Ideas on How to Create a Home Design Studio or Craft Room

If you own a business that designs, creates, and sells handmade items from your home, or even if you just love to put your hands and mind to work, it is likely that you need a studio that intrigues your imagination, inspires you to create, sets your mental gears turning, and provides a tidy and accessible craft space for working. The photos and suggestions below will get you thinking and dreaming about starting your own home design studio.

Fancy Craft Workspaces

Most important is that you fill your space with things you love. Cut out scraps of fabric that inspire you, newspaper clippings or color swatches that caught your eye; save photographs, postcards, antique advertisements, nameplates, greeting cards, bits of texture from your garden. Have a bulletin board or two at eye level that will give you plenty of eye candy when your ideas run low. These bits of paper and string put together by Design Sponge would inspire me; what about you?

Surrounded by Flights of Fancy...

Design Sponge creates some beautiful stationary as well! (http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/02/papercraft.html/12_seb)
Design Sponge creates some beautiful stationary as well! (http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/02/papercraft.html/12_seb)

Jessica Haley, of Mia Joie, creating designer shoes and toddler accessories, describes her dream space: "Since I was young, I always dreamed of a studio... a vibrant, eclectic space filled with paintings, pottery, and pretty textiles. So, I am very happy to finally have one! [...] I have a huge inspiration board dripping with clippings out of magazines, unique swatches of fabric, and vibrant photos."(Haley, Jessica, "My Studio," <MiaJoieBlog.com>, accessed on 2-2-2010)


Organize Your Craft Space

The most functional design spaces are usually stacked floor-to-ceiling, on at least one wall, with shelves of supplies. Two or three small boxes can usually fit on a shelf, and can be slid out easily to get to the contents. Supplies that you use more frequently should be at arm's length or in drawers near your working space. Spools of threads, ribbons, or wires can be placed on a peg board on the wall nearest your work table, and tools such as scissors, pens, and knives can stand up in a small container. The design studio for PinkLovesBrown paper goods and fine items is a great example of an organized storage space and inspiring design studio in one!

Craft Room Designs

The PinkLovesBrown design studio is inspiring with its tall, color-coordinated shelves keeping everything organized and easily accessible. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinklovesbrown/2979608898/in/pool-handmadespaces)
The PinkLovesBrown design studio is inspiring with its tall, color-coordinated shelves keeping everything organized and easily accessible. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinklovesbrown/2979608898/in/pool-handmadespaces)
Shelving it all in the closet is also an option. (http://www.hamersleyfamily.com/studio/2006_05_01_archive.html)
Shelving it all in the closet is also an option. (http://www.hamersleyfamily.com/studio/2006_05_01_archive.html)

Use Natural Dayight

Find inspiration in the great Artist's artwork. Have a look outside!
Find inspiration in the great Artist's artwork. Have a look outside!

My favorite kind of work space involves lots of sunlight, and plenty of lamps for when it gets dark. There is occasionally something inspiring about a dim atmosphere, but as for working with colors and textures and details, natural light is the best thing that can come into your craft space! Don't ruin your eyes for the sake of creativity. Pull back those curtains, let in the sunlight, and you can be sure your designs will look their best in any lighting.

Another advantage to having a window near your workspace is the view outside. Whether you live in a woodland or a city, you will appreciate a look out the window now and then to get fresh ideas from what you observe of the great outdoors. The Bark Design work studio by the Bark Design Architects combines the best of the work environment with the best of the outdoors: plenty of natural light, views of the coast, and the workroom itself elevated amongst the treetops. How would you like to work in a place like this?

Create Your Own Design Studio in an Abandoned Chocolate Factory!

An art studio can appear out of the strangest places! Helen Rawlinson, who designs and creates textiles for home decoration use, has found the perfect place for her studio: an abandoned chocolate factory in London! Built in the Victorian era, this building was bought recently by another designer, then rented out to specific crafters like Helen. She has each wall piled high with shelves and products, little toys underfoot from her son, and when she needs a break, she takes a few steps out into a cobblestone courtyard surrounded by potted plants. It sounds idyllic, doesn't it?

