This post has been a LONG time coming. Around four years, actually.
The craft room by far is my favourite room in our apartment. It’s a small apartment, but it’s got three bedrooms and we only need two, so OBVIOUSLY the extra room was converted into a craft-room. Truth be told, when hubby’s around, I call it a hobby room, to give him the impression that it’s his room as much as it is mine. But I don’t think he’s falling for it. 🙂
It’s been a long and impatient wait to get the craft room done! I started off with a second-hand desk which was way too small, then a couple of shelves I brought in from my parents’ house. Eventually I recycled a wardrobe by turning it on its side and using it as a big work-space…which worked really well for a couple of years to be honest! But the IKEA fiend in me always wanted a properly organised area.
Last year, we renovated the kitchen, living and dining room. It was a BIG project, and I got pregnant halfway through. So needless to say we were knee-deep in finances and stuff to do. But this year, well baby Cora’s going to need a play area soon, so that was an EXCELLENT excuse to get the craft room done, and incorporate a play area in the same room!
So without much further ado, here is my beautiful room. 🙂
The pic above is how it looks from the back of the room. Photo below is taken from the entrance.
Behold, my colourful room of colours! Bright and cheerful and lots of space to move around and add storage for my pretty things!!! 🙂 i’m so excited. I guess you can tell I love bright colours, and I thought that this room would be the best place to apply them because I get so much inspiration from just seeing these fun and bright hues. Thanks to the decor, I’m always brimming with ideas (implementing them is a whole nother story). The walls have been painted for a few years, as I had always had a rough idea of what I wanted the end result to look like.
So as you can see, I’ve tried to use the funky structure of the room to its fullest potential. The most important aspects I considered during the planning phase were:
- Large workspace
- Easy to move around
- Easy to access crafting essentials
- Sufficient light
- Ample and well organised storage space
- A Safe and fun play-area for Cora.
After many weeks of planning and re-sketching, and imaginary window-shopping on the IKEA site, I came up with a design that incorporates all of my needs.
- Large workspace
I went for an L-shaped BEKANT desk from IKEA. I had totally underestimated how HEAVY and sturdy this desk is, omg! So being the complete idiot I am, I was so excited to get my IKEA stuff delivered that I actually assembled the desk on my own, without waiting for Adam to get home from work to help out. So I may or may not have hurt my back. And dropped the desk. 😦 damn that thing was heavy. So yeah, I tried to assemble the table by setting the top part on a flat surface first, as it says in the instructions. The only flat surface I could find at the time was a wobbly ironing board, which toppled over with the weight and I dropped the table-top, giving it a nice big dent at the corner. 😥 nuuuuuuuuuu!
But anyway, I got up, swore quietly (baby’s still asleep), and tried assembling the table once more. SUCCESS! My back is killing me but heyyyy this thing looks awesome! I’ll just have to hide the dent with a clip-on desk lamp or something. So here’s the desk:
I also opted for the BEKANT desk shelf. I can’t say it’s very sturdy, sometimes it’s a bit wobbly and I worry it’s going to fall off, but as you can see it hold my essentials beautifully, and creates a great nook for my Silhouette Cameo. The BEKANT is a wonderful desk, if you have the space for it. It’s heavy, sturdy and has room for the stuff I need most without having to move them around: Laptop, cutting mat, craft mat, and paper trimmer (which is in the mail. yaaaay can’t wait to get my new Cutterpillar!)
2. Easy to move around.
I tried to make sure that in designing my space, both doors (entrance and back balcony) would be easily accessible. Although the desk juts out in an L-shape, it is easy to move around while crafting.No squeezing or shimmying past to reach stuff. The desk can be used at all angles, even when I’m accompanied by other people working at the same desk.
3.Easy to access crafting essentials
Before I re-did the room, a lot of my stuff was out of reach. I’m pretty short (5ft1) so I needed my things to be easily accessible without having to call my husband, who’d always proceed to make fun of me for being so short. Also, I wanted all the essentials to be within reach of my desk so I wouldn’t have to keep getting out of my chair. Now, when I’m sitting at my desk, I have a set of shelves directly behind me which holds all my blank cardstock, some patterned cardstock, adhesives, scoring tools, printer and embossing machine. At my desk, also within easy reach are my scissors & blades, pencils, ruler, silhouette, trimmer, tissues, wipes and notepad. Now I can complete some projects entirely without having to move away from my desk a single time. Yay, laziness! 😀
4. Sufficient light.
One thing I absolutely love about this room is that I have natural sun light pouring in all day long. and the sun shines directly onto the area where my desk is, making the space such a relaxing and easy place to work at. When the sun sets and i’m still crafting into the wee hours of the morning, I have a pretty light pendant I had brought from my absolute favourite home store, Next Home. It matches with the decor beautifully. However I still want to get a good desk lamp for those intricate, eye-squinting projects. (also, to clip on to my desk and hide the part I chipped off, whoops!)
