Got Closets? 5 Closet Conversions for Small Homes

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Space is a premium in small homes and it may seem counter-intuitive to convert a closet to anything but, well… a closet! However, with some careful culling of closet needs, you can clear space for a home office, entry organization station, or even a guest room! First, let’s talk about how to give up one of your precious closets…

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Evaluate the Need

Most of us are wishing we had more closet space, not less. But often we don’t realize how much wasted closet space we use. Do you have a front coat closet in your entry that holds just shoes and jackets? Perhaps you have a guest room closet filled with last years holiday decorations. Is there a better use for these closet spaces? What kind of space are you more in need of at your house?

Redistribute the Contents

Now that you have decided to turn that wasted closet space into a mini room in your home, all you have to do is find new, more creative homes for all that stuff. Ideas?

  • Under bed storage
  • Storing shoes and jackets in the owners closet
  • In the rafters in the garage
  • Outside shed

Convert Your Closet!

Now that you have the closet cleaned out, use these steps (and the theme of the room you are creating) to make it happen!

  • Clean the area well, remove any shelving.
  • PAINT!
  • Add lighting. Even if the area is meant to be utilitarian, add a least a few stick up lights for task lighting. You can purchase LED battery powered puck style lighting that attaches anywhere.
  • Add necessary furnishing. This can be shelving, a desk, or a sleeper sofa. Whatever you need to make your room.


Check out these great ideas for converting a closet in your small home!

Turn a hallway closet into a mudroom: This project comes from Carmel at ‘Our Fifth House’. Check out how she turned this hallway entry closet into a fabulous mudroom!

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An amazing closet-turned office:

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Closet converted into an organized space for crafts, wrapping paper, etc:

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Closet converted into a bed and storage:

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Converted closet nursery:

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Image Credits: ourfifthhouse,, countryliving, bhg, goodlifeofdesign, babble




  1. Holland & Associates
    May 6, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Love the closet office, thanks for sharing!

  2. deemail
    June 18, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Don’t overlook the ‘craft’ closet, changed slightly to accommodate your dyslexic child’s homework area…. pull doors straight out to provide blinders; put low volume radio on desk and see if they don’t improve in ‘time taken’ to do their homework. The protection again little sounds (the radio) and the visual (seeing EVERYTHING that passes in the hall or room) will help them focus and stay on task. We did this and it really helped…….they actually work better with a tiny bit of ‘overcoming’ but not so much activity that it distracts….

  3. MoniqueEclectic
    February 18, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    I lived for years in Europe (France, Belgium) and gained a first hand appreciation for maximizing small spaces. We waste so much space here in our homes. This is a great example of repurposing space. My favs are the “mud room” and the bed/storage configuration.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


  4. Holly
    November 10, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    I’m looking for ideas for my daughters bedroom. My husband and I hav two daughters and we currently live in a 2bdrm house, so they are sharing a bedroom that has separable bunk beds. We are wanting to separate the beds but it may be much too crowded. Any ideas on what we could do?? Any suggestions would be appreciated 🙂 I’ve enjoyed reading all you’ve posted so far 🙂 thanks for sharing ur projects! Holly

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 12, 2013 / 8:13 pm

      Hi Holly! Thanks for all the kind words! I don’t know how much floor space you have, but I have had that exact same problem! You could consider making a trundle bed out of one of the mattresses, and then slide it under the other bed when not in use…that can be a problem when it comes to ownership with kids though!If they are fine sharing one bed during the day, that might be the solution for you… Or you could place the beds in an “L” shape to maximize open floor space. Hope that helps! -Kathy

    • jojo
      December 2, 2013 / 11:13 pm

      I’ve seen pictures where people put the bunk beds in the closet if it is big enough, they just remove the doors. Or they make the bunk beds that don’t have a bottom bunk and instead put a desk there or something else, maybe a nice storage area or something

      • Kathy Woodard
        December 4, 2013 / 7:16 pm

        Yes! That works well. Thanks for commenting!

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