Source

Bark Design Architects create the ideal workspace!

http://kitsunenoir.com/2009/11/06/the-studio-of-bark-design-architects/
http://kitsunenoir.com/2009/11/06/the-studio-of-bark-design-architects/
http://kitsunenoir.com/2009/11/06/the-studio-of-bark-design-architects/
http://kitsunenoir.com/2009/11/06/the-studio-of-bark-design-architects/

Your Craft Table and Chair

A clutter-free table is a must for all crafters, because the clutter only increases as you work --which it should! As a wise man said, "Where no oxen are, the trough is clean, but much increase comes through the strength of the ox." Your clutter should be your increase, not your demise. Choose a desk or table that offers you plenty of space without crowding your hands or the square footage of your room. You need to be able to move around freely from supply shelves to workspace without bumping into corners of tables or cabinets. A great way to have add-on desk space is to attach slide-out extensions to one or both sides of your desk or table. You can easily adjust the surface area of your desk according to your needs.

Decide if would rather work standing up or sitting down. John Adams nearly always composed his documents and letters while standing up, and he had to have a special desk tall enough for him to write while standing. Now many people have admitted they work better while standing (or even pacing), and there are several desks and counters for the stander/pacers. If you prefer to sit, consider getting a stool or an exercise ball to improve your posture and strengthen your back. Your chair should be high enough to let your forearm rest on the desk without overextending it or crunching it in to your side. You should also be able to keep both feet flat on the floor or foot bar of your stool or desk.

© 2010 Jane Grey

Standupdesks.com has some beautiful designs! This one is fashioned after the stand up desk Ernest Hemingway used. (http://www.standupdesks.com/hemingway.shtml)
Standupdesks.com has some beautiful designs! This one is fashioned after the stand up desk Ernest Hemingway used. (http://www.standupdesks.com/hemingway.shtml)

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senderz 6 years ago

wow! i like the pinklovebrown pic. :)


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Yeah, I do too! It's my inspiration. :) Thanks for leaving a comment!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

Jane, this is such a great hub! You have such great ideas! That's interesting that John Adams wrote standing up ... I remember seeing Nathaniel Hawthorne's desk in one of his houses - it was made so he could stand up to write with his back to the window.

You make me want to create a whole studio! A desk for writing, window seats, bookshelves, comfy chairs, and a huge piano ... maybe someday. That's starting to sound like a place for recreation, not work ;) woops


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

by the way (you can delete this) your rss feed doesn't seem to be working, but you probably already noticed :)


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Thank you, Rose West! Your feedback is so valuable to me and very, very encouraging. I didn't realize Hawthorne wrote standing up also! I know Melville did too. I wonder how Hawth. could write with his back to the window? That would completely "block" creativity for me. :)

I was inspired by these photos and all these amazing craft businesspeople too! It makes me want to make a designing craft room too. ( I'm working on getting the correct RSS feed-- thanks.)


poetlorraine 6 years ago

i cannot believe i have only just found you on hub pages., so much about you i want to read and read now..... i am a crafter, a very untidy one, and would love to get as organised as this .......... going to read some more of your hubs... i think you are going to be amongst my favourites


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi poetlorraine,

I'm thrilled you found me! Sounds like we have so much in common. I know, it's so hard to keep craft stuff organized. And while it's organized, it's so hard to use or be creative with! Maybe we can knock our heads together and come up with a better solution. :)

Thanks for your kind comment! Great talking with you.

Jane


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IdaKenelm 6 years ago

I love these ideas! Especially the PinkLovesBrown room. It looks like ideas would just flow out of it! The student desk also looks very practical. Now, to just get enough stuff out of my craft room, to make it work!


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

IdaKenelm (beautiful profile pic!), I love the PinkLovesBrown Room too-- I would be so creative in a room like that too! Hope you can get your craft stuff organized and accessible! Thanks always the first step, isn't it? :)


goosey 6 years ago

Thanks a lot. I really need a new workspace. At the moment, I just use the dining room table, but my parents get so angry at me when we have family dinners and stuff.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Goosey,

I hope you can find a place to make your own! Kitchen tables usually have a multi-purpose function in the home, whether for crafts or schoolwork or taxes and bills or eating or even for the pile of mail! Because of this, it is considerate to check with the others in your family who may need to be using the table before you spread your creativity all over it!


