I’ve been working on creating some craft space in my house for the past few weeks. I had been longing for my very own craft room and realized I was able to carve out some pretty good space in my home office. There were a few key factors for determining what I needed:
- The three key crafts/hobbies I wanted to focus on are crocheting, sewing, and paper crafts. (Oh, and getting back into jewelry making or at least working with beads and wire. That’s 4 then.)
- I wanted a dedicated craft work table.
- I wanted a dedicated space for my new sewing machine so I didn’t have to pack it away and drag it out every time I wanted to work.
- I wanted to reclaim my dining room table (see #2 and #3 above).
- I needed to keep dedicated work space for my day job (I thankfully work from home).
- We currently rent so I needed short-term, non-invasive storage solutions.
- As much as I have loved the peg boards in some of the craft rooms on Pinterest, my husband thought peg board was too industrial and encouraged me to find something else.
Not too much to ask, right?
Let’s start by being real and honest with what my office looked like before I got started. Let’s just say it there wasn’t much space to do any actual crafting.
Yeah, it was crazy! There were so many problems with my space. You’re only seeing the right half of the room – the left half is mostly my day-job work space. But I still had my personal computer on this right half, and … stuff … EVERYWHERE!
I’m so excited to share with you what it looks like now! It’s light, bright, and makes me want to make stuff!
Here is the view from the door looking over to the right:
And here is a better shot of just the new craft desk area:
Even though we didn’t go the pegboard route, I still wanted to get stuff up on the walls. A trip to IKEA and just a few bucks and look at the cool bars that hold plenty of good stuff! You can see that the left side is my cutting/ironing station, and where I work on paper crafts (that cutting mat comes in handy for EVERYTHING). My sewing machine now has its own dedicated home and supplies are in easy reach up on the wall.
To the left of the desk on the wall opposite the door, I compiled all my “rolly carts” and plastic drawers into one serious supplies center. I’ve got paper supplies, rubber stamps, and jewelry making in all those drawers.
I also took advantage of some space in the closet (which is to the right of the sewing machine):
I have plenty of space in the top of the organizer for more sewing supplies (like rick rack, elastic, ribbon), and the bottom half holds some miscellaneous supplies right now (including the yarns I’m using for my granny square crochet along).
And inside the closet I have more yarn and these (sorry for the blurry picture):
Here are close-ups of the two pants hangers, repurposed to hold Washi tape, twine and ribbon.
I had previously shared with you some of my yarn storage, but here is the bulk of my yarn storage again (this is not an updated picture – my stash has (ahem) grown since then, but I’m still in denial about that).
And the top half of the grey cabinet to the left of the yarn is where my new fabric stash is growing.
This is temporary and I have some ideas for fabric storage that I’ll be playing with soon, so watch for an update on that.
I love so many things about my new space. I’m encourage to want to make stuff every day now. AND…don’t tell my husband…but I’m so organized now that I have space to add more stuff. LOL But honestly…I didn’t think I could have dedicated space in my current house, but I made it work. Once I really prioritized what I wanted and go rid of things I didn’t (or consolidated) it was easy to carve out a little room to be creative.
What do you think?
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