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If you enjoy creating projects and crafts as a hobby, or if you need a creative workspace to make the most out of your crafting career; you might be thinking of adding a craft room to your home. Do you have a spare guest room you don’t use? Are you thinking of converting a closet or an area in your basement into a functional and fabulously designed craft room?

When it comes to setting aside some space for your most creative works, there are several ways that you can get it done. Whether you need an organized and spacious space for your projects, or you’re looking to give your kids a fun space to get their hands wet with paint; there are several ideas that can spark your creativity and help you develop the best craft rooms.

From tables and furniture to organization and craft room storage ideas, here’s how to make your craft room the best and most useful crafting room around.

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Craft Room Table Ideas

Want to make the most of an ultra-efficient and super functional crafting table? Add cabinets to your table for a transformative workbench! Some of the most popular craft room table ideas have emerged from turning a cabinet cubby space into a tabletop wonder.

You can add a solid wooden counter to an already existing row of cubbies to turn it into a table. Make sure the table is at the height you need, so that you can be sure to add some chairs underneath the counter to make the space truly your own.

Other ideas for a craft room table include:

  • A long and wide desk with plenty of cubby space on each side
  • Table on sturdy rollers, so that you can take your desk with you while you work in different areas of the room
  • Collapsible wood table with leaflets that can be expanded or reduced on each side, giving yourself the flexibility of having more or less space to work with

Take advantage of a table or a desk space that you aren’t using and transform it into a table to accommodate all of your crafts.

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Craft Room Furniture Ideas

There are plenty of ways you can use different types of furniture to your advantage in a crafting room. You can make the most out of a smaller space by installing shelving units on the walls, or pieces of PVC pipe attached to the wall to hold your pencils, paint brushes, and more.

Having a nice set of cabinets flush against a wall of your room is always a great idea for your craft room, as the odds are you are probably looking to invest in storage. Wooden cabinets or cubbies can go a long way, especially if you have bins and boxes that are able to fit into those spaces. You can improvise by upcycling certain items – like a spice rack, for example – to transform it into a piece of furniture that can store items and also serve as a trendy decorative piece for your room.

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments about my paint shelf with hidden door and my wall mount ironing board. Let’s move on, shall we? I am excited to show you my next project which is my studio craft table.  Let’s be honest, this thing is large, coming in at nearly 40 square feet.  I think I shall call it my craft island.

Before I get started on showing you how I made my huge craft table here are a few options you can purchase if you don’t want to spend the time building it yourself.  There are some great options here that can give you a similar look.


I wanted a project area as large as possible while still being able to have plenty of room to access the cabinets as well as a decent walkway.  I had huge dreams of building drawers but after building my studio cabinets I opted for simple and utilized baskets and open shelves instead.  I tweaked Ana White’s Modern craft table plan to make three oversized bases with a laminate countertop.

On Ana’s plan there was 3 sets of cubbies on one side.  I tweaked her plan to include the same set of cubbies on the other side so it was symmetrical.  That allowed each of my bases to measure 50 1/2” wide instead of 38”.  I made three bases and spaced them evenly apart and then added the laminate countertop.

I used my Kreg Jig to build the whole thing – which makes is sooooo much easier to build.

For each base I cut 2 (1” x 12”) pieces at 32” and two to 49 1/8” and four 34 1/4”. I made pocketholes and attached the shelves to the sides.  Then I added my long 49 1/8” piece onto the top. Next I added the sides, then I added the bottom.

Lastly I added two shelves on both sides of the cubbies and added face frames to everything.  Then I patched, sanded, primed and painted them Liquid Jade by Valspar.

Since I made three bases I could have made the table bigger or smaller by making the space between the bases longer or shorter.  I opted for 36” between each base.  I only bought four bar stools but my kiddos love to sit together and craft so that way I can move two stools and fit them in one of the spots so they are right next to each other.

Next up was finding a table top surface.  I opted for a white laminate top. I hope I don’t regret the decision of going white. The reason I decided to go white was so when I take all of my pictures it would be on a nice white background. The challenge, obviously, is trying to keep it clean. So far, so good, but it definitely takes more upkeep to stay clean than a darker surface.  I have a roll of paper towels, magic erasers, and some Shaklee cleaner on hand at all times.

