- Arts and Design
Craft Desk Ideas
When you design your craft room, it is extremely easy to get carried away, but functionality – above all else – should be your priority. Let’s face it, even the prettiest craft room isn’t worth a thing if you can’t actually craft in it!
In terms of furniture itself, you probably won’t need many large pieces – usually smaller storage solutions handle the job – but the one thing that each craft room must have is a desk to work on. Whether you are a paper-crafter, seamstress, painter or soap-maker, you need a hard surface to do your work so there’s no getting around it.
When it comes to craft desks, you may think there aren’t many options but in fact there are. Below are a few ideas to get you started:
Premade Craft Desk
Perhaps the most obvious choice, a premade craft desk is the first choice most crafters think of when purchasing a craft desk. Since it is designed specifically for the purpose of crafting it is a great option. Premade craft desks usually feature some kind of large, hard surface, coupled with a few cabinets to store your supplies. Some have a liftable top which stores even more goodies, while others come with drawers designated for small materials. Also, since craft desks are designed for crafting, you will appreciate the fact that it more than likely contains storage solutions specific to arts and crafts, i.e., ribbon storage, paint storage, etc.
The one drawback to purchasing a premade craft desk – and a pretty significant one – is the cost. Premade craft desks can range anywhere from $200 to over $1,000, which can be a large investment when designing your craft room.
When I first designed my craft studio, my first inclination was to bite the bullet and purchase a premade craft desk. However, besides the price, what made me most hesitant was the fact that I wanted to be able to customize my work area a little more and I couldn’t, i.e., I preferred a desktop size that was 8-10 feet and the desk I had chosen was only 6 feet. You’d be surprised how much of a different two feet makes!
It was then that I had an idea. I went to my local hardware store and purchased an 8-foot kitchen counter. It was a basic, solid surface with a 4-inch backsplash (great for spills). I knew I needed some cabinets for storage so rather than purchase them separately and place them throughout the room, I decided to let them be the base for my counter – thus forming the desk itself.
I chose two basic white kitchen cabinets with pewter knobs but many options are available. Assembly was super easy (I only have a small piece of non-slide fabric in between the counter and the top of the cabinets). And if I ever need to move or change my area around, I can do so without even breaking a sweat. This, in my opinion, is a great way to save a little money and customize your craft desk to fit your needs best.
If your craft room isn’t as large as you would like, or, if you are looking for a second, smaller craft desk/work area, a kitchen cart is a great place to start. A kitchen cart is affordable, comes in different sizes, colors and styles, and most importantly, has built-in wheels for easy maneuvering. Kitchen carts have a hardtop surface and also have storage cabinets built in for storing your supplies so all of your needs will be met, and they’re usually small enough to tuck away in a corner somewhere.
Using an armoire for a craft desk can be a very multi-purpose solution. Armoires are great because they don’t take up a lot of space, and yet, they have the ability to store a ton of supplies. Another great benefit of using an armoire is that it comes doors that can be closed to easily hide your “messes.”
If you choose to use an armoire for a craft desk, however, you will want to ensure that there is some kind of tabletop built in. Whether it be a pull-out tabletop or an actual desk area itself, you will need a place to work.
Designating a closet as your craft desk can be a wonderful way to combine storage and craft desk issues. If you choose this option, bi-fold doors work best just simply because you will have the ability to open your closet doors without losing any valuable space. Another option is to remove the closet doors completely and instead, use a long tension rod and some curtains.To make the desk, you can use a basic counter, suspended with high-quality brackets to create a floating effect. Peg board or more floating shelves can be used to build up the craft desk for storage solutions at an arm’s length. The benefits of having a craft desk in your closet is that it is affordable, customizable and can be closed off during non-working times to keep your office looking as clean and organized as possible.