Crafting is a great way to fight cold weather blues and to keep kids entertained when the weather is too miserable for outdoor activities; however, crafting does have its negatives.
Crafts seem to always spill into rooms that they aren’t meant for. So in order to keep your scrapbooking and sewing projects from taking over your home, follow these simple steps for creating a stylish and headache-free craft room.
The first step in containing the chaos is organization. Organization is key to creating a space that will inspire you because nothing stifles creativity more than clutter. Make sure you have enough space to see what you want to see and hide what you don’t, and don’t be afraid to use your creativity when finding storage solutions.
A peg board is great for hanging tools that need to be within reach and it will allow for more desk space. Use vertical shelving for added floor space and to create a versatile room. But don’t forget about that closet! Closets tend to be the place where we cram everything, but a closet is perfect for installing narrow shelving units and storing projects that don’t need to be within reach.
The Perfect Desk
The heart of the craft room is the desk. This is where you will be making memories with your family and friends, and creating projects that you will cherish for years to come. Be sure to choose a desk tailored to your crafting style. Will you be using the desk for sewing? If so, you’ll want to make sure it has enough counter space to easily fit the garment you will be creating. If you will be using it for crafts with your children, then you might want it to have a finish that allows for easy clean up.
Light It Up
Don’t strain your vision: a craft room must be well lit so that projects can come to life and for threading string through those impossibly tiny needle eyes. A room’s lighting can make or break the quality of your final product, so save yourself the headache of a poorly lit room by providing yourself with numerous lighting options. But don’t limit your creativity to the nearest electricity outlet! Instead, install overhead lights right above your workstation to stay productive and for added workspace.
The Right Flooring
When designing your craft room, don’t forget about the flooring. This may seem trivial, but trust us, you don’t want to spend hours trying to get glitter out of the carpet. Hardwood and tile flooring are best for craft rooms because they are durable and easy to clean. This type of flooring is also key to keeping feet safe, there is nothing worse than stepping on a sewing needle that has strayed.
The craft room will house all of your creative projects so it is important for it to be tidy and inspirational. Create a room that you will want to spend time in by surrounding yourself with things that inspire you. Pick a beautiful wall color that reminds you of your summer vacation in Hawaii or add a fun throw rug from foreign travels.
What are your favorite craft projects?