The laminate was oversized (did you know you can get it in 5’ x 12’ sheets???) so a friend of mine who specializes in working with laminate fabricated it for me. He cut strips of plywood for the countertop to rest on and then we lugged (Holy crap it is heavy!) the laminate piece upstairs and it set perfectly on top.  Then the top was screwed onto the plywood pieces from underneath.

Total cost of supplies for the craft island was $407.35.

But in the end I splurged and bought these barstools.  It was late at night.  I was near the end of my DIY capacity and still under budget and I was tired. But I do love them and they were exactly what I was looking for and I was done DIYing.

I grabbed a bunch of the Byholma Baskets from IKEA ($7.99) as well as some glass jars that I had in my previous studio to organize.

On the kids side of the table I opted for Dollar Tree baskets and old pencil boxes from my days as a teacher.  {giggle}

Many of you are thinking… How do you utilize that middle base?  Aren’t those shelves under the table?  Do you really crawl under there to get your stuff?  Nope.  That is the kids shelves and they think it is the coolest thing ever to crawl under the table to grab their coloring or construction paper.  In fact, I have found my son under there reading. HA!

The kids and I have already spent lots of time up here together creating, which helps me accomplish one of my goals of creating with my kiddos.

I love it, I love it, I love it?  So who wants to come over for a ladies craft night?

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I have been wanting a new desk for my craft room forever.  I asked for it for my birthday (that’s in June) in January.  And again in Feb.  And again and again til the week before my birthday when Trevor had had enough and took to building it for me.  Trevor blogged about the desk on his blog, So I Married a Craft Blogger a couple of times (worth reading!) HERE and then HERE.  You can go there to see the pre-painted version.

Craft Table Inspiration

I wanted the desk from Ana White, found HERE and seen below.  But we had a pretty big space, so Trevor made the top bigger for me (there’s a support board added).  In hindsight, we should have made the shelves bigger as well, because why not!

Craft Table Color

The big debate was what to paint it – oh the decision!  I’m a pretty fun person, so I wanted a fun desk – I really leaned towards turquoise or red because those colors are in my craft room, but I just wasn’t sold.  I finally settled on white.  I put on facebook that you all would never guess what color I painted it – because really, who would guess that I would pick boring white!  But, there was a reason: you know I take a lot of tutorial pictures in my craft room, so if I have a white table, then it’s automatically a nice background.

I just took this as I was making it – my workspace looked like this if you backed the picture out:

Now, I just need to bring in some better lighting, and my tutorials won’t know what hit them!  I did add some fun stencils because I just couldn’t take plain boring white.  They match my plywood rug, which looks as good today as it did the day I made it – holding up great!

So anyways, I had a couple of complaints about my old set-up – – – first, the table was table-height, but when I craft I tend to stand up – so it kills your back.  I needed counter height.  And second, the table had no underneath storage – which I apparently desperately needed.

Craft Desk Shelving

This new desk has lots of shelving storage under it – perfect!  Trevor was trying to whip me into shape and drug me into the office supply store where we bought $50 worth of plastic containers – who does that?!? But I’ll tell you, they’re working wonders….

While at IKEA on vacation, we bought some storage bar and basket things.  We also bought a magnet bar to hold little containers, but somehow didn’t make it home with it – I know I bought it, so I’m wondering if it magnetized itself to the bottom of the shopping cart as we loaded our car and we left it there argh.  So the blank wall space is for when we go on vacation again and find an IKEA to rebuy that item…

Trevor was the one who walked me through organizing, using some Six Sigma Lean Manufacturing thought process – like “what do you use most often” and “group like tools together” – I sat back while he quizzed me down like a hoarder “is there a reason to keep this – will you ever use it….”
I feel the most mind-boggling revelation was that I have a lot of projects laying around.  Trevor would pick something up – “where’s this go” me: “it’s a project, it can’t go anywhere – I’m working on it (and have been for months, right?!?)” after doing that for about 10 things, he’s all “I’m thinking you might need to have a spot for current projects” – hmm, why didn’t I think of that??  So each one of these bins has a single in-progress project in it – genius!!
A  couple of more views of the room:

And just to keep it real – I might have spent a whole week cleaning and organizing my craft room, but don’t get too excited – here’s the view standing in my pristine craft room looking out at the rest of the basement…

But hey, at least one room of the house is clean!!

