No matter if you do your crafts in a dedicated room, spare bedroom, or just on the dining room table, you can probably make the space more efficient. (Now if you do your crafts sprawled out on the living room floor like myself, you’re out of luck. Just kidding. I have a few tips for you folks as well.)
The way I see it there are four craft room—er, craft location—requisites: storage, accessibility, lighting, and originality. And it doesn’t matter how large or small your space is—you can still achieve all four.
Storage. If your craft area offers only one thing, it should be storage. A simple toolbox to tuck away buttons and safety pins may be all that you need. Or you could get more creative and recycle storage items. Better Homes and Gardens knows what I’m talking about.
Look for little jars, shoeboxes, and plastic containers at garage sales and thrift stores. (No need to buy those things new!) And if you get enough jars, like these from Ikea, you can screw the lids onto a 2x4 and fashion an easy-to-see rack.
Accessibility. Once you’ve located storage devices, it’s important that you arrange them so they’re accessible. You don’t want to interrupt the creative process to search for your favorite marker. Consider buying a label maker to clearly identify what’s in each box or jar. Here’s a good example. (Be sure to check out the rest of that craft room while you’re there—it’s pretty cool!)
And to keep everything in sight, arrange your supplies on a bookcase. Try one of these to make your craft room accessible and stylish.
Lighting. Natural light is a must for any craft room. It’ll help you identify true colors and keep you inspired. If there’s not a window close by, purchase a lamp that simulates daylight, like this one or this one. But if you plan on using your craft room often, it may be worth renovating to capture the sun’s glow.
Originality. How can you expect to be creative if your craft room isn’t? Don’t be afraid to let loose in this space and let your wild side show. Paint it a funky color (my coworker insists light blue stimulates imagination), and hang eye-catching posters and other artwork. I think this one would inspire me—and it’s in a closet! Or this one…oh, I love this one. It’s the perfect balance of organization and craziness.
Hey, I have an idea. When you get your craft room settled, why don’t you send pictures my way? Heck, I may even post them for the world to see.
The Home Know-It-All