The Best Craft Room Ideas For 2017

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If you’re a serious crafter, then chances are you’ve considered devoting a whole room to your passion.

And if you’re looking for craft room ideas, then we’ve got a whole lot of inspiration for you right here.

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We’re passionate about craft room design — from storage, products and accessories to those little things that help to bring the whole room together.

Here’s everything you should consider before creating your perfect craft room.


The Ideal Craft Room

Before you start raiding IKEA and Amazon for furniture, lighting and whatever else tickles your crafting pickle, it’s a good idea to envisage what your ideal craft room will look like when it’s finished.

Now, of course, this is a highly personal process.

What we love about our craft rooms will likely be different to what you want to see in yours.

Some people love lots of white, open space, while some of you will prefer a room adorned with artwork and other trinkets to inspire you in your craft.

But even aside from those personal touches, there are a few good rules of thumb to follow to create an incredible craft room:

  • Lots of light: whatever your craft, chances are you’ll need lots of light to be able to truly focus in on it. Ideally, that will be natural light, with large windows, but artificial lighting works well too — just make sure that you have enough of it!
  • Lots of storage: storage will be one of your larger ticket purchases when it comes to craft room design. Whether that’s cabinets, drawers, shelves or whatever, just be prepared to get storing.
  • Large workspace: another expense to contend with is ensuring that you have a large desk or table that you can actually craft on. The size you need will vary according to the type of crafting you do and how much space you take up.
  • Inspiration: what inspires you in your crafting? Remember to make the room your own, perhaps with artwork, photography, painted walls, trinkets… whatever you can think of.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to make your craft room a place where you want to spend time every single day.

Think of it as a sanctuary just for you.

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That means you can design it exactly how you want to, paint it in the color scheme of your choice and just generally have it looking whatever way you want it to.

We always recommend exploring sites like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration before you start designing — we’ve compiled some of the most beautiful craft rooms at the end of this post — to give you some idea about what your finished craft room might look like.

Things to Consider

Once you’ve decided on what you want your eventual room to look like, there are two major things to consider before you start buying:

  1. Space
  2. Budget

Obviously, if you’ve got a huge room and a large budget, you can essentially do whatever you want with your craft room design.

But, let’s face it, most of us are working with limited space and a low budget.

Never fear, however — these restrictions only inspire us to become even more creative with the resources we have. We’ve included some extra sections on small craft rooms ideas and craft room ideas on a budget too.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that you can create an incredible craft room regardless of the amount of space or money you have to spend on it. You just need to be careful when buying to ensure that you’re getting the most efficient products for your space and budget.

Now, enough with the consideration — let’s get down to what you might want to buy for your craft rooms.

Craft Room Ideas

We believe that you can divide your craft room purchases into 5 sections:

  • Furniture
  • Storage and organization
  • Lighting
  • Accessories
  • Color scheme

The major purchases are going to be in the first two sections: furniture and storage.

craft room cabinets

Lighting is really important when it comes to decorating your craft room. Without it, you’re going to be squinting for sure. For the sake of your eyes, invest in some good lighting!

Accessories are generally much smaller and can often be added later — they’re not what we would term essentials. We often include wall art and other little inspirational objects into this section.

And although color scheme is last in our list, it should actually be one of the first things you consider. This way, you can paint the craft room before you start moving all your furniture in, and you can choose your purchases to fit the color of the room.

Craft Room Furniture

There are two major pieces of furniture that you need: a workspace/desk and a chair.

These are the craft room furniture essentials — anything else you can add later or as you see fit.

Craft Room Desk

Before you do anything, make sure that you measure the space you have available for a desk.

This is likely going to be the largest object you buy for your craft room, so allow yourself as much room as possible.

At the very least, you should have enough space for whatever machine you spend most of your time crafting with — whether that’s a sewing machine, vinyl cutter or printing press.

Ideally, this desk will also have lots of storage space underneath it too — although if you’re on a budget, it’s often cheaper to simply buy a wide table instead.

