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Creating Your Dream Craft-Room in a Tiny Spare Room

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Craft roomThe day has finally arrived. After 28 years of raising kids, the last one has moved out and now you finally get to do something with the spare room that he’s leaving behind. Having your own craft room–a quiet, sanctuary for you to sew, knit, rubber stamp or scrapbook away in–has always been on your list of features of your dream home. No need to move just to get a craft room, even the tiniest of spaces can be put to use as a place to do your work and store your supplies. Use this list to get started with transforming the empty room into one that’s full of energy and creativity:

Out With the Old

Change out the flooring, and paint the walls right off the bat. Once you have the ugly carpet replaced and paint the walls a color that isn’t neon, you’ll be able to better the space as your craft room rather than Jimmy’s old room. Use light colors to give your room a more spacious appearance. You may also want to swap out the light fixtures for ones that give off more light so that you can easily see your work.

Create Some Privacy

If the spare room is on the first floor, you’ll certainly want proper window treatments that will give you privacy from passersby, or just as a way to block out some of the afternoon sunshine. The Shade Store has drapes that come in more than 400 materials, so there are always options that will work. If your walls are a solid color, you might opt for a patterned or printed curtain. If your spare room has a closet that would function better without doors, just remove them and hang long curtains in their place.

Use the Walls for Storage

To get the maximum use out of your craft room, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the walls. They may not be great for holding things you use regularly, but for random scraps of fabric, old bottles of paint, or supplies for a craft that you’re not currently interested in, it’s a great solution. A tutorial from TLC suggests that you hang a peg board near your craft table or desk, for those often used items like scissors and tape measures. This way, the items aren’t cluttering your work area, but are easy to reach. Before you hang it up, consider painting it so it doesn’t look out of place. If you use an ironing board frequently, an article from the Washington Post says that it’s easy to mount on the wall, leaving precious floor space for other necessities.

Organize Your Supplies in Clear Containers

Why spend ten minutes rummaging through ugly cardboard boxes looking for that piece of fabric or ball of yarn that you need? Over the course of a year, you can save dozens of hours–which equals more craft time–if you keep your supplies in clear containers, as an article from Real Simple suggests. For yarn and fabric, you can use clear plastic boxes or zippered bags. For paper, you can use markers and ink. Storage containers that have multiple drawers can be used, while organizing each drawer by color. Beads and buttons can be put in glass jars, and to save space, Good Housekeeping suggests that you securely attach the lid of the jar to the bottom of a shelf. That way, all you need to do is unscrew the jar to access the contents.

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