For many of us, creating a craft space/room is a dream we have yet to turn into a reality. If you long for a space dedicated to your hobbies this Mother’s Day, here are a few things to ask yourself as you begin planning a craft space.
1. What space do you have available?
Often, finding space is the biggest challenge. If you’re lucky, you may have a spare room or guest bedroom that could double as a craft room. Otherwise, you’ll need to think outside the box to find space that will work for your craft room. What areas of your home are currently unused or underused? Be creative when looking for a home for your craft room. Look for potential space under a staircase, in a corner of the family room, inside the closet, in the garage or even consider integrating it right into the dining room or living room using multifunctional furniture and storage options!
2. How will the space be used?
The type of crafts you will be using the space for can drastically change your craft room needs. For instance, if you quilt, you will need a lot more work and storage space than someone who’s hobby is digital scrapbooking. If the space will be used by more than one family member with different hobbies, you will need to consider the storage, equipment and workspace needs for each individual hobby. Before you begin planning your craft room, make sure you have a clear outline on how you intent to use the space.
3. What type of work space will you need?
How much work space will you need for the activities that will take place in this room? What type of work surfaces will you need? Depending on your craft, this could be a desk, a table, a specialized surface like a pottery wheel or even just your lap. Will you even need a work surface in your craft room? For example, if your hobby is crocheting or cross stitching and you sit on the living room couch while working, you may not need a work surface at all. When space is limited, consider how you can integrate existing surfaces as your work surface. For example, add some creative storage options to your dining room and it could double as a craft room with the dining table becoming the work space.
4. What will you need to store?
Storage is generally one of the two main reasons we want a craft space. We want our supplies to be organized and easy to access, all in one convenient location. When planning storage options, you will need to consider supplies, equipment and finished pieces. You will also need to plan for any special storage needs that your supplies may require – refrigeration for example. Create a list of the different equipment and supplies you will need to store and come up with a storage plan that leaves room for growth in the future.
5. What type of environment do you want to create?
The second reason we want a craft space is often because we want a place where we can go, shut the door, and engage in our favourite hobbies. Of course, this is not always the case. You need to know what type of environment you want to create. Do you want a space that is your private escape or a space that is a fun area for the whole family? Do you want a space that is just for you or a space with room to gather with other friends for a regular girls’ craft night? Are you looking for a space that offers both storage and work space or just somewhere to store supplies when you aren’t using them?
6. What makes you feel inspired/creative?
Unless your craft room is just used for storage, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in this room and you’ll want to make sure it is a place you enjoy spending time in. With everything from colour to furniture to decor accents, it’s important to consider how each element will affect you and your mood. Where do you feel the most inspired or creative? Do you want a bold, bright coloured space with fun decor elements or a soft, romantic space that is feminine and calming? Consider surroundings that best fit your creative style and choose colours and accent pieces accordingly.