Here are two of our favorite craft room desks:

South Shore Crea Collection Craft Table

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This is the craft table that we use and we can’t say enough good things about it — a huge work area and absolutely oodles of storage space.

It’s also very reasonably priced considering its craftsmanship.

Pros

  • Work surface measures 53.5″ x 23.75″
  • Ability to add side modules for extra space
  • Storage: central drawer, side drawer, deep sliding compartment with sliding shelf, open space, 5 12″ x 12″ angled shelves
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Made in Canada
  • Reasonably priced
  • Minimalist style

Cons

  • Takes a while to assemble
  • No tools included

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Hemnes IKEA Desk

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This HEMNES desk from IKEA is also a great craft table.

It’s a little more impressive looking than the South Shore desk above, and it would be well suited to crafters who use their computers during their crafting sessions, as you could easily mount it in the central shelf.

It’s also bigger, with more concealed storage space.

Pros

  • 61″ wide x 53.875″ tall x 25.625″ deep
  • Made from solid wood
  • Shelves are adjustable
  • Integrated damper for quiet door closing
  • Draws can be mounted to left or right
  • Beautiful white finish

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Needs to be against a wall

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You might want to buy a craft table that’s specific to your actual craft. This is definitely a good idea if you’re committed to just one or two types of crafting.

Sewers, for instance, might find this beautiful piece of craft room furniture very interesting…

Sauder Sewing Craft Cart

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This gorgeously finished craft table is the perfect furniture and storage for sewers, embroiderers and quilters.

It’s on wheels, so it’s more of a cart really — but it’s got plenty of storage space for your machine, and a large work area for your sewing.

Pros

  • Beautiful and understated
  • Lots of storage space
  • Drop leave for extra work space
  • Hidden shelf to store sewing machine
  • Easy roll casters
  • Surface is heat, stain and scratch resistant
  • Reasonably priced
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • You have to assemble it yourself
  • Not as sturdy as a solid wood craft table

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Other Good Craft Room Tables

Craft Room Chair

It’s important to choose a chair that you find comfortable and provides you with adequate support.

We know that we’re not the only crafters that find ourselves hunched over, squinting at our creations late into the night, and then wonder why our necks are stiff the next day!

Ideally, your crafting chair will encourage you to sit with an upright posture, in order to best protect your neck and spine.

We’re going to show you our favorite chair, as well as some other ones you might want to consider. A chair is another personal purchase so remember to go for what’s right for you.

Modway Articulate Black Mesh Office Chair

This Modway chair is really the big daddy when it comes to office and craft room furniture.

Although it’s specifically designed to be an office chair, we think it works fabulously for our crafting needs.

Yes, it is expensive — but if you suffer with a bad back, you’ll probably consider it a price worth paying.

Pros

  • Back height and seat depth are fully adjustable (and arm rests too!)
  • Ergonomic
  • Passive lumbar support
  • Tilt tension and tilt lock
  • Breathable mesh covering — stays fresh
  • Available in 8 different colors
  • Dual caster wheels for easy gliding

Cons

  • Comparatively expensive

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Other Great Crafting Chairs

We’d also encourage you to check out the wide selection of office chairs at IKEA.

Craft Room Lighting

How you light your craft room will depend on its size and how much natural light it gets already.

If you’ve got a lovely large south-facing window, it’s unlikely that you’ll need anything more than the lights you’ve already got installed, and maybe a desk lamp.

For those of us that aren’t quite that lucky, however, we’d recommend invested in a standing light to enhance the lighting already in the room, and a desk lamp too for particularly close work.

This desk lamp will come in very useful for crafts like sewing and embroidery.

We tend to get all our lighting — and most things! — from Amazon but you also look in places like IKEA and specialist lighting shops for these products too.

But regardless of where you shop, there’s a few things that make a good lamp:

  • Simple, easy switch
  • Bright, LED light(s)
  • Doesn’t overheat
  • Dimmable
  • Energy efficient

Here’s a few of the lights that we have in our craft room:

Craft Room Storage and Organization

OK, so now you’ve got your craft room furniture and lighting, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to actually organize the room.

