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Home Office Ideas For Small Rooms

Make It Work! A Closet Becomes a Pop-Up Office

Tired of not having a home office, Rebekah McNall from A & B Creative did what any resourceful stylist would do: she transformed her awkwardly placed closet into a pop-up office! With a bit of elbow grease and some creative product sourcing, Rebekah created a work space that can be easily showcased or hidden. Impressed with the result, we prodded her for tips on how to pull this off in any home!

POPSUGAR Home: Tell us about the closet. Was it an unused guest room closet?

Rebekah McNall: This closet is awkwardly located in our dining room. Having a home office instead of a traditional closet just made more sense in that part of the house.

PS: How did you get the idea?

RB: Necessity! Living in a tiny 1920s cottage, I've gotten accustomed to making each space serve multiple functions. When I decided I wanted a more formal home office, I knew that the only real possibility for that space would be in my dining room closet. I love that if I want people to see my office, I can draw the curtains, and if I don't, I just close them.


Keep reading for Rebekah's DIY ideas, styling tips, and favorite finds from her pop-up office!

PS: What are some of your favorite DIY elements?

RM: I loved getting to use a paint color that I typically wouldn't have used anywhere else in my home! Taking everything out of the closet also revealed some amazing hidden gems, like the miniwindow and the original hardwood floors. Because we have a rental, I hung my inspiration board and Warhol print using vintage style hangers to avoid making new holes. I also removed the closet doors and hung curtains with a nice shower curtain rod.

PS: Where did you source some of your favorite pieces?

RM: I used a combination of vintage and modern pieces to design and style the space. My favorite modern pieces are the Warhol print, desk, and storage cart.

PS: In hindsight, do you have any tips that could help anyone interested in pulling this off at home?

RM: Have fun designing and styling the space, and don't be afraid to takes some risks! There's nothing like knowing your space can be hidden behind curtains to feel like you're free to experiment. Making updates (like adding wallpaper or shelving) is relatively inexpensive since it's such a small space. Also, don't feel obligated to use traditional office items — I incorporated things like hangers, kitchen bowls, and a living room side table.

Source: Photos by Abi Q. Photography
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