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The 'Cloffice': Is That a Closet or an Office?


February 3, 2021



Pressed for space in many homes, remote workers are reimagining closets. Enter the era of the “cloffice,” the latest trend in home design as the need to work from home continues during the pandemic. Homeowners are taking their work from the dining room table into a more private space to work from. The closet is growing more appealing.


“For so many of us trying to type and Zoom through the chaos, the closet has become the last bastion for something resembling a dedicated office space,” realtor.com® reports on the trend.


Calling the cloffice one of the hottest design trends for this year, Pinterest says, “Pinners are getting creative with closet doors. In 2021, we’ll all learn what a ‘cloffice’ is. Even when doors aren’t available, people will find new ways to create some personal space.”


When occupants decorate a cloffice, Ginger Curtis, owner of Urbanology Designs in Dallas, said to realtor.com®, good lighting, organization, and comfort are key. Good overhead lighting is necessary for the absence of natural light. Bring in a desk and use a comfortable desk chair that fits properly. Also, dress up the closet space with wallpaper or artwork on the walls. Designers also suggest using open shelving above the desk for organization, along with bookcases on the sides or vertical magazine files to store papers.


Designing the Perfect Pop-Up Office


“Like many others during the pandemic, I tried to work in transitional spaces—the kitchen, living room, front door area, etc. It wasn’t working,” Lahari Rao, who designed a cloffice for her at-home office, told realtor.com®. “I realized I owed much more importance to my workspace—it wasn’t selfish, but rather a self-care gesture to provide my mind and productivity the respect it deserves.”


Source: “The ‘Cloffice’ Is the New Cubicle: Expert Inspiration to Put That Closet to Work, Beautifully,” realtor.com® (Feb. 1, 2021)

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