Storage is everything in a craft room. We all know how many accessories we need to do what we love — plus, we need somewhere to put our creations once they’re made!

You might have bought a desk or craft table like the ones above that come with plenty of storage. In which case, you probably won’t need too much extra — perhaps a couple of shelves and some storage boxes.

Here are all the types of craft room storage you might want to buy:

  • Shelves
  • Display cabinets
  • Racks
  • Storage carts
  • File sorters
  • Tool organizers that hang off the wall
  • Desktop craft organizer

To decide exactly what you need, it’s best to do an inventory of all the machines, accessories and materials you actually have and then buy storage to fit what you’ve already got.

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Here’s a few of the craft room storage ideas that we own, all of which come with a Craft Schmaft recommendation 😉

Clear Plastic Organizer with 10 Removable Drawers

We honestly couldn’t live without this clear plastic organizer.

It can store basically anything and because it’s clear, you can go straight to the correct drawer to retrieve whatever it is you want.

We use ours to store thread, needles and ribbons for sewing, and we’re thinking of getting a second one to store all our materials and accessories for our die cutting creations too.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Clear so easy to see what’s where
  • 10 easy to remove and portable drawers
  • Made in the USA
  • 17.75″ tall
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The drawers are quite small (4″ long x 3.875″ wide x 1.5″ deep) so can’t hold larger materials

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Sauder Harbor View Storage Cabinet

We use this beautiful storage cabinet to store our machines and some of our larger creations too.

It’s reasonably expensive, but is undeniably gorgeous to look at thanks to its ‘antiqued white’ finish. It’s very well made to boot.

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • 4 adjustable shelves
  • Louver detail doors
  • Sturdy
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • 35.43″ wide x 16.75″ deep x 61″ tall
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Comparatively expensive
  • Requires assembly

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Wall Control 30-CC-200WW Craft Center Organizer

If you’re looking for small craft room ideas, this wall organizer should be on your list on things to check out.

It hangs off the wall and provides a huge amount of extra storage for your tools and accessories. We actually started out with this in our shed to house our gardening tools, but quickly realized that it would come in handy in the craft room too.

It’s super strong and is also scratch and rust resistant. Winning!

Pros

  • Metal pegboard is 10 times stronger than traditional pegboard
  • Accepts slotted, stable and secure hooks, brackets, shelves and pegs
  • Panels are magnetic
  • Durable and study
  • Finish is scratch and rust resistant
  • Available in 36 different color combinations
  • Easy to install
  • Made in the USA
  • Accessories included

Cons

  • None!

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Of course, there’s a whole world of opportunity when it comes to craft room organization. Although the three pieces above are the storage solutions that work for us, chances are you might be looking for something a little different.

Here’s a few other storage ideas that are worth checking out:

Accessories and Wall Art

When it comes to finding things that inspire you to add to your craft room, the onus is on you: this is a highly personal decision.

You should think about what inspires you to create in your day to day life: art? Gadgets? Trinkets and accessories?

how to organize a craft room

We generally think that the best way to buy inspirational objects is simply to acquire them as you come across them instead of going out looking for them.

But, saying that, there are a huge number of online market places selling handmade, unique goods that might be calling out your name — you just need to find them.

Here are the places we go to find accessories for our craft rooms:

And don’t forget the little things! You know — stationery, wall clocks, pen holders, rugs, you name it.

Color Scheme

The color scheme that you decide to paint your craft room is another personal decision for you.

Speaking very generally, the rooms that work best are light and airy — whites, creams and pastel colors are particularly popular.

But if a deep red or an amethyst purple is more your style, then feel free to indulge that passion — perhaps consider balancing darker colors out with lighter accents around the room.

