Setting up a craft room is really exciting but requires a lot of planning. It’s important to make it storage-efficient but at the same time to make it enjoyable and user-friendly. Finding a suitable organizational system is key and customization is always encouraged so let’s have a look at some ideas that you could incorporate into your project.
Mental Health Benefits of Organization
With the current global pandemic situation constraining you in so many ways, it might feel like your life is left with no control. Taking use of what you do have control over, such as your environment, is tremendously empowering and encouraging. It is more important than ever to keep your space organized, especially since you are likely to spend the majority of your time at home, at least until things start to get better. It may be incredibly liberating to go through this process, even if it is only getting rid of the trash that is in the way.
Cleaning and arranging are linked to a reduction in anxiety and stress. Unconsciously or consciously, a disorganized place might be perceived as “unfinished business,” which can create extra tension. Whether it’s making the bed, organizing a clothing drawer, sifting through the clutter, taking out the garbage, and other cleaning tasks, they can all lead to a joyful state of meditation. According to studies, something as simple as making your bed is linked to a better night’s sleep, which has its own set of mental health benefits.
After you’ve cleaned and organized your room, you might feel as if everything is “new” again, which adds to the thrill. While it may seem like a simple cleaning process, it can give you a sense of accomplishment and the positive energy that comes with having done something productive. As you simplify your physical space, you declutter your mind, a sense of serenity may wash over you.
You may discover some old items that were valuable to you when cleaning. Allow time to consider and enjoy your findings. You might be motivated to pursue an old hobby or start a new activity. Cleaning and organizing may stimulate your creativity, and if you embrace it, the possibilities for where it can lead you are limitless.
It’s tempting to dismiss the value of organizing and decluttering; nevertheless, keep in mind the numerous mental health benefits of having a clean home, especially when we’re all stuck indoors.
When you’re spending your time in a cluttered space, you are more likely to lose focus. The explanation is very simple: clutter can obstruct your visual field and will make you distracted.
What Clutter Does to Productivity
Clutter helps keep you stuck in a rut and prevents you from growing. Not having a clear desk or space to work from is a big mistake. Having a well-organized workspace can help you focus on the important tasks at hand and avoid wasting time. According to CallDrip, a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organisers indicated that messy workplaces can cost a firm up to 10% of a manager’s income in lost revenue. Clutter is an absolute no-no if you want to be productive, especially since:
- It draws attention away from what we’re supposed to be doing. According to a study conducted by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the more items found in your vision field, the more likely you are to lose focus since multiple items compete for your attention. When you see a lot of things at once, it becomes more difficult for your brain to decide what it should be focusing on.
- Having a neat working area makes you more efficient and can raise your company’s overall productivity. According to research conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, staying organized saves you 60 minutes every day. Consider how productive you could be if you could find everything you needed and didn’t get sidetracked. Clutter isn’t just a physical problem; it also generates a vicious emotional cycle that makes it difficult to work effectively and live a healthy active lifestyle.
- Did you know there’s a national “clean off your desk” day to keep your workspace tidy? Decluttering is crucial to staying motivated and inspired at work. Some people believe that clutter stimulates creativity, although this is only true for some people. Others may argue that when the tension of your desk fills your thoughts to the point where you can’t even begin to clear your workspace, leaving very little room for actual creativity. Clutter may be oppressive, especially for organized people who thrive in a clean environment but can’t manage to get rid of the mess that slowly starts building up on their desks.
DIY Craft Room Organization Ideas
Craft Room With Island And Storage Bins
One of the most important pieces of furniture in the craft room is the table, assuming you’re doing a lot of the work while sitting down. This table featured on thecountrychiccottage is really great because of all the built-in storage. It allows you to keep your most used items close at hand so you don’t have to constantly get up while working on a project.
Wall Framed Peg Board
Pegboards and craft rooms go hand in hand. They’re great for organizing lots of things including a bunch of tools and supplies. This large pegboard featured on honeybearlane is filled with lots of storage accessories that hold a bunch of different items neatly organized and easy to use when needed. It’s even able to hold wrapping paper rolls which are notoriously annoying to store.
