Having a dedicated space to pursue your creative hobbies can be a game-changer. Setting up a craft room in your home allows you to keep all your supplies organized and projects out instead of having to set up and take down your workspace every time. With some planning and organization, you can create the perfect craft room right in your own house.
Choosing a Space
The first step is picking out the right room or area in your home for your craft space. A spare bedroom or large closet works well. You want a space big enough to set up your main work area as well as have storage for all your supplies. Make sure it’s a space you can close off from kids and pets so projects can be left out without being disturbed. If possible, have it located near a sink so clean up is easy.
Invest in organizational furniture like shelving units, storage cabinets, large drawers and desktop organizers. This allows everything to have its own designated place instead of cluttering your workspace. Label bins, shelves and baskets so supplies are easy to find and put away. Mounting pegboards is a great way to neatly store small tools and notions. Rotate stock seasonally so you only have out what you’re currently using.
Outfit your craft room with furniture suited to your hobbies. A large table or desk provides a flat surface for cutting, sewing, painting and more. Look for ones with storage like drawers and shelves built in. Have a comfortable chair that supports good posture during long crafting sessions. A combination of open and closed storage like cabinets, shelf units and cubbies will allow you to maximise every inch of space.
Proper lighting is essential for any workspace. Make sure there is good overall lighting in the room in addition to task lighting at work areas. Mounted boom lights are ideal for directing light right where you need it most. Natural lighting is best, so position your main work area near a window if possible. Increase light as needed with floor and table lamps. Opt for bulbs with high lumen output and accurate colour rendering.
Craft Room Must-Haves
No craft room is complete without some key supplies:
- Utility cart or rolling caddy to easily transport tools
- Self-healing mat for cutting fabrics, paper, etc.
- Variety of rulers, straight edges and cutting tools
- Adhesives and tapes for every purpose
- Assortment of paints, brushes, mediums
- Storage for works-in-progress
Add personal flare to make the space your own. Paint or wallpaper the walls in a fun, creative colour. Frame inspirational art pieces and prints. Decorate bulletin boards with fabric swatches, sketches and photos. A peg rail or ribbon board provides a quick way to hang tools and ribbons. Add greenery with a potted plant or flowers. Lighting like string lights, lamps and candles create an ambience.
With some strategic planning and organizing, you can create the perfect craft sanctuary within your own four walls. Follow these tips and enjoy having a designated place to happily pursue all your creative interests and hobbies.