One of the challenges I face in every house we have lived in has been having a place to craft and having a room to use for guests when more than two people come to visit at one time. We’ve always had a home with two guest bedrooms, but one of those bedrooms has always been full of a computer desk, sewing machine, craft cubbies, book shelves, etc. Usually squeezed in around the sides of a double bed. Too much stuff in too little space.
My dream has always been to have a studio/craft space, but my reality has been that we can only afford so much space and so far that extra room hasn’t been an option. Most of the time, the guest rooms are unused, so it seemed like a waste to try to have two bedrooms for guests that made about 1/3 of the house rarely used space. Our family is pretty spread out across the U.S. and the cost of travel keeps us from getting together as often as we would like. So we decided, after we retired, to make one bedroom into an office and craft room we could both use, but to try to figure out a way to do it so we could make room for a bed if needed. That led to lots of Pinteresting, but I think we have figured it out.
I had two 9-square cubbies with baskets that I used for some craft storage, but I had most of my fabrics and some yarn in plastic totes under a bed and stacked in closets. Generally they were big totes and hard to manage, especially when on the top shelf of a closet. Anytime I needed space for cutting fabric or blocking a knitted piece, I laid it out on a bed or commandeered the dining room table. I really wanted a work table where I could spread things out and leave them for a couple of days if needed without it being constantly in the way of other daily routines.
I got on Amazon and found a 9-square cubbie that was exactly the same size as what I had, so I ordered two more and bought additional baskets for them. My husband helped me stack them-two cubbies side by side and two more on top. He screwed them together and also attached them to the wall at the top. The new cubbies came with small traps just for that purpose. This gives me a wall of cubbies that are 6 feet high and 6 feet wide.
I drug out every craft tote I had and started sorting in the middle of the floor. This time I gritted my teeth and got rid of everything in my stash that I knew I would probably never use, either by tossing it or bagging it up and putting it in a donate box. When I finished, I had every scrap of my crafting stash-fabrics, yarns sorted by color, beads, tools, etc in a cubbie basket and all my stuff in one spot.
I then made simple, reusable labels with colored index cards, blackboard tape, chalk pencils and small colored binder clips. I made all my labels and attached one to each cubbie basket, either by clipping it to the handle of the basket or to the top edge. Mine are a mix of bright colors, but by using common office supplies, you have lots of options for inexpensive color combinations.
I still needed a work space, so I started searching online for a foldable craft table. I figured that surely someone had thought of this! And sure enough, someone had. I found just what I was looking for on Amazon for about $150 (affiliate link). That was a big splurge, but we decided to go for it so I could finally have my craft space. It shipped unassembled, but it was easy to put together and I did it by myself, though I did enlist the help of my husband to set it upright after assembly to keep from putting undue stress on the sides of the table.
I love this table! It is much sturdier than I expected and the height is adjustable. I am 5’8” and I like to stand up when I am cutting fabric or other work so I can move around it. The table is on wheels, so it can be easily moved to allow me to walk all the way around it. The adjustable legs allowed me to raise it to the perfect height, about 4” below my elbows (when my arms are bent at a right angle at the elbow). It has two small wire baskets where I can stash tools out of the way while I work. Each side folds down easily so it can be pushed back against the wall of cubbies if I need the space for a bed. You can leave one side folded down and raise the other up if you only need a small space to work. When the sides are both raised, the table is about 4’11” x 3’. When one side is raised, it is about 3’ by 3’, when both sides are folded down, it is about 12” by 3’.
We are still looking at options for beds, but are leaning toward a twin sized air bed so that it can be folded up and stored in a tote when we don’t need it. Other options, like a day bed, would just take up too much space and would rarely be used, so we really can’t justify the expense or the space needed.
All in all, I am pretty happy with my new craft space. I haven’t given up my dream of a whole craft room to myself, but the space I have now is such a huge improvement over what I have had for the past, oh, all my life, that I cannot complain. If you are interested in buying the table, click on the link below to purchase it on Amazon.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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