A Thoughtful Place: Five Ways to Re-think The Closet

2.12.2014

Five Ways to Re-think The Closet

Closets! I think they are the most untapped real estate in our homes. I really do. I think that most people are very afraid to transform a closet for fear of losing storage. While I do understand that, I think most of our closets are not really working for us. And I have found that each time I re-purpose a closet, it actually gains us so much more storage. We are not strangers to get crafty with our closets. Here are five more examples of how to turn a closet into a whole new room.

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get crafty

 

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I am a sucker for a great craft closet. This is done so well and allows for such great storage. I love the way Traci even used pegboard to add more supplies and everything is easily accessible. Makes me want to bust out a glue gun and get to work!

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create a foyer

 

 

 

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This was actually shown in the Five Ways to Style a Small Foyer post and you all went nuts. It was pinned a crazy amount of times so I am thinking you all have a need for creative foyer space. Is there a coat closet you don’t need?! Can you remove the doors and slip in a piece of furniture? What a great use of space.

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off to the office

 

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A while back we transformed half of my daughter’s closet into a desk space. This has been one of the best decisions yet. The other side is plenty of room for her clothes {plus a dresser in the room}. She absolutely loves creating in this spot and we don’t lose any real estate in her room. It’s a win win for sure.

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a mini playroom

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Anna at Fe Fi Fo Famma blew me away with this. I am seriously trying to figure out if I can do this somewhere. While this was previously meant for a fireplace, they transformed it into a gorgeous playhouse and loft. What child wouldn’t adore this. She has updated the area and now they even have a mailbox, fresh yellow paint,  and pretty flowers in that window box.

 

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create a book nook

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Sarah from Thrifty D├ęcor Chick knocked it out of the ballpark with this book nook. It’s one of my all time favorite posts of hers. Just a cozy adorable spot. Especially love the light and the dress up clothes on the wall.

We are big on re-thinking the closet over here. Besides turning my daughter’s into an office, we also created toy storage for my son {and painted stripes} and created a mini mudroom from a coat closet. I really do think that, when given some thought, closets can add unexpected square footage and purpose to a home. What about you? Any closets begging to be transformed? Are you looking around the house now!?

To see more Five Ways posts, click below.

Five Ways To:

Style a Small Foyer

Style Bookcases

Hang Art Above a Console

Decorate With Wreaths

 

13 comments :

  1. I love this! I totally agree! I love that foyer idea. And I created a nook for my little guy too. He loves it - I blogged about it here if interested :)
    http://visualmeringue.blogspot.ca/2012/02/wanna-look-at-nook.html

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  2. Fabulous ideas... I love the play room and that book nook the best.

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  3. Such creative ideas, especially love the kiddo reading nook. I admit I would be really nervous about losing the storage space, but I think it would force you to get more organized & use what storage space you do have more efficiently. This post is making me consider it ;)
    -Lauren
    Home Style Love

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  4. Love all of those! Unfortunately, in my 1930's house I need every closet we have for storage!!!

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  5. Love all the inspiration! We turned an extra closer into an essentials pantry.

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  6. These are all wonderful! I have been toying with turning our guest bedroom closet into a sewing/fabric/craft space for me.

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  7. YES- love closet repurposing. The best thing I've done in our house was converting the closet in our basement to a mini-mudroom. Hands down - made such a huge difference in our daily life that after I was done I thought why did I wait so long to do this?!

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  8. i love it when people turn a closet in a small foyer into decor space. it always makes the space look bigger.

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  9. These are awesome! I love the playhouse, my son would go nuts...never seen that done before. For myself I'd want the craft space. Although I have a craft room, theres still not enough storage, and I'd love a wrapping station...

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  10. Love the craft closet! I have one of those, but I really would like to have it be more of a functional mini-office/craft space.

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  11. These are all so awesome....I watched the progress of you daughter's room and closet. Gorgeous!!!
    We turned the coat closet in the foyer of our 1980's rancher into a china closet. I have 6 sets of dishes/china, glassware and linens stored in there. We never use the front door, everyone comes in through the garage; so no need to just keep stuff that was no longer needed in the closet....made more sense to put the space to better use. Now I have easy access to my extra sets of dishes, so I use them more than once or twice a year.
    LOVE reading your posts everyday!!!!

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