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« on: October 22, 2007 10:48:55 AM »

We're buying a house (we're currently renting a tiny place) and that means that after it's built next summer I'm going to have a whole room for just crafting and sewing!  Sweet!

What are your best, gotta-have-it craft room decorating and/or storage ideas?
Go nuts!  Nothing in the room has been decided yet - I even want to replace my old shaky desk with something less rickety to put my sewing machine on.

I already want to put all my fabrics on these fabric organizers since I've seen them used elsewhere on Craftster and they look totally awesome.  They don't look like they'd work really well for faux furs or bulky fleece, but hey, it's a start!  Wink

Other than that, it's going to be so nice to be able to do whatever I want in my craft room!   Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 10:09:27 AM »

Want a sturdy sewing and crafting area?  Use an old wooden door with standing shelves for legs.  It gives you a super roomy sewing area for those big projects and if you put the sewing machine on one end and have the other half of the door as open space for other crafts, that way you'll never have to move your sewing machine. 

I do a lot of beading projects and other projects that require small pieces.  I used to keep them in plastic separated containers that I would stack in the corner, but recently have moved them all into small jars with hinged lids that I found for $1.00 each at Michaels.  If you have baby food jars that would work great too.  But I separated all small items into the jars and not only are the items  easier to see and find what I'm looking for, but the colors of the items in the jar add color and interest to the room. I simply lined them up against the wall on the back of my door desk.  Easy to see and easy to use. 

Those are the two that ideas that I have been awesome for me, but I'll look around my craft room and see what else I can see.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2007 09:04:27 AM »

my mom finally got her craft room organized to her liking!

she started by figuring out what she would be doing most often, and worked around that.

In her case that is sewing - so her sewing area is closest to the window and everything was organized around her sewing habit, LOL!

she put in sturdy shelves and cabinets overhead, and pull out drawers underneath - big and small - and a wider counter with a big cutting board area on one side, and on the other part of the counter it is more like a built in desk, except it is for her sewing machine to sit on (it is an L-shaped counter space)

those fabric organizers are great! she has her fabrics on hangars in an open closet and in totes

for tiny things she uses tackle box organizers, and drawer inserts that fit into the drawers in her cabinets

it is almost like having a pantry/office except it is for crafts!

someday I will have that nicely organized a set up - for now I have book cases and tackle boxes and craft organizers and bags of yarn...

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2007 03:04:01 PM »

I love my Ikea work table.  Its the Vika Blecket (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S39836264), and it has a little glass panel in it that is great for tracing.  I hate cutting up my patterns, so I am always tracing them onto tissue paper.  The table is great for that.  I don't use the same legs the picture shows.

I have a pegboard also.  I'm not sure I utilize it as well as I could, but I like it.  Here is a pic of both my table and the pegboard.

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2007 05:27:27 PM »

Yay for you! I wish I had asked for ideas! Kiss

I really like having cabinets to hide all the little stuff and keep it organized, so if it's a room you can permanently use just for crafting, that would be good. (If the room might become a nursery or child's room, maybe not such a good idea and bedrooms with builtins can be a problem when it comes time to sell.) I have a little 8 x 12 "office" just off the kitchen with these cabinets:


I didn't know about the really cool ikea table rubytue has when we built our house almost 12 years ago, so my husband did this for me.


He used a cutting board from Home Depot that's meant to be set into the counter and had the counter guy cut the rounded rectangle.  Then hubby use flourescent lights and scrap wood to build a light box underneath. There's a regular wall light switch to turn it on. I covered the clear cutting board with replaceable white con-tac paper so it doesn't blind me. (There was a white cover already on it but an overzealous prep guy scraped it off!)

Also, I painted the wall right behind the light board is painted with that iron-ore "magnetic" paint underneath the color wash. It's a fun memo wall.

I have a hinged peg board made using a cast-off frame, too. Very useful:


I WISH I had
--set a ruler or something into the counter. I make do with some stick-on ruler tape that has to be replaced every so often.
--figured a way to have a fold-down table
--planned more room. I'm a writer, so I made the office for my writing/library, not recognizing the craftster lurking within!

If you don't know about the thread of people's trials with their crafting rooms already on craftster, take a peek at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112209.0

You might find some ideas you like and learn what to avoid, too!

Good luck and have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2007 05:30:46 AM »

graced ~ I'm so envious of all those cabinets and shelves!  My teeny room could do with a few more doors which could be closed on the chaos within.  The hinged frame as pegboard is brilliant too.
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2007 09:31:45 PM »

piratelibrarian--
Thanks! The hinges are what you get when you realize you can't bear to poke holes in your built-ins to hang it from. It's amazingly durable. I was lucky to get it level (my carpentry skills are woeful for the grandchild of a carpenter) and amazed that it has stayed that way.

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2007 06:15:25 PM »

I like those organizers but and broke so ---I had a vintage crib that can't be used for a baby anymore... I use the sides  standing on end and leaning towards one another like a teepee and I fastened them together using plastic tie thingys from the hardware store threaded through some holes on each (sorry my explanation isn't great) and I have my fabric hanging on that....you could probably also mount them on a wall. Works well for many thicknesses of fabrics and I can  make the teepee wider and skinnier depending on my four year olds interest in hiding inside as it still works as a playtent too.... and I plan on making an easel out of the two ends  someday. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2007 12:26:21 AM »

I like those pegboards, but they don't seem very common in the UK, I did a google search, and they had some for 200 which is just outrageous.  Does anyone know where I can get some pegboard in the UK for a reasonable price?
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2007 04:51:36 AM »

Holy cow! I think my husband paid about $4 US for that 4x5 sheet of pegboard at our local DIY store! We just cut it to fit the frame, then he stuck the unframed part up in his shop.

Do you have any DIY home centers where you can buy lumber, etc.? You could buy a piece, then either leave it unframed (probably mounted on screws and not screwed flat up against the walls) or cut it to fit into a cheapie bulletin board's frame.
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