Home Craft and Hobby Room

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 9, 2012

I’ve always admired artistic and crafty people, maybe I’m even a bit envious of their talents. I’ve tried to pick up some crafty hobbies but I know that I will never be the person who creates a scrapbook for every milestone in my child’s life or who builds my next coffee table or who makes a pottery mug for Mother’s Day. But enough about me, if you’re reading this blog, it’s likely because you are a crafty person who wants to carve out a space for your hobby in your own home, so let’s get started.

Appropriate Area
No one knows better than you what type of room and how much space you need. If you are a woodworker or potter you want a large area for your tools, wheel and where the dust and finishes won’t bother anyone, likely an attached shop, shed or repurposed garage. If you are a sewer or scrapbooker, you’ll need an area where you can spread out your materials and be inspired. If you are a knitter or do fine needlework, a bright sunny corner might be just right.

Take stock of your home and find the area that best suits your hobby. It could be an unused bedroom, the attic, an area of your finished basement or even a spot in your sunroom or enclosed porch.

Surfaces and Lighting
You’ll need an appropriate work surface; a table, countertop, easel or whatever surface works best for you.

Natural light is always best when working on detailed work during the day but you’ll also want good overhead lighting and task lighting to illuminate the area. Be sure that your task lighting can be moved or that it swivels so that you can adjust it to reduce shadows.

As in any room, adequate storage and organization is paramount. You’ll need room for your supplies, tools and materials. The things you use regularly need to be easily accessible and probably even visible. Make good use of your vertical space with shelves, cupboards and pegboards. I’ve even seen people use kitchen cabinetry in their craft room as it gives both work surfaces and storage options of various sizes and can be kept organized quite easily. New kitchen cabinets can be used or, if you’d like to be kind to your pocketbook and the environment, if you or someone you know is undertaking a kitchen remodeling, you could repurpose the old cabinets. There are also garage organizing systems available at home improvement stores that can easily be used in your craft room.

Cork boards and magnet boards are great places to post swatches, images, ideas and anything that inspires you. Magnetic containers, spice bottles or baby food jars are great for storing small items.

As for the aesthetics of the room, you’re artistic, we’ll let you figure that part out on your own!

By following these tips and by adding a little creativity (and we know you have plenty) to your home remodeling project, it is easy to turn any room of your home into a fabulous craft and hobby room.

Have you created a craft room or corner in your home? Tell us about it in the comments area below.

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