Do you have a spare bedroom in your home that you have struggled to find a viable idea for using? Perhaps your teenager has moved to college and you want to turn that space into something you will use personally. One option would be an office, but if you don’t need an office, it would still be unused space. Have you considered a craft room? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dedicated space to work on creative projects? You could sew, quilt, scrapbook, paint, or create beautiful works of art by following your individual passion. The sky’s the limit when you let your creative juices flow.
First, you will need to decide if your space is going to be dedicated to your crafting, or if you still need the space to function as a guest room as well. The design of your space will hinge on this decision. Either option is feasible. You simply allocate the use of the space a little differently depending upon your needs.
Now that you have determined how you will use the room, clear it of any furniture. You can always bring items back into the room if they fit your new space, but starting with a blank slate will help you re-imagine the room. At this point, you might consider painting the walls with a cheerful, yet calming, color.
After you have cleared the room, take a long look at your space. Think about the crafts or artwork you will be creating. Imagine yourself working in your new space. Once you have your vision of the use of your space you are ready to begin adding furnishings.
A good place to start is choosing a table that will provide ample work space. Even if you still need the room to be dual functioning, you will want a good, flat surface on which to work. A comfortable chair, perhaps an office type chair on wheels, is a good idea to have in your craft space as well.
A functional craft room requires adequate storage. Consider the tasks you plan to complete. What kind of supplies do you routinely need? These items will partially dictate the organizational tools that you choose for your room. There are a multitude of options available to you.
You may choose a simple open bookcase with bins or baskets so your supplies are easily seen and accessed. Perhaps, you would prefer to have your items hidden until you use them. A wardrobe, dresser or closet might be your ideal storage solution. Don’t be afraid to be creative with your space. After all, you are designing a room for expressing creativity and having fun.
One item that many crafters cannot live without is a design board. This tool will help you plan your projects and can be customized for your space. There are a multitude of options for design boards. Consider the crafts you enjoy. Perhaps a simple chalkboard or dry erase board for lists is all you need. Perhaps you need something that allows you to pin fabric to design clothing or quilts. Whatever your need, you are only limited by your imagination and the size of your space.
Choosing design tools, organizational tools and furnishings may seem like a daunting task. As you start the transformation from unused spare bedroom to usable craft space, remember to have fun with this project. Allow your personality to help you create a space you love.