A while back I posted about our small closet makeover into a mini office. After living with the space for a few months, we made three changes to add more function. Before talking about the changes, let’s quick recap. This closet is too small to hang coats. It became a dumping ground for random stuff and wasn’t functional at all. Here’s what it looked like before our makeover:
After discovering an outlet behind all of our stuff, we envisioned a small closet makeover that turned the non functional closet into a mini office space. We use the mini office to:
- Blogging and creating digital art
- Occasionally working from home with laptops
- Mail sorting (read about the mail and storage cart we DIYed here)
So, what did we change since the original post about our small closet makeover into a mini office? Here’s the rundown:
- Installed a monitor to facilitate multiple laptops
- Added a shelf to serve as a docking station for laptops
- Switched out our lighting solution for a more cost effective option
Installing The Monitor
First, let’s talk about the monitor situation. When we originally redid the closet, we had our Apple desktop monitor on the desk. But after seeing how useful the space was, we wanted to use the standing desk to occasionally work with our laptops, too.
And I know I keep saying this, but the closet is TINY. The desk is not wide enough for a monitor and open laptop, so we came up with a better solution: install a monitor.
Please excuse the lighting in this photo. It was a gloomy day when I took photos. But you get the idea still, right?
Adding Docking Station Shelf
The monitor gave us the freedom to use multiple devices in the office, so we decided to install a slim shelf below the desk to house our docked laptops. We are also able to airplay our Apple desktop to the monitor, so it’s really a win win solution.
Why do we need the Apple desktop AND our laptops? Good question! I am the primary user of the Apple desktop at the moment, and I use it primarily to edit and finalize digital art, logos and other designs created for the Sweet Lilac Print shop.
We also added a piece of trim to the desktop board. This gives it a bit of a more finished look.
Updating the Lighting
Our first lighting solution was to mount push lights on the floating shelf above the monitor. However, we quickly realized that the push lights were NOT made to be used more frequently than a night light. How do we know this? Those puppies blow through batteries like woah!
To save a bit of money, we found another lighting solution. We installed a few small round lights on the closet ceiling. Here’s how it looks:
There is also a “push button” switch on the side of the closet wall to turn them on. So far, we like this solution a lot better. In the future, we may even hide the wiring more permanently.
The rest of the closet still looks the same as before. We still use the side of the closet for storage bins. I also got a closer shot of the shelving brackets:
Do you struggle with a small closet that isn’t very functional? I’d love to hear about it, so share below in the comments!