If you participate in any form of arts and crafts as a hobby you’ll know how much space is required to store all the paraphernalia! You’ve probably collected huge amounts of bits and bobs, not to mention equipment and where on earth do you store all your completed projects? In an ideal world, you would have a dedicated craft room, but space is at a premium in most people’s homes, are there any ways of getting your “stuff” organized? Read on for inspiration.
Take a good look at your home and try to identify a space which could accommodate your crafting materials as well as give you a place to work from. Don’t restrict yourself to the interior of your home, look at the space in your garden and outbuildings too. Perhaps research into metal roofing systems could allow you to transform a garden shed, garage or outbuilding into a dedicated crafting space.
Assess available space
Even an alcove in a room, under stairs cupboard or a hallway, could be used as a space for crafting. You will need enough space in order to have a sturdy work table and space for storage. Consider using all available wall space for shelving to enable more storage options. Think vertically rather than horizontally to make the most of the space you have available. Most people don’t actually have a room spare to dedicate as an office.
Does your garden have space to erect a summer house or outbuilding? Many people who work from home choose this option by building an office in the garden, this could be easily done for crafting purposes. You will even have the option of running water, heating, and electricity. Having a dedicated space will mean you can just close the door after a busy crafting session rather than immediately tidying everything away.
Other options include unused garages, garden sheds, and conservatories.
Wherever you opt to site your crafting space it will need good lighting. Preferably natural daylight, however, if light is at a premium you may require adopting artificial lighting options which mimic natural daylight. It is possible to purchase light bulbs which mimic natural daylight very effectively. Ensure your lighting options are bright. Subtle and subdued lighting could potentially cause eyestrain as well as the inability to see detail.
Plenty of storage
We have already mentioned the requirement to have plenty of storage in order to store materials and equipment. If you have managed to create a dedicated crafting room, storage is not quite as essential compared to if you are utilizing a corner of your house. Ensure you choose a themed method of storage. You will probably have already acquired a numerous collection of storage boxes, but unless they are of the same type it will be impossible to stack them away tidily at the end of the day. Choose storage which is easy to access, it may also be a good idea to choose clear boxes so that you can see exactly what’s inside, which makes finding materials easy and quick. Cupboards with doors would be a good idea so that everything can be stored out of site and a decent amount of shelving is a must.
To conclude organization is key. Take stock of all available space and utilize effectively.