Mom turns tiny closet into a home office for free with a nifty Ikea hack

Lexie Lewis was fed up with her work spilling into her bedroom, so she decided to turn a tiny closet into an office space using Ikea closets that she had repurposed

Lexie Lewis, 40,

If you’re still working from home, chances are you’ve converted part of your property into an office.

Lexie Lewis, 40, mother of a Kent daughter who works in administration, was fed up with her work spilling over into her bedroom.

But not wanting to spend a fortune on a makeshift workspace, she decided to convert a tiny closet into a home office.

Lexie completed her DIY project without spending a single penny by repurposing old Ikea units and decking.

She wanted to give herself a separate workspace as she had recently downsized into a two bed house and was trying to squeeze everything into her bedroom.

The closet as an empty space


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Lexie installed cabinets from an Ikea unit


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Lexie told the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group: “I didn’t like having the computer and paperwork there because it looked too cluttered.

“The cupboard is at the top of the stairs and seemed to fit well with everything.

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“I used two standing Ikea Lack units that I already had and then cut decking that the previous tenants left in the garden to make the shelves.

“I plugged everything in and drilled a hole through the wall in the bedroom for the extension cord and plugged everything in.”

If you don’t already have furniture to upcycle, Lexie recommends checking out Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, and eBay for freebies or cheap merchandise.

The closet now looks like this


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Lexie has now separated her work from her private life


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Lexie says she “absolutely loves” her office now that it’s finished and says her bedroom is much more spacious as a result.

“It was completely free to build because I already had everything,” she said.

“I’m really excited about it. It’s great to work in, I just have to watch my knees when I sit down.”

For more remodeling inspiration, we shared how another DIY fan turned the empty space in her hallway into a trendy, open space to work in.

Charlotte Summers from Brighton wanted to make the most of the space in her home rather than having an office in an empty space.

The hallway used to be dark and drab, with a beige wooden floor, but now it looks like a completely new space after the renovation.

Charlotte said: “One of the main reasons I wanted to build our DIY hallway shelving unit was to have an open space where we could display our personal items in style.

“Since this is also our office/workspace, I wanted to keep the decor minimal to keep a clean spirit.

“I also wanted to fill it with things that motivate me, like B. Quotes and prints that mean a lot.”

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