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Cloffice Design Tips: The Ultimate Home Office Hack You Need to Know

Many of us are still working from home in 2021, and we’re seeing people get creative to make the most of their spaces. Living rooms are tripling as playrooms, home gyms, and lounge spaces, while dining rooms are working overtime as a place for meals, homeschooling, and the family HQ.

With so much functionality packed into the home, any space you can find has become fair game for a home office. Meet the “cloffice.” If you haven’t heard of this home office trend, the name says it all—it’s creating an office in a closet!

You’ve probably seen closet offices popping up all over social media. It’s a smart way to pack function into a small space without taking up precious space needed for other duties—which is the case in homes where every room has to serve multiple functions. Not to mention, a closet office also gives you privacy during work hours.

Whether it’s a walk-in closet, one in your hallway, or a small spare room that’s just large enough to do work in, they can all be transformed into a stylish closet office design! Here, we’ve rounded up our best design ideas for designing your own “cloffice.” Find out more below!

Can’t free up any closet space? Get our tips for How to Create a Home Office With No Spare Room, and find the right pieces for your space with our Home Office Checklist!

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The Floating Cloffice

Add a floating desk with built-in drawers and shelves in a closet for an office nook that maximizes space and offers seamless storage. The desk attached to the wall eliminates the need for legs, and you can keep books and office supplies organized in bins on the open shelves above.

The result is a dedicated closet office that’s compact and super functional for a full day of work. For a pop of personality, accent the cloffice with fun wallpaper and art. Also, check out our work from home design tips for more decor ideas.

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The Half Walk-in Closet Office

Walk-in closets are typically long and narrow, so you can line one side with office furniture to maximize half of the space as a cloffice.

Pull in a writing desk that’s just the right size to give your closet office space a visually open look and feel. Flank the desk with ladder-style bookcases to add some open and hidden storage while utilizing vertical space. Think of this as if you’re designing a small apartment home office.

Top off your cloffice with some bright colors, whether it’s a few vibrant plants that thrive in low light or a colorful rug. If you have a window, use sheers to let natural light brighten your space!

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The Full Walk-in Cloffice

If you can take advantage of your entire walk-in closet, you can turn your closet into an office with the simple addition of a desk and shelves.

For a closet office, there are a few types of desks that work best. In this cloffice, the acrylic desk provides a functional workspace but has a slender and minimalist silhouette that keeps the small space open and airy. The floating shelves are hung high to provide vertical storage, which adds to the openness of the room, while baskets and boxes help keep small clutter at bay.

For even more function, a versatile storage ottoman is perfect for full walk-in closet offices since they can be used as a seat, footrest, and storage that’s easy to move around.

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The Hallway Cloffice

A stylish cloffice idea is turning a hallway closet into an office nook. It can make for a super practical and pretty workspace with the right pieces.

A tall ladder desk is best for a small space like a hallway closet office. It offers vertical storage and a work surface all in one piece. It also leaves enough room to add a small file cabinet on wheels that give you extra concealed storage. Add some colorful books and display art and cool decor on the shelves. It will help give the space personality and make it feel like a real room.

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The Living Room Cloffice

You can instantly transform any living room alcove or closet into an office nook with a desk and chair. But to really make a closet office feel like a functional workspace, add lighting!

Since closets don’t usually have built-in lighting, adding some in your closet office is one way to set it apart as a dedicated work zone. Try working in a desk lamp, pendant, or even plug-in sconce for a practical, well-lit cloffice.

Office in a closet not an option in your living room? Get more ideas for How to Create a Home Office in Your Living Room and creating a dining room office design.

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The Kids Cloffice

If you have kids, a cloffice can be a great workspace design for them. It provides an enclosed space for them to do work without needing to build out a whole separate room.

With a kids cloffice, start with a desk and floating shelves, then let your kid add their own fun artwork and colorful accents. This will help make them feel like the cloffice is truly a space that’s theirs. For added comfort and color, pull in a rug to complement your desk choice. It also makes for an easy way to ‘zone’ the closet office.

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The Versatile Cloffice

If you don’t need much storage and prefer not to hang shelves on the wall, opt for a compact and moveable desk with storage drawers in your closet office.

Because a cloffice is all about maximizing a small space, you can make it as flexible as you need it to be. Adding a writing desk and a stool next to it can be a casual way to create a workspace that has tons of storage without it being a “fixed” closet office.

If you’re building out a more permanent home office but still need a workspace for right now, this is a great solve that doesn’t require built-ins and tons of investment pieces.

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The Bedroom Cloffice

Designing a cloffice in a bedroom is probably the most practical and common, especially because it can work perfectly in small apartments and homes. This is also an easy way to add an office for everyday use in a guest room.

A closet office that is open in your bedroom is a great solution for those who have two closets and dressers for clothing storage. Bring in office furniture that goes with the rest of your bedroom pieces—like the chaise lounge and C-table here—and add a rug that extends under the desk to make your closet office feel like part of the room. This will give your space an overall cohesive look.

If you’re not sure where to start, get our easy tips on How to Design a Bedroom Home Office!

