Tips for creating a craft room from the ThriftyFun Community.
All of us crafters would love to have a craft room. Some of us are lucky and we have an extra room we can use. Some of us don't and if you are anything like me, I bet your crafts are spread out. But just as a home office is important now a days so is a place for us to be able to relax and craft. Here is my tip.
Go to your local Salvage company and get yourself some big shutters or some old bi-fold doors. Get some big hinges to hinge them together. Paint the doors or shutters a color that will compliment your room. You now have a screen to section off your craft area. Now clean out that clutter corner.
Find a small table, the size depending on your space. Try to make it large enough for a comfy chair if you can. Crocheters and knitters will appreciate having a chair. Above your table install a few hanging cork bulletin boards. These are to hang directions on. If you have room, hang a magnetic tool holder or you can get a magnetic knife holder on the net. These will hold scissors, crochet hooks, beading tools, or any thing with a metal base.
Now find yourself 3 fruit boxes that are the same size. You can get these when the produce man re-stocks at the local grocery. You want the tops to the boxes. Put the top on the bottom of the box so that you have a double strength box. With double sided carpet tape, tape all three boxes together. Cover with Contact paper or Spray Paint. Make as many of these as you will need to store your supplies. These can be stacked or put under your table, they also could be used next to your chair for a handy table. Depending on wall space you could hang some shelves.
Now decorate your little space. Pictures can be hung on your screen as long as they are not too heavy. Throw a pillow in your chair and don't forget get a radio or boom box for some mood music. And if you have kids make a cute "Keep out" or "Only girls allowed" sign. Have fun. It's your space.
By Debra in Colorado
In addition to a craft room, it could also be used to make a quiet space for reading or a cup of tea with a friend. A place without a TV, my own little living room. .
I am just getting started re creating a craft room. I had one in the attic but now that my son is off to college, I have room downstairs. The attic is such a mess i can't do anything up there. Now I can create a craft room and organize at the same time.
I am in midst of doing my craft room... I bought some inexpensive shelves, put a pretty patterned valance on the window. I got an idea for a peg board to be able to put a lot of tools on that. The peg board is white and I was looking at the valance material and thought gee if I took painter's blue tape and sectioned it off into 5 or 6 areas I could mix up some paint colors to match the colours in the material to bring the room together. Wow what a difference. I Love It.
Also I got 3 baskets and nailed them to the wall in the corner at different levels with openings facing out. I store a lot of my material in them and they look as if they are decorations. I have a table, serger and sewing machine. I also love to stamp, make cards and quilt.
I'm just starting to get a room together. Somewhere that I can do my painting and scrapbooking. I've started by painting the room a sunny yellow color. I've got some slat wall board put up, this will be in 2 different areas of the room, 1 for painting and one for scrappin! There will be hooks on the wallboards for shelving, hanging everything on. I also have a leather love seat in there for when I just need a break and think of my next project. I'll also be painting my own creations on the walls for inspiration!
By K. Smith
We just recently moved to a bigger house and I have a room all for myself in the basement. It's unfinished and I get to start from square one with the basics! Drywall and paint, carpet or linoleum, and there is even an egress window so it's like I'm on the main floor without the traffic! I'm so excited to get started... it'll be my first "craft" project since we moved in 7 weeks ago!
Cork boards are great! I pin up zippers, appliques, bags of beads, fabric swatches, cut outs from magazines and sketches. Pinning them up makes them visible - I can see what I already have before I head to the store to buy more!
Feel free to post your ideas for a creating a craft foom below!
My craft "room" is in the corner of my bedroom. I bought a pine dining table from IKEA and I have my sewing machine and tins with small items in them stacked on that. I have some plastic storage bins stacked under the table so that everything is contained in my little corner.
CRAFTING IN SMALL LIVING SPACES
I'm lucky enough to have a tiny, cold damp & drafty craft room, But I consider myself very fortunate to have a room where I can leave my half done craft or sewing projects laying out... & I simply close the door so no one can see the messes I leave for the next day!
I have several ideas for those of you who live in a small home, trailer or apartment & need to carve out a bit of craft space:
-- One way is to use a closet or armoire: What you do is to take a small board & put it on drawer sliders (the kind made of metal usually with bearings) That way you can pull up a chair, pull out your shelve & go to town, crafting away! ... I used to use an armoire for all of my sewing needs. I put my sewing machine on the pull out shelf. but, I found that when I pulled the shelf out, the sewing machine was to heavy for the sliding shelf to support. So, I remedied the situation by using one of those adjustable "Spring Rods" (the kind you twist to lengthen) available in the curtain & blind area of most stores. I simply twisted the curtain rod to the correct length & stuck it under the front left corner of the pull-out shelf. The cool thing is, When you're done sewing, (or crafting) You can just push the sliding shelf back in, & close the doors to your mess. My armoire was quite large & tall, so I could store most of my fabric in the top cupboards & my notions & thread in the 2 bottom drawers. This whole "Sewing Space" fit into a tiny bedroom! You will find that you'll need a good light source in the armoire, so mount a small florescent light above your sewing/crafting shelf. You can purchase an "Under Cabinet" type of florescent light in the kitchen area of your home store. NEVER use halogen or incandescent lighting, as these produce WAAAY to much heat. But, florescent lamps are cool & work wonderfully!
