DIY Home Decor

Office nook inspo – Before and After

Let’s face it… we all run out of space here and there. It’s especially easy to run out of room in a closet style work space. The closet may not be an ideal amount of room for an office area but you can get more use out of it then you think. It can also be just as if not more inspiring than a regular office. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your closet office or any office space.

Office Nook

Just because your space is small it doesn’t mean it has to lack inspiration or functionality. Sometimes your small space can have even more character. Below are some tips and visuals to help you get your best possible office space going.


1. Use a desk that you can fit things underneath. Use the room underneath your desk for a small cabinet, baskets, boxes or any other type of storage.

I used to have a desk with drawers but all that got me was as big mess and less leg room. I found this wood desk at Home Goods and instantly fell in love. I love it because I can fit items underneath and having more leg room is more comfortable for long hours.


Office Nook Before

Home Goods Office Nook

Acrylic Box

Gold Office Chair

2. Since only a certain height will be visible to the eye in a closet office, hang shelves higher for even MORE storage.

Home Goods Office Nook Office Nook Disco Ball

I have one main shelf in my office space. If you need more storage you can hang multiple shelves. If you haven’t noticed already, Home Goods has great options for shelves.


3. You can also add magazine racks to the walls for more organization and storage. It another fun way to add texture, color, and easy access to inspiration.

Office Book Inspiration

Dormify Letter Board

You can keep paperwork or inspirational magazines… or BOTH!

4. Don’t have any favorite art to hang? You can use magazine clippings from your favorite magazines to sass up your walls.

Another tip: Leave some room for a peg board, dry erase, or letter board. There are a ton of options for that at your local Home Goods store.

Magazine Clipping Gallery Wall

Small Office Nook


5. You can use everyday objects for hanging you items an art.

Don’t worry about breaking out the hammer and nails. Below I used clothes hangers, binder clips, tape and push pins to hang every piece of art. You can also use pom pom and tassel garland that can double to hang pictures from. You can find really fun garlands around the holidays at Home Goods! You can save money by getting creative with everyday items you already have.

Pink Wall

Domino Magazine

After use of clothes hanger to hang magazine on wall.

Magazine Hanger

Favorite Position CEO

Magazine Clippings Wall Art


6. Another option for making smaller work areas appear less cluttered is to use acrylic accessories.

Below, you can see that I used an acrylic tape dispenser and acrylic stapler. It helps keep a smaller desk look less cluttered. I also was SO excited to find an acrylic box for under the desk. Let’s talk about buyers regret for a second, or should I say the lack of buying. I was in my local Home Goods and I happened to walk by THREE different size acrylic boxes… and kept walking. I obviously went home and was SO sad I did not buy them. I went back the next day and only the large one was still there. My advice to you: just buy it, return later.

“Nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy” <– future sign hanging in Home Goods please?

Office Nook Home Goods

Acrylic Stapler


7. Last tip for adding a ton of character to a small closet office is bold wallpaper!

Pick something that all of your awesome Home Goods finds will pop off of!

Pink Office Nook

Home Goods Office Nook

Modern Table Lamp


Favorite Home Goods items highlights:

Goal Digger plaque
White & Wood desk lamp
Dark wood desk
Acrylic Box
Gold desk chair
Burl wood boxes
Pink vase
Opalescent desk accessories
Design books galore! (Home Goods always has a great selection of design books)

Burl Wood Boxes

Interior Design Books


I hope everyone is super inspired to go make your small spaces and closets into your own inspiring office space! — especially just in time for Back To School!

Check your local Home Goods every week for new and amazing office decor.








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  • Maya
    October 1, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Hi, I am in love with the wall paper you used! The space looks incredible! Do you know what it’s called and where it’s from?

  • Maya
    October 1, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Hi, I am in love with the wall paper you used! The space looks stunning! Do you know what it’s called and where it’s from?

    • goldalamode
      August 4, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      So sorry for this late response! I found a bunch of comments in spam! But its by Chasing Paper. XO

  • Jill Catrinel
    September 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Wow… stunning transformation! The assortment of storage and hangers is really cleverly done. Loving the garland! That was smart using a desk with more floor space. I think drawers would be the assumed choice in a small space, but it makes so much sense to avoid them. Great post!

    • goldalamode
      September 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and your kind words! Drawers might work for some people but I usually just end up throwing random items in them and it becomes a hoarded mess! lol I’m glad you enjoyed reading 😉