By now most of y’all know that I love to create. So today I’m going to post a few pics of WHERE I create. It’s still a work in progress, y’all…but I just love my dedicated craft space!
Most of the furniture in this room is from Ikea. I love that we live less than 15 minutes from one. I don’t think my husband is quite as thrilled about this fact. It seems I never can get out of there without a few extra unplanned purchases. 😉
The desk against the far wall in the photo above is made from a table top placed over 2 drawer units. The table in the foreground is another tabletop placed over a shelving unit, laid on it’s side. It took awhile of measuring everything throughout the store to finally find the perfect piece–I wanted it counter-height instead of table height. It works perfectly as a cutting table, and the kids sit at it on stools to work on art projects.
The desk along the wall is cleared off here except for my computer and the hexagonal rotating thingy on the right (purchased in the scrapbook section of Michael’s), but that’s where I set up my sewing machine or serger if I’m sewing, or my Silhouette, or whatever. On either side of that desk are Ikea bookshelves for storage. My favorite part of that side of the room is my framed peg board. I love how it looks with the painted frame, and it’s fabulous for storage of things I need to get to easily but still keep off the tabletops, such as scissors, rotary cutters, Silhouette tools, etc.
In this photo you can see the sideways shelving unit that, along with 2 legs, forms the base of my cutting table. It needs some organizational attention, but there is a good bit of storage room there.
This little corner between the window and the closet holds a taller drawer unit, and a bunch of picture shelves, all from Ikea. The shelves just happened to exactly fit the area between the corner and the closet door jamb, and then I placed another shelf at right angles to those, between the corner and the window. They’re perfect for ribbons, punches, etc. My cutting board doesn’t quite fit that space beside the drawers, but it’s a good fairly out-of-the-way spot for it for now.
I removed the closet door, which for now is hanging out in the attic. It took up too much space swinging out into the room. The closet is a bit cluttered right now, but you can see my stacked paper storage cubes (scrapbooking section of Michael’s again) in there.
This is the wall opposite the one with the desk and peg board. It is composed of 2 short bookshelves, 2 tall skinny bookshelves with doors added, and 4 hanging cabinets all from Ikea. The area in the middle is my design wall for quilting and what-not. It’s basically white felt that I stapled to the wall and then framed with painted wood trim.
Here’s the other side of the cutting table. I can fit several stools under this side that the kids can sit on when they use the table for projects. The room has double doors that lead out into the hallway.
And finally here’s the last corner, containing the bookshelves to the right of the wall desk, and my vinyl storage solution that I posted about here.
Things I love about my space: I love all the white shelving, etc. To me it just looks so nice and crisp and clean! And I love the pops of color added by the 2 frames, and by the colorful supplies that are out in the open. I love the high ceiling–it’s 10 feet in here. And I LOVE my nice, big window that overlooks the backyard.
Things I don’t love about my space: It’s tight. It’s not bad if it’s just me and I’m working on a single project. But if I pull out a bunch of stuff at once, it gets messy quickly. And if 3-4 kids are in here creating with me, it’s really, truly, super crowded.
We are seriously considering moving all of this into the room down the hall that is supposed to be a media room, but is currently being used as Jordan’s and Joseph’s bedroom. My current room is 12’x11′, whereas theirs is 12’x16′ which would allow for much more space for group projects. The big upside is that they would get a closet (the media room doesn’t have one) and the media room also opens directly from the playroom so that’s convenient as well. The downsides are that the media room has a tiny window, and only an 8′ ceiling. So we’re still weighing all the pros and cons.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this little tour of my craft space! And what do y’all think about moving it? Which would you prefer–a smaller space with a big window and lots of natural light, or room to spread out where everyone can work together, but with a serious need for lots of light bulbs. Cast your vote in the comments! 😉