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Most avid craft lovers have one thing in common: tons of crafting stuff and not enough space to put it all. If your craft room is a mess of spilt buttons, tangled ribbons, unraveled thread, wrinkled fabrics, dried glue, and glitter glistening on every crevice, don’t fear. You’re not the only one. And because of this ever-so-common crafting problem, we’ve compiled a list of tips to keep your crafting room or space as organized as possible.

  • The main tip is to utilize every possible storage space. If you’re limited with craft space try hanging baskets from the ceiling. For inexpensive drawers, find some clear plastic drawer sets at a local store and use the drawers to keep materials out of the way, but still easily in sight. When utilizing space, try to build vertically by placing shelves along all the available wall space.
  • Invest in the perfect craft desk for your space. Look for one that provides lots of storage and work space, but also feels comfortable, and fits well within the room. If the craft desk doesn’t have enough storage, you could always place a small filing cabinet beneath the desk.
  • Place a bulletin board over your craft desk so you have a place to tack up papers, tutorials, inspirational photos, and other instructions you may need while crafting.
  • Keep the tools you use the most close at hand. Have a special basket designated to scissors, glue and other tools that will always be in easy reach of your work space.
  • You can also create a tool rack by mounting a piece of wood to the wall and then securing hooks to the wood to hang your most used tools for easy accessibility.
  • Organize fabrics and other materials in boxes that are clearly labeled so you can find specific fabrics with ease. Have a box for pastel materials, prints, bold colors, etc.
  • Keep ribbons, cords and threads on rods that can be attached to the wall, or tucked away in a closet. This will keep them organized and not in a tangled mess.
  • Finally, make sure to spend a few minutes at the end of every craft session tidying up your area so it stays neat and organized.

After implementing these tips you should be well on your way to an organized craft room. Now it’s time to get creative!

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Thinking of creating or upgrading a craft room? Watch my progress and see my ultimate craft room plans for inspiration!

It’s no secret I love to craft. A few years ago I updated my basement and turned it into a sewing studio, complete with huge tables for pattern cutting, a custom-designed fabric storage system, and filing drawers for patterns. But that space is for sewing. Since I began to refocus on this blog, I’ve been doing all my crafting here in my office. You may have seen photos and videos of it already — every time I do a Facebook Live video, I’m sitting at my desk in my office. Well, I’ve decided it’s high time to turn my office into an ultimate craft room.

Check out the source list for my craft room plans later in this post!

I don’t need all this office space I have just to work — all I need for that is my desk (you can find that tutorial here) — and most of it is going to waste. But I could use this space to organize my craft materials, which are growing rapidly, and create more places to do and make things.

It’s going to be a big job. My office still looks like a family room! Here’s what it looked like right before we moved in (that’s me with Alex when he wasn’t quite 1-year-old).

But, as they say, the journey of a 1000 steps begins with one. So here I am, announcing my craft room plans to the world. I’m keeping my awesome travel desk and my lightbox — and of course the built-ins all stay — but everything else goes! I think I’m even going to paint! I am SO EXCITED!

Here’s what my office/craft room looks like now, sans all the furniture (and with a whole lot more “craftermath”):

My office/craft room is about 14 feet by 20 feet, so approximately 280 sq. ft. It’s not the biggest space, but certainly not small either. The room has a wall of built-in shelves, a fireplace with mantel, a large sliding glass door that goes out onto my deck, and my closet nook with a built-in bench, desk, and more shelves. It also has lovely wood floors and even some wood crown moulding that we installed after we moved in. There’s a reason why I moved my office here (it used to be in the basement).

Here’s a floor plan of my space. I think there’s plenty of potential here!

