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Five Secrets to the Perfect Craft Room

Converting my office into a craft room was the smartest thing I did. I love DIY’s and I think our family was tired of living amongst my projects!
craft room

My craft room is a wonderful and beautiful room. I have lots of natural sunlight and every time I walk in there I feel creative!. It is organized, and everything I need is right at my fingertips.

In the past six months, I have made a few changes to my craft room and I am really happy with how functional it has become. So I came up with five things that I think every craft/project room needs.

Five Secrets to the Perfect Craft Room

#1 Choose a space that is light and a room that allows you to be creative.

craft room makeover

This room is located right off of our family room, so it is near the main hub of our home. I have a great view of our porch and the daytime light is just perfect.

Just so you can appreciate how important the white paint was in this room, this is what the room looked like before (when it was my office). Can you believe the difference?

craft room before photo

A craft or project room needs to be a place where you can be creative. So make sure it has great light and is a place where you want to be.

If you are thinking about creating a craft room, or a craft room area, here are all of the supplies,  furniture, and storage ideas you need to get started.

#2 Find a craft table that allows you to finish all sorts of projects.

I wanted a tall table because I like to stand when I create. I found this table and I can promise you it looked very different when I bought it. It is large enough to cut fabric, layout my Cricut stencils, and manage just about every project I have created this past year. At Christmas, my table was always occupied with projects every day!

craft room after photo

I bought my project table at the Rose Bowl flea market and I refinished the top and painted the legs. You can see how I completed that DIY here.

You can also buy some amazing craft tables or make your own here. Just click on any photo for more information.



#3 Create a storage system for the supplies you need for your crafts.

Craft Room Storage

I bought plenty of clear storage bins to store the supplies I need for crafting. This includes my Cricut supplies, glue guns, and all of the supplies I use all of the time.

I also bought a vintage tin cabinet and cleaned it up and painted it. Then I added labels on all twenty-seven of the drawers.

a place for making crafts

I use this cabinet to hold pens, paper, chalk, sewing supplies, scissors, rubber stamps, etc.

organizing craft supplies

Storage in a craft room is so important. Here are some well-priced ideas to help you with storage.


#4 Keep your tools close by.

how to store craft supplies

I  have used this Singer sewing machine for years and I love it.

embroidery machine

I also have an embroidery machine and I love it.

cricut rose machine

I  love my  Cricut machines. I have the CricutExplore and the Cricut Maker.

I use my sewing machine, embroidery machine, and Cricut machine all of the time. I have all three of these machines stored in my craft room and they are easily accessible anytime I need them. If they were stored far away I might not be as productive as I am.

#5 Make sure you have good lighting.


Good lighting is almost the most important thing you need in your craft room. I put in a six-light chandelier but still needed more light so I added a table top lamp on my craft table.

There are a lot of ways you can add light to your craft room. Just click on any photo for information.


Bonus tip: Don’t expect your craft room to be perfect.

dress form in the craft room

I outfit my dressform all of the time! I think every craft room needs one of these, even if it’s bare for most of the year.

a working craft room

Your craft room is for creating and tackling projects. Don’t do not think it needs to look perfect all of the time. It’s ok that it gets disheveled and messy. The purpose of having a craft room is to have a place where you can leave your projects out while you are working on them. Do not feel that you have to clean up all of the time. If everything has a place, you can always clean up when you are done. Have fun. Be messy and be creative.

Enjoy your room. It’s for you and nobody else. It’s where you get to be creative.

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39 Responses

  1. Leslie, Hope your recovery is progressing well. LOVE your craft room! I’m curious how you sew on your machines. Do you have a stool to sit at your beautiful table? If so can you reach the peddle? Also for all the creating you do, I don’t see a lot of supplies……do you have more storage?

  2. Love the windows! When we built our home our builder showed us a space upstairs which he normally made into an all-purpose closet for other clients and asked if I wanted the same or if I wanted to leave rods, etc. out and create a hobby room? Since my husband had declared a downstairs closet for his hunting clothes, etc. I jumped at the chance to create a space for spreading out my projects and then closing the door. It has been nearly perfect. Problem? No windows. And though it would be considered a really nice oblong walk-in it’s a little tight for storage and “spreading out”. Don’t get me wrong! I love having my own space but if I had it to do over again I think I might have configured the entire upstairs a little differently to accommodate a room more on the square side, like yours. Although… I might sit and stare outside and never get my little projects done. It’s always something, isn’t it?

    1. If you can why don’t you add a solar tube. I put a few in a hall way and it looks like daylight during the day. It’s a inexpensive way to get light in a room. A good handyman can put it in. I bought it at Home Depot. Good luck

      1. I did a solar tube in a dark corner of a kitchen. Or if money isn’t an issue, a skylight – one that can be opened.

  3. How I loved reading this and seeing the photos! You’ve motivated me to clear out my messy spare bedroom and to transform it into my own creative space! Thank You for spurring us on.

  4. I love what you did with your room! I need help getting my craft room organized. Can I hire you? I’m in Simi Valley. The challenge is, all my walls are tile as it used to be a jacuzzi room. I have no way to hang anything and now it’s just has become one big heap of things with a narrow walk through area. ????????????

    1. How about bookshelves and/or kitchen cabinets for storage rather than hanging stuff.? I’ve had a folding screen for years and it’s been in every room. Recently I decided to use it to hide my crafts so walking past the room you don’t see the mess. If I had to clean up at the end of every time I’d never start back up.

  5. Really like your craft room, especially the white paint…nice and bright! Love your old “desk” though, sheesh, what a beauty! Hope you still have it somewhere! Keep on creating!

  6. I’ve been thinking about turning our kids’ playroom (now that they’re grown) into a craft room for me, but didn’t know where to start. This post is full of great information and I’ll definitely be referring to it when I get ready to get my craft room up and running!

  7. Beautiful
    I am going this direction as well. So confused on white paints. Where and what color is your white? Is it flat or satin?

    Do my walls need to be a different paint than my cabinets?

  8. I agree about the dark wood room, beautiful but white is so great for your crafting room, so light too. In section #3 where you have notes clipped with clothes pins on a wire rack—- is that from a baby bed, that holds the mattress? Great idea reusing a discarded item. Also, I have a similar cow print, by Teil Duncan, Charleston, SC artist. Love the contrast in decor. Thanks for letting us peek into your life. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Love the craft room!!! So functional for all the great crafts you have shared with us. I love the desk you had in there when it was just an office…I have never seen one like that. Thanks for giving us such good ideas!

  10. Wow! This transformation is spectacular. Just viewing this photo, makes me feel both relaxed and energized to start a a new project.

  11. What a beautiful space! My “She Shed” is one of my favorite rooms! One thing on my want list is a work table I saw at (I think) Lowe’s – it has a crank that you can raise or lower the table In a pinch! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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