Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to create the perfect craft space



A guest post by Aimee Claire

A talent for craft can remain a hobby or be turned into a career, but whatever the level of commitment, craft needs a dedicated working space. For creative types, a workroom becomes a ‘playroom’, a place where imagination can work its magic.

What is needed to make a craft space

Storage is the first requirement of any craft room, a place to put all the tools of the trade or hobby, whichever it may be. This means plenty of cupboards or shelves. To make things even tidier, use storage boxes clearly labeled with the contents to make it as convenient as possible to access the items needed. Utilize space above and below permanent furniture and to avoid creating an eyesore, curtain off these areas with an attractive fabric drape.

A second requirement is somewhere to work. Now, this will vary, depending on the craft that is being worked on, but as large a work surface as possible is always desirable. Consider L-shaped worktops or stations such as those used in kitchens, to make the most of the available floor space. If a station cannot be placed permanently in one area, try a wheeled unit that can be pulled out and used as and when needed. Ensure chairs are comfortable and are adjustable for height, so that one chair can be used at a standard desk or adjusted to make them suitable for a higher worktop. Failing that, opt for a chair and a stool.

Smaller items of furniture necessary for a craft room include pin boards, where swatches can be pinned up and hanging storage options. Not only do these add extra storage space, they also make good use of otherwise wasted wall space.

Make the best use of light

There is nothing better than natural light for working in, so position work benches or desks near to windows to make the best use of it. Try to let as much light in as possible, so avoid heavy curtains that fall across the window. Blinds are a good option, but an even better choice would be custom shutters, which create an unfussy, clean dressing for the window, whilst also allowing the amount of light entering the room to be controlled.

As craft work tends to be highly detailed, make space on a worktop for a desk lamp, preferably an angle-poise that can be positioned over the work to avoid strained eyes.

Wall colors for craft spaces

Imagination needs to feed on energy, so keep the colors on the walls bright and fresh. Colors inspire mood, so while dark colors, such as blacks and greys, can look streamlined and sophisticated, they may not provide as much inspiration as yellows, blues and greens. Try to avoid oppressive colors such as deep reds and purples. A good craft room should also be somewhere to relax and smaller rooms can be made to look bigger if they are painted in whites and creams. After all, the numerous supplies and products of craft labor will add accent colors to the room.


Aimee is an enthusiastic, well-educated freelance writer with a passion for Interior Design. She is fascinated at how different patterns, textures and lighting can completely change the look and atmosphere of a room.
 


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