We all know the agony of cupboards and drawers bursting with yarn, fabric or art materials. Many of us have also experienced the inconvenience of having to shift our half finished work from the kitchen table because it’s time for tea, gathering up a heavy sewing machine or a million tiny beads in order to clear some space.
I need a craft room we cry, promising ourselves that this time we are going to find some dedicated space for ourselves.
Let’s look at three ways then that we can do just that, in order to gain for ourselves a little oasis of crafting calm.
The Existing Room
Is there perhaps a room in your house that has just become a storage space or should we say ‘dumping ground’ for all the things that you aren’t quite sure what to do with. If this is the case then a few hours of pain will bring you literally years of pleasure going forward. Seize the day and decide that you are going to throw away, give to charity or find a new home in the house for anything that has been siphoned away in this room.
If it hasn’t been used in the last year then you don’t need it unless it has sentimental value, in which case box it up and store it in the loft. It’s amazing how much space you can free up if you do this, at the very least there will be space for a craft desk if not a whole craft studio.
The Desk/Cupboard Combination
You can now buy desks which are built into little cupboards, so at the end of the day you can close the doors on any mess. These are great because not only do they allow for a lot of extra storage but when they are closed up they take up very little space. You can fit them into an alcove of a living room or bedroom or maybe even under the stairs.
Some of these are even on wheels so you could pull them out in the day and tuck them away when more space is needed for family life. These are a great option for people with very little space to play with and they can be a lifesaver for your sanity if the chaos is getting you down.
Do you have a good quality shed that could be cleaned out and added some creature comforts to, or maybe an outbuilding, which with some metal cladding added to the roof would make it waterproof? Then you have an ideal space for a craft studio.
For the Winter months you will need some warmth and light, so if it isn’t there already check with a qualified electrician, whether it is possible to run electricity to the building. If you are storing a lot of supplies, you do just need to make sure that during the cold and wet months you aren’t going to get anything destroyed by damp. You should also ensure that is a building that can be securely locked. If not then just use the space for crafting, but store any supplies in the house, at least you have a space to stretch out and work.
Fit your new found studio with some furniture from Freecycle or picked up cheaply online and you are good to go. You could even upcycle some of that furniture yourself using your existing craft skills.
There then are three ideas for where you could find space to craft. If none of these are suitable for you, at least cast a critical eye around your home. You never know, if you are inventive enough you might just find a little space that you can utilize and with all your crafting skills you will soon turn it into a little haven of joy.
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