9 Craft Room Makeover Ideas
The work space/craft room of Pennsylvania newlywed Jess Mauras (shown here with husband Joe) was a pile of stress and ribbons, devoid of inspiration—and, for that matter, shelving. Real Simple transformed it into three tidy zones that foster calm and creativity.
Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).
A Sewing Zone With Not a Stitch of Wasted Space: After
Tools and Spools in a Row
A clear acrylic Peg-Board keeps supplies handy and surfaces clear while fading into the background. The long, narrow worktable is spacious without being bulky; a stool slips underneath it when not in use. The accordion-style lamp sheds light on sewing work, then retracts.
Pretty, Practical Shelving
Journals, albums, and decorative items, like a shell collection, find a home on suspended shelves. Yarn and knitting needles, once tangled and strewn, occupy a sweet basket. A sleek white console tucked into dead space under the window holds photos and scrapbooking supplies.
Adding a pleasant patterned rug to a practical space (even on top of wall-to-wall) can be transformative, joining the room to the homey feel of the rest of the house. This latticework option adds movement and echoes the wall color, which provides a calm backdrop for Jess’s rainbow of supplies.
To buy: The Fold desk, unfortunately, has sold out, but see other styles at cb2.com. Tall round Makati bin (under desk), $20, containerstore.com. Clear plastic Peg-Board organizer kit, $47 for two panels, stacksandstacks.com. Asker containers (white, on Peg-Board), $6 each, ikea.com. Utility stool, $165, schoolhouseelectric.com. Spindle thread rack by June Tailor, $20, joann.com. Accordion Modern swing-arm wall sconce, $189, shadesoflight.com. Round date-leaf basket (holding yarn), $40, containerstore.com. Ekby Järpen shelf with Gällö brackets, $45, ikea.com. Model One radio by Tivoli (on shelf), $150, tivoliaudio.com. Chill mini media white console, $349, cb2.com. Semikolon CD photo boxes (in console), $27 each, seejanework.com. Fallon rug by Jill Rosenwald for Surya, $385 (five by eight feet), rugsusa.com. Paint: Cape Hatteras Sand in Aura, $66 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com.