If you're into your arts and crafts, your home will no doubt be teeming with different supplies and materials for use in your various projects. Even if you have a place for them now, a craft-lovers collection will continue to grow and pretty soon, you'll want to display them proudly (and have a place other than the dining room table to work on projects!).
If any of this sounds familiar, you need a craft room and pronto. Carving a crafty retreat in your home is vital to creativity and it needn't be expensive. Follow these tips on how to make the best use of your spare bedroom to create the crafty nook of your dreams.
Like any workspace, having comfortable and efficient furniture can make or break productivity, and the same can definitely be said for craft room furniture. A crafter's workstation should encompass two basic elements: ample table surface and an ergonomic chair.
When it comes to hunting for the right desk, height as well as surface area is crucial. If you're going to be spending hours drawing, gluing or sewing at your desk, you must ensure you're at a comfortable height to work. As for your office chair, ensure it has an adjustable height lever to accommodate your table. Also, make sure it has wheels to allow speedy access to your materials.
All about that storage
In a craft room, the storage can almost be a feature in itself. You can display your craft supplies both for ease of access and for décor purposes. From the biggest canvas to the tiniest paperclip, there should be a place for everything and everything in its place. And by keeping your area clutter-free, you can ensure that creativity and motivation is never dampened by stress.
Remember that since you have an entire room to work with, you needn't limit yourself when it comes to implementing unique storage ideas. Organise your materials in a way that works for you. Do you like to throw all your buttons and thread in giant glass jars, or do you prefer to categorise your materials according to colour and size? Your craft room organisation should add to your joy and make you feel fired up, not fed up – be sure to make it a pleasing, personal space.
A closet crafter
This option is great for smaller rooms and for anyone who still wishes to use the space as a guest bedroom from time to time. For a compact, yet efficient craft area, consider converting a large standalone wardrobe or closet into a neat little craft area. If you don't have a wardrobe to spare, it is well worth investing in one as it will help you to stay organised and make the best of small storage capacity.
The inside of your craft wardrobe can be customised with a built-in desk and cabinets for your supplies. You can also make use of the wardrobe doors for extra storage such as mounting small rods to hold ribbons and tape. You can also keep things like cardstock and paper supplies neatly stored in vertical paper trays to save desk space. Some wardrobe styles even have built-in electrical outlets -- ideal for those who use appliances like glue guns and sewing machines for their crafts.
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to create a craft haven out of your spare bedroom. To add the finishing touches to your new crafty space, why not enlist the help of a painting and decorating specialist to add some pizazz to your walls? Whether you prefer the look of murals or the crisp appearance of a wallpaper pattern, let the experts bring your craft room to life.