It is easy to incorporate a craft station or art studio in any type of home. The individual must decide the location within the home for the station, their budget, the style and feeling they want to convey, and the specific functions of the space.
Ideally, everyone will have an unlimited budget to redesign the space of their dreams. Since this scenario is highly unlikely, as well as not challenging enough, a planned budget needs to come into play. The following are helpful tips on minimizing your budget:
- Write your spending limit (so you do not “accidentally” forget). Take into account your general budget, as well as the priority of this project.
- List all of the items that you want and need (i.e., storage accessories, table, new desk, supplies, etc.). Write a conservative estimate price for each item on your list (research this first). If the total estimated cost fits within your budget, you are ready to plan your design! However, if the total estimated cost outweighs the predetermined budget, then minimize the list by crossing out those items that are currently unnecessary.
- Think outside the box. Items that are especially designed for craft storage or furnishings are likely to have a greater price tag. Look for containers that will fit your paint brushes or stamps, yet were specifically designed to hold these.
- Think of the desired function. Will you only be using the space to wrap presents? Will you be using the space to paint and sketch? Will you be scrapbooking or creating other crafts?This will determine the items you will actually need, and in doing so, will decrease the total cost.
Location, location, location!
Choose an available space that will best serve the desired function. Obviously, the smaller the home, the harder it is to find available space. However, if you have a spare room that can be entirely devoted to a craft room or art studio, then you are in luck (although your budget will likely increase). Since the previous scenario is rare, the following are suggestions of spaces to incorporate an area for creativity:
- Guest bedroom: A room can easily double as a craft room and as a guest room by placing a desk/table and a bed in the same room. Use half of the dresser for your craft storage, and/or use a bookshelf to display decorative boxes that hold your supplies.
- Children’s playroom: Share your space with your little ones while simultaneously teaching them creativity. Devote a corner to your station, in which you place a table/desk, shelves, and seating. Include a child’s size table and children’s art supplies within reach. Ensure that dangerous or delicate items are placed on higher shelves (out of the child’s reach). This would be a great way to start a tradition and increase parent-child bonding.
- Office: The easiest room in a home that can double as a craft room or art studio is a home office. Simply, place an art easel in a corner or use the office desk for crafts. Remember, storage for supplies can be hidden away in decorative boxes in bookshelves within your library.
- Kitchen: Use a pantry cabinet to store all supplies and use the kitchen table as a work station. Once meals are ready to be served, return supplies back to the pantry.
- Laundry room: If your laundry room is spacious, you can install a counter (some already have a folding counter), kitchen island, or general table to be used as a work station. A laundry room may be the best option if the function of your space is to do small crafts, wrap presents, make gift baskets, etc.
If space is highly limited, think of using a dining table as a “pop-up” work station. Place all supplies in a credenza in the dining room, and/or trunks or ottomans in the living room. The key is to attempt to utilize all space available. In small spaces, it is best to store vertically (i.e., plenty of shelving).
What’s your style?
The style you will want to convey all depends on the location of your work station. For instance, if sharing a room in a playroom, the style of your space will probably be whimsical. The following are tips to narrow your style:
- You do not have to choose just one style. If you like French Country, yet would like to incorporate a world travels atmosphere, or a retro look, combine all of the ideas into one. Select the predominant style (if any) and include most of the items in the room that resemble that specific design. Rate your preferred styles and coordinate the items in the room to create your ideal balance.
- If you are clueless as to what style you would like to incorporate, draw inspiration from other rooms in your home. You can also create a mood board.
- The craft room does not have to be a feminine space. Juxtapose gender-specific items to create the perfect balance that welcomes everyone into the room (or the opposite can be used as a repellent). Combine dark, masculine tones with lighter, feminine colors (i.e., espresso with light yellow or ivory). Mix accessories, such as airplanes and butterflies. Since craft supplies are generally feminine (glitter, embellishments, scrapbooks, rhinestones, etc.), add more masculine accessories and storage pieces (i.e., metal canisters, metal crates, industrial-themed items, etc.).
If storing your craft supplies in a kitchen pantry, the containers used do not have to be easy on the eyes. Plastic shoe boxes and other plastic bins can be used to store anything from paint to stamps. Binders can be used to organize stickers and other embellishments (with sheet protectors and/or folders), magazine files can be used to store paper, and cans can be used to hold pens and pencils.
Consider yourself lucky if you can find an affordable library catalog cabinet. This piece of furniture is reaching extinction. However, they can serve as alternate storage for craft room supplies, as well as a conversation piece and decorative item. These can easily store stickers, pens, embellishments, photos, paint, etc. Decorative boxes are also another form of hiding those supplies that will not serve any decorative purpose (i.e., glue, sticker sheets, etc.).
Storage for display
Apothecary jars are ideal for displaying supplies that are easy on the eyes, such as stamps, pencils, paint brushes, etc.). Choose tall apothecary jars to hold writing instruments or rulers, and short ones to store stamps and other small pieces. Mason jars, kitchen glass containers, shadow boxes, and glass cabinets can be used to store your favorite pieces.
Remember the basics
Ensure that you have adequate space to work, as well as plenty of seating (particularly if you plan on interacting with others while working on your crafts). Also, reduce your response-effort and place supplies within reach.
Multitask the decor
Take advantage of the space and showcase your collection of clocks (or shot glasses, robots, coins, stamps, bottles) that you have been waiting to display. Every space needs a tad of impractical!
Do not forget the walls
If storage is limited, remember to use the wall space above the desk or table to store supplies in decorative containers. A group of stacked small shelves can be used for bottles, boxes, etc. Michael’s sells wall storage systems that are designed for craft storage.
An apothecary cabinet is ideal for storage like the library catalog; however, unlike the library catalog, it is more readily available. Convert an apothecary cabinet into a library catalog by replacing the knobs with metal label holders. These can be found in any hardware store.
Bins and baskets
If you do not have the luxury of drawers, use bins or baskets to store supplies. The supplies will still remain hidden, while easily accessible. Place metal label plates on bins to organize supplies without sacrificing a sophisticated look. Mini chalkboards tied to a ribbon can also be used to label baskets. Canvas or cardboard tags can be used instead.