Workspace of the Week: The closer

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Arthelemis’ office in a spare bedroom closet:

Closet offices are phenomenal uses of space if you have a closet to spare. Obviously, the best part about them are they allow you to close the door when you’re finished using the area. This office is for a student whose bedroom is in the basement of the house. An explanation of the space:

I had to make do with a tiny budget (less than 100$), so I reused a lot of material we already had. It might not be pretty but it’s functional. The best part is being able to close the door on the mess.

Arthelemis explains in one of the notes to this image that the power cord for the laptop is hanging down because it regularly has to be unplugged and moved out of the closet. I have the same issue with the power cord on my laptop and I’ve been thinking about getting a second power cable for this exact reason — keep one at the desk and one in my laptop bag. I’m tired of bending under my desk and dealing with it every time I want to be mobile. There was also a note that the arm rests for the office chair (not pictured) had to be removed so the chair could fully slide under the desk to be able to close the door. A simple hack and no new office chair was needed for this special setup.

Anyway, the closet provides a good amount of storage space, even with the desk front and center. Check out Arthelemis’ additional photos in the set for more views of the storage areas.

Have to admit, I also love that the Unclutterer Forums are open on the laptop screen in the picture. A nice touch, Arthelemis, and thank you for submitting your wonderful workspace to our Flickr pool.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

14 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: The closer”

  1. posted by Tom J on

    Suggestion for the laptop cord. Rather than spending $50+ on a second power brick, get a proper length (8 ft?) extension cord run to the correct spot and secured. Then leave the wrapped adapter behind (or in this case in the stand) plugged in. No more bending down to unplug!

  2. posted by Becky on

    It’s a good idea to take the arms off your office chair anyway. They get in the way of a healthy typing posture.

  3. posted by Kim on

    Adding a mirror may give the illusion of more space and not allow people to sneak up on you from behind.

  4. posted by infmom on

    They always show these lovely closet offices in modern closets with two doors. People in older houses with just one standard hinged door on a closet are out of luck.

  5. posted by ChrisD on

    I didn’t notice the Rammstein thingy till I read the flicker notes. I love them too.
    I think they were mentioned here before when someone was reviewing those headphones for unborn babies. The baby doing the review was annoyed at the limited choice of music and lack of Rammstein.

  6. posted by Katey on

    I second getting an extension cord. Or an anti-surge powerboard with a very long cord.

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    posted by PJ on

    I hadn’t realized there were notes until I read ChrisD’s comment. When I checked them out, I had to laugh … I am using the exact same mesh wire file holder from Staples for my laptop at home, to get it to the correct viewing height. Great minds think alike …

  8. posted by rosie_kate on

    It is very neat, but it makes me feel a bit claustrophobic…

  9. posted by Jannie on

    I am huge fan of two laptop cords. I keep one upstairs and one downstairs so it doesn’t matter if I’m surfing in front of the tv or hanging out in my partner’s office upstairs or doing a little browsing in bed on Saturday morning … plug is handy. I got my first spare one laptop died and the next used the same cord, but when I finally replaced that with a different laptop, I happily plunked down the $50 bucks for a spare. I did the same thing for my work laptop — scrounged a spare so one lives in my laptop bag and one lives at my desk in the office.

  10. posted by Roxanne on

    funny thing with my condo closet door. the installer had the door open to the “inside” of my tiny office. huge waste of space. i took the door completely off it’s hinges and stored it in the rafters of my garage. if I die one day,the new owners of my condo could always reposition that space-stealing door and have it installed to open “outwards”. meantime, while I am alive…i have hung/changed the following replacement “doors” on my closet office…Ikea bamboo curtains,vintage cutains,shower curtains,beautiful sheets, beaded curtains, handmade curtains w/beer-cap bottle tops pinched-upon-twine string, etc…
    Perhaps my next creative “office door” to my closet will be many,many, different lenghts of cotton string…and…

  11. posted by clothespin on

    I really like this idea – for my sewing machine set up. It would have to include a LOT more storage inside the closet but I think it might work. It’s in our new house so I’m sure that my hubby will be thrilled with the idea of adding outlets to the closet after the electrician just finished up. Still, then it would allow for the rest of the room to be a real guest room, too. It is a thought at least!

  12. posted by Anna on

    I like it. It’s a clever use of space.

    There’s not much space to crawl under the table, so if it my little office I’d probably hang the powerboard on the wall, just above the light.

  13. posted by Jose Silva on

    I love this idea and the layout. Definitely minimalist and efficient use of space.
    My favorite part of this is that it doesn’t waste another room that can be dedicated to enjoyment instead of the drudgery of working.

  14. posted by Malcolm on

    I like it. @infmom, even if you have an older style singe door, there is a remedy for that: saw the door in half vertically, now you have 2 skinny doors! I have seen it done and it works well, provided the door is solid timber and not honeycomb material.

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