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Need More Space - Turn An Extra Bedroom Closet Into An Enclosed Bookcase
You see I commandeered one of the extra bedrooms, and duly turned it into my office for my online article writing.
Seeing as I have a rather large personal library for my research, it was amazing how quickly I ran out of space.
This is a common problem for anyone that has a home office, as they have to store supplies, filing cabinets, and all sorts of other things on top of their office furniture, peripherals, computer system, desks, lighting, and what have you.
There are a lot of business tools involved in running even the simplest of businesses and that extra closet space can obviously be reorganized and put to better use to accommodate all the storage needs.
One thing you have to worry about is workflow.
You have to make sure you have everything that you need and it is easy to get to.
Sometimes it takes an organizing consultant or a lot of soul-searching, and grid paper to draw out your ideas.
This is what I recommend, as I just got through doing it myself.
When I contacted a local handyman type contractor who did custom woodwork and finish carpentry, he told me that one of the best things you could do is simply take out the closet, make the room bigger, put in your bookshelves, and you'd still have extra space.
Or, you can create an enclosed bookcase within the closet walls by building a secondary skeleton structure inside to hold the shelves up.
You might also be able to use the studs in the wall which are already there and build side support pieces for the actual shelving.
It's not hard to find the studs in the wall, one of the easiest ways is to get a small magnet device that contractors use, and you can pick one up at Lowe's or at Home Depot.
Just run it along the wall, and when it indicates a piece of metal, that means you have found a nail within the stud, so you know where the study is also.
Then it's just a matter of marking it, putting up a few appropriately painted and cut 2-by-4s and gluing and hammering them into the stud through the drywall (yes, you can use decretive wood screws).
If you're going to make bookshelves, you must remember that books are very heavy, and you need nails in every single stud, and perhaps two or three of them.
What I'm saying to you is this; you can do this yourself if you choose too, even if you don't hire a professional contractor or handyman to come and do the work for you.
Please consider all this and think on it.