While some homeowners and apartment dwellers crave every square inch of closet that they can use for storage, there are some living spaces where closet areas are better off being re-purposed for other uses. Here are a few suggestions, courtesy of Buzzfeed.com, for transforming empty or unused closet spaces:
For a standard rectangular closet space that would normally be covered by a pair of center-folding doors, consider removing any shelving and replacing it with a desk-high work area. Then, by using chalkboard paint on one or more of the walls, your child could use the space as a study area, complete with a blackboard for figuring this or that problem. Or simply creating some colorful chalk artwork.
Other oddly shaped closet areas –particularly those with higher ceilings and a shoebox shape, could lend themselves to the creation of a kid’s secret hideaway. Existing shelving could be reinforced to hold the weight of the child, who will no doubt want to climb to the highest shelf, perhaps to find a special place to read or simply to rule over his or her tiny domain. Hanging a shortened set of Printed Cotton Curtains from the ceiling could have the effect of making this area all the more secretive.
Closets in the main living areas of the house might serve as small, self-contained workshop spaces. Pegboard can be installed along the back wall of the closet; new or existing shelf units can be used to store bins of items; and, discreetly placed curtains or even Cellular Shades could be used to mask some areas that would otherwise look cluttered.
For a more utilitarian look, simply install the right width of industrial-style desk into the closet space and add a computer display, keyboard and chairs. Cover the entire area with a set of Pattern Faux Silk Curtains and you will have created a mini-office that can be visible or invisible, as desired.