My Craft Room Plans

So, what am I going change?  Oh, where DO I start? Let me go through the list with you.  If you fall in love with some or all of the items you are seeing and want some for yourself, I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Here is my craft room plans mood board:

  • Thecolor palette. I’m going for accents of turquoise and red (do you recognize those colors from my blog header?) on main colors of white and aqua. Feminine and powerful, like me. Rawr!
  • The walls. Two walls are goldenrod, another wall is dark red, and another one is white. I like the colors still, but they are much more appropriate for a room you socialize in than for a room you craft in. I need to lighten up this room and open it up. So I’m going to paint the walls a light aqua, like the background of the mood board shown above. I think it will go wonderful with all the white shelving.
  • The crown moulding. It’s a lovely oak, but it’s just not going to go with my aqua and white scheme. So I plan to paint the moulding and the trim around the windows white. You can see how I think that will look in the lower right corner of my mood board.
  • The fireplace. Ugh, I’ve always disliked this ’70s fireplace. Such dark and boring brick. I’m either going to paint it all white and cover parts of it with white wood, like the fireplace shown in my mood board, or I’m going to reface it with tile. If I get stuck, I’ll just paint the whole thing white. We also plan to build waist-high cabinets that extend outward from the built-ins on either side of the fireplace. I want to hide that big brick shelf as much a possible AND use all the possible space.
  • The lighting. The room has only two little track lights (those are the blue lights you see above the fireplace). They are super wimpy and need to go — this room needs more lighting. I’m madly in love with the seafoam teal light shown in the lower left corner of my mood board — they look like glass skirts!
  • The need for a big craft table. So I have in mind an IKEA hack, similar to the one you see on the right side of my mood board, which is by Kari over at ikeahackers.net. It has the right look, but I will probably use storage units rather than cabinets. Mine will definitely be on wheels, unlike hers — I need to be able to move it around easily. I also like the idea of cover it with glass, like she did, to make it easier to clean up messy crafts.
  • The need for more storage. I plan to store paper in some of my shelves, so I will be using perfectly-sized paper holders inside white IKEA Kallax storage units. I have an idea for the perfect paper crafting station that wheels around the room — I can’t wait to make it. If I can float it, I may also use some of the Martha Stewart Living Craft Space units — they are SO cute! I really like her Three Drawer Flat File Cabinet. Or I may just go with the IKEA Alex drawers to save money. I also want to have at least one pegboard on the wall for tools.
  • The decor. I need a red chair — red is my power color. And I love the big “Inspire” wall art. I want that word big and red somewhere in my craft room. And I’m thinking of putting my giant paper flowers around the room, because they bring me such joy. A pretty valance of giant flowers over the sliding glass door would be very cheerful!

Source List for My Craft Room

So those are my plans for the craft room so far. What do you think? If you want to check out any of the items for yourself, you can shop the post below by clicking on any photo for more info.

I plan to work on my craft room this summer, so watch for more posts and tutorials as I make things (because you all know how much I love to make things)!

September 2018 Update: My Craft Room is DONE! You can tour my craft room and see all the projects I made for it here.

And if you love my craft room plans, as I do, please pin it for later!

 

 

 

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Inside: The BEST shelves and craft tables from IKEA to help you plan the craft space of your dreams on an IKEA budget! Updated with the.

Crafting is relaxing. Actually, it's a little like meditation with benefits. After taking a break from life's worries and challenges for a couple of hours, real life seems a bit less overwhelming. And instead of just clearing your mind, you get to make something useful, pretty or fun in the process. More crafting and less worrying sounds like a recipe for good mental health.

There's a problem, though. Most crafts involve using lots of tools and materials, and some of those materials are tiny or oddly shaped. Those shiny, fluffy or elegant bits and pieces often seem adorable in the store, but it could be months or even years before you ever get around to using them in a project. You have to buy them, of course. Otherwise they might not be available when you need them. It's all about supply and demand. Shop now while you can so you won't regret your hesitation later. The good news is that you end up with lots of great stuff. The bad news is that you're probably running out of places to keep it all.

There's another problem, too. Once you do find places for everything, if you ever do, you have to organize those places so finding your supplies is intuitive, or at least kind of intuitive. Practically speaking, that means it won't take a couple of hours for you to remember that you put those zebra striped buttons not with the black and white cording, but with the black and white yarn, or over with the black and white silk flowers.

If you're not a crafter, this probably sounds pretty silly. It isn't silly, though. It's deadly serious. Craft time is prime time. The more of it you waste hunting for what you need, the less you'll have to spend on making something. The frustration isn't going to do your blood pressure much good, either. So this organization thing is really a health issue -- don't you think?