Walk-in Closet Craft
Another idea is to set up a craft closet which can keep all of your tools and supplies in the same place. To maximize the storage capacity you can also use the inside of the closet doors. You can attach containers and hooks to the doors in order to create a custom organization system for small items. Everything else can go inside the closet in large boxes, on shelves and so on. You should check iheartorganizing for more inspiring ideas.
Organized Full Craft Room
Set up your crafting room in a way that makes sense in relation to the type of projects you usually do. For example, if you like to sew and to work with fabric you can set up a color-coded system for all your supplies. This can evolve over time as you add more details and more elements to your design. A good starting point can be the tour featured on heyletsmakestuff.
Colorful Craft Room
The craft room organization system featured on thescrapshoppeblog is pretty cool too and also very colorful. At the center of the room there’s an island which serves as the main workstation. Various cabinets, cubbies and shelves are neatly placed along the walls, with boxed on top of them and a pegboard in between.
Attic craft room
If you’re unsure where to set up your crafting room, we suggest the attic in case you have one. Attics are usually small and don’t really look or feel very spacious because of the roof angle but that’s entirely ok in this case. You can potentially create a super cozy and nice-looking attic craft room similar to the one featured on unskinnyboppy. The natural light coming through the window is beautifully maximized in this case.
Narrow Standing Storage
We also found a really cool craft room storage idea on infarrantlycreative and we’re excited to share it with you. It’s a paint storage system with shallow shelves, just deep enough to hold the containers without wasting space and no higher than they each need to be. As nice as this system is, that’s not all. This is actually a door which can be pushed to the side to reveal a secret storage area. Behind the paint storage unit there’s actually just enough space to hang the ironing board.
Keep your work surface in the craft room clean and preferably empty. In order for that to actually be an achievable goal a proper storage and organization system in required. Get rid of the clutter on your desk by using your walls as much as possible. Pegboards, shelves and hooks are just a few of the options. Find the combination that best suits your space and your needs. In case you need some inspiration, check out cravingsomecreativity.
Wall Hanging Bins
Creating a custom storage system for your craft room supplies can sometimes prove to be surprisingly easy. A perfect example is the craft paint organizer featured on sugarbeecrafts. It shows how easy it is to take a few bins and screw them onto a board, turning them into storage cubbies. You can then have the entire board attached to a wall so you can keep your workspace clean and clutter-free.
Washi Tape Stand
It’s really nice to have everything nice and organized when you’re working on projects. It makes it easy to find everything you need exactly when you need it and that applies to small items too. For example, this is a little storage rack designed to hold tape rolls. You can make something like this yourself just by repurposing a wooden jewelry holder. You can paint just to give it a more polished look. The whole process is explained on consumercrafts.
Wall hanging yarn holder
A nice-looking frame can also be of great help when setting up all the little details in your craft room. You can incorporate it into a custom-made holder and organizer for all your little rolls of twine. This could also work ribbons and other similar things. If you like the look of this organizer from damasklove, this is what you need in order to make a similar one: a laser cut frame, some 1” brass plated cup hooks, a few square dowels, circular dowels and some small nails.
Craft Room Island DIY
As mentioned before, the table or the desk is the central piece of furniture inside a craft room. Chances are you’ll need to make something custom which shouldn’t really be a problem. It’s actually quite easy to make a craft table. You can use small bookcases as the base elements and simply add a tabletop that has the desired shape and size. All the details of the project can be found on organizeyourstuffnow.
Narrow Rolling Cart
In order to make the most of your craft room it’s important to use every little bit of space at your disposal. In order to achieve that sometimes you need to be quite clever. Here for example there was just a slim nook between the cabinet and the wall. It turned out to be just right for this rolling storage unit. Check out simplydesigning for more details.
Organized Craft Room Wall
The little details and accessories that you add to your craft room are just as important as all the big furniture pieces. In fact, they sometimes change the room quite drastically. Take this area for example. It wouldn’t be the same without the open shelves, the pegboard and all the other little things on this wall. This is a really great dose of inspiration coming from craft-o-maniac.
Honey Comb Shelves
There’s no reason why your craft room storage area can’t be practical and good-looking at the same time. You can achieve this combination quite easily when working with shelves. These hexagon-shaped shelves for example look nice by themselves but also when displayed in groups. If you put several on display you can create a cool honeycomb pattern. Check out hazelandgolddesigns for inspiration.
