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10 DIY Projects To Make Work-From-Home Life Easier

Don't be stuck with a lousy workspace. These 10 DIY projects will make your work-from-home experience MUCH easier.

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Turn a Closet Into an Office

Spruce up a spare closet into a super-organized home office, which will also be perfect for kids learning from home or needing a place to tackle homework at night.

Converting a closet will give you much-needed workspace without taking away a room already in use. If you’re worried about size, a hallway closet might be larger than you think and will help you avoid losing an extra bedroom.

You can read a full how-to breakdown on this project here.

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Build a Stand-up Desk

It only takes 30 minutes to turn any table or desk in your home into a stand-up desk. Stand-up desks have been applauded for their health benefits, and you might be surprised how simple it is to convert one yourself.

If you’re working from home, you might as well be comfortable, right? You can learn how to build a stand-up desk here.

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Craft a document/mail holder

Get crafty here. One way to store and organize documents on your desk is to use a kitchen pot lid stand. You can also build one for cheap with some one 1x2s and dowels.

Need something a little larger? Turn an accordion closet door into a central command center for your home.

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Repurpose Furniture For a Simple Storage Solution

Don’t go out and buy an expensive desk or filing cabinet when you can DIY a solution for much cheaper. One great idea: Repurposing an old dresser as a printing station. It gives you a place for storage while reducing clutter.

You can read a full list of great organizational ideas here.

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Hide Electronic Eyesores

Cords can get out of control in a hurry when you start setting up a work-from-home office. Think about how many wires connect to your computer, monitor, phone, printer and whatever other electronic tools you use. Wrangle all those cords and hide them. Another hack is to use PVC pipes.

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A fresh coat of paint

This might sound a little unconventional, but if you’re spending half your day in your new home office, make sure you like what you’re looking at. A fresh coat of paint can really make a room pop and put you in a much better work mood.

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Color-Code Cord Ends

There’s nothing more annoying than unplugging the wrong cord when you leave the room. Try this simple hack to organize your desk cords. Here are some other tips to organize your cords.

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DIY a laptop/computer stand

You can DIY a sleek, functional computer stand in less than an hour for about $10. Here’s how.

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Build a message center

This multi-functional message center can be completed in a couple of days and shouldn’t cost more than $100. Read about how you can build this message center.

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Install shelves

Adding some storage to your work area will be a huge help, and there are plenty of options and styles to choose from. Here’s one easy tutorial on how to build a DIY floating shelf.

Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.