.

5. Design an invisible office.

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Interior designer Killy Scheer created a modern, out-of-the-way office that disappears when you want it to. Hang pretty curtains along the closet rod to cover up the space when you're ready to relax.

8. Take advantage of bright spaces.

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If your home office is windowless and gloomy, set up shop in the sunniest room in the house. Open closet doors and find a desk that fits perfectly into the allotted space.

9. Make a double-duty reading nook.

For a 2-second home project, place pillows and a furry rug (like this one from Ikea) on the closet floor. Pull back the curtain and invite kids to read in a space that's the perfect size for them. Keep cloths hanging. Get the full tutorial here.

10. Display art.

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If your apartment lacks wall space, use the closet as an expressive extension. Apply a coat of paint to create an accent wall. Use the back wall to display wall decals and framed photos.

11. Make a craft corner.

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Secure a pegboard to the inside of the closet door to organize your tools and materials. For a DIY desk, lay a piece of pre-cut wood (which you can pick up from most hardware stores) across two filing cabinets.

13. Create extra book storage.

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To store extra volumes while still keeping them on display, place books on the top shelf of the closet. If you're a real bookworm, add a few more shelves and turn the space into a mini library.

14. Create a sleeping nook.

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Move your bed into the closet (just make sure you measure it correctly before moving). If you have to ditch the headboard, pick up some bed legs (like these from Ikea; $20).

15. Turn it into a cozy alcove.

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Add cushions and dim lighting to make a mini space perfect for answering long emails.

16. Craft your own bar.

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Either install countertops or use a marble-topped desk in an irregularly-shaped closet for a modern wet bar. Add two stools so guests can pour, sit, and chat.

17. Surround yourself with your favorite things.

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Frame inspirational phrases and beautiful artwork to keep you feeling creative. Perfect for couples with different home aesthetics—this space is all yours!

20. Use a shelf as a desk.

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Just pull up a chair and get started.

21. Make a super storage system.

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Keep important papers organized with a series of shelves and a rolling file cabinet. If you're a photo junkie, create your own picture library with labeled boxes and rows of photo albums.