IKEA Hack Cart
Storage carts are really cool too. They’re super practical because you can move them around with ease and with very little effort. This cart full of craft supplies featured on littlehouseoffour is a perfect example. Each tier is labeled which makes it easier to organize all the items. Adding something like this to your own craft room should be really simple.
Another nice project you can do for your craft room is a furniture makeover. Take an old cabinet, give it some fresh coats of paint and you can turn it into a lovely addition to your craft room. This cute little locker featured on akailochiclife might inspire you to try a similar transformation. Each of its modules now has a different color and that looks really cool.
Craft Paint Storage in Wooden Drawers
Here’s another super clever idea: turn an old drawer into a storage system for your craft room. You can use some leftover wood piece to make little shelves or dividers for the drawers. When you position them vertically they’ll look like little shelving units. The idea for this ingenious little project comes from sadieseasongoods.
White Pegboard Organizer
As you might have noticed, pegboards are quite popular and for good reason. They’re really practical and they can be accessorized in tons of different ways. With that in mind, it might be time for you to take on this rather simple project and to do make a pegboard organizer for your own craft room or workspace. The whole process is described in detail on cravingsomecreativity.
Simple Craft Room Storage And Organization Systems
Now that you’ve seen a few examples of how you could possibly organize and decorate your craft room we should check out a few specific products. One is this rolling organizer which has a bunch of storage drawers that you can fill with all sorts of supplies. The frame is sturdy and durable, featuring 4 casters that can be locked in place whenever needed. The plastic drawers are semi-transparent and have two different sizes, measuring 9.5” x 12.5” with depths of 2.6” and respectively 5.1”.
Modular storage systems are ideal for craft rooms because they can change and adapt based on your needs. A nice example is this set of 9 storage cubes, each with a capacity of up to 15 lb. They can be assembled easily without any tools and they can be connected in lots of different ways. This allows you to create a custom storage system that suits your space and your needs. You can use them to organize and display all sorts of things. The frame is sturdy and made of steel pipes and high-quality connectors and putting together the entire unit is like solving a very simple puzzle.
This is not exactly your typical storage system but definitely looks like a great addition to a craft room. It’s a rotating carousel with a round base that spins 360 degrees allowing you to easily access each side. This organizer comes complete with 9 storage containers. You get six 3” containers and three 6” ones so you can keep all your supplies organized. The overall dimensions of the entire carousel are 11 1/8″W x 6 5/8″H x 11 1/8″D. You can hide it in a cabinet or keep it in plain sight and always accessible.
Hanging organizers are also really practical, mostly because they don’t take up any space on the floor or the work surface. There are quite a few different types to choose from. This one is rather unusual. It’s a double-sided hanging organizer which you can easily keep inside a closet. It fits on standard-sized rods and poles and can hold up to 35 lb. It’s great for storing and organizing wrapping paper and other similar supplies. In total it has ten pockets or different sizes as well as several zippers and hook and loop fasteners.
If you’re looking for a minimalist organizer to add to your craft room, this might be the perfect option. It’s a very simple-looking grid made of painted metal wire. It’s something that you can display on a wall and use as a sort of board or organizer for pictures, notes, samples and other similar things. It takes up little space and it’s really versatile.
We mentioned before that you can accessorize a pegboard and turn it into a customized storage system using containers, hooks and other such things. This right here is a set of storage bins designed to fit all standard-sized pegboards. They attach with metal hooks and they can be installed in any formation based on how you want to organize your craft room supplies. They’re great for holding small items and they have labels. Each bin measures 3.5” X 3.5” X 1.8” and the set is composed on 12 bins in total.
The last craft room organizer on our list is this freestanding cart. It has 15 drawers in total which have two different sizes. The large drawers measure 11. 25″ W x 15. 2″ D x 2. 75″ H while the small ones measure 11. 25″ W x 15. 2″ D x 5. 3″ H. They’re all removable and easy to install and they have an opaque finish which conceals the contents. Four casters allow you to easily push the cart around. This would be a useful addition to a variety of different spaces including craft rooms, offices and garages. Other models are available, with different numbers of drawers and different configurations.
