I made the decision to commute from home to university for my third year for various reasons. While I may be scheduled in for less class time, it’s essentially my most important year and this meant ensuring that I had a space of my own to knuckle down and focus.
Unfortunately my bedroom isn’t the largest and while this makes it nice and cosy, it does mean you have to become rather inventive with ways of finding a home for everything. Before starting my third year in September, I didn’t actually have any desk or office space to work from. This hadn’t been an issue previously as I was living in London for my first two years where I had a desk area and prior to this, I made a habit of overtaking the dining room whenever I had a big essay looming. But by this point, it was time to really make a space of my own – much to my mum’s delight as she could keep the dining space tidy too!
One evening before going back to university, I was mulling over the different options in my head. I thought perhaps we could completely rearrange my bedroom layout? Although it all fits quite nicely currently and is probably the best arrangement for the shape of the room. We then thought about a folding table that I could get out as and when I needed to work? But this really was just a temporary fix. I then glanced over to my built-in wardrobe, housing mostly clothes that I hadn’t worn in ages and was hoarding for sentimental reasons more than anything.
In essence, this was a redundant space sitting here that could be utilised in a really effective way. A vision started to piece together in my head. If you think of a wardrobe, the fundamentals already exist – the side walls are able to work as pillars to support the desk so all I would have to add is some shelving for storage. All of this could could be built and yet, still not interfere with the rest of the floor space, which seemed like a no-brainer!
I felt inspired and leapt to Pinterest for décor ideas. While feeling like a complete genius, I was quickly brought down a peg or two, as it seems I’m not the first to have this idea! This wardrobe conversion idea can also be known as a “closet office” or “cloffice” with many others going forth and conquering the DIY space-saver.
Although I knew exactly how I wanted it to be in my head, I’m not the best person for DIY experiments so I pitched the idea to my dad and got to work on the first step, which was finding a new home for the clothes. It should be noted that we also have a spare room which is used as a dressing room so these clothes were overflowing into my bedroom and it was definitely time to condense them. It was a difficult task initially but I obtained a strict policy of ‘when was it last worn?’ This fateful question enabled me to do a proper clean up and before I knew it, I was left with something that looked more like this…
The rest of my room is in the theme of purple but since this space was full of clothes, we never thought it was worth decorating until now. I set about researching and came to the conclusion that the office space should have some kind of feature to set it apart from the rest of the room. It all seemed quite simple, although there was one obstacle we did face. Due to the fact that the wardrobe creates a cove effect, it could be quite a dark and dingy space to work in. Thankfully, my dad is an electrician so a straightforward solution to him, was to fit some small lights in the ceiling, operated by a pull switch.
After about three weekend’s worth of work, my room was finally transformed. Gradually coming together in a collage of photos below.
With the final product, accessories and all, being this…
As I sit in my newly refurbished area writing this blog post, I realise how important it is to have a little space to call your own. Whether that be for blogging or writing time, organising your business or just taking five to enjoy a hobby. It allows you that breathing space and can also be really fun to get a little creative in the process!