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Craft Room Ideas, Designs and Organization

Updated on January 17, 2015

Design, Organize and Decorate Your Craft Room

Design your craft room layout with the inspiration of others. Depending on your budget you can create a functional craft room that helps you get the job done or you can go all out with a shabby, chic craft room that would inspire others.

The idea of a perfect craft room varies by the artist and type of craft. A small hair bow crafter may require a small space while a multi-craft artist will require a much larger space. You can turn any room, even a closet into a craft studio with the right craft room organization. Here you will find pictures, ideas and much more for creating, designing and organizing a craft room.

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Use Various Types of Organizers to Tidy Up Your Craft Room - One Box Does Not Fit All!

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craft room ideas

Since craft supplies come in thousands of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, it is expected that you would need various types of craft organizers. Consider using plastic show boxes for larger items, photos, cards and die cuts. Use jars and canisters for small items such as beads, buttons, pins and embellishments.

Use Organizers with dividers for those same items if you want them sorted by colors, size or styles. use various types of organizers with shelving and cubbies to keep the organizers nice and tidy.

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Use Stackable Shelves, Cubbies and Dividers to Design Your Craft Room

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craft rooms

Design your craft room with the ability to expand if need be. Using simple bookshelves, cubbies and dividers that are interchangeable, stack-able and join together, will allow you to add or take away space as needed. Mix it up a little to allow for various types of craft supplies.

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Organize Your Crafts With Totes

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craft room organization

Use simple totes that can be found at Walmart, the dollar store, Micheals and online to sort and organize craft supplies. Don't think that every thing you use has to be labeled 'craft organizer'. Find ways to re-purpose totes, shoe boxes and other types of containers.

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Use Dowels to organize Ribbon, Trim, Rope and other Craft Supplies

ribbon organizer
ribbon organizer

Dowels can be used as a ribbon dispenser along with sorting, hanging and making it easier to catalog through various types of ribbons, trims, ropes and other type of 'string' materials.

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Use Your Craft Skills to Design Your Own Craft Room Furniture - Turn Basic, Every Day Furniture into a Craft Room Master Piece

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craft room

Going back to reusing old furniture, let your creativity take hold and get creative! Use your imagination to coordinate your re-purposed piece of furniture into an organizer that is not only functional but adds design, texture, color and visual appeal to your craft room.

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Organize Your Craft Room by Re-purposing Old Furniture - Get Crafty and Reuse Other Furniture Pieces in Your Craft Room

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organize craft room

Before throwing out a piece of furniture consider reusing it in your craft room. The more space you have with shelves, cubbies and dividers, the more organized you can be. If the color of the furniture doesn't match your current materials consider painting it, reupholstering it, or maybe even some decoupage.

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Organize Your Craft Room with Dividers - Dividers Are Essential for Craft Room Organization for Paper Supplies

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craft room ideas

Using dividers like the ones in these pictures are a great way to organize your craft room without spending a fortune. These types of dividers can usually be found online for less than $50 a piece. You can stack or join them side-by-side to create a tidy storage area for your crafts. They are especially great for organizing scrapbook materials.

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Craft Room Dividers - Divide Craft Papers, Felt, Foam and Fabrics

Organize Groups of Craft Supplies You Use Often With Caddies - They Will Be Easy to Transport and Easy to Keep Together

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craft room ideas

Painting supplies such as brushes, sponges, markers and pastels can be divided among caddies so that they are all together for convenience but still nicely separated. Caddies can be used for other types of crafts that require a specific group of items.

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Shoe Boxes Work Great for Organizing Seam Tapes, Ric Rac and other Small Bolt Supplies

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craft room organization

Organize Yarn Skeins and Fabric with Cubbies

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craft room organization

Cubbies are a great way to organize skeins of yarn, fabric and other bulk items. This specific photo shows you how easy it would be to organize hundreds of skeins of yarn. Folded fabric, tulle and other bulk supplies could also be organized the same way. You can usually find cubbies for around $25 with 2 to 3 compartments that stack with each other to create an organizer to fit your needs.

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Creating Your Craft Room Layout

Design a Craft Room Layout that Is Functional

When it comes to designing your craft room layout the first thing to consider is space. If you have small areas you will want to utilize wall space to free up more floor space for work areas.