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Modern Office Design: 7 Ways to Design a Sleek Home Office Space

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Home office design is all the rage these days as more and more people have remote jobs and need to get work done at home. Even if you don’t work from home, work responsibilities and small meetings often spill over into home office work. It’s important to have an office space dedicated to productivity so you can focus and get stuff done!

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, make the most of it by creating a comfortable workspace. We think modern is a great style for home office design because it’s streamlined and designed to be functional at its core. There are many different ways to bring “Modern” style to life that still reflect your needs and taste in design trends. Read on for 7 modern home office design ideas we love, from big to small.

modern office1. Modern Rustic Office

This modern rustic office design has an earthy vibe with a warm, neutral palette to encourage focus and energy. The statement-on-statement rug and desk create an office space that’s bold and elegant. Overall the vibe is great for getting work done and hosting a small meeting or two throughout the day.

And we think that burl wood desk is to die for—check out the minimal shape/structure combined with luxe material. The woven credenza adds lots of storage and even more style and the leather armchairs are extra comfy and sure to impress any company you meet with.

2. Bright and Cheery Office

Offices don’t have to be dark and stuffy to ensure you have a productive day at work! This bright and cheery office has a modern design with a coastal undertone. The natural, light neutrals balance the room and lots of texture keeps it from looking too flat.

Plus, it has plants galore! This is great for offices as greenery inspires productivity and helps you feel calm and happy. The office also features lots of storage with a desk, bookcase and credenza. Overall, it features simple design trends for a fresh and inspiring space to work.

mid-century modern home office3. Modern and Bold Office

This home office space is designed to show off your tastes! The shelving unit is full of collected treasures, art and books, creating a dramatic look. The room features eclectic design trends but the overall style is cohesive and discerning.

We love the white Eames lounge chair—it makes a perfect mid-century modern reading nook in the corner. The dark wall color helps unify the space and keep it from feeling too cluttered. And the natural wood furniture warms up the modern office design and adds an earthy element, which helps to balance out the stark, modern vibe of other furniture pieces.

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4. Home Office For Two

This home office for two is a great layout if you co-run a business or both you and your partner work from home. It’s one of the best modern offices to make collaborating easy with this side-by-side desk vs. two separate desks.

And the swivel chairs make for easy collaboration—the adjustable height is perfect if you have multiple guests coming and going. The coordinated art helps unify design but still keeps each workspace unique and the graphic black and white scheme feels modern and inspiring.

5. The Work + Lounge Office Space

This stunning office design is a work/lounge combo (because breaks are important to staying productive). The space has plenty of comfortable seating options that encourage you to step away from the screen and chill out. The back wall features bookcases for displaying favorite treasures and books. And the bench and sofa offer two comfy spots to kick back and think, invite company to hang out on, or just take a break.

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6. Eclectic and Modern Workspace

This eclectic and modern home office makes the most of a room’s quirky features! The built-in nook in the back corner is the perfect place to snuggle in a desk and built-in shelves above it offer lots of extra storage space.

The chaise lounge makes a dreamy relaxation spot, which is great if you need to sneak in a power nap between work sessions. And we love the fresh and inspiring neutral color palette—it feels on-trend but won’t ever look dated.

7. Simple Styling Office Nook

Sometimes a simple space is all you need. This office has a straightforward desk and chair with no frills. The desk has a little bit of storage and the wall-mounted shelves keep essentials in reach.

You can prop a piece of art on your desk and tuck in a few accessories and plants to keep the space feeling like “you.” And the cowhide rug helps define the office “zone.” Even if you have a full room available, you can tuck an office like this into a living room or even create an office in your bedroom without taking up too much space.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.

The Space: A small, square home office

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.

Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!

It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.

Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office

Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.

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The key elements:

Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.

Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.

Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.

Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
  • Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
  • Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
  • Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.

 

Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone

Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.

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The key elements:

Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.

Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.

Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
  • Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
  • Want a space that helps hone your focus.
  • Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
  • Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.

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Space-Savvy Solutions For 5 Tiny (and Tricky) Spaces

Designing and furnishing a small space is no walk in the park. In fact, it can pose quite the challenge! Though your space is small, there are so many considerations to think through. How do I arrange the space? What furniture should I buy? Can I even fit a sofa? Where am I going to store all my stuff? Challenges abound.

Let’s not forget that many small rooms are not only small, but can be kind of awkward. This means you’ve got a tricky layout to crack, making these pint-sized spaces even more of a design dilemma

Every small space comes with it’s own slew of challenges. But with a few clever and creative tricks up your sleeve, you can design a functional and stylish space.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the tiniest (and trickiest) spaces we’ve seen, and break down how our designers tackled them. Take a peek below for some small room ideas and small space hacks from our designers.

Ready for a crash course in our best small room ideas? Keep scrolling to see how these 5 tiny spaces met their match.

 

1. A Recessed Living Room Nook

small room ideasThe Challenge:

More like a nook than an actual room, this tiny living space needed furniture that fit with a precision worthy of NASA engineers. Luckily for these homeowners, trying out sofas with 3D online interior design saved them lots of time and backaches. The priority was to find pieces that fit and make the most of every square inch of floor space.

