Five Secrets to Creating the Perfect Craft Room

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There is no one perfect craft room that fits everyone. The perfect craft room is one tailored to fit your specific activities and needs. Do you love doing crafts of all types or are you a committed quilter or scrapbooker? Is this your private escape to achieve artistic brilliance or is this a family gathering space where everyone will be expressing their inner muse? Are there other activities this area could accommodate like gift wrapping, mail sorting, or school homework projects? It just takes a little planning and arrangement to make your craft room the perfect one for you.

Here are the key elements to create a craft room that is perfect for you:

Project Zones – Divide your room into zones, creating an area for each activity. Equip each area with the appropriate work surface, task lighting, and organized storage for the project that will be done in that area. Store all the materials necessary for a specific project together at arms’ reach in that work area so that when you are ready to get to work, everything you need is there.

Custom-fit Storage – Consider what type of supplies will need to be stored and the best way to store them—vertical slots for poster board or canvases, shallow drawers for scrapbooking papers or photos, baskets for yarn or ribbon, spindles for paper rolls, cubbies for tape or gift tag, cylinders for floral stems. Fit inserts and organizers into spaces to keep scissors, tools, brushes, pens, and thread from rolling around loose in drawers.

Work Surface – Analyze how much space and what type of surface is needed for each type of project. Will you be standing, sitting, or spread out on the floor? Is this a messy craft with glue, paint, or glitter that calls for an easy to clean floor instead of carpet? Do you need a large flat table to spread out a quilt or an upright easel for painting? If you are working in a seated position, the work surface should be about 30” high, which is common desk height. If you prefer to stand, the height of the work surface needs to be between 36”, which is comparable to a kitchen counter, up to 42”, which is the height of a bar top. Your height and the activity will determine the best height for you. The right height will prevent strain on your back and eyes.

Lighting – Ceiling lights are often not enough light for working on projects. Add good task lighting for the work areas. Under-cabinet lighting or adjustable wall sconces can bring the light down closer to your work and keep the work surface clear of light fixtures and cords. Make sure you have enough electrical outlets for your equipment like glue guns, Dremel tools, irons, computers, and lamps in the locations where you will be using them. These outlets need to be at the height of your work surface for easy cord reach, not at the standard floor height.

Design Theme – Choose the décor for your room to suit what inspires you and gets your creative juices flowing. Some artists want a clean neutral backdrop that does not conflict with their work. Others need the stimulation of color and pattern to energize their projects. Select the color palette and finishes that feed your creative spirit. Allow for natural light from windows for seeing colors accurately, but add window treatments for light control to reduce glare on electronic screens. Personalize your space with your favorite items to inspire you. Add cork boards to tack up ideas and references. Add a comfy chair where you can sit and take a moment to admire your work.