Creating the Craft Room
Our new house came with a bonus room that lots people turn into game rooms. I guess the craft room is KIND of a game room, since it IS where I play and WORK. I had a nice big space to fill but once you start adding elements, that space goes quickly.
The first thing we did was to take out the carpet and install laminate floors. We decided to not go with the same hardwoods we had installed downstairs because I didn’t want to worry about glitter, hot glue, and other craft related items ruining that expensive a floor. I have a big ol’ hot glue glob that has dried to a nice splotch on that laminate floor even as I type this- so… good call.
Storage and workspace where the most important elements to a craft room. To accomplish both, I purchased ready made kitchen cabinets from Lowes. We used two 18″ three drawer base cabinets for the outside bases and two 15″ drawer/door cabinets for the center. The Mean Man changed the direction of one of the cabinet doors so both open to the side on which I was sitting.
We topped it with a ready made 10 foot laminate countertop. We left about 33″ open space to accommodate drafting chairs. Because we used kitchen base cabinets, they are taller than desk height- which works great with a drafting chair or standing while you’re working. There is lots of emerging research that encourages a balance of sitting and standing while you work- even if it’s working on fun stuff.
We added slat walls for additional storage. I purchased them from a company called ULINE. They have baskets and other accessories you can add for additional storage. I also added a small wall cubby I purchased at Michaels (this is in the old craft room) and I recycled it here.
Making wreaths is the craft I tackle the most frequently and the storage for supplies for this hobby can be challenging. Most of my wreaths contain deco mesh or a burlap mesh and I found that closet cubbies make a convenient storage solution. Now, of course this only works for 10″
rolls of mesh. But mesh also comes in 21″ and that presented another challenge. The Mean Man made a little roll around stand for these taller rolls of mesh. He just took a ready made shelf and screwed dowels onto it. He also added casters that would allow the stand to roll and voila!
I purchased a tall desk that works perfectly for a craft table. The desk I purchased is available at stores like Nebraska Furniture Mart. It’s got nice storage shelves on either end. I incorporated baskets to hold my scissors, wire cutters, floral wire, measuring tapes, etc. It’s also good for holding the rolls of poly burlap mesh that I use. These are a little fatter rolls than the regular deco mesh and they stack up nicely on the shelves. They are also great for holding fabric.
Storing rolls of ribbon is particularly challenging. For years I used the same closet cubbies to stack up my rolls of ribbon. I found that this was functional but not really practical since I really had no idea what styles of ribbon were stacked in the back. I tried to stack them by color, but would have to empty the shelf to see what was in the back and this was not at all convenient.
I’d seen the method where you slide all of your rolls onto a long dowel that was somehow held on each end; and while you could see all of the varieties of ribbon you had, getting to them was kind of a beating since you had to remove every roll that was in the way of the one you wanted, then you had to replace all the ones you’d removed after you got to the one you needed.
I solved this dilemma with a simple solution. While strolling through Lowe’s; which I am likely to be doing several times a month; I passed some cabinet storage products. I happened upon a rack that is intended to go on the back of a pantry or cabinet door. It’s meant to hold spices I believe. I thought it might be wide enough to hold a roll of ribbon…. and I was right! So we measured it out to determine if it would, in fact hold most of my ribbon (larger rolls have a circumference that is too big for these) but most of my ribbon comes in just the right size. So I purchased six of them and the Mean Man attached them to the wall. Here’s the result:
I still try to keep all the rolls in color order, but NOW I can just grab the roll I want and easily replace it when I’m done with it. I think this was a PERFECT solution!
Storing my wreath forms was another story. I needed the ability to hang my wreath forms on the wall; several deep. We accomplished this with the use of a grid wall and grid wall brackets. These walls come with hooks that just clip onto the wall. I ordered the longest ones they had so I could slide as many wreath forms as possible. It’s also great for accessories that you purchase that come ready to hang. I store all kinds of things in this area.
I use the slat walls much the same as the grid walls. The accessories include the hangers, shelves and baskets. I love how versatile the slat walls are.
I’m fortunate enough that the bonus room in the new house included a shelf. I use this to be able to store my florals in two tiers. I have a couple of the galvanized buckets for some of the flowers, but honestly, I found that simple trash cans made much sturdier holders for all of my floral stems. Like a champ!! I store the paper for my greeting cards in shelf unit that came from IKEA.