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The Solutions:

  • Find a sofa that perfectly fits the small space. Consider your options, like which side you want the chaise to be on. A great option here? Exploring small apartment furniture and apartment-sized sofas.
  • One of our best small room ideas? Try a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide. This creates a sense of flow in the space and draws attention away from the size of the room.
  • Choose a coffee table with hidden storage, which is one of our favorite sneaky storage ideas for small living rooms! 
  • Pull in a chair with an open, airy frame that won’t add visual weight to the room. It also helps to break up the boxiness of the space.

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2. A Small Home Office for Two

small room ideas – officeThe Challenge:

This small spare room needed to work as an office for two, with space-saving storage options. It also needed to have some sort of relaxed seating. It was a tall order, but we managed to create a small office design that really worked on all counts.

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The Solutions:

  • The L-shape arrangement of the desks uses the corner and wall space to its full potential. All without cluttering up the room. That’s a tiny room design win-win in our book!
  • Don’t be afraid to try two different desks—one with plenty of storage and the other with a slim base for fit. (But going for matching finishes will help the shared home office arrangement look more cohesive.)
  • Adding a petite, armless sofa made for ideal seating that isn’t bulky.
  • A C-shape side table can function like a lap desk for working on the sofa. You can also easily move it next to your desk for a place to put your coffee or drink (no more desk spills!).
  • Hang up wall-mounted floating shelves to take advantage of vertical wall space for storage and display your favorite home decor.

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3. A Compact Bedroom

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The Challenge:

This small bedroom posed some major interior design challenges to its occupant. On the bright side, this tiny bedroom gets lots of natural light. However, this space needed some small bedroom design tips to keep it cozy but uncluttered. There’s no closet space to speak of, so finding ways to incorporate extra storage was essential when thinking through small bedroom ideas for this space.

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The Solutions:

  • Fill out the space at the foot of the bed with comfy and functional accents, like a bench and/or a pouf. They’ll also make the space feel less utilitarian. This is one of our top small bedroom ideas—because even a tiny bedroom should be more than “just a place to sleep.”
  • Lean a floor-length mirror to make the space feel bigger and more open. Have limited floor space? Try a series of mirrors for a similar effect.
  • Pick narrow storage pieces to give you the storage space you need without taking over your room. Narrower pieces can squeeze into corners and along walls without feeling bulky.
  • Layer rugs, like a colorful one paired with a cowhide or fluffy shag rug, to add lots of cozy texture in any small bedroom
  • This is one of those fun, simple home decor ideas that doesn’t take up additional space! Bonus: an organically shaped cowhide rug is a great way to add style to a small bedroom—while helping the space feel less boxy.

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4. A Narrow Nursery

small room ideas nurseryThe Challenge:

The goal was to create a stylish nursery—but one that was also highly functional. Given this room’s narrow shape, the furniture needed to be arranged in a line along one side of the room, which had the potential to look awkward. The parents also wanted the crib to be in clear sight at all times and there needed to be space for a changing table. Bring on the small nursery design tips!

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The Solutions:

  • Stagger the crib and changing table down the narrow hallway to preserve the walkway while also improving the look of the space. (Essentially, this just looks better than lining up both pieces along the same wall!) This also places the crib in the center of the room, between the two windows, optimizing sightlines.
  • No need to include both a dresser and a changing table. Have a dresser do double-duty by adding a changing table topper. This is also a great way to design for now and later!
  • Add sconces rather than table and floor lamps. They’re a great way to add lighting without taking up floor space—not to mention they’ll be out of baby’s reach!
  • Tuck in a daybed that provides an adult nap spot. Plus, it can also easily make for a guest bed in a pinch! Choose one that has an open base and comes without arms or a back so that it doesn’t add visual bulk.

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5. A Shoebox-Sized Studio

Small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Challenge:

This long studio had the trifecta of tiny apartment interior design challenges. It had to function as a living space and bedroom and also provide a little area for dining and small gatherings. So, we brought in all our best small apartment design tips to make the most of this tiny space.

small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Solutions:

  • A floor mirror helps open up the space and make it look bigger while making use of a tricky corner by the window—a great way to maximize a small space.
  • In tight apartment spaces, clever use of corner spaces can be a space (and life) -saver. Make the most of your walls through hanging shelves and sconces and bringing in tall, slender bookcases to display some home decor and give you some extra storage. (Wall-mounted bookcases are a favorite tiny room design hack of ours, since they take up less floor space than a traditional bookcase.)
  • A tiny studio apartment like this doesn’t have space for a sofa. But that doesn’t mean you have to forego any seating! Simply opt for a small accent chair, along with comfy and moveable seating, like one or two poufs. They can also double as footrests and side tables if needed!
  • Speaking of seating—a chair can take advantage of the unused space at the foot of the bed, making for a comfy place to watch TV, read a book, or wind down with a drink at the end of the day.
  • For easy-to-stow dining seating, bring in bar stools with open, airy frames.

Looking for more studio apartment ideas? Check out our studio apartment layout guide.

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This post was updated on February 14th, 2021