Let's take a look at some practical craft room organization tips that will get you behind that sewing machine, glue gun, template cutter or stamper and out from under a pile of bags and cardboard boxes. Assembling your precious and painstakingly purchased supplies shouldn't be like gearing up for an Easter egg hunt.

Craft Room Organization – Stage 1 – The Starting Point

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Inside: The BEST shelves and craft tables from IKEA to help you plan the craft space of your dreams on an IKEA budget! Updated with the newest 2019 IKEA products. Grab the FREE printable shopping guide with a list for each featured space. This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2019.

If you've been searching for genius inspiration and smart ideas to organize your dream craft space, you've probably seen loads of IKEA furniture and storage solutions.  But which ones are the BEST? And why do all the craft rooms have IKEA furniture instead of furniture from other stores? You're in the right place to get all of these answers as we take an in-depth look at 12 IKEA craft spaces and storage solutions to spark your organizing mojo.

IKEA is the first stop for designing a creative space you'll love

I've gathered the best ideas for creating a custom craft studio on an IKEA budget, no matter what kinds of crafts or art you make. 

All of these ideas are organized based on the TOP needs I've heard from crafters and makers in my classes, courses, and our online community Best Craft Rooms.

As you scroll through this post, keep in mind:

  • How much space you have
  • Which tools you want out and ready to use all the time
  • How you craft … do you craft by color or by project?
  • Do you need space for friends or the kids?

I recommend jotting a few notes about what your dream space will look like before you go to IKEA. 

The ONE thing you need before you go to IKEA

In the 16 years years I've had a craft space, IKEA has been my go-to source for craft room furniture and storage solutions.

My husband and I have put together more than our fair share of IKEA furniture in the quest for the perfect craft space. A few years ago he was so exhausted from assembling IKEA furniture that he tried to tell me I was disallowed from shopping at IKEA. I just laughed and laughed and laughed.

We're still married. And he's still putting together IKEA furniture!

In the years since I originally wrote this post, I've made many mistakes buying craft room storage, wasting loads of money on the WRONG things. Or worse, I've arrived at IKEA to discover they no longer carried the solution I was looking for.

That's why I created a FREE shopping list with the most up to date products from this year's IKEA catalog and showroom. Print this shopping list to take on your trip.

CLICK HERE to get it sent to your email right away:

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Already in the store? Open the pdf direct from your email inbox right now to buy the best IKEA craft storage solutions for your space.

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5 Reasons the best craft rooms start with IKEA furniture and storage accessories

Why IKEA? Let's dive in to the reasons IKEA is the top choice for craft room storage and studio furniture.

1. IKEA keeps prices low

Here's how IKEA keeps their prices budget-friendly:

  • You save money by assembling things yourself.
  • IKEA packs most items flat and un-assembled, saving money on shipping and warehouse space.
  • The prices go down over time, as the cost of design and development is reduced the longer an item is selling in IKEA stores. 

When I first bought a Billy bookcase almost 20 years ago, it was over $250! Now they're under $100 each, for the same exact bookcase.

2. Sleek Minimalist Design

The Scandinavian design of most IKEA furniture and storage solutions blends with almost every decor style, from modern to farmhouse. Many items are made to stack or interlock together to form many different combinations to fit any space.

3. Easy to clean

IKEA furniture and storage products are easy to clean and care for. Much of the IKEA furniture I recommend for craft rooms has a melamine finish that is easy to wipe clean. 

4. Everything's customizable

You can mix and match table legs, add a motor to create an adjustable table, swap out baskets for bins in the bookcases … IKEA storage solutions are customizable with many options to fit your exact needs.

5. Plan your space … for free online!

IKEA has a free virtual planner online that you can use to plan your space and all the items that will go in it.

Use IKEA's free planning tools to design your craft room

Plan your exact space online before you buy anything in the store! There are several ways to use IKEA's free online planning tools but for craft rooms the most relevant tools are:

  • Wall Storage Planner to plan a single wall
  • 3D Room Planner to plan an entire room

How to use IKEA's wall storage planner:

  1. Measure your space (wall height and width)
  2. Go to IKEA's Planning Tools page
  3. Choose the planner for the storage system you like most
  4. Choose a room type to get ideas
    1. Choose one of the suggested combinations
    2. Or choose to “start from scratch”
  5. Drag the sides of the wall planner to match the dimensions of your space using the measurements in step 1. Drag the corners diagonally to represent diagonal walls in your space.
  6. Click the “NEXT” button to set the size of the wall system
  7. Choose the items to add to your design. Watch the total cost accumulate on the lower right corner as you add or remove items.
  8. Click “FINISH” to get the final plan. 