Small spaces can benefit from using pegboards, wall shelves, and stackable shelves. Place your table near a bright window to help light the area without desk lamps to take up more space when possible. Leaving the floor area open and putting the table against the wall will allow the tight-spaced area to feel more open. Utilize closets in the room for more storage area to keep the room more open.

Larger craft rooms will have more versatility. Larger craft room layouts benefit from having a center workstation much like an island. These types of work stations can be as simple as a nice table or elaborate with a full studio style work table that has organizers built in. Check out Craft Room Furniture for some of the best options for craft room layouts, organization and work space ideas.

No Space is Too Small - Turn Even the Smallest Place Into a Craft Room with the Right Design

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craft room organization ideas

Once again, you see the value of the cubbies. This one is also organizing yarn along with craft books. This is a relatively small space that has a work table with plenty of shelving on the right side along with a smaller set of shelves on the left side that also serves as a work station and storage area for multiple sewing machines. It has a nice, bright window for natural light and even has simple d├ęcor and photos to add a touch of cozy design.

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ClosetMaid 8983 Stackable 15-Cube Organizer, White
ClosetMaid 8983 Stackable 15-Cube Organizer, White

Consists of 15 smaller cubbies. Perfect for smaller baskets, shoe boxes and organizers.

 

Use What You Have to Create Your Craft Room - Craft Room on a Budget

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craft room ideas

While we all dream of a professional craft 'studio' for our craft 'room' sometimes we have to compromise. This simple layout is tidy, functional and other than the metal shelves, very inexpensive. The baskets, totes, and other organizers can be found online, at the dollar store and local box stores for only a few dollars a piece. While they may not all match perfectly or create a specific theme, they still serve a purpose- organizing your craft supplies.

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Organize Your Crafts with Jars While Adding to Your Craft Room Design - Add Color, Contrast and Décor While Cleverly Organizing Your Supplies

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craft organization

Mason jars, baby food jars and jars of various shapes and sizes work great for organizing pins, buttons, stones and other embellishments. When separated out into colors they work great for adding color, style and creativity to your craft room design. Plus they are cheap!

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Shoe Boxes are Great for Organizing Crafts - Whether they are Real Shoe Boxes or Purchased Boxes, They Still Work Great

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craft room ideas

"Shoe Boxes' which are typically a normal box with a lid around the same size as a shoe box. If you are on a budget and can't afford the stylish shoe boxes you would purchase from a craft store you can always use regular shoe boxes that come with your shoes.

The great thing about shoe boxes is that they stack easily, can be labeled with basic labels and are perfect for larger craft items, photos, punch out and other craft supplies that don't fit into small caddies or organizers.

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Craft Boxes

Hansi Naturals Women's Shoe Storage System 12 Pack Stackable
Hansi Naturals Women's Shoe Storage System 12 Pack Stackable

Set of 12 durable-plastic shoe boxes that stack into snug towers. Clear boxes with white lids make labeling and storing a breeze.

 
Whitmor Organizer Boxes (Set of 5), Assorted
Whitmor Organizer Boxes (Set of 5), Assorted

5 assorted plastic organizer boxes with lids and labels. Too cute!

 

Organize Your Sewing Threads - Save Space and Create a Tidy Craft Room with Thread Racks

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organize sewing room

One of the most annoying thing to deal with in the crafting world is locating the perfect thread just to have to scramble around and untie a not of loose ends. There is no need to get up to find the color you need, dig through drawers to find the perfect match or fight with loose ends. Thread racks and even bobbin racks are a must have for any craft room that has a sewing machine!

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Thread Racks

June Tailor Mini Mega-Rack ll
June Tailor Mini Mega-Rack ll

Holds 120 spools of thread.

 

Organize Craft Tools with Pegboards - Utilize Wall Space in Your Craft Room

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craft supply organizer

Pegboards are a wonderful way to organize craft tools such as scissors, hoops, shears, measuring tapes, frames and other hand tools. You can also purchase baskets and small shelves that connect to them for more organization.

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Craft Room Pegboards

Craft Center and Scrapbook Organizer (Clear Frosted Pegboard)
Craft Center and Scrapbook Organizer (Clear Frosted Pegboard)

Clear pegboard with 70 hooks, accessories and scrapbook supply organizers. You can also purchase extra accessories to add to it as needed.