-- Another idea, I got from the Christopher Lowell TV show: He suggests taking 2 inexpensive book cases & facing the sides against a wall & the front shelve area facing each other about 5 or 6 feet apart (or whatever works for your space) Then taking a hollow Core Door & mounting that as a table between your 2 shelves for a work area. If this is in an apartment or living area, you can take a curtain spring rod (they are usually under $5) & spring-mount it, just under the top-most shelf & hang a piece of fabric from it (to hide your mess). You can simply fold a piece of fabric in half, across the rod & this requires no sewing. To really have a cool crafting/scrapbook area: Take 2 filing cabinets (new or from the thrift store) & place these under the core door or thin table (these also can be use to hold the core door up)... If you have several file cabinets under the hollow-core door or table, you'll have quite a lot of room to file your Scrapbooking paper & crafting tools!
-- For those who are REALLY short on space, a roll top desk or a "secretary" work wonders, because you can just shut the top on your clutter! For those of you who don't know what a "secretary" is: It's one of those chests (sometimes with drawers) that have a fold-out top where you pay bills or whatever.
-- If you're lucky enough to live in an area where it's always nice weather like southern California, or you can insulate & put a heater in, a small crafting Storage Shed might work for you in your back yard... Some folks have these small crafting sheds built right next to their home or in their back or side yards, or as a lean-to. These little sheds are especially great for those who do painting projects or are lampwork, glass bead makers, or others who use a torch or small kiln, as if anything catches on fire, Your whole house won't burn down & since you're using flaming torches, your kids are off limits to this area & you can lock it up!
* I had a friend who never did crafts (even though she really wanted to) because she didn't want her home to be untidy when her "Neat Freak" husband came home from work. When she finally carved out a very small section of the garage for herself, set up a table & chair & hung a shower curtain up so her "mess" wouldn't bother him, all was well & she found herself happy & creative again (& happier still, when she left that neat-a-holic man!)
-- It's amazing how much crafts do for our happiness & our self esteem. That's why we should all encourage our children to do arts & crafts! One of the best ways is to have a "Craft Basket". Just use a simple laundry basket & fill it with their paper, crayons, scissors, glitter-glue & other goodies! You can slide it under a table somewhere to keep it out of the way & it's easy for kids to pick their stuff up & put it away. It's fun for children to have a "Crafting Time"... especially on weekends, or after homework... or whenever they say "Mommy, I'm board", & you can buy them new "treats" for their craft basket once in a while to keep things interesting for them! (& it's a much better "Treat" than junk food!)
STORAGE IDEAS FROM MY OWN CRAFT ROOM
-- I have several tricks for organizing my own craft room, Christopher Lowell says, when you don't have the space to go Out, Go UP!... In other words use your walls & ceilings. So, I've hung shelves on most of my walls. I have those light weight white metal closet shelves mounted to my walls with labeled, Plastic Dish Pans (from the dollar store) lined up on them to organize my craft supplies. I also use those 3 sided plastic type of large stacking vegetable bins, stacked 8 high along another wall (I've made sure to bolt them to the wall in case of an earthquake etc).. Also, those Metal "Grids" You can hook together to make cube shelves work great, I've had the guys at the home store cut thin masonite boards 13 inches square to line the bottom of the cubes in some & in others, used dish pans as "drawers". My tables are all folding card tables so I can rearrange them easily, whenever need be. Except where I sew, here, I've used a sturdy "drop-leaf" table that I pull up when I sew. I have grid-shelves & filing cabinets under my card tables & have covered my card tables with plastic tablecloths from the dollar store. Small plastic garbage cans work great for holding rolls of wrapping paper on end. I store my fabric in large, clear plastic bins with lids, turned on their sides long-way & used as "shelves". Another space-saver is to hang shelves in front of your windows. This works for things not affected by moisture. My crafting room has 4 HUGE single-pained windows that constantly drip with moisture in the winter, so, I've cut 2 inch Styrofoam insulation & caulked this into the large windows to keep the heat in, in the winter & out in the summer & this has made a great difference, because, Now, I can use the room all year long. The best way to cut this Styrofoam insulation is with an electric knife, but a jigsaw also works! (it's like thick foam-board & makes great bulletin boards as well) I've hung lamps from my ceiling & made sure to use a good serge-protector to minimize the chance of fire from my cords & lamps. Florescent lamps are safer & use less power. Use care, never have to much draw on your electricity at one time & be sure to turn off things when you leave the room!
