I just love to see what people do for craft room makeovers! I stumbled across Beckie’s newly renovated room over at Infarrantly Creative! What I love is that she actually built many of the fantastic features! Besides that, her new space is so open and inviting!
How’s that for inspiration?! I love a room that is uncluttered, but yet, where everything is easily accessible!
See all those cabinets along the wall? She built them! Here’s a peek at what’s been organized inside:
And that paint shelf you see? It’s actually a door!
I hope I have your curiosity going now! You really need to go check out the rest of her reveal because it is FULL of ideas, inspiration and how-to’s!
My craft space is also my office, so I get really inspired by craft rooms that do double duty, that might look like an office but are also really just well-organized creative spaces.
I’m kind of in love with the pretty space that Amber from Damask Love works in, which once again makes me weep a little inside that I live in a state without an IKEA.
That’s where all this lovely furniture came from: the tables, chairs, drawers and even the big tower storage units. So streamlined, and you get a lot of storage in a little space, which is great.
I love the idea of using traditional “office” supplies in a crafty way, which she does with her rolling file cart turned storage for card stock, acrylic stamping blocks, paper trimmer and more supplies that a card maker needs to have always at hand.
This room also has a fold-out couch for guests, which makes a comfy spot for reading, brainstorming and doing work that doesn’t require the desk. You can see from the overhead shot that it’s not a huge space, but it’s really well planned and looks cozy, not cluttered.
Which is exactly the kind of inspiration I need for my office/craft area.
Another thing I love in this space is the little floating shelf on which she displays her magazine covers and current favorite creations. You can bet if I ever get any magazine covers I’m installing a shelf to show them off!
I recently became the proud owner of a wooden crate that I bought as a photography prop, but while I’m not using it for photos I need to use it for something, so I decided I’d take a closer look at different ways to use crates to store crafty items.
Hang Crates as Shelves
Yes, I already talked about hanging crates on the wall, but I had to bring it up again because I just came across these lovely pastel painted crates from Thea’s Mania (which is not in English; you can also find them on Apartment Therapy).
She used them in an entryway to store shoes off the floor, which is completely adorable, but wouldn’t they look awesome stacked high with fabric or yarn, too?
Stack as Shelves
The Rusty Hinges Blog has a great roundup of ways to use crates as shelving when stacked together. I love this look for a collection of arts and crafts books with a few pretty, inspirational items mixed in.
Use as Drawers
Of course you can also go the other way and use the crates as drawers or “baskets” on an existing shelf. This picture from Imperfect Homemaking actually uses crates to contain items in a laundry room, but you could use the same concept in your crafting area.
I particularly like this one because of the labels made with chalkboard paint so you know what’s inside since you can’t see through the crate. Bonus: making the labels is crafty!
What I’m Doing, For Now
It’s a happy coincidence that my crate fits exactly in the space between my filing cabinet and the door of my office, so for now I have it stacked with some books that I intend to review soon. This keeps them all corralled and visible so I remember what I have, which is a big help when I’m trying to review a bunch of books in the same genre or with the same theme.
Do you use crates for storage in your crafty space? I’d love to know how you use them!