This is what the plan will look like when you're finished:

If you want a shopping list with all of the items from your design, you need to request an access code. This process is cumbersome, which is why I created a shopping list you can download for free HERE.

How to use the IKEA design tool access code to view your shopping list:

  • Pull up the IKEA.com site on your phone while you're in the store and enter the code
  • Go to one of the kiosks in the IKEA store and enter the code

TIP: Click “buy online” to automatically add the items for your design to the shopping cart. You can then screenshot the cart with the list of items you need or copy and paste them into a notes tool, like Evernote, to access it from your phone in store.

How to use IKEA's 3D room planner:

  1. Measure your space (length, height, and width of the room)
  2. Go to IKEA's Planning Tools page
  3. Choose the room type
  4. Choose to “create new design” and enter your room dimensions
  5. Add IKEA furniture and accessories to the design:
    • Choose from the drop down menus on the left column
    • Or use the search bar on the top of the left column to find items to add to your room design
  6. Click “add” to add the items to the design. Drag or use the controls to move and rotate the items to place them where you'd like within the room
  7. Finish designing your room, using the view buttons to see a 3D representation of the design in your space
  8. Click on “item list/title price” to see the full shopping list and cost. Print the list and take it with you to IKEA.

Here's a mock up of my craft room space that I created with the tool:

What if I don't have an IKEA store near me?

  • Order online. You can order online from IKEA's website if you don't live near an IKEA store: Order online at IKEA.com.
  • Delivery. Plus, IKEA stores offer delivery options based on the distance from the closest IKEA retail store to your address.

But did you know that you can also order IKEA products from Amazon?!

Yes, you can! Many of the links I share here are to Amazon because you can get free Prime shipping on many Amazon items if you are a member of Amazon Prime. Try Prime's Discounted Monthly Offering

Here are some other places where you can find deals on IKEA furniture in your local area:

I sold one of my Expedit bookcases to a lady who drove over an hour to my house to get it because she lives 3 hours from the nearest IKEA. She found my yard sale through a Facebook group!

How to SAVE MONEY the next time you go to IKEA

There's a secret to almost never paying full-price at IKEA! 

The FIRST Place You MUST Go in IKEA for the Best Deals

My first stop every time I go to IKEA is the As-Is section. The As-Is section includes:

  • Store samples
  • Returns of assembled furniture
  • Discontinued items
  • Store shelving and displays that IKEA doesn't make or offer for sale
  • Damaged items
  • Pieces of furniture

IKEA marks down all these items and gathers them in one handy corner of the store: the As-Is section. 

Here's why the As-Is section is my first stop every time I go to IKEA:

  • Assembled furniture. Pick up furniture that's already put together and ready to go in your craft space.
  • Store displays. Want a HUGE table or a countertop? Get store displays that aren't usually sold in IKEA, for rock bottom prices.
  • Huge markdowns. Save money buying floor samples, damaged items, discontinued items, or returns. You can often find the same items from the current IKEA catalog and showroom, but for up to 90% off!
  • Discover new solutions. Find what the exact item you want (or an alternative solution) at an amazing price, without having to walk through the entire showroom.

I've scored many of the storage solutions in my craft room from As-Is. 

This craft table is from IKEA's As-Is section. It's perfect for making small craft projects and scrapbook pages. And no one would even know it cost 60% less than the same table from the IKEA show room. Oh, that rug is also from the As-Is section!

Here's what you need to know about shopping IKEA's As-Is section:

  • Most items are already assembled
  • You can ask for tools at the return counter to help you take apart anything in the As-Is section so it will fit in your vehicle
  • Some of the items are damaged or missing pieces. Since you're mega crafty, you can probably figure out a quick and easy fix.
  • If the missing pieces are significant, ask the staff if they have any additional pieces in the back. Sometimes you can hack together a fix or even get the part you need for free.
  • If the finish is damaged on the item, spray paint it!
  • Come early. They put out the best stuff in the morning and by the afternoon it's usually picked over
  • Start your shopping trip at As-Is. Then if you don't find anything that fits the bill, go up to the showroom and start shopping.