Craft Room Organization Ideas

Update – we moved!  I still use this Craft Table Desk in my new space – you’ll definitely want to check out my new Craft Room Tour!

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If you love crafting and can’t live without it, I guess you have a special space where you craft. Whether it’s a room or just some nook, you’ll need a special craft table to enjoy what you do. Today I’d like to share some awesome craft tables you can build yourself using these plans and tutorials.

The first one is a beautiful craft table, which is simply a tabletop supported by bookshelves. It has enough storage space and looks cool, plus you can customize it as you want.

This craft table is really large, coming in at nearly 40 square feet. It will allow crafting a lot of things nd it gives you a lot of storage space for all the materials you need.

Hack the Ikea Kallax shelf to build a worktable with a huge surface, convenient craft storage and easy mobility by sandwiching three small storage units between a base with casters and a plywood top with hardwood edging.

The 34″ height is perfect counter stool or standing height, and I love the juxtaposition of the smooth lacquered top and the unfinished wood saw horses. Not to mention you can build it in an hour once you’ve gathered all your materials!

IKEA Expedit shelves and IKEA adjustable table legs can be turned into a cool craft table, good-looking and comfortable in using. Read the tutorial to find how to make one.

This table is ideal for sewing and some other types of crafting. The finished table ends up measuring about 38 inches tall and the table top space measures about 31 x 47 inches.

IKEA Rast dresser can be turned into this amazing table! Add caster wheels to make it mobile and even more comfortable in using.

This counter height project table features two drawers and 18 cubbies to keep all of your crafting supplies handy. By simply building two of the cubby bookcases from the Modular Offfice Collection and adding a desktop, voila! we’ve got a stylish, simple project table.

How to make a custom craft table using Ikea Kallax shelves and a tabletop? This is a DIY table that you can make for your craft room. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea.

Make a cool crafting table from IKEA! Just use liquid nails to add a piece of wood to the underside of the table top to hold it in place between the 2 bookcases. It can be easily taken apart in less than a minute.

This is a cutting table for craft and sewing projects. The base is two Ikea Expedit units (4×2) that are put on their sides and connected together. To connect them together the author used the brackets that come with the Expedits that are meant to connect them to the wall.

This table is made of 2 IKEA table tops connected underneath for the top, to make a total height of 36″ – counter stool height. The author constructed them a little differently than the plans, but no matter how you make them, the idea is the same. The plan is to take them apart and make 2 desks once everyone is too old and cool to do homework/artwork together.

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How to Make a Custom Craft Table


