How to Set up a Craft Room
How to Create the Perfect Craft Room
I have been asked about my craft room (home office/studio) many times lately and thought it’s time for a post about how to create your creative space. Let’s be honest; we’ve all searched Pinterest or Google for “How to set up a Craft room” at least once, right?
I’m not gonna lie; I LOVE this room. However, my favorite room in our house would be the sunroom with our hot tub that my hubby and I spend lots of time sorting out life and eating donuts while drinking coffee almost every weekend, and is right next to my studio. Having the sunroom means the lighting in here is Awesome!!
But back to the creative space and how to set up a craft room…
My creative space shown here is my home office for my “day job” — AKA my graphic design & marketing studio = Elegant Designs, Inc. A lot of creative magic goes on in here; from homework projects, newsletter graphic design, to some kick-butt creative fun (see the shop for details on kick-butt projects. LOL). But probably like most of you, our DIY projects are a fun stress reliever. Sometimes it’s a way to make extra cash. I call it my side hustle but this site is almost like a full-time job at times, but I love it.
How I Created the Perfect Craft Room for ME.
So many things come into play to make your perfect craft room. These are my top 3 things to consider when you are trying to find your space before we get into tips to make it happen.
- Space (we can’t usually add on a she-shed, or kick out a kid for the perfect creative space)
- Budget (let’s be real, this is the main factor)
- Kick back (If you had the space to create more, would you create more for fun things, or would you even create more to sell the things you make?)
Creative Space Ideas
I’ll use these 3 things as my base for how to set up my craft room, or creative studio. These are how they fit into my life today and might change tomorrow. When I first started working at home, I was in the corner of the living room (with pink carpet) on a small corner desk. I did all creative things on the living room table. Things have progressed well I feel.
#1). The Space:
I was lucky enough to be able to use our formal dining room. I was in a spare bedroom before. I liked that cause of the closet space. I’ve made up for lack of closet space with a fun, old TV cabinet I found in the online marketplace.
Let’s start with a joke.
“What did the birdie say when they flew over Chelly’s house?” ….. “Cheap-cheap-cheap.” hahahaha.
I guess I like to say thrifty, or bargain shopper cause it sounds less tacky than cheap. Right? I imagine if you are reading this you’re creative and imaginative too. So, head out to some garage sales and thrift stores for creative solutions. That’s the best way to keep on budget. I think it’s great to make a plan of all the things you want to do, and then map out the space or storage you’ll need. Think about the future here too. Will you expand and start to sell your items someday? You’ll need great storage and workspace for that I bet. Here are a few creative storage ideas.
- Cabinets and rolling carts are great storage, and when painted can be really fun and cute.
- Small shelves — I use an old CD rack for fun storage in my office. ($2 at a garage sale)
- Clearance. Clearance is your friend ladies! ha… That’s where I found my 2 cabinets for under my countertop at Lowes.
#3). How the space is used:
This step is optional. How will you use the space?
Are you going to play? This might lead you to a space you can pack up and put in a closet or under a bed with some containers to organize the fun.
Are you thinking about selling your crafts? From my experience, the best things is have it so you don’t have to ‘set-up or unpack’ your items each time. I found my counter is amazing for this. I used a cabinet that had to level parts and added a pre-cut counter.
I hope you enjoyed my tour. I do love this space. What does yours look like?
Photo credits: http://mypersonalbrandphotography.com/ (Thanks, Rachael!)