If you have a truck, the As-Is section can be your best friend for major deals at IKEA. 

No truck? The returns desk will let you borrow tools to take your As-Is purchase apart. We went to IKEA for a bed for my college-age daughter's room and found the exact one we wanted in As-Is. It took about 30 minutes to get it apart but we did it with the tools from the returns section.

How to get to the IKEA As-Is Section

The As-Is Section is strategically placed at the end of the shopping route through IKEA. They want you to buy all the things in the showroom BEFORE you get to the As-Is section.

Here's the secret: By-pass the showroom and get straight to As-Is.

  1. Locate the checkstands
  2. Enter the warehouse area through one of the open checkstands
  3. Directly to the right or left of the checkstands is a big red sign indicating discounts or “As-Is”. That's where the deals are!

A Warning Before you shop in As-Is

Before you buy, beware that you cannot return As-Is items. I recently bought some plastic bins to use to organize my craft supply drawers. But when I got home, they didn't fit. At $0.50 each, I just donated them to a thrift shop.

Here are some As-Is shopping tips:

  • Measure the space or drawers before you shop so you know if things will fit
  • Have another use in mind so the whole purchase is not wasted if things don't work out once you get home

The Absolute Best IKEA Craft Rooms … Organized by Craft!

Now that you're committed to going to IKEA to build this amazing craft room, you need to figure out what furniture will work best for the kinds of creating you do.

I've gathered some of the most watched YouTube videos showing craft rooms organized with IKEA furniture. Then I went through the IKEA catalog and matched up the furniture in each video, making sure to give you the most up-to-date info on what current IKEA furniture pieces will help you get the look of each craft room.

Be sure to also download the FREE IKEA craft room shopping list to help you with planning your space: CLICK HERE

Each room has a focus on one kind of craft or storage solution so if you don't see what you're looking for right away, keep scrolling!

1. BEST Craft Room for Crafting With Friends

If you have ever wished you could craft with your friends, you've gonna love this IKEA craft room idea  from My Blue Bike 101.

Back in the day when we had local scrapbook stores, I remember gathering there every Friday night and sometimes on weekends for craft nights. And when I was a kid, I remember my grandma heading to the sewing machine store to take classes and meet other avid sewing fans.

But today, many of the local craft and scrapbook stores have closed and there's no place to gather and craft together. That is, unless you build a craft room for crafting with friends in your house!

The dream of a craft room for friends is super easy to build with IKEA's inexpensive tables.

How to make a giant cutting table with IKEA tables … that doubles as a space to craft with friends

My Blue Bike put together two glass top IKEA tables to make one gigantic craft table! A big table top like this is perfect for:

  • sewing projects since it gives you a large solid space to spread out fabric and patterns to cut them out with precision.
  • crafting with friends. This extra large table top is two glass IKEA tabletops, with added legs, pushed together to form one large table, hosting up to 4 friends for a craft night.

While you can't get these exact glass tables at IKEA any more, you can get these ones right now:

Use a gateleg table instead of two large tables to get the tabletop space you need and room to move around when the tables are folded down.

For additional storage, get IKEA cabinets with glass doors like any of these:

  • BRIMNES glass door cabinet
  • BRUSALI high cabinet with doors
  • HINDO shelf unit with cabinets
  • HEMNES glass door cabinet with drawers

The units in the video look like they are from the HEMNES line of storage from IKEA.

2. BEST Die Cut Center

I recommend keeping the tools you want to use most out in the open on a tabletop or bar top. Here's why:

  • Easy to access your tools
  • Keeps them front of mind
  • You don't have to put the tools away when you're done using them.

Scrapology has set up a die cutting station in the center of her room on top of two IKEA Alex drawer units back to back.

If you want a more cohesive look, add a table top to cover the gap between the Alex drawers. 

