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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:
Sewing Cabinets and Craft Carts
You can find an assortment of craft and sewing cabinets and carts online but they often come with a hefty price. Or you could create your own crafting space from a repurposed armoire or old TV cabinet. Here are some examples.
Got little ones in your household? Consider adding a child safety lock.
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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. J
Check out these creative under-stair spaces:
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.
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.
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.
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Here are several fun examples: