More of us are in need of work spaces at home than ever before. If you don't have the luxury of dedicating an entire room to your work ephemera (and let's face it, not many of us do), don't despair – this trick will save you from unsightly wires, files and, well, just looking at work-related things when you don't absolutely have to.

Hello, office cupboard! The neat answer to all your work zone woes, even the most modest of cubby holes can be transformed into a useable space. Follow these tips to make the most out of this hidden space:

1. First, you need to sacrifice a cupboard or wardrobe and clear out its contents. You also need a cupboard that has enough space around you when the doors are open, so avoid areas of high traffic in the home such as entrances or exits.

2. Think about your cupboard's interior. It may be a work space, but you should still be inspired every time you open the doors. Paint the interior in a contrasting colour to the doors to define your new work nook. We've used Sunny Savannah 5 to give the outside of the cupboard an ombre effect and Copper Blush inside to give a warm welcome, but go as bold or as daring as you like – you can shut the doors if it gets too much, after all.

3. The next step is to install a shelf at desk height, followed by any other shelves you need above it to accommodate your stationery supplies and files. Don't forget to leave a large enough gap between the desktop and the next shelf up!

4. Pick a stool or chair that can fit inside the cupboard to streamline your space even further.

5. Now for the finishing touches. Fit a cork board to the back of the wardrobe for your notes, or use the insides of the doors to hang your wall calendars, postcards or other to-do lists.

Now you can close the doors once the working day is done, forget all about work and relax...

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