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.
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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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!
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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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:
I recommend jotting a few notes about what your dream space will look like 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.
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Why IKEA? Let's dive in to the reasons IKEA is the top choice for craft room storage and studio furniture.
Here's how IKEA keeps their prices budget-friendly:
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.
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.
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.
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.
IKEA has a free virtual planner online that you can use to plan your space and all the items that will go in it.
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:
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:
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.
Here's a mock up of my craft room space that I created with the tool:
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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!
There's a secret to almost never paying full-price at IKEA!
My first stop every time I go to IKEA is the As-Is section. The As-Is section includes:
IKEA marks down all these items and gathers them in one handy corner of the store: the As-Is section.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
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:
The units in the video look like they are from the HEMNES line of storage from IKEA.
I recommend keeping the tools you want to use most out in the open on a tabletop or bar top. Here's why:
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:
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.
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.
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):
Sewing station 2 (embroidery machine and laptop):
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!
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:
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:
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 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*.
You'll need these accessories to help organize the contents of the cart and create even more storage space:
Get the full list of RASKOG cart accessories as a free download HERE
Check out these 5 ideas for using a Raskog cart in your craft room:
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.
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:
Store all of your Cricut tools and supplies in a handy Raskog cart like DIBY Club did!
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.
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.
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:
DIY Inspired's Craft Room is so IKEA-licious, they should be featuring her space in their catalog!
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:
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:
Dinah went one step better by decoupaging maps onto the doors on her shelving unit to give it a custom feel.
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
When planning a craft room, accessibility is key. All the materials you need should be within reach.
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.
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:
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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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.
Are you trapped in a tangle of yarn and ribbon? These smart ideas can help you organize your craft room in a way that's both cute and.
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