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SaMcNutt 6 years ago from Englewood, CO

great spaces! Sure gets the juices flowing.


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StarryNightsDiva 6 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

Those are dream spaces! How can you not be creative in rooms like that? Ugh! So jealous :)


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

SaMcNutt, I agree! Thanks for your comment.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Diva, I think it would be pretty hard! Of course, it takes a bit of creativity to design one of these rooms in the first place. :) I love the fact that everything is organized and easy to reach. That's plenty of fuel for creativity for me!


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goosey kimber 6 years ago

Jane Grey,

sorry I forgot to comment back, but thank you for the advise. I've talked to my parents, and they are working out something to put in my cupboard.

By the way, could you please follow my hub, "fun and easy homemade items and how to make them"


Interior design in Odessa 6 years ago

I was inspired by these photos and all these amazing craft businesspeople too!


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shawna.wilson 5 years ago from Arizona

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a room solely dedicated to crafting! Maybe someday!


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Shawna, perhaps for now, you could create a "crafting corner" dedicated to your art, and then someday save the rest of your ideas for an entire room! That's what I am doing now; my laptop is leaning against my sewing machine on my desk. :)


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healthymiss 5 years ago from Las Vegas

Great tips! My old craft space didn't have a lot of natural light and I sometimes didn't like my color choices as much. I love the first room...the storage is unique and seems doable!


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Healthymiss, I love natural light in my own craft spaces, and it's an absolute must! Hope your new craft room is inspiring and full of light! Thanks for your kind comment.


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

I have craft room envy now. I inhabit stolen corners in my home. And get moaned at for that. One day in about 20 years I will steal the box room. Have to wait til four kids leave home first. Youngest being 6 months old and all.


Gigi Thibodeau 5 years ago

Great craft room ideas! I have a workshop space that I love, but I'm always looking for more ideas. I especially love that photo of Helen Rawlinson's space. Wonderful!


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Ddraig, maybe you could have your kids help you put together a craft room or section off a part of their play room to be for crafts! Kids love crafts, especially if their parents do, and its a great way to be together as a family working on projects.


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Gigi, I love seeing other people's ideas as well, and Helen Rawlings' cute converted chocolate factory was so inspiring! It's always great to have a place to work that keeps craft supplies organized, reachable, and with access to plenty of creativity!


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Liz Goltra 5 years ago

Great ideas! Voted up. Thanks for posting!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Loves of great ideas here! Very inspiring. Thanks!


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Brooke Bundy 4 years ago

Oh, I want a nice, organized craft space! Right now I have a box. Someday though! These ideas you gave are great. I pinned one of the pictures on Pinterest so I can remember how I want to organize my shelves.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

I liked all your ideas for creating that space...natural lighting is the best, but if you can't have that buy day light bulbs esp if you have no outdoor lighting for your work space. They even make flourescent day light bulbs. I esp. liked all the work crafting cubbies.


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Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Brooke, a box is a start! Your comment reminds me that I should really go check out pintrest. It sounds cool, do you like it?


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Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Alphagirl, day bulbs are a great idea! I love the natural lighting of sunlight and usually have plenty of that, but I know that crafts cannot always wait for daylight!


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lpanfil 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Awww. If only I had all that room, light and endless cash flow.


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Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

They are pretty rooms, aren't they? You know, you can start small with a crafting business, then as you grow, the regular cash flow could go towards a nice room to continue your work!


A.CreativeThinker 4 years ago

These ideas are amazing and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing and take care. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have wanted a project room for ages but just couldn't quite figure out how to organize the very small room I designated, and this hub did it. Great hub awesome ideas that I will definitely use. Voted up, useful, awesome.


honey 4 years ago

I love building,so I like it.


Beadingbikini 4 years ago

i have a large second bedroom fully organized with beads, beads and more beads, plus, fabrics, sea glass, shells, yarns...you name it...right there at my finger tips with lots of counter space to work on...the funny thing is once I get the project idea going...i head out to the kitchen table to work...go figure...;)


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

We have common ground, papercrafting. Wonderful and amazing craft rooms. Mine is in progress but now a few fresh ideas for that room.

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