By beatrice (Guest Post) 09/27/2007
I just love this I just got online withe you guys and read some of what your ideas are I have a girlfriend that got me into sewing and miss it no room but will keep it close to my heart. Thank you for giving me hope. Beatrice from Haines Alaska and living in Seattle.
FOR THOSE OF YOU FIXING UP BASEMENTS or GARAGES for CRAFT ROOMS, READ THIS:
Before you do any sheet rocking or build your craft room, first check for moisture.
Simply tape all around a piece of plastic aluminum to your wall & floor. This way you'll be able to see if moisture is coming through the floor or wall... If the moisture is on the outside, (near the wall) it means the moisture is coming from the outside & if it's near the front, it means it's probably in the air & you only need a humidifier.
Don't be afraid to tackle your craft room "remodel" by yourself or with the help of a friend. I'm a 51 year old grandma & just last year discovered "Power Tools"... & have been "going to town" on some small building & repairing projects around the house all by myself! It feels so empowering & I love it!
You can do amazing things with only 2 tools: A drill (which also works as a screwdriver) & a jigsaw. They cost under $50 each.
Take a look at this first URL about basement moisture:
http://www.servicemagic.com/article ... nsation-Destroy-Your-Home.11021.html
This is about painting basement floors & walls (with possible moisture)
http://www.reliableremodeler.com/re ... s/remodeling_ideas.asp?ArticleID=599
By Diane (Guest Post) 09/28/2007
One thing I use for storage in my craft room is an old over the door hanging shoe storage bag thing. I found it at Goodwill and it works great for holding all kinds of "stuff" in all the pockets. I think they are pretty inexpensive. If you don't have a door it is pretty light-weight and could be hung easily.
I used to live in a trailer all on my own. It was a two bedroom one. I used the back room as my very nice huge craft room, and the small bedroom for my bedroom. I painted, stained, scrapbooked, sewed, and assembled beading jewelry. I used baskets for everything, and I stacked them up along the wall opposite my door to my bedroom/craftroom as the room had no closet. I stacked them from small to bigest on the bottom, since gravity has a distinct advantage in some situations whne stacking things. I have made earings to oil paintings. I have made presents for christmases and birthdays. It was a god sent when I lived there. Now that I live in an apartment again. I have the end of my hallway as my very uniques craft center. I use a Secretary for my craft center now. My sewing machine has its own stand in the hallway too. The point is if I can find a way to have a craft room/area. Anyone who wants a craft area can have one if they are motivated enough to make one. Well anyhow good luck to anyone who wants a craft area.
By Rosemary F (Guest Post) 05/04/2008
If you don't have a room of your own, take over the Spare Bedroom, replace your spare bed with a Loft style Bed, easily bought from Ikea. Then you have all the space under it for your work table and supplies. Place a large open shelved bookcase on the side, that acts both as a "bedside" for the loft, and more storage space for you and creates your own little space under the bed for your craft space...
By JoAnne (Guest Post) 01/16/2009
Here is a tip I have for you all. If you have an old gate to keep pets or kids out of an area, use it to store paint. I had a dog ruin mine and I didn't ditch it because I hung one piece on the wall and then hung the 2nd piece just a half inch or so higher. Then my bottles of piants could store in that. I don't have a wall to hang it yet in my new craft space but I'm trying!
I was having a tough time with how to set up my craft room. I do have a large loft area that I ideally wanted to be my area but my son's room is also upstairs and I was worried about him getting into everything and the possible hazards it would cause. He's still a toddler so his safety is my main concern.
I thought about setting up a small area in my bedroom but eventually found furniture from http://www.theoriginalscrapbox.com that was perfect for my situation. The CraftBox and WorkBox are perfect for people who are in a similar situation. It has a ton of storage but you can then close it up like a hutch. Essentially, I can stick it any room now because it just looks like a piece of furniture.
A problem I have is heating my craft room. Does anybody have a way to fix that? I live in the north USA, so it gets cold often, and wet.
I like the idea of the paint rack. That is quite ingenious. Do you know where you could get one like that, or perhaps how much it would cost to produce one yourself?
JoAnne, that is such a great idea! I have been looking for a way to get rid of my old cabinets, but I still need to be able to store things like paint bottles. Thank you so much for the idea. You're awesome!
Thanks for the tips! I've been wanting to go through my house, remodeling one room at a time, and the craft room for sure needs a makeover. I'll be using some of your ideas, once I get started!
Thanks for the excellent suggestions for remodeling and creating an ideal craft room. The addition of a comfy chair for those who like knitting and crocheting is a great suggestion and one that a landscaper husband would enjoy as well. Comfy chairs are practically irresistible.
Thank you so much for these excellent ideas! I just moved into a new home and am really excited to have my own craft room/office! I have wanted one for a really long time and now I finally will get the space that I need. The only problem is the roof though. It needs to be redone, but thankfully work is already being done on it. I really like the look of the low slope roofing, and I think that I will have that kind of roofing put in.