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.
Taking the Closet From Scary to Airy: After
Curtains Instead of Doors
Mounted slightly wider than the door frame, drapes make the closet look bigger, offer easy access, and add style to the space. Replacing a narrow upper shelf improves functionality: Fabric swatches live in clear-front containers, and artwork is protected in labeled white boxes.
Projects Filed Away
The right containers make all the difference when it comes to storing various materials: glass jars for easily lost items; open bins on the floor to keep underway projects findable and portable. Widely spaced shelves house supplies of all heights without that “stuffed in” stress.
Gift Wrap Taken Seriously
A wall-mounted bike rack serves as a wrapping-paper caddy. A trunk, its lid fitted with tension rods for ribbon, holds clear bins containing bows and cards; casters allow it to be rolled into the main space during holiday wrapping marathons. Off to the right is a hook for small gift bags.
To buy: Cotton-canvas printed window panels in Scribble Lattice, $39 each, westelm.com. Linen drop-front sweater boxes (on high shelf, left), $30 each, containerstore.com. See Jane Work basic art boxes (white), $18 each, seejanework.com. Collapsible linen-closet storage bins (on floor), $22 each, greatusefulstuff.com. Ekby Järpen shelf with Gällö brackets, $45, ikea.com. Bike rack: Gray Screw Eyes hooks by Real Organized, $7 each, lowes.com. Super Jumbo Naked trunk, $313, wayfair.com. Our Shoe Boxes (in trunk), $2 each, containerstore.com. Wrapping paper, from $8 a roll, paper-source.com. Paint for closet interior: Valspar Woodsmoke EB482, $30 a gallon, lowes.com.