You can also customize the look of the Alex drawers by adding a removable fabric decal from My Wonderful Walls, cut to fit your IKEA Alex unit perfectly. My friends at My Wonderful Walls are giving you 10% off with my code “SMART” at checkout. Get designs like these:

Add a few trays to the top of the Alex drawer units to hold small bits or projects you are currently working on.

Pick up these items at IKEA to create this die cut center in your space:

  • 2 ALEX drawer units on casters
  • SMULA tray

3. BEST Home Craft Space

If you don't have the luxury of a dedicated room for crafts, consider using a wall in your dining room or family room like Darlene did.

In this video, craft room owner Darlene describes how she sits in these IKEA Poang chairs and enjoys her lunch in this multi-functional craft space.

The IKEA Billy bookcases give lots of storage and display space.

  • Billy bookcases are available in white, birch, this dark wood finish, and more so you can choose the finish that best matches your home
  • If you're concerned about dust or kids touching your supplies, you can add these doors to the Billy bookcase system

Darlene also has IKEA ALEX drawer unit on casters she can move throughout her space to where she needs it. You can also remove the casters from the ALEX unit to stack them or place them under a table. 

4. BEST Sewing Room and Scrapbook Room Combo

If you’ve been crafting for more than a couple of years, then you probably make more than one type of craft. This craft room doubles as a serious sewing room!

Even if you don't sew, this room has some great ideas for how to use your space for more than one major craft.

The foundation of Hooked on Applique's space are the ALEX line of drawers from IKEA. Here's what's in her space:

Sewing station 1 (sewing machine):

  • ALEX drawer unit on casters
  • LINNMON table
  • ADILS legs

Sewing station 2 (embroidery machine and laptop):

  • 2 ALEX drawer units
  • LINNMON table top

By having the sewing machines out and ready on the tables at all times, she can get to sewing right away.

She's also added two ALEX drawer units with 9 drawers for additional storage. Customize the look of all three styles of ALEX drawers with removable fabric decal from My Wonderful Walls. Get 10% off with my code “SMART” at checkout!

5. BEST Stamp and Paint Storage Ideas

The easiest way to use your stamps and paints is to have them out in the open, where you can see them.

This room happens to be my craft room!

I arranged my paint bottles and rubber stamps on thin IKEA shelves for picture frames, called picture ledges, mounted on the walls of my craft space. These shelves are just deep enough for:

  • Stamp blocks
  • Bottles of craft paint
  • Spray paint cans
  • Rolls of ribbon
  • Any other small items you want to arrange by type or color

The shallow shelves make it easy to see what you have and then select what you need for a project. I put the most used items on the bottom so I can grab them easily. Less frequently used items are on the top shelves. I can still see them so I won't forget about them but I need a step stool to reach them the one to two times a year I want to use them.

Over the years, I've moved these shelves to different walls in my craft room. Check out all the ways I've used them here:

You can find similar shallow frame shelves online here:

6. BEST Mobile Storage

Don't have a whole room to store your supplies in? You can organize your supplies on a small rolling RASKOG cart from IKEA!

IKEA's Raskog cart is a favorite among crafters and it's easy to see why:

  • The cart rolls
  • It's metal so it's easy to clean
  • You can spray paint it any color
  • It fits most bottles of craft supplies
  • You can hook cups and baskets to the side for more storage



The RASKOG is so popular that other companies have ripped off the design! Check out these variations:

I have two of the original IKEA Raskog carts because I got them way back before the knock offs came onto the scene. In fact, I picked up my black Raskog, that I use in my laundry room for cleaning supplies, in the As-Is section of the store for only $18!

Yup, this is 100% why you need to make As-Is your first stop on every IKEA trip *wink wink*.

