How to Design and Organize the Ultimate Craft Room
Every crafter knows the importance of maintaining their workspace. Whether you consider yourself a crafting novice or a DIY fiend, designing the ultimate space to let your creative juices flow is important. Not only will it give you a designated area to work on your projects, but it's also an easy way to ensure everything stays organized—that's important because a neat space helps with the flow of creativity. Ahead, we're sharing expert-approved tips and inspiration to help you design the ultimate craft room.
As it turns out, putting together the perfect craft room can actually feel like a DIY project in and of itself, and that's why we believe approaching this makeover with the same gusto you would as any sewing or paper project is key. You'll end up with more creative, intuitive results. "For me, there are two main elements to keep in mind when designing a craft room—organization and inspiration," says Darcy Miller, editor-at-large of Martha Stewart Weddings, crafter, and author. Organization, "because you want to know where everything is, and have the items you use regularly readily available," she says.
While crafters know that inspiration can strike at any time and in any place, your creative space can be designed specifically to help you start ideating your next project. Miller says it's important to have "inspiration to remind yourself of what you've done before, boost you on to your next project, and get your creativity going." When in doubt, place photographs that spark creativity or remind you why you do the work in the first place. "The wall of my craft room is covered with pictures of my family, who are my inspiration," Miller says. Another important tip? Design your space in a way that makes sense for how you work. "My pens for drawing illustrations are in cups on my desktop instead of in drawers," explains Miller.
From must-have furniture to organization tips, read on for some of our top ideas for designing the ultimate craft room.
Add Inspirational Images
If out of sight is out of mind, Miller has the ultimate way to ensure your projects are front and center—plus, her idea doubles as decorative wall art. "My designs for past and current projects are in clear folders, hanging on a bulletin board, instead of on stacks in my desk," she says.
Organize pens, colored pencils, and markers by type and color to make reaching for your favorite hues a breeze. If you have to search for something, it's less likely that you'll actually use it.
Add Transparent Organization
"Clear cubes help me store everything in an organized fashion, while letting what's inside peek through—so I know when I need to restock on colored paper," says Miller. "And I store supplies in clear plastic tubs in a closet, all labeled so I know what goes where."
Dedicate Areas or Pieces of Furniture to a Specific Task
Creating a wrapping station can be a lifesaver, especially around the holidays. Dowels make finding and cutting wrapping paper and ribbons fuss-free, and extra storage compartments keep other essentials like scissors and tape close at hand.
Keep a Color Scheme
"My desktop accessories are white, grey, and metallic—even my stapler and ruler are gold-toned—and because everything is in the same color scheme, it looks harmonious, even though I like to have my tools out on the desktop where I can reach them," says Miller.
Take Advantage of Multipurpose Furniture
Get the most out of your workspace by combining your craft room and home office. Craft furniture can easily double as an office desk to create a cohesive and multifunctional space.
Combine Items to Make a Unit
For the ultimate crafter, couple a desk with a cabinet hutch to deck out your craft space. Sewing supplies fit neatly behind cabinet doors, and paper tools tuck away securely into a drawer space keeping everything organized.
While nothing beats natural light, there are other ways to brighten up your craft room if you're short on windows. "I have strong desk lamps—because I need bright light when I'm drawing," says Miller. "Bring in as much extra light as you need, whether that means overhead light, desk lamps, floor lamps, or all of the above." Miller also suggests using metallics as a way to add some light to your space. "They reflect any light that does come in, whether from a window or a wall. And if you don't have any windows, you can fake it!" she says. "I created my Chasing Paper wall decals so that anyone can have a view overlooking Paris or New York, even in a windowless room. This is also where inspiration comes in; who isn't inspired by those cities."
No craft room is complete without essential craft tools. Ensure everything has its own space and add a label—that way you'll never waste time looking for what you need in the middle of a project again.
Work with the Space You Have
Even small spaces can make a great craft room. A corner desk is the perfect solution for apartment or small-space dwellers who want to get crafty.
Use Vertical Space
Blogger Haeley, from Design Improvised, uses a corkboard full of pushpins of inspirational images. The boards are right at eye level, for optimal inspiration.