For anyone who is truly passionate about crafts, having a dedicated room for the purpose makes an amazing difference. Access to all the right equipment and materials exactly where they’re needed makes the process much easier – no more retrieving bits and pieces from down the back of the sofa or having to clear a project at a delicate stage off the dining table in time for dinner. No more having to fit around other peoples’ activities in the same space. A dedicated craft room means that the crafter can also acquire the mental freedom that’s needed to concentrate on being creative.
All sorts of rooms can be adapted for this purpose. A spare bedroom is often easiest and may benefit from existing cupboard storage space. A loft space can provide great overhead lighting if there are skylights, but it can be quite an effort to get furnishings and larger pieces of equipment up there. A garden room is ideal in terms of natural light and works well as long as it can be kept warm enough in winter.
Letting in the light
Setting up the right lighting in a craft room is of prime importance, making it possible to focus on the work properly and to see small details. Nothing beats natural light, so a room with big windows is best and mirrors can be used to bounce that light around. Sometimes, though – in the height of summer or when there’s snow on the ground – that light can get too much. Shutters like the ones at Plantation Shutters are a great solution. They don’t get in the way or catch on things as curtains can and they provide fine control over the amount of light entering the room.
For evening work, a good desk lamp is a must, but it’s also important to have enough light in the rest of the room to make finding things easy. A dimmer switch can be helpful in getting the balance right. You can also obtain daylight bulbs, even in the new low-energy versions, that simulate natural daylight.
Setting up storage
Good storage is essential in a craft room. Because many craft items are small, it’s important to keep them well organised so they don’t get lost. Plastic tubs are useful for this – either transparent or carefully labelled ones – and shelving can be chosen to store them. Whilst it’s useful to keep the items that are needed most often closest to the workspace, it’s a good idea to use alphabetical order on the rest of the shelving to make finding things easier.
Alongside shelving, pin boards and hooks on the wall can be useful for many things. A tall storage bin is handy for rolls of fabric; paper or card and wall-mounted rollers are great for ribbon and tape.
The right workspace
Having a good workstation is also important for happy crafting. Exactly what’s needed will depend on the craft involved. For instance, working with fabric or large pieces of paper might mean a large table is needed for spreading things out (extending dining tables are great for this), but some things are universal. These include having an adjustable seat and a table or desk at the right height, a convenient wastebasket and handy nearby storage (shelves or small drawers) for the most commonly needed items. If these details are right, the rest will follow.