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8 Other Uses for Closet Space

Whether it's a narrow cupboard for linen or a full-blown walk-in, a well-placed closet is one of the most coveted features of any house. But if storage isn't an issue, these handy enclosures can be easily transformed into a variety of tiny, useful spaces for work and play. These nooks allow folks to carve out something they might not otherwise have room for, such as a wine bar, playroom, or small office. Closet doors can keep these fun spaces a secret, or they can be removed entirely to integrate an alcove into the larger room. Click through our online gallery to browse for ideas to inspire your own closet transformation.

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Reading Oasis

What’s one of the coolest things you can make from a spare closet? A reading nook, of course. Take a gander at this undeniably charming nook from Thrifty Decor Chick. Perfect for kids, this small getaway incorporates plenty of bookshelves on the wall and offers additional storage space underneath the built-in bench.

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Out-of-Sight Office

Those who work at home know the importance of keeping the living space separate from the office. But if you’re wary of devoting an entire bedroom to office space, tucking your desk into a closet makes for an efficient alternative. With the door removed from the hinges, even claustrophobics can work in a pint-size office.

Related: 10 Ingenious Alternatives to a Traditional Home Office

Sleeping Quarters

If your closet is big enough to fit a twin mattress, you have the makings for a cozy bedtime retreat. And if you decide to bunk two beds—as this family did—you’ll not only create a cool, fort-like kids’ room, but you’ll also leave the rest of the bedroom open for play, storage, or a homework station.

Related: 10 Great Ideas for Your Kids’ Shared Bedroom

Hidden Mudroom

Mudrooms provide a barrier between the dirty outside world and your clean house. But not every home comes equipped with such a dedicated area. That’s what prompted The Diligent One to clean out a hall closet and transform it into a place to hang coats, kick off shoes, and deposit backpacks and bags, creating the perfect low-budget alternative.

Related: 17 Design Inspirations for Mudrooms and Entryways

Art Exhibit

What do you do with an awkward closet that junks up your living room? Why not convert it into a stunning gallery! Instead of cramming who-knows-what behind closed doors, you can show off your favorite photos, prints, or coffee table books in a decidedly uncluttered display

Room for a Drink

A closet space under the stairs provides the ideal nook for a classy at-home bar, complete with well-stocked shelves, a countertop, and wine chiller. Opt for an open-bar policy by taking the closet door off the hinges, or keep the door intact so you can lock up the bar to keep the kids out.

Related: 17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home Decor

No Grownups Allowed

A cozy walk-in closet is just the right size for a tiny tot’s playroom and reading nook. Brightly colored walls lined with narrow bookshelves infuse the space with joy, while a chalkboard wall allows creativity to bloom.

Related: 12 Fresh Ideas for Your Kids’ Room

Indoor Toolshed

Tools don’t have to be exiled to the garage. Instead, transform a closet into an organized toolshed, any handy homeowner’s dream. Your favorite tools will be easily accessible for quick household fixes, and easily stored afterward.

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