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7 Ideas For Creating The Craft Room Of Your Dreams

Lauren Nowacki5-Minute Read
January 29, 2021

Crafting is known to increase self-esteem, boost happiness, help you relax and improve your mental agility and fine motor skills. With effects that mimic those of meditation, crafting can be a dopamine boost and natural stress reliever, too.

But when areas of the home are overrun by craft supplies and half-finished projects, the mess can have the opposite result – stress, stress and more stress.

A craft room can provide a place to organize your supplies, host ongoing projects and display your fine work. It can also be a space that sparks inspiration, provides an escape, grows a hobby or begins a life-changing adventure. For many crafters whose creations have built a successful, full-time business, a craft room can also be an office – or the main headquarters of an empire.

Whether you want to occupy idle hands and a busy mind or start your own crafting company, you’ll need a place to do it. Try some of these craft room ideas to make your creative space one that truly inspires.

1. Make The Most Of The Space You Have

Homes only have so much space and rooms are usually dedicated to bedrooms, home offices and communal living spaces. Depending on the type of home you have, you may only have a small area to create or you may have to set up your craft space in a multipurpose room, like a finished basement or homeschool space. While there may be space limitations with this kind of setup, many can be overcome to still create an ideal crafting area.

Most issues can be solved by taking advantage of any space you have, including seemingly wasted space. Use skinny, rolling carts or build custom shelves or drawers that fit in tight spaces, like those that are between the wall and another piece of furniture.

Wall space is often ignored, but it can be useful in holding your most-used items. Install floating shelves, pegboard with hooks or magnetic strips to hold supplies. Hang wire mesh baskets that you can store items inside and also tie or hang items on the outside. If you want a bigger project, consider building shelves, drawers or additional space into the wall.

Think outside of the box when it comes to your desk or craft table, especially if having one makes everything too crowded. Mount a desktop to a wall using hinges, so you can fold it up against the wall, like a murphy bed. You could also opt for a folding table, which can be set up and taken down whenever you need it. They also typically fold flat to fit under or between pieces of furniture.

2. Prioritize Organization And Storage Solutions

One of the best reasons for a craft room is to have a space to store your supplies and projects. But you don’t just want to move the mess from one place to another. When it comes to creating a functional craft space, organization and storage are key. A well-organized space helps you save time, money and frustration because it helps prevent lost or misplaced items. It reduces overwhelm by keeping your space clutter-free and can keep your machinery and tools in good condition. 

When it comes to craft room storage ideas, there are several that work well, especially in small spaces. Along with those space-saving solutions mentioned above, you could also use over-the-door organizers, attach hooks to the bottom of shelves, fill cubbies with clear storage containers, use a coat rack to hang smocks or fabrics or mount rods to hold rolls of paper, handmade jewelry, clothing or other textiles.

If you can’t find a storage container that fits your specific needs, consider DIY. Glue pegs to a shelf to hold spools of thread or ribbon, then cut holes through the shelf to pull the string through. To make containers for pencils, paintbrushes or glue gun sticks, simply screw hose clamps to a piece of wood, then attach the mason jars to the clamps. Hang the piece of wood on the walls and fill the mason jars with your craft supplies.

For other ideas, consider how storage solutions for other rooms in the home could work in your craft room, too.

3. Set Up Stations For Specific Crafts

If you’re working on multiple projects or have a mix of crafting interests, consider setting up various stations around your craft room to keep confusion at bay. Different interests, like sewing, scrapbooking, Cricut-ing or painting, require different tools. By having separate stations, you’re able to keep your craft supplies better organized and more readily available. If you don’t have room for various stations, consider dedicating a clearly–labeled bin to each interest or project, holding all the needed supplies within. 

However you separate your projects, make sure you have a central workspace where you can work on the bulk of your projects. When choosing your worktable, make sure it’s sturdy and made of a material that’s easy to clean or that you don’t mind getting stained, scratched or scuffed.

4. Encourage Creative Inspiration

Think for a moment. What inspires you? Whatever that is, make it present in your space. If meditation helps get your creative juices flowing, create a small space with floor pillows and candles. If it’s nature, add houseplants to your decor. For motivation, display a craft–centered vision board, complete pieces of art or artists you admire, inspirational quotes or pictures and words symbolizing the crafting goals you wish to accomplish.

5. Allow For Brainstorming Sessions

Dedicate some wall space where you can hang a cork board or whiteboard. These items can help you brainstorm your craft ideas and work through even the most complicated projects. You can do a brain dump of your ideas, list supplies you’ll need, write out the process and post things like sketches, fabric samples and color swatches.

6. Choose Decor To Express Your Personality

Just like the rest of your home, you’ll want to decorate your space in a way that matches your personality and design aesthetic. When choosing specific home decor, try to find pieces that align with your design goals. For example, if you’re going for a rustic look, consider using a small, hollowed out log to hold pencils or paintbrushes or an old wooden ladder to drape your fabrics over. For a bohemian vibe, try handwoven baskets for storage and natural crystals as paperweights.

7. Set Boundaries

It can be hard to create with constant interruption. Once you build your craft space, set boundaries with family, especially little ones. That may mean putting a lock on the door to your craft room, setting rules for what can and cannot be used or touched, or hanging a sign on the door indicating when you can and can’t be disturbed.

Setting boundaries doesn’t always mean saying “no” or “do not enter.” It can also mean scheduling craft time with the whole family or including a space in your craft room design for little ones to do their own projects, too.

The Bottom Line

A craft room creates a dedicated space that contains your crafting supplies and lets your creativity flow freely. When setting up your space, you’ll want to keep function and organization in mind, but don’t ignore some of the most important features – the ones that allow you to express yourself and find inspiration. 

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    Lauren Nowacki

    Lauren Nowacki is a staff writer specializing in personal finance, homeownership and the mortgage industry. She has a B.A. in Communications and has worked as a writer and editor for various publications in Philadelphia, Chicago and Metro Detroit.