If you dream of having the time and space to indulge your creative passions, from sewing and crafting to painting and woodworking, the first step is setting up an inspiring and well-organized craft corner. Read on for eight ideas to get started.
1. Use a pegboard. Paint one of these hardware store staples in any color, and use it to keep your crafting essentials close at hand above your workspace. Hang scissors and other tools from simple s-hooks, or attach a bevvy of baskets, bins, and shelves to house all manner of crafty goodness.
2. Put favorite wares on display. Entice yourself to craft by placing lusciously soft yarns in a woven basket, display a rainbow of thread spools on a wooden stand, or colorful washi tapes on a desktop dispenser. Seeing your supplies at the ready is sure to lure you to sit down and craft for a spell.
3. Include storage for works-in-progress. We all have those half-finished projects laying about, but they don’t need to take up precious workspace when you’re not in the mood to work on them. Devote a shelf or two to hold labeled boxes or bins of in-progress projects. Keeping these items neat also makes it more appealing to get back to them!
4. Transform a closet into a craft cupboard. Short on space? Declutter a little-used closet, and you may find you have more room than you thought to devote to crafting materials! Replace the closet doors with chic printed drapes for easier access and a hit of color and pattern.
5. Use hardworking flooring. Bare floors that can be easily washed are ideal, but for a bit of color and softness, consider introducing an area rug. Sturdy indoor-outdoor versions are ideal for the craft space, since they can be taken outdoors and hosed off as needed.
6. Use rolling storage carts. Bring storage right where you need it, and wheel it away when not in use with one of these handy carts. These also make great storage for kids’ artwork and homework supplies.
7. Use a dining table as your work surface. A little-used formal dining room can make a spectacular craft space. A large table is ideal for spreading out large projects; just be sure to protect the surface with a plastic or oilcloth cover if you’re planning to eat dinner there!
8. Introduce a bit of whimsy. A craft space should inspire. Pick and choose a few details that make you smile whenever you see them, and incorporate these into your personal space to make crafting a joy. Consider including artwork, twinkle lights, an inspiration board, or a few colorful throw pillows. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could even whip up a stool “skirt” from an old ruffled apron, as seen here in the studio of artist Kelly Rae Roberts!
When pulling together your craft space, a great place to start is with a beautiful storage piece, like the etagere shown here. Keep all of your favorite tools and supplies in one place, and crafting time will be a pleasure. Pull the room together with a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, a work table, and a piece of art that you love.
Do you craft? Where is your favorite place to work on your projects? Tell us in the Comments!
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