How to design your ideal crafting space
If crafting is a big part of your life, or you’re about to turn it into a business, then a practical workspace is so important. But more than a practical space, you need a place that sparks a bit of creativity too.
If you’re thinking of setting up a dedicated crafting room in your home, you’ll need to get the design and set up right. Here’s how to do it.
Carpet can be such an impractical surface in a craft room, with debris and mess so hard to get out of the fibres. For an easy to clean and durable surface, a vinyl or laminate covering is more practical. And some products are designed for DIY installation too, so no paying for trades to do it for you. There are lots of handy guides to help you learn how to fit laminate flooring, so check these out first.
Blank or plain walls just don’t help when you’re trying to think up new craft ideas or projects. Adding some colour to the walls, putting up artwork or wall-mounting some of your successful crafts, may help. An ideas board could be a good addition too.
A worktable that works
No craft room is complete without a worktable. There’s so much to consider when buying your table or desk space. Strength is important if it needs to hold a lot of equipment, and you don’t want it to be wobbling about either. Adequate surface space is important too. It’s easy to underestimate how much you’ll need. When you’ve picked out your worktable, make sure you position it so that you’ve got some natural light shining on it.
A flexible chair
Choosing a good chair is almost as important, especially if you’re crafting for a living. Long hours in an uncomfortable chair will be horrible. A chair that you can adjust the height and position of is just the start. It’ll need a proper back support and wheels too.
The right shelving and storage
In some ways, your storage and shelving is the most important aspect of your craft room. Cupboards to keep clutter out of sight is useful, but so is open storage. Keeping your most frequently used supplies to hand will save you a lot of time. Storage organisers with lots of compartments that you can label will prevent you from losing all your bits and bobs. Keeping pins, buttons and ribbons in labelled containers such as jam jars is a useful alternative.