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As we all adjust to our new pandemic normal, many of us have found that more time at home breeds more time for hobbies, crafts and home projects. What previously may have been a dining room to welcome guests, has now become a sewing station for masks. Or maybe that knitting hobby you took up has now exploded into a sizable collection of yarn? Making things and having time for creative endeavors can be therapeutic in times of stress, but the disorganization they leave in their wake is not. The answer is to have a whole room dedicated to your creative projects but what if you don’t have that dedicated space?
Here are a few ideas for creating craft room and storage space inside (or outside) your home:
CRAFTING CLOSETS AND CABINETS
A well-constructed crafting closet, cabinet, or armoire can be the perfect solution for a home or apartment with limited space. Adding shelves and a desktop allows you to close up shop, keeping the rest of the room uncluttered and aesthetically appealing.
Craft closet ideas to inspire you:
Closet craft space by Encinitas Closet Designers and Professional Organizers
Clean Cut Closet by Beneath My Heart
Closet craft space by Debee Campos
SEWING CABINETS AND CRAFT CARTS
Crafting and sewing hobbies require a lot of supplies and equipment. All of those pieces and parts can be especially distracting in small open spaces, which is why we recommend incorporating organizational hiding spaces whenever possible. Repurposed cabinets and rollaway carts are the masters of disguise! We like these solutions because they check the box for organization, but are functional too so you can capitalize on those creative moments when they strike. Below are a few suggestions you may want to incorporate into your maker’s area.
We think Michaels has a winner with their line of rollway craft organization. These are perfect for a home without a dedicated crafting area. Just roll to a closet to keep it out of view when guests are over and roll it back to the kitchen table when you’ve got a crafternoon planned. You can also find an assortment of craft and sewing cabinets and carts on Amazon. Here’s one that would serve beautifully for paper rolls, or wrapping paper. (Found on Amazon here.)
If you have a smaller area that you can dedicate the space to your creative pursuits, simply remove the wheels from the modular units or create your own crafting space from a repurposed armoire or old TV cabinet. Here are some examples.
Armoire craft storage by Design Improvised
Armoire Craft Storage by Maple and Magnolia
Got little ones in your household? Consider adding a child safety lock.
If you happen to stumble upon a winning lottery ticket though, you’ll for sure want to create your very own DreamBox by CreateRoom (formerly The Original ScrapBox) –a patented system that closes up into a beautiful armoire. What crafter wouldn’t want this in her home?!?
DreamBox by Create Room
Crafting Nook Under the Stairs
Another idea that is often underutilized in homes is the space beneath the stairs. While you won’t have any natural light beaming into this space you could definitely add a lock to the inside of the door.
Check out these creative under-stair spaces:
Closet craft space by Indulgy.com
Be sure to incorporate an ergonomically correct chair so that you’ll be comfortable while you’re working on your projects.
CREATIVE SPACES IN ATTICS, LOFTS OR BASEMENTS
If you are fortunate enough to have a space (like an attic, loft or basement) where you can leave everything out, consider creating a craft island in the center of the room with shelves and cubbies underneath to provide lots of accessible and out-of-the-way storage. Lazy Susans with buckets and bins are perfect for commonly-used tools, glues, and tapes.
Basement space by infarrantlycreative.net
Basement space by Wonderland Homes & shared on Houzz
Basement space by Wonderland Homes & shared on Houzz
Crafty Attic space by @javabere
DEDICATED CRAFT SPACE IN THE GARAGE
Debbie Westbrooks with Refresh Restyle mapped out a 154 square foot section of her garage (first making sure there would still be room to park a car), built a wall, put up shiplap, and hired an electrician to add lights and outlets.
Garage space remodel by Debbie Westbrooks
You can read about Debbie’s building project, and see additional photos of her functional and aesthetically appealing long and narrow office and crafting space HERE.
Why should men have all the fun with their man caves? Thanks to Cheryl and State Farm’s “She Shed” commercial, She Sheds are now all the rage. Women deserve their own private retreat to escape, relax, or create. You can even purchase a She Shed on Amazon or the plans to build your own!
Visit SheShedLiving.com, a website filled with stories, projects, tips and uniquely wonderful products for those enjoying (or seeking) She Shed living.
Here are several fun examples:
She Shed by Involvery in Residency Style
by @sophiesoyer.art ‘s studio
by @sophiesoyer.art’s studio
Have you found a creative way to set up space for crafting and crafting supply storage? Share with us on social media @hpdarchitecture or send us a message here.
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