Guest Author - Donna Coogan
When creating a craft room, it will feel more meaningful if you do more than slap up shelving and work stations. Take the time to make the overall area attractive, too.
Begin by painting your space in a color that inspires your to create. Whether it’s bold and vivid or toned down, is all up to you. But, it should be a color that invites you to stay and work on your craft.
Find attractive storage pieces to organize your space. Use an old kitchen farm table for a flat workspace. Incorporate a vintage buffet or hutch for attractive out-of-sight storage. Customize an old t.v. entertainment center for your needs.
If you require a lot of storage, look for used kitchen cabinets that you can refurbish with fresh paint. People re-doing their kitchens often sell their old cabinetry for pennies. Keep an eye on Craigslist or your local classifieds for deals.
Also look for rolling carts that can store under counter tops or tables. These are helpful when you need to tuck things out of the way.
If you have a lot of small items, store them in attractive containers lined up on open shelving. Clear jars, woven baskets or colorful plastic tubs allow for easy access while providing a visual treat to the space. You might also stack folded fabric neatly on shelves or stuff open cubby holes with rolls of yarn, depending on your hobby.
Choose lighting that meets the needs of your work space. The last thing you want is a single bulb in the middle of the ceiling. If you have windows that provide lots of natural light, be sure to take advantage of that by arranging your work space near it. Additionally, install natural light bulbs and tubes or use OttLites designed to show true colors. OttLites are energy efficient and can be found in a multitude of styles. Look for them in floor lamps, table lamps and overhead lighting.
When decorating a craft space the flooring you choose will depend on your craft. If you are worried about spills or messes, then it’s best to go with an easy maintenance floor like vinyl. You certainly don’t want to use carpeting if your hobby involves cutting glass or spray painting.
Choose comfortable seating for your craft space, especially if you spend a lot of hours tending to it. Consider including some soft floor pads in areas where you do a lot of standing. You might also include a comfortable loveseat or upholstered chair where you can daydream about your ideas or research on your laptop.
Personalize your space in meaningful ways. Consider displaying finished samples of your work or create a wall gallery with framed photos of your work. Seeing your finished pieces is like having your portfolio constantly on display to inspire you.
It can be fun to spell out inspirational words like “imagine” or “dream” on the wall. Paint directly on the wall or hang wooden letters that you’ve decorated. You might also incorporate favorite quotes or spell out your business name if you sell your crafts.
When you find ways to make your craft space not only functional, but also personal and appealing, it can only help your creative juices soar. Having a space that is less than a work room and more like a space dedicated to your passion is worth investing in.