It's no secret that the workplace has experienced a revolution. Instead of earning a paycheck in an office, it's often more practical to work where you live.

If you think you don't have a spot for a desk, file drawers and some shelves, one place that might provide a solution is a closet in an unused bedroom.  You can turn a closet into a mini-office by installing shelves and a desktop supported on a two-drawer file cabinet.  These installations are most practical when the closet has a 48-inch wide opening and folding doors.  We replaced the folding doors' hinges with a specialized hinge system that allows the doors to swing to the side of the closet opening.  

Keep in mind that you will need electrical power in your office to run a computer or related office electronics. This will be a relatively easy matter if the closet is lighted. If the closet is not lighted, or if the house's wiring is outdated, then installing an outlet and lighting will be more difficult. Also, it's important to note that if you plan to install a file cabinet in your closet office, such as the one shown here, you should be aware that these come in different widths, depths, and heights. Be sure to choose a cabinet that will allow a comfortable height for the desktop, and a suitable width. Finally, it must not be too deep for the closet.

This project was originally published in the January 2001 issue of Popular Mechanics.  You can find more great projects at Popular Mechanics DIY Central.

Step 1: Remove Existing Pieces

A standard closet is 24 in. deep, and many file cabinets are 25 in. deep.

To use a cabinet of this depth, you will have to remove the baseboard molding at the rear of the closet. Use a flat pry bar to remove the molding (Fig. 1). Set the molding aside for reinstallation. Next, use the pry bar to remove the inside door trim from the side jambs of the door opening (the trim is left in place along the head jamb) Save the trim for replacing later as well.

Assuming that you have standard bifold doors, remove the doors and their hardware. Unscrew the track from the head jamb and remove any floor pivots or guides. Set the doors aside to be put back in later.
Very nice work and picture. With which kind of program did you use for making it? <br>(sorry for my language, i'm not English) thank you.
Iiv always thought of moving my desktop PC into my closet. great instuctable.
We have an unfinished closet, just the opening. <br>I wonder if I can talk the better half into doing this Instructable. <br>Thanks !
Great pictures. I pondered doing this very thing, but the electricity source was a stumbling block for me. I would have to wire an outlet for my computer and a desk lamp, which increases the work a bit. I'd like to see some real-life pictures of this done. Lighting looks like it might be problematic.

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