Having a room dedicated to craft projects is every crafter's dream. But now that you've got one, you have to make it usable for your needs. Organising a craft room is not that much different from organising any other room. Craft room furniture has specific functions the same way that a couch has a different use than a side table. Arranging craft room furniture in a manner that is both attractive and functional takes a little thought and planning but the joy of having a room just for making things is well worth the effort.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Graph paper
- Tape (optional)
Measure your room and draw the dimensions out onto a piece of graph paper. Tape several pieces together for a larger working surface, if that's easier for you.
Mark on the graph paper where all of the fixed lighting and electrical sockets are. You don't want to arrange all of the furniture and then realise that you put your work surfaces ten feet away from an outlet.
Measure your furniture, and make to-scale paper cutouts. This is the quickest way to organise a room, because it is a lot easier to rearrange paper cutouts of furniture than to rearrange the real thing.
Set one large table aside for work that requires standing or spread-out supplies. This table can also be used for group projects, or as a place to wrap gifts or mail packages.
Group like items with like items. For example, if you have two soft chairs, set them catty-comb to each other in a corner so that you can sit with a fellow crafter to plan out a quilt, make lists, or chat and do handwork that doesn't require a flat surface.
Keep all supply shelves in one place. It is easier to be creative if your materials are organised and stored in one section than if they are scattered about the room.
Place things where they make the most sense. An easel or potter's wheel should go near a sink to make washing up easier, while a table with lighting would be better placed in the darkest corner of the room.
Leave enough space in the room to move around. Be aware of sharp corners when placing tables so that you can walk around the room without bumping into things or having to squeeze through tight spaces.
Tips and warnings
- Tuck a low table and chairs near a window if you have junior crafters who will be sharing the room.
- Never overload an electrical socket or extension cord. Organise your furniture so that plugs can be used safely.
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