There should be a few principles you abide by to ensure that you don’t end up with clashing colors, however. Try some of these ideas out:

  • Go from dark to light — darker colors should be on the floor level, getting lighter on the walls and lighter still on the ceiling. This ensures that the room doesn’t have a boxed-in feeling
  • Consult a color wheel — you probably remember color wheels from school. Colors next to each other on the wheel tend to be relaxing and subtle when paired together, and colors opposite each other create more of a bold look
  • Neutrals never go out of fashion — whites, creams, grays all look great, especially when accented with bolder brights like turquoise, magenta and blood orange
  • The rule of three — don’t overwhelm your craft room with different colors, try to stick to a maximum of three across the room
painting a craft room

Color theory is the best way to choose complementary colors when painting (via Wikimedia/Dicklyon)

If you’re looking for some color scheme inspiration, check out this article on the color palettes of 50 visually impactful websites. Yes, it’s designed to inspire websites, but there are some incredible combinations here that would look fantastic in a craft room too.

Small Craft Room Ideas

You might be thinking that this is all very well, but what about when you’re severely space limited? When your craft room is really just a box room? Or maybe even just a closet?

If you’re focusing on small craft room design, the number one weapon in your arsenal is undoubtedly storage.

With some clever design and forward planning, you’ll be able to make as much use out of your room as a crafter with a much bigger space to work with.

And just because you only have a tiny space, don’t despair! Take a look at this video of this beautiful ex-laundry room craft room and prepare to get inspired:

First off, take a look at some of those craft tables we recommended above. They really make the most of the space they take up, with a wide worktop and plenty of storage hidden underneath the table.

Some desks actually having folding tables that can be used to extend the work area by a significant amount. This means that you have plenty of space to craft and then can fold the desk away neatly when you’re ready to store it.

Another must-have are wall organizers. They can hold a huge number of tools, accessories and even machines and only take up wall space — perfect for the smallest spaces and closets.

In the same vein, putting up a bit of DIY shelving is a good idea too. If you don’t have space on the floor, put it on the wall!

Alternatively, you could buy a craft bag instead. You can store your machine, accessories and materials in these and tuck it away into a wardrobe or other storage when you’re not using it.

Plus, a bag is obviously ultra portable too — good news for people who like to craft on the go or who travel to a lot of craft shows.

Small Craft Room Essentials

Craft Room Ideas on a Budget

Another challenge to consider when creating your dream craft room is your budget. Can you afford to be buying a large desk, plenty of storage and artwork?

If not, or if you’re feeling like you want to start crafting already, you may want to consider a bit of DIY while you’re researching craft room ideas on a budget.

Firstly, it’s time to assess what your budget actually is — and if you have one at all.

If you do, decide what the ‘priority purchase’ is for your craft room. This will be the one thing that you’ll buy outright instead of making yourself.

For us, it would be getting the biggest desk we could afford. The best desks have the most workspace and storage space so are efficient in a number of ways.

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However, if you’re skilled in woodcraft, you might be happy to whip up a table yourself, in which case your budget might go towards storage solutions, or painting the craft room itself.

Here are some more budget craft room tips:

  1. Go hunting — what do already have at home that you could use in your craft room? Any old pieces of furniture that could be refashioned?
  2. Hunt wider — the same as above, but beyond the home — we’re talking about garage sales, estate sales, Craigslist, Facebook sell and swap groups, anything really
  3. Upcycling — a lick of paint (even spray paint) can totally transform old and worn furniture. Time to get creative…
  4. Get monochromatic — Thrift Diving recommend that you paint all your woods in the same color to make it look not quite so obvious that they’re second hand pieces
  5. Embrace the vintage/rustic look — when you’re using a total hodge podge of different furniture, shelving and storage that you found around town, you’ve really got to embrace it. The vintage look is quirky and beautiful — don’t hide it!

Craft Room Design Inspiration

So, by now you should have a good idea of what you need to buy and design for own craft room.

But if you’re looking for a little inspiration — whether that’s for craft room organization, color schemes or what-have-you — we’ve got you covered.

Pinterest is an absolute treasure trove of craft room ideas, and we’ve picked out a few of our favorites that have influenced the way we designed our crafting sanctuary!

Swoon!

Phew! Now, that’s absolutely everything you need to know about craft room ideas and design

Any questions? What does your craft room look like?


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