9 Craft Room Makeover Ideas
A Dedicated Desk (With a View): Before
Jess, an executive recruiter, had hobbies and work life fighting for her attention on the crowded desk. The laptop was jammed in with the sewing machine, so even answering e-mails was an exercise in repositioning. Because the desk had no drawers, important papers and office essentials roamed free.
A Dedicated Desk (With a View): After
Exciting Bulletin Board
A dreamlike “abstract landscape” makes sitting down to work energizing. The fabric board is perfect for posting sketches and to-dos and is easy to make. (Buy a piece of Homasote at a hardware store; stretch fabric around it, making hospital corners; and staple in back.)
Cute and Contained Desk
A scaled-down model with deep drawers does everything Jess needs without taking up a lot of floor space. The striking chair to the left relates to the color scheme of the board while adding a complementary pattern. It’s a nice spot for visitors (or Aubrey, the family cat).
Small and Large Files
Giving every paper and accessory a home keeps the focus on work (no more wasted time scrounging around for a paper clip). A six-door desktop organizer ensures push-pins and the like stay visible but corralled. The bottom cabinet allows Jess to categorize paid bills, receipts, and household papers.
To buy: Bedford small desk, $468,potterybarn.com. Logan Pharmacy table lamp, $210,circalighting.com. Modular flip-out bins (white), $14,containerstore.com. Drafting chair, $288,schoolhouseelectric.com. Fabric for bulletin board: Edo Linen by Groundworks Kelly Wearstler Collection, $196 a yard,leejofa.comfor info. Reupholstered midcentury vintage chair, $650,chairloom.comfor similar styles. Fabric for chair: China Seas Aga Reverse New Navy, $200 a yard, Design Professionals, 212-759-5408 (ext. 204).
A Sewing Zone With Not a Stitch of Wasted Space: Before
Craft supplies, gift wrap, and bolts of fabric cluttered the floor. “I was afraid of making a mistake, so I hesitated to even put up shelving,” says Jess. The ironing board was this corner’s only “furniture.”
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 atcb2.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.
Taking the Closet From Scary to Airy: Before
Bulky metal shelving made the closet feel congested and smaller than it was. Supplies were stashed in solid boxes and forgotten about, while an out-of-place suitcase took up precious real estate. Accordion doors blocked off the sides of the closet and didn’t do any favors for the look of the room.
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.