Part 1

Assembling a Basic Craft Table

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    Purchase a blank door slab or desktop to serve as your work surface. Because of their rectangular shape and thick, sturdy construction, these materials make a perfect ready-made top for a DIY craft table. Look for a door slab or desktop that’s around 50–60 inches (130–150 cm) in length and 30–40 inches (760–1,020 mm) wide. This will give you plenty of space to play with and store your crafting materials.[1]
    • You can find blank door slabs and premade tabletops at most hardware stores and home improvement centers.
    • For a custom-size tabletop, you can also pick up a sheet of 34 inch (1.9 cm) plywood and cut it to your preferred specifications.[2]
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    Use a pair of modular shelving units as the base. There are a couple major benefits to opting for modular shelving units over ordinary table legs. Not only do they offer accessible built-in storage, they also tend to be just the right height to allow you to either sit or stand comfortably, which is useful if you spend a lot of time laboring at your craft table.[3]
    • Modular shelving units are available at all major furniture and home goods stores, and come in all different shapes and sizes. Look for a matching set that meets both your storage needs and style preferences.[4]
    • If you happen to find a particularly large shelf that catches your eye, you may be able to get away with using a single unit as your base rather than two separate units.
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    Space your shelving units no wider than the length of the tabletop. Setting the outer edges of the shelves flush with the ends of the tabletop will provide the maximum amount of legroom underneath. Alternatively, by moving them in 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm), you can create a short overhang on both sides, which may be more aesthetically pleasing. Decide on a spacing that best suits your intended use.[5]
    • If you plan on sitting down at your craft table, try to leave at least 30 inches (76 cm) of open space beneath to give yourself plenty of legroom.
    • Use a tape measure to double-check the spacing and alignment of the shelving units before you install the tabletop.
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    Set your makeshift tabletop on top of your base. Once you’ve got the tabletop in position, check to make sure it’s perfectly centered. If you just want a convenient place to tinker with small craft projects, you could simply call it a day here. Otherwise, proceed to fasten your work surface to the shelving units to ensure that it’s stable enough to handle bigger, more involved crafts.[6]
    • For the sake of stability, it’s important to make sure your tabletop is properly positioned, whether your base consists of one or two shelving units.
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    Pre-drill screw holes through both the shelving units and tabletop. Use a power drill to bore a series of holes up through the top of the shelving units and into the bottom surface of the tabletop. If space allows, open up 2 screw holes in each corner where your base meets your work surface to guarantee that they’re secure.[7]
    • The holes you drill should be the same diameter (or very slightly larger) as the wood screws you’ll be using to fasten the table.[8]
    • Be careful not to drill all the way through the tabletop, or you could end up ruining the pristine appearance of your work surface.
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    Screw the tabletop to the shelving units to hold the table together. Now that you’ve drilled your screw holes, all that’s left to do is slip your wood screws inside and tighten them until they’re nice and snug. You can use your drill for this, or do your tightening by hand for a little extra control.
    • Rock your completed craft table back and forth a few times once you’ve got it screwed together. If it feels loose or lopsided, you may need to disassemble it and reset the screws.

Part 2

Customizing Your Craft Table

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    Try out different materials for your base. If storage isn’t as much of a concern for you, you might cut two sheets of 34 in (1.9 cm) plywood to whatever height you need and use them as simple, minimalistic supports. Or, you could repurpose a pair of sawhorses for more of a rugged workshop look. Almost anything can be converted into the bottom half of your craft table, so get creative.[9]
    • Selecting rolling shelves as your base (or screwing on a set of detachable wheels later on) will make it possible to move your craft table from place to place.
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    Leave the back of the table open to make room for a chair or stool. Find a shallow shelving unit long enough span the front of the table, then attach two large table legs to the backside. You’ll then be free to pull up a seat while still having several drawers which you can use to hold small items.[10]
    • You can buy individual table legs at any hardware store. It’s a good idea to pick out legs that are slightly bigger than they need to be so you can cut them to match the height of your shelving unit.
    • Settling for a half-and-half design is a clever solution if you like to do your crafting seated, but prefer a “closed” style and don’t want to sacrifice storage space altogether.
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    Paint your various components whatever color you like. Before you put your table together, brush or spray it with 2-3 coats of water-based paint. That way, you won’t be forced to stick with whatever color your tabletop and shelving units came in. Painting is a quick and easy way to add a splash of personality to your craft table.
    • Let each coat of paint dry to the touch before applying the next one. This will usually take 4-6 hours, but drying times may vary depending on what type of paint you’re using, so be sure to follow the instructions on the label.[11]
    • If you plan on using your craft table in your garage or another open-air space, consider finishing it with a topcoat of clear outdoor varnish to protect it from moisture, scratches, and exposure to the elements.
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    Incorporate other storage solutions to keep your materials organized. The shelves built into the base of your table will work nicely for stashing large materials. To keep up with smaller items like paint brushes, fabric samples, and hand tools, slide baskets onto the shelves and sort your various supplies into them. They’ll function as handy internal organizers.[12]
    • Plastic lidded containers are preferable for storing supplies that could easily be spilled or misplaced, such as loose beads, glitter, paint, and any kind of liquid.[13]
    • Create labels to go on the outside of your baskets and bins so you’ll know what each one holds at a glance.

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  • Depending on the particular style you go with, you should be able to put together a basic craft table in just a couple hours using only $50-200 worth of materials.
  • To make an oversized L-shaped craft table that provides twice the room, simply double your materials and join the short end of one tabletop to the long end of the other.

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