How to Organize your Raskog cart

You'll need these accessories to help organize the contents of the cart and create even more storage space:

  • Hooks: use these to hang Cricut mats, plexi grid rulers, and more from the side of your Raskog
  • S hooks: IKEA actually sells these under the SUNNERSTA line but you can also use S hooks like these from the hardware store
  • Cups: SUNNERSTA containers are plastic cups with a lip that hooks over the side of the Raskog cart
  • Shelves: SUNNERSTA shelves can be hooked to the side of the Raskog for additional storage, like a tray.
  • Baskets: The OMAR clip on basket hooks onto the long sides of the Raskog cart to create storage off the side
  • Dividers
    • Metal cans: SOCKER plant pots are great for holding paint brushes and scissors in the top tier of the Raskog
    • Jars: Ball jars or IKEA 365+ jars can be used to hold small items
    • Trays: IKEA has lots of divided trays you can use in the top of the Raskog. Just be sure to measure before buying
  • Magnetic canisters with lids: magnetic spice canisters are great for organizing small supplies and can be attached to the Raskog's sides

Get the full list of RASKOG cart accessories as a free download HERE

5 ways to use a Raskog cart in your craft room

Check out these 5 ideas for using a Raskog cart in your craft room:

1. Raskog for Yarn:

2. Raskog for Scrapbooking:

Project Life is a modular scrapbooking system that uses cards and similar sized pieces of paper to scrapbook quickly. A Bowl Full of Lemons organized her Project Life supplies into Iris photo boxes and stored them vertically in her Raskog cart.

3. Raskog for Project Life and Planners

You can also organize your Project Life cards and scrapbooking supplies in the Raskog without any plastic containers. Laura Vorlicek shares how in this Instagram post:

4. Raskog for Cricut

Store all of your Cricut tools and supplies in a handy Raskog cart like DIBY Club did!

5. Raskog for Sewing

DIY Inspired uses her Raskog to store fabric and fabric scraps. Her sewing machine sits right on top! You can get a wood top for the cart from Michael's and set your sewing machine on top of that if it won't fit inside of the top bin on the cart. 

Be sure to check out these25+ ways to use a Raskog cart beyond the craft room for makeup, cleaning supplies, and even plants.

7. DIY Craft Armoire

Town and Country Living shares how to turn an IKEA computer cabinet into a shabby chic crafting heaven. Repurpose IKEA furniture meant for the closet, living room, and other areas of the home as craft supply storage.

  • Use the keyboard tray as a slide out work surface
  • Add shelves inside for more storage
  • Use bins and boxes in the bottom section for storing larger items
  • Close the doors when you're not working to hide the mess inside

Score marked down, slightly damaged pieces that are already assembled in the IKEA As-Is.  The inside of this armoire is covered with paper that the owner decoupaged onto the wood. If the furniture is damaged and mark down, cover up the scuffs with some pretty paper and decoupage medium, like Mod Podge.

As of January 2019, IKEA doesn't have an armoire like this in their catalog or online. But I gathered some similar ideas for you here:

  • PAX warddrobe system
  • MICKE corner workstation
  • VITTSJO shelving unit with laptop table
  • HEMNES desk with add-on unit

8. Ultimate Ikea Craft Room with Lots of Craft Storage

DIY Inspired's Craft Room is so IKEA-licious, they should be featuring her space in their catalog!

Craft Supply Storage from IKEA

The focal point of her space is the large cube bookcase against the back wall of the room. The IKEA Expedit Unit she used is no longer available. A couple years ago IKEA released a new version of this shelving series called KALLAX, with all new accessories and colors.

Here are the current KALLAX configurations available:

  • KALLAX workstation
  • KALLAX 2×2
  • KALLAX 1×4
  • KALLAX 2×4
  • KALLAX 3×4
  • KALLAX 4×4
  • KALLAX 5×5

Like the EXPEDIT line, you can purchase doors, dividers, and other items to customize your KALLAX shelves. Here are the current KALLAX accessories as of 2019:

  • KALLAX insert with 2 drawers
  • KALLAX shelf divider
  • KALLAX wire basket
  • KALLAX storage with compartments
  • KALLAX rail with casters
  • KALLAX hanging organizer
  • KALLAX insert with door
  • KALLAX glass top

Dinah went one step better by decoupaging maps onto the doors on her shelving unit to give it a custom feel.

DIY IKEA craft table

You can create a similar work desk by putting a LINNMON table top on two KALLAX 2×2 shelf units.

Check out the plethora of IKEA craft room ideas in Dinah's room tour here: DIY Inspired's Room Tour

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23 Craft Room Ideas We Need to Steal

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.

Wonderland Homes

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.

Stanley Martin Homes

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.

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