Whether you run a small craft business or are more of a hobbyist, a craft room is something we all dream of having. The days of using the dining table or having to move your projects away every day when you finish creating will be over.
If you are lucky enough to have enough space in your home to allow you to have a room dedicated to you, then you will no doubt want to turn it into the craft room of your dreams!
If you aren’t quite sure how to go about it – keep reading. Here are 5 things that will help you create the perfect craft room.
Adequate desk space
How much desk space you need will depend upon your chosen craft. If you sit down a lot or need a decent-sized area to work at, then don’t scrimp on desk space. Measure out your room, leave enough space for any machinery you use, and plan how much workspace you need.
You can purchase tabletops and desks relatively cheaply if you shop around but, if you prefer something more bespoke that will fit into the space you have, a joiner should be able to put something together for you relatively easily.
Drawers and storage units
One thing every crafter knows is that you can never have too much storage space. This is likely why there are so many options available when it comes to craft drawers. If possible, try to accommodate them into your desk configuration. Instead of using desk legs, kill two birds with one stone and prop up your work surface with drawers at either end.
Kallax units from Ikea are another hit with crafters all over the world because they are so versatile. If you haven’t heard of this type of storage, it’s effectively a unit split into squares. Not only does it look good and hold loads of stuff, but you can buy various inserts for each section too, such as drawers, shelves, paper trays, and doors.
A calm and comfortable space
Crafting is a great way to help you relax and focus on nothing else but your project, so your room needs to feel comfortable and calming. Crafting for any length of time in a space that is cold, disorganized, or dreary, for example, won’t be remotely pleasant. If needed, freshen up your room with a coat of paint to make it bright, airy, and welcoming. Adding a brightly colored throw pillow will compliment the scenery.
If you have stuff lying around everywhere and no real organization, use your storage areas and have a place for everything to go once you have finished using it. If the room is cold, keep your heating at a realistic level or, if the room is exceptionally draughty and you can justify the cost, replacement windows may be the answer. The more comfortable your craft room feels, the more likely you will be to spend time doing what you love.
Every crafter needs a pegboard
Pegboards are a fabulous way to keep the things you use the most within easy reach. They come in a range of different sizes, and due to their increasing popularity, you can now buy lots of accessories to complement them. Hooks, baskets, containers, and mini shelving areas (to name but a few), can be fitted to your pegboards to house lots of little bits such as scissors, beads, washi tape, or other tools that you use regularly.
Many crafters have even had a whole pegboard wall fitted transforming the whole area into a functional and organized space. If you don’t already have a pegboard, it’s worth looking to see how it could help you create the craft room of your dreams.
A comfortable, ergonomic chair
Although you can use a bog-standard chair, an ergonomic chair is a much better option. Ergonomic chairs provide a comfortable working posture in which all joints naturally align. It makes them not only comfier for sitting in for long periods, but means they are far better for your health too. Bad posture can lead to a host of problems, so although this type of chair may be a little more expensive than a standard desk chair, your body will thank you for it.
There are many types to choose from, but they usually come with adjustable head and armrests and lumbar support. This kind of chair will help you to stop slouching, which should make the time you spend in your craft room far more enjoyable.