Scouring the web for great craft room and office decorating and storage ideas? Check out this great craft room and office space tour.
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Yo. Decorating a house is hard. I moved about eight months ago and while it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, I am nowhere near finishing the decorating and furnishing (it took me nearly a decade to get there with the last one). I blame this on the fact that I have commitment issues. Seriously. I know you can paint and repaint, but come on…that’s a lot of work. I want to be sure before I make a big change.
While my space isn’t near done, I decided it was high time to share my new craft room and office space. I spend more time in my “craft room” than anywhere else in the house, except the kitchen. It’s particularly true this time of year when I am burning the midnight oil to prepare for Snap Conference.
PLUUUUSSSS, I have joined up with 24 other crafters who’re sharing their rooms today. You can check out links to all of them following the tour of my craft room at the bottom of my post.
Craft Room + Office Tour
My office/craft room is straight down the hallway from the master, which means I can literally tumble out of bed and be to work in minutes. It’s also right next to the guest bath, which is nice because I can use that room for quick clean up when I make a mess (which is pretty much always).
The best part of this room will never truly be conveyed in photos here on the blog…the light is AMAZZZZING. There are four windows in the room and 12 foot ceilings, which makes it feel open and airy all the time. It’s so bright that it’s Jersey’s (my beagle) favorite place to nap in the sun. She naps, I work and occasionally get distracted looking out the windows that face the street. Since the room is at the front of the house, I sometimes feel like I am sitting out on the porch – it’s so happy!
One side of the room serves as my “office.” Since I knew I wanted a large table for crafting. I couldn’t put a large desk in the space. Instead, I selected two slim Besta Burs desks from Ikea. They’re wide enough for office work and by placing them side by side, they provide a lot of work surface.
I try to keep it clear of clutter so that I really can use it effectively.
About all you’ll see on it on a regular basis is:
- Large monitor – this LG monitor has really improved my photo editing. It’s been a great investment.
- Apple Mac Book Pro 13 inch Retina Display. This is my second Mac. I think they’re worth every penny. Previous laptops lasted about two years. I’ve averaged 6+ on my Mac. Nab the colorful hard case for dollars to protect your computer. It’s available in nearly 50 colors!
- I can’t stand to have pens rolling around everywhere. I capture them in a mug. I bought this one featuring art created by my friend Dawn and I love it. It’s filled with Marvy Le Pen fine tip pens. I am super pen picky and I love these, because they function like a felt tip, but they don’t bleed or smudge. Yes! Plus, they come in a dozen or more cute colors.
- The new slim Heidi Swapp Lightbox is PERFECT for my desk. I love changing it out every couple of weeks or so. The full and mini sized light boxes are available on Amazon, while this one is available at JoAnn. I love using the pink alpha and emoji inserts.
The four drawers
hide everything are great for storage and I also added the Besta Burs drawer unit, which is where I keep additional office supplies. The only drawback to this situation is that because I picked a high gloss piece of furniture (which I love for the modern feel), it does pick up a glare from all of the windows.
Beneath my desk I have a fun, furry stool at Hobby Lobby. Yay for happy toes!
Above my desk I have three shelves (also from Ikea). They hold some of my craft supplies in jars and boxes, as well as a little green and some books.
Perhaps my favorite desk decor is the #toolegit (to quit) sign above my desk. It was created by my friend Amanda. She will be listing it in her shop soon! It’s a bit nostalgic (yes, I can actually remember when that song was popular) AND reminds me that it’s never time to throw in the towel.
The bookcase next to my desk holds a few little decorative items, as well as organizational storage.
In the center of the room is my craft table. This is one of the few pieces that came with me when I moved. I love it soo much. It’s actually a small kitchen island from Ikea. I’ve had it for six years and it makes the BEST crafting table.
The countertop is butcher block, which is easy to keep up even with all the abuse it takes. There’s room for chairs to be tucked under on one side and storage on the other. It’s a great place to keep my favorite machines and my tools.
Next to the craft table is a closet. It’s just a regular bedroom closet, but I love how deep it is! There’s room for not one, but two Ikea bookcases, as well as the over door storage system from The Container Store.
On the left side of the closet I store all of my gift wrap packing and party supplies. Paper items are stored in the bins, while the tissue paper is organized by color on pant hangers and the ribbon and wrapping supplies are on the closet door.
The Container Store Elfa over the door is my favorite thing in the whole world. You’d be AMAZED at how much it holds. I would have had to have installed another whole bookcase with bins to hold these items. PLUS, it’s so much easier to see what you have when it’s out and on display instead of at the bottom of a bin or box. If I had the money, I would honestly build out my entire closet with the Elfa system…A girl can dream!
On the left I’ve stored all of my crafting supplies. The door holds paints, Mod Podge and etching supplies, we well as my vinyl (my favorite are the large rolls from Expressions Vinyl). The bins hold fabric, yarn, adhesives, etc.
In the corner of the room, I have another Ikea bookcase. These bins are filled with office supplies like regular copy paper, white cardstock, pens and markers.
I debated on the tv, but it’s an older model that I took with me when I moved. At the end of the day it’s nice background noise (literally, my back is to the tv 98% of the time) when I am working late at night…And, at some point I will actually connect to network television so that I can have Ellen on in the afternoons.
That’s it. All I can fit in a 10×10-ish space.
My friends have all been busy sprucing up their own craft spaces. Check out more great craft rooms…
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