Just about everyone has a hobby of some sort, whether it’s beadwork, woodworking, gardening or sewing. Having a hobby is a satisfying outlet for the mind and hands, helping to take away the stress of the day, as the mind engages in the task at hand. Eventually, however, a hobby may outstrip the kitchen table and need its own dedicated space.
The first thing to consider when designing the workspace is the crafts that are being made or built. Crafts like beading will likely need small containers to separate gems and pendants, a place to store necklace wire and a rack to hold pliers and other jewelry tools. Additional items might include a soldering iron which will need its own safe space when not in use. A logical layout is imperative so craft supplies aren’t in the way of the project at hand. Consider storage needs and give thought to using a workbench as a crafting centerpiece. In addition to providing a dedicated surface for making bracelets and earrings, crafters can keep their materials close at hand.
A dedicated workspace will enable crafters to walk away from their projects for an hour, week or more without having to worry about interrupting their process. Those who have messier projects like repotting plants or tending greenery are free to leave their gardening tools and mulch behind and come back later. There is nothing quite like being able to walk away from a project long enough to make dinner, take a nap or go on vacation, knowing it will be undisturbed upon return. Leaving a project in a half-finished state will make it easier to pick it back up, which is excellent for crafts that need to cool, dry or otherwise rest before being put on display or sold at craft fairs.
To make an art space unique, consider items like corkboards where craft pictures and ideas can be saved. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for the crafty soul. Not only are users able to ‘pin’ images of designs they want to look at later, they can also look at the pinboards of other users. Many people post images of their own personal workspace to share with others. It’s an excellent resource for design ideas when trying to figure out a layout for a craft area. Oftentimes, seeing a craft space through someone else’s eyes will provide the necessary ah-ha moment a struggling crafter may be facing with his/her setup. Pinterest also contains plenty of tutorials, making it an excellent destination for creative types (and even those who don’t identify as such).
If the craft area is inside a spare room in the house, give thought to painting the room a color known to inspire creativity. Switch out store-bought blinds for homemade curtains or window coverings found while browsing thrift stores. Add whatever touches make the space feel special and inspiring, from wall art by favorite painters to sculptures made by the artist’s friends or family. Whatever engages a crafter’s desire to create belongs in the workspace.
Having a dedicated and personal work area makes life easier, more fun and less complicated for the crafter, whether s/he crafts as a hobby or profession. Allow a room in the house or workbench in the garage to be a place where practicality meets imagination and see what develops.
Jessica writes on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves. In her free time, she especially enjoys gardening, knitting and scrapbooking.
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