Closets may be a necessity for families with young children. But once the kids have grown up and moved out, bedrooms and closets can be repurposed into more useful spaces.
When her two children left the roost, Karen Walsh of Kirkwood, Mo., turned one of their bedrooms into a reading and computer room, and converted the 5-foot-wide by 7-foot-high and 2-1/2-foot-deep closet into a mini-library.
Almost endless options are available for people seeking to repurpose their closets, which can be made into reading nooks, small playrooms, craft rooms, mini offices and more.
Olescia Hanson, spokeswoman for the Container Store, says, "One of the most important things to remember is to think outside the box when trying to maximize the most of your space."
It comes to looking at the space and deciding how to be creative with your new functional area.
"It's as simple as removing the contents from the closet and reassigning the items to other areas in the home," Hanson adds. Once the closet is empty, remove the doors and the door tracks (if necessary) and add a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the space. Some homeowners find themselves repurposing other items in the home, such as a small chair or stacking bins, to move into the new closet.
Once Karen cleared out her son's bedroom, she maximized the space in the closet and created a mini-library. With the installation of a freestanding shelf unit, a shoe rack and four built-in bookshelves, the mini-library became the perfect area for her favorite reading material.
"When we removed the closet doors, we gained a foot or two of space," Karen added. "We were able to fit a reading chair partially into the closet." She took advantage of every square inch in her repurposed closet by adding small shelves to show off family photos, Beatles memorabilia and all her precious knickknacks. She designed a short beaded curtain and strung it along the top of the closet to add a decorative style.
Brittany, aka Prettyhandygirl.com, of Raleigh, N.C., is a DIY home blogger and mom of two boys. She recently turned a bedroom closet into a small playroom for her boys. Brittany gutted the closet, built two platforms and made a bench seat. She added decorative molding and painted the inside of the closet. "We use the extra space as a sleepover bed," Brittany says.