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« on: July 25, 2007 05:24:16 PM »

Help!  I have a small, ratty apartment and I'm trying to figure out a workable place to do my scrapbooking and other crafty endeavors.  My current arrangement is to sit on the floor and use a little end table as my work surface, but that's obviously not great.  Any ideas would be most awesome.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2007 12:27:36 PM »

Do you have a desk or dinner table or anything? That would get you off the floor atleast. Even a dresser - as long as its cleared off and you have a chair to sit in will work. If you have the space and the money, I've found that second hand stores are great places to shop for those pieces of furniture. Even if they don't look pretty to begin with - as long as they're stable - you could always fix it up!

The only thing will be storage for those. You could get those plastic sterlite containers on wheels and keep your things in there and then roll them around to where you need them.

I actually scrap on the floor right now too. I have an actual (fabulous) craft desk top but its too large for my current living arrangement so its in storage at my dad's.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007 03:53:15 PM »

Uh, I have a desk, but it is currently buried under about 6 big, ugly plastic bins full of my boyfriend's crap.  We went through one of them, but it's really hard to get up the momentum to do so.  How do I motivate my bf to get all that STUFF organized? 
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007 12:33:34 AM »

One of the huge plastic bins they sell for seasonal storage at the big box stores and a lap-desk with storage has worked well for a friend of mine.  As long as you have the floor space for the bin, you can pull it out and stash it fairly easily.

Example of giant bin:
http://tinyurl.com/25r5n8

Example of lap desk with storage:
http://www.grovergear.com/lap-trays.html

Or get a small box for storage of currently active supplies and use a huge lap desk:
http://tinyurl.com/32cqwr
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007 11:09:13 AM »

I use a card table that I can colapse when I'm not crafting.  I have all my crafting supplies in a plastic bin, my scrapbooking stuff in a large crop tote, and my yarn in bins under my bed.

Crafting in tiny spaces really does suck. I wish there really WAS a magic system to make it work!

Oh, I did see in a catalog, though now I can' remember which, this sort of folding work station on casters. It basically colapsed down to the size of the drawers, which were 12" wide and I think it was as tall as a plastic set of drawers is.  It had a table top that folded down for when you aren't using it.  Next time I go to my aunt's, I'll try to check her catalogs and see if I can spot it.  Harriet Carter comes to mind, but I'm not sure.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007 06:47:01 PM »

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I have a small apt too, what i did was got a peg bord and put it up in  my bed room and i put a small table under it and then i put all the rest of my stuff in a wall unit around my tv in my bed room. maby this will work for you too.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2007 05:35:53 PM »

I have one of those cube units
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40047675

They sell them at Ikea and at Target - Target is 1/2 the price then Ikea and are stocked for Back to School shopping now.  The nice thing about these, is you can buy fabric cubes to use as "drawers" and store your craft things in them but it also looks neat and nice if you have guests overs.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007 03:03:10 PM »

I have a rolling cart kind of like this one:
http://altura.speedera.net/ccimg.catalogcity.com/200000/204800/204857/Products/12153020.jpg

The top is a workspace and the drawers underneath are great for storage.  And when I don't want to use it, I can roll it into the closet so it's out of the way.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007 03:19:35 PM »

That is an awesome use for a kitchen island on wheels Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007 02:28:46 PM »

I keep most of my scrap stuff in a flat tub under a long folding table in the office (spare bedroom) which is already packed.  That way it is easy to put it all away and the tub can go under a bed if I need it to.
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