If you’re considering finishing off your basement space, you’re probably in the middle of figuring out what type of room or rooms you want to include in the layout. Granted, you have a lot of choices. Rec rooms, home theaters, spare bedrooms and home offices all fit well into this space. If you are the creative type, however, you may want to consider allocating some space for a craft room.
An interesting trend that has emerged over the last few years of our economic downturn is that one industry which has not been hurt by the economy and has actually made some gains is the craft industry. Whether people are cutting back by making their own gifts or turning to crafts as a means of “creative therapy,” a crafting resurgence has hit the United States in a big way. And, if you are a crafty person, you probably already knew that. Many are finding that having a space dedicated to pursuing their own creativity just makes sense for several reasons.
First of all, if you’re serious about crafting, you know how it starts to take over the rest of the house. Whether you knit, sew, bead or paint, your projects and supplies have a way of growing and spreading into every nook and cranny of the house. Having your own room for your projects will enable you to totally spread out your work without worrying about infringing on someone else’s space. AND, when you are finished working for the day, you don’t have to pick up and put everything away. You can leave your project where it is—ready to go the next day without having to reset anything up. This is especially handy for crafts such as sewing, where yards of fabric can take up a lot of room.
Having a craft room also inspires your kids to be creative. Our kids live in a much more technological world than we did, so as parents we need to work hard to challenge their hands-on, creative side. Tactile skills are important for their mental and physical development. If we give them some space and supplies in the craft room, we just may be fostering a skill that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Finally, when we teach them to give away some of their projects, it also shows them the importance of giving thoughtful, handmade gifts.
While this next idea may seem a bit far-fetched to you, having a craft room may also enable you to turn your favorite craft into a money-making endeavor, perhaps even a family business. If you don’ believe this, just visit Etsy.com, a phenomenally successful online marketplace for all things handmade.
If you do decide to set up a craft room, be sure to discuss with your home remodeling contractor any special requirements for your room. The location and number of outlets you want, whether or not you’ll need running water in the room and what kind of lighting you desire are all important considerations. Also, address whether you want the contractor to design any built-in cabinets or other storage for the space.
You just may find that adding a craft room is one home improvement that will pay you back over the years to come!