Be it scrapbooking, quilling, painting, making collages, or even knitting, a craft room is a wonderful place to have for the average DIY-er. Who doesn’t love a space of their own where they can close the door behind them? Maybe put on some favorite music, then start rummaging through boxes and drawers filled with their favorite ingredients that are just waiting to be a part of the next project.
How Can I Organize My Craft Room for Cheap?
But what do you do when there’s barely enough money to put a cool craft room together? Can it still be done? Of course, just keep in mind the following bits of advice:
- There are so many things that people tend to throw away that could easily be repurposed, starting with all sorts of recipients. Even if we’re talking about a dull cardboard box. That could easily be turned into a cool-looking storage item with some wrapping paper, scissors, and some tape. Mason jars can be used to store paintbrushes, drawer organizers for socks and underwear can hold your staplers, pins, scissors, and other small office supplies. With a little bit of imagination, you can turn pretty much everything into something that can be used to organize items in your craft room.
- Better space repurposing can go a long way in helping you organize your craft room. Clutter often gets in the way and we feel like we need to buy more organizing and storage items when all we have to do is just a regular clean-up and move some stuff around.
- Shopping for discount items is one of the best ways to organize your craft room for cheap. There are plenty of online and offline stores that have frequent discounts. Plus, here’s a little tip: sometimes you can get really creative and, instead of shopping for that fancy metal container that costs $50, you can buy a cheaper metal trash can for $5 and decorate it to look like the best container ever seen.
- Shopping yard sales doesn’t always pay off, but you can find true gems if you’re persistent. It’s true what they say “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. That means that someone might be throwing out what they believe to be an old nightstand but, for you, it can be painted and decorated to create a hefty storage unit for your crafting supplies.
- Shopping dollar stores is another cost-effective way of getting the stuff you need for a good price. You can find almost anything and, if not, you might be able to find parts that help you build that something you want.
How Do You Organize Your Craft Room?
Now that you have bought, borrowed, made, or repurposed the items needed to put a craft room together, the next question is how do you organize the craft room if you’ve never done this before?
- Planning ahead with notes and sketches is going to save you a lot of time and effort compared to going with the flow. The chances of not liking how stuff is organized are lower this way. Just make a list of all the items you plan to have in the craft room and think about how they can be placed according to the space you have at your disposal.
- Part of this planning process involves knowing what are the interest areas and keeping them in mind while making the room layout. Do you want to store all the items in a special corner or do you need to have them at hand? Is it possible to place the crafting desk or table next to a window to get as much natural light as possible? Or perhaps you’re better off with artificial light. Questions like these need to be in the back of your head while you’re determining the room’s layout.
- Then, consider all the items that you need to store. Do you have enough drawers, cabinets, boxes, and containers for all of them? Do you have room to place them so they’re out of the way when not needed, but accessible when you do? Because if you have to rummage through 10 boxes before finding the pair of scissors you need is a very frustrating option.
- One of the most important parts of a crafting room is the actual surface you’ll be using to craft. It doesn’t even matter what craft we’re talking about, the important thing is that the surface in question needs to be large enough to accommodate the items you need while still giving you space to work. Aside from the crafting surface itself, you need to have an area to move around it, especially when you’re working on projects that require space to move your arm (like sewing).
How Do I Organize My Craft Room with Storage Added?
In most cases, your craft room is going to require additional storage. Don’t be fooled by the idea that your crafting endeavors mostly use items that are small (like in the case of scrapbooking, where you’re mostly working with paper, cardboard, stamps, stickers, and other small items). If you’re puzzled when it comes to organizing your craft room with added storage, here are some ideas that might help you out:
- Vertical space is something that plenty of people don’t take advantage of and this extends beyond the need to lay out a craft room. From bedrooms to kitchens, small spaces require you to get creative and vertical storage can help with that. Even adding simple wooden planks to improvise shelves all the way up to the ceiling can be a great way of making the best out of a small space.
- Another trick is to take advantage of spaces that would otherwise be left unused. Have you ever seen those vertical shelves attached to bathroom doors that allow for tower and bathrobe organizing? You can do the same for your craft room. Use the space you have under the desk, behind the door, on top of a wall-mounted cabinet, etc.
- Rolling carts are great when it comes to organizing a craft room for two simple reasons: they can be pulled out next to your crafting surface so you can have your supplies nearby when you’re ready to start working and they can easily be tucked away when you’re not using them.