Hobbies are a part of your life, and so is the act of creating something that bears the mark of your personality. A lot of people express this by crafting. If that’s you’re interest, it probably makes sense to make some physical space for this area of your life. But, where? And how best to plan a space for crafting?
Interior designer and crafting enthusiast Estelle Page is here to give you the lowdown …
The rise of craft blogs and Pinterest has whet many a DIY appetite. With photos and tutorials of how to do everything from knitting an owl iPhone cover, to Ikea-hacking an accessories stand into a bird feeder, it’s no lie that crafting is on the rise.
So if you’ve caught the bug, you may be facing the dilemma of how to move your crafting off the dining room table (your materials hidden in plastic boxes under said table) and into a more logical, dedicated space.
Even if you have a small apartment or home, it’s perfectly simple to do this with a bit of creativity and some intelligent storage – all you need is a corner of your home to turn into a craft nook.
Step 1: Choose your space
Pick a corner of a room – it could be in your living room, study, or simply the end of the hallway – anywhere you have space to fit a desk, and isn’t under a window, as this limits your storage options. Choose somewhere that has at least two power points, or install another power socket, as its Murphy’s Law that you’ll need to use your glue gun and sewing machine at the same time.
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Step 2: Choose your furniture
When designing for a small space, think vertically rather than laterally. Opt for a desk with a large surface and cupboards or deep drawers over a table, which you will then have to find storage to fit underneath. Above your desk, add wall-mounted, deep cupboards or shelves, or both. Utilize all the space, perhaps adding shelves above cupboards for those items you don’t use so much, but still need to store.
Step 3: Be clever with your storage
Forget about trying to jam your craft materials into conventional storage options – the key here is creativity.
For example, try gluing the screw-off lids of clean preserve jars to the underside of your cupboards or shelving. Fill the jars with all of your little bits and pieces – for example, buttons, large beads, drawing pins and paperclips – label, and then screw onto the suspended lid to keep tidy.
If you use ribbon, mount a kitchen paper towel holder (or four) on your wall and thread on your rolls of ribbon – just make sure they’ll fit first. Use spice racks to store spools of thread or paints, and small wire baskets to store balls of wool on your shelving or in your cupboard. If you work with fabric, use DVD storage boxes, storing the fabric vertically so you can color code and see each fabric at first glance.
Avoid using opaque boxes as your main system, as things tend to get jumbled up or forgotten about unless you have a rigorous labeling system that you stick to. If you have extra space, using display cabinets or a glass-doored sideboard can work well, as you can see where everything is. If you have drawers, cutlery trays or drawer dividers can be a godsend for organizing paintbrushes, pens, pencils and other implements.
Each crafter will find they prefer different storage systems, but as long as you think about exactly what you use on a regular basis, and aren’t worried about having things on show, you’ll come up with the best solution for yourself.
Estelle Page is an interior designer who loves to paint, sew and create her own Christmas cards. She has a small craft nook in one corner of her lounge – and a bigger, slightly messier one in the other corner for her kids!