Whether you’re a scrapbooker, quilter, woodworker, or general craft enthusiast, you’ve probably always dreamed of having a dedicated craft room to store your supplies and give you plenty of workspace. Maybe now is the right time to make that dream a reality. Read on for some ideas to help you create the perfect craft room.
Plenty of Storage
Most crafters have more supplies than they can ever use in a lifetime. If you’re one of these, your craft room is going to need plenty of storage. You might invest in a craft storage system with a variety of shelves, cabinets, and racks specially designed for all your supplies and tools. If this isn’t in the budget, though, you can create your own system with plastic drawer units, inexpensive bookshelves, pegboard, baskets, trays, and organizers for small items.
A Large Work Space
You’ll also need a large workspace in your craft room. You may want to purchase a long, sturdy table, or you can make one to your specifications if you have the skills. Sometimes, if you’re in the midst of a major project, even a big table is too small. In that case, add a rolling cart or two to your craft room for extra work surfaces or for holding materials. You can make these by putting swivel casters with lock onto a couple of small tables. Then you can easily roll them under the main table or bring them out when you need them.
A craft room must have good lighting. Install an overhead light fixture, preferably florescent, that will illuminate the entire room. If you’re doing close-up work, though, you’ll want a direct light source. An LED craft light with or without an attached magnifier would be ideal, but if you can’t afford that, at least get a desk lamp that can shine directly on your project so that you can pick out details as necessary.
Finally, your craft room should be a comfortable, fun place to spend time, so decorate it accordingly. Use bright colors on the walls, and hang up some interesting artwork (if you have any wall space not taken up by storage). Add some knickknacks and, of course, samples of your own creative work. You could even set up a small sitting area with a cozy chair and side table for reading and relaxing.
Your craft room should be a place where you can work with ease and spend many enjoyable hours doing what you love, so make it something special.