By Nicole Tinkham
Let’s take a moment to talk about your craft room. As an artist, this area serves as your sanctuary. It should be a place of peace where creativity can flourish. You should enjoy spending time there. There shouldn’t be any stress in this space whatsoever. And you should get a burst of inspiration every time you walk into it. Now ask yourself this: Does your craft room live up to those standards? If the answer’s no, we’re guessing there’s either an organization or space issue which are typical problems in any work area. Not being able to find the supplies you need or having to rearrange and move things just to make room for a project only holds you back from the creative process. That’s enough to make you not even want to start a new project! What if we told you we could help transform your current craft room into a workable space? An area that you can let the creative juices flow without having to dig through the closet just to find a particular stamp or do half the project on the floor because your table is covered in scraps. Follow these 6 ideas and let the craft room makeover begin!
1. A good craft table is your number one priority. If you don’t have one and are on a budget, start shopping around at thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales. You’re looking for a sturdy (preferably wood or metal) table that’s large enough to allow you to spread out and get projects done. The bigger the table, the more projects you can work on at a time. Just make sure the table fits in the room first. Take measurements before you go shopping! The ideal height for a craft table is about 31” but you can always raise the height of a low table by placing blocks under the legs.
2. If starting your craft room from scratch, include a sink if possible. It makes cleanup way easier and convenient. But installing a sink is no easy task. If a sink is a no go, be sure to have a container and bucket for dirty water ready to go before beginning a new project.
3. Do the magnetic strip trick. You know those strips found in the kitchen for hanging knives? Get one of those for the craft room to hang scissors or any other metal tools on it. This keeps them close by so you can grab them when you need to without having to dig through messy drawers. You can also use pegboards to keep your supplies in their place.
4. Create work zones. The most frustrating thing is not having the space to work on a project. You don’t want to start a project and have to clear everything in the work area to finish it. Wouldn’t it be nice to just move onto the next phase of the project without having to stop and get all different supplies out? Creating zones can help you achieve this but you may have to do some rearranging to determine how to get the most out of the space. For instance, you can have a sewing zone that is totally separate from your painting zone. That way you’re not working all over the place and your supplies have a place to call their own.
5. Make the most out of your closet. The key to a well organized closet is shelving and bins or chests to store your supplies. Using a curtain instead of doors allows easy access and makes the closet look bigger.
6. Get organized. When you start rearranging your craft room you’ll begin to realize just how much stuff you really have. At this point, it’s important to get organized before you put everything back in its place. Sometimes those odds & ends can be difficult to store away easily. Luckily we have some tips to help you organize them. Click here for clever hacks that will help you organize just about anything in the craft room.
Remember, it takes work! You can’t just snap your fingers and have your dream craft room before your eyes. There’s a lot of sorting and organizing that goes into this. Take your time and do it right! We bet your craft room transformation will be HUGE if you put these 6 ideas to work. We can’t wait to see how it turns out! Have you recently re-organized or created a craft room? What steps did you take to make your craft room perfect for you? Share your thoughts or photos below or on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!