 

Turn a Closet into a Craft Room - Hide Your Craft Supplies Using a Closet

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craft room designs

If you don't have space to create a dedicated craft room consider using a pantry or closet to organize and store your craft supplies. Simply take what you need to your work space, which can be the kitchen table for that matter, and return your leftovers. This is a great idea for spare bedrooms that you want to keep tidy. Notice the pegboard on the door to create a quick and easy go to place for hand tools.

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Keep Your Crafts Organized With a Craft Cart

This chic craft cart is perfect for storing, organizing and easy transporting of craft supplies. Move it from your work station to it's home location or a closet quickly and easily.

Use a Wine Rack to Organize Rolled Craft Supplies - Wine Racks work Well for Organizing Rolled Papers, Fabric and other Cylinder Shaped Supplies

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craft paper organizer

You can find wine racks nearly anywhere including garage sales. They make a great organizer for wrapping papers, rolled papers, fabric rolled up and other cylinder shaped supplies.

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Reuse Every Day Items - Don't Toss It Out! Recycle It in Your Craft Room!

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craft organization

Consider recycling older objects that have dividers, lids, compartments or other spaces that could be used to organize your craft room.

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Use a Hutch to Store and Organize Your Crafts - Create a Hidden but Elegant Craft Storage Area

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craft hutch

Turn a craft hutch into a clever craft supply organizer that is already fully equipped with everything you need to organize and store nearly every type of craft supply you can think of. These are great for small areas, tight spaces or those who don't have the space for a conventional craft room design.

Craft Room Hutches

Turn even the smallest areas into a craft room suite by simply opening two doors and pulling out the table. This hutch includes dozens upon dozens of storage containers, shelves, dividers and various other craft organizers. Simply slide the table in and close the doors and viola! You have a clean office, living room or dining room that is perfectly tidy that no one will ever know was a craft studio 5 minutes ago!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very clever lens! I like the layout and the ideas are great. Will reference this for future organizing! Thanks for sharing with us! =)

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      raelcalu 4 years ago

      love the pictures...and the lens of course...i don't have a craft room but hopefully when i got my own place...craft room, writing room, library...anything that could have that solitude for your work.

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      Stephanie Mangino 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! We plan on featuring it on the So Crafty homepage Thursday (June 21)!

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      Barbara2659 4 years ago

      I love this lens! All my crafts are stuffed in different closets all over the house. The one closet I use the most has sliding doors which cause me much disdain!I use many of my craft tools for more than one type of project which also causes confusion about where to keep them. Someday I will get organized!

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      Caromite 4 years ago

      Great lens! I think it will be very helpful - if I will have a craft room one day, I will use your ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hutch to Store and Organize Your Crafts is the loveliest i have ever seen. Very much organized

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      Rachel Field 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I just have one table at the moment and a disorganized closet. I love the idea of the hutch - especially good for when you have a small child (as long as it locks!).

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Awesome article full of organizing tips! It helps that you supplied so many wonderful photos as well. :)

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      poutine 4 years ago

      It should be bright and have plenty of storage room with a large table.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      My office is also my craft room, so every bit of organizing space must work extra hard. Shelves, cubbies and repurposed containers are great for keeping things tidy and organized/

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      anilsaini 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      createpink 4 years ago

      I've seren the scrapbook workbox before and this was a good reminder of that being a massive space saver if you have a small space. Keeping that back in my mind for our next house (going smaller!) Thanks for the info/reminder!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Great ideas and suggestions for organizing a craft room! I recently converted a bedroom to my new craft room. I love it! All I need now is a peg board :)

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful ideas here! Blessed!

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      boutiqueshops 4 years ago

      So many great ideas ~ so little time. LOL Thank you for such a well done presentation of ideas illustrated with excellent pictures. Blessed!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Great ideas. Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Stephanie, just stopping back to let you know that I'm hoping to implement some of these great craft room organization ideas of yours this season. Thanks again for all the wonderful inspiration! :D

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      prettylittleran 3 years ago

      A lens after my own heart!

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      tif2pdf 3 years ago

      I like your ideas for organizing and designing a craft room

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hi, it's me, Squidoo's Creative Crocheter Contributor, dropping in to give your awesome lens a little lens rank boost! Have a great day, and be sure to watch for my next article in SoCrafty Magazine... because you might just be in it!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It was so fun to see all the photos here. What great ideas. I'd probably have more fun organizing than the crafting itself! Great lens!

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      chrystalspace4scrappin 3 years ago

      Great ideas for organization! Thank you for the inspiration!

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