Posted on 8-3-2021 by Janita van Rijnsbergen
If you have one, it’s undoubtedly your favorite place in the house: your craft room. The valhalla of your home, packed to the rafters with yarn in all the colors of the rainbow. For anyone wanting to update this magical workspace or planning to set one up, we have a few ideas for this creative retreat to share with you.
You're moving to a new house, re-modelling, or the kids have flown the nest, and suddenly, you have a spare room. What to do with all that extra space? All those dreams and wild ideas now seem possible. Like a home cinema. Or a mega walk-in closet. (Side note: Not necessarily because you have that many dresses or shoes, but just because it sounds so wonderfully extravagant. I mean, why not?) Of course, an empty room might spark more realistic, practical ideas. Like a laundry room, to make those less pleasant chores a bit less unpleasant. But the best idea? Turn it into a craft room! A creative retreat where you can practice your favorite pastime in peace. To help you get started with this ultimate room conversion, we’ve searched for the answer to the burning question: What makes the perfect craft room?
1. Good for body and soul
Handcrafting is a wonderful way to relax the mind. Knitting, crocheting, punching, weaving... they are all incredibly therapeutic, having a positive impact on your mood and well-being. But let's not forget our bodies, too. We don't know about you, but when we get started on a fun project, we just can’t stop. Time flies, and before you know it, hours have vanished. That’s why it’s so important that your worktable is at the right height and that you have an ergonomic chair to sit on. Your back, neck and shoulders will thank you.
2. The right lighting
Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a craft room with a large window that lets in plenty of sunlight. Natural light is fantastic and will help you avoid eye strain. But what if you don't have that luxury or you often don't have time to craft until after the sun has set? Then PURElite lighting is a great solution. At Yarnplaza, we have five different lamps from this brand on offer. They range from a large floor lamp to a magnifying desk lamp that you can use to illuminate small, precision work. If there’s no power outlet nearby, the cordless, rechargeable PURElite LED lamps will light the way! Perfect for hours of crafting fun, anywhere and anytime!
3. Create enough storage space
Once you've been crafting for a while, your stash will inevitably grow and grow. Seemingly all on its own! You may have started off with just a few balls of yarn and a few hooks or needles, but now you have leftover balls and yarn scraps and accessories pilling up. Making sure you have enough storage space is therefore not a mere luxury, but a necessity. Equip your craft room with plenty of cupboards, drawers, and shelving so you have somewhere to store everything neatly. For small tools and notions, such as buttons, sewing needles and pins, sewing baskets are ideal. If you like to have several projects on the go at the same time, check out our selection of craft bags. That way you can easily keep everything you need for one project together in the same place.
4. If you don’t have much space, use it wisely!
In some craft rooms, you may need to apply your creativity to more than just your craft projects. Your space itself may need you to think outside the box. If you don’t have enough room for cupboards, a pegboard is a great way to corral your scattered accessories. A what? A pegboard. You know, those boards full of holes that you more usually find in a garage with various DIY tools hanging from it. We love the fun factor and convenience pegboards can offer within a home. A quick search for ‘pegboard craft room’ on Pinterest will bring up all sorts of fun and quirky ideas to inspire you.
5. Atmosphere & decoration
We’ve discussed the ergonomic and practical side of things, now it's time to create the atmosphere you want through color and décor. Go for soothing colors as the base. Then add splashes of color if they make you feel energized. Consider adding some plants to your craft room. Did you know that these green additions can reduce your stress by up to 30%? Feel-good quotes are always a good idea. Even more so if they reflect your favorite hobby. You can find all kinds of examples on Pinterest. Feel free to display those cool craft books and magazines where you can see them and reach them. And for the designers among us, why not paint a wall with chalk paint so that you can sketch out all your genius ideas directly onto the wall?
Once you’ve visualized your ideal craft room, it’s time to make it a reality. We’d love to see what you come up with! Share your craft spaces (and any tips and craft room hacks) with us on Facebook or Instagram with #yarnplaza.