5. Ample and well organised storage space.
I have an obsession with storage space. Not only do I need everything to be well organised and in its designated place, but I also need to know that if I get more stuff, I’ll have the space to store them as well. 🙂
So the first thing I did when setting up this room for what is hopefully the last time, I hired a guy to build a storage loft, which is hiding behind this pink curtain.
it’s quite a big space, about 2.5m across, and 1.2m depth. It’s great for hiding unsightly boxes and stuff like fans, heaters, files, christmas tree, etc. All neatly stored away behind that curtain. As for crafts, I’ve stored everything in containers as I found them to be most convenient along the years.
A couple of years ago I got a set of DVD shelves for dirt-cheap from a store that was closing down. I use it to store some of my embellishments, PL cards (I don’t have much but there’s plenty of room for more), paints, markers, ribbon, etc. It’s right across my desk so everything is within plain sight.
On top of the shelves I propped 3 canvases which I had made using bird-cage stencils I printed out with the Silhouette. They match with the rest of the decor beautifully, but then again with this room it’s really easy to match decor, there are loads of colours for coordinating.
Another key storage area I have is my KALLAX shelves. I added 4 sets of drawers and 5 boxes. They’re all labelled for easy access. Two of the boxes are “to-sort boxes”, which means I just drop my stuff in them when I’m feeling lazy and don’t feel like clearing up after a project, but at least the place still looks nice and tidy!
Next to my KALLAX shelves are:
- a GALANT filing cabinet which I use for important documents and patterned paper, coordinated by colour.
- a storage cabinet (more like a broom cupboard) for cleaning stuff and other home maintenance items.
aaaand, my favourite storage idea, is where I store my ribbons!! When we first moved into this place, we had a reeeally cheap bed which we broke during our engagement photo shoot (lol), but the bed frame was pretty and I needed a place to store my ribbons, so I thought why not display them?! A coat of spray paint later, and voila:
pretty ribbons AKA wall art!!!! 😀
So this is where I store all my short ribbons. I have more in the aforementioned KALLAX and DVD racks, and I think some lace ribbon in another drawer, but these are the metre-long ones, all within very easy reach as they’re right next to me at my desk.
6.A Safe and fun play-area for Cora.
This part was really important, and I guess it’s the one part of this room that’s not entirely finished. I wanted a safe and fun place for Cora to play once she’s old enough to entertain herself. I felt that this room would be the perfect space, because a) well I can’t hog the whole room to myself, b) It’s bright and colourful, and c) it’s where I’ll be spending a lot of my time, hopefully, so I can supervise her and craft at the same time. I also like that it’s away from the TV which is in the living room. So this room literally beckons creativity!
The room was built with this nook, which made things very easy in regards to closing off a safe space for Cora. I feel that walls are better than a rail, and her area has three walls. Now I just need a rail to close it off from the rest of the room because I am painfully aware of how inviting yet dangerous a craft room can be to little children.
So far, I’ve got a safety mat (also from IKEA), which I specifically preferred over puzzle mats. I hate puzzle mats with such a raging passion because they’re an absolute nightmare to clean. This vinyl mat has already passed the baby-barf test with flying colours. 🙂
The play area also has a set of KALLAX cubes for her toys, and a table with chairs which she is not quite old enough to use yet, but it’s there for when she’s ready to COLOUR ALL THE THINGS!!!
I plan to hang a couple of pretty cork-boards against the wall for displaying all of her drawings, and I’d also like to add a small sheer curtain and floor cushions to the far-left end, so she can use that as a reading nook. I’m not quite sure how to install the rail yet, but i’ve been doing some research about DIY’ing one with PVC pipes. I’ve got to get cracking on that, because Cora’s already been desperately trying to crawl and she’ll be walking before we know it!
And so that was the run-down of how I designed and set up my craft-room. I hope you like it! I am absolutely in love with this room and I am so happy that I can finally start crafting again! Can’t wait to tell you about all stuff I’ll be making in here. 🙂