I’m not sure how it happens, but despite my best efforts, there always seems to be at least one room in my house that is in serious need of organizing. Last year it was my kitchen (you can see my kitchen organizing projects HERE). This year it’s my craft room (and garage…but that’s a story for another day).
Okay, maybe I know how it happens…if you don’t have designated spots for things to go that are easy to find and get at, those things end up getting dumped on the countertop or work table. And pretty soon you end up with a pile of stuff and no space to work.
So that was the goal. Set up craft room organization and storage solutions that make things easy to access (and put away). As usual, I like to do these kinds of projects with the least amount of cost and effort possible, so they had to be easy to do, too!
Keep reading to the simple craft room organization and storage ideas that worked for me.
Use a Thread Rack…and Make Enclosed Storage
Thread racks are a great way to store your thread so you can find it easily. This one is from the Martha Stewart craft storage collection (available HERE*).
I don’t have a lot of available wall space in my craft area, and I needed somewhere to store my thread rack. So I decided to make use of the front of my shelves…and turned the thread rack into a door. The thread rack is doing double duty!
Just install some hinges on the back of the thread rack.
Attach them to the sides of the shelf.
Then add a bracket to support the end of the rack (it is a little heavier than your standard cabinet door), and you have a functional door!
Create a Magnetic Bulletin Board
The same principal applies for these panels in my craft area. Since the plain sheet metal doesn’t really go with the decor in my craft room, I decided to make it match by covering it with wallpaper. Then I screwed them onto the wall with a screw in each corner.
Add some magnetic containers* and you have great storage for small craft supplies.
I also like to use these as a bulletin board, except with magnets instead of pins.
If you want to dress up the magnets a bit, glue them to the bottom of glass knobs*…they look pretty even when they’re not holding anything to the board.
Store Tools On Pegboard
Of course I couldn’t have craft room storage without pegboard. There are just too many things you can organize easily on pegboard.
To make it blend in with the room decor, I had to cover the pegboard with wallpaper (you can find out how HERE).
Use plier hooks* for scissors.
Finally, you can store short-stemmed faux flowers (and make your board look pretty) by sticking the stems into the pegboard holes.
Pegboard also works well for storing things like ribbon. Using straight hooks* means that each roll can be removed and used without disturbing the others.
Make Manuals Easy To Find
Speaking of tools, they usually come with instruction manuals that I often need to refer to…and usually can’t find when I need them.
The solution was to get some fun magazine boxes* and place them right under the bulletin board where the tools are. Easy to access and put back in the right place!
(Sorry about the cat hair…for some reason, these are a favorite scratching post for my cats. The fur is hard to get rid of!)
Sort Your Paper
Paper organizers make it really easy to store and organize all kinds of paper and other flat supplies.
This one* is really sturdy and can hold a lot of paper.
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Use a Drafting Table As a Work Table
If you are looking for a multi-purpose table try using an adjustable height drafting table*. They are so versatile (even the cat thinks so)! First, they have a large flat surface area that gives you lots of room to work on.
If you position the top so that it is flat, it is a great work table. Adjust it to a 30″ height to use for sewing, or anything else where you want to sit at regular height.
Raise it higher if you want to stand or sit on a stool
You can also tilt it if you want to use it as an easel or drawing surface.
The tray* that attaches to the side of the table is also really useful for storing odds and ends.
Re-purpose a CD Holder
If you have a CD shelf left over from the days when having hundreds of CD’s was normal, you don’t have to throw it out! CD shelves are the perfect depth for a lot of craft supplies.
I painted mine to match the office decor, and it fits perfectly under the end of my work table.
Add Wheels To A Filing Cabinet
Adding wheels to it just makes it so much easier to use since you can wheel it where you need it.
Since a lot of filing cabinets don’t have bases that are easy to attach wheels to, I like to make a dolly. Basically, cut a piece of wood that is slightly larger than the base of the filing cabinet.
Then screw on 1½” casters*. You can go bigger than this if you need to wheel over really uneven surfaces, but to make it easy to move, I wouldn’t go much smaller than this. Make sure that the wheels are far enough in that they don’t stick out past the edge of the wood. If they do, they will get in the way when you want to push the filing cabinet right up beside something.
The wheels make it easy to move the filing cabinet where you need it. It can even act as an extra work surface if necessary.
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Store Faux Flowers In Vases
If you like to use faux flowers like I do sometimes, there’s always the question of what to do with them when you aren’t using them. They’re kind of an awkward shape and you don’t want to squish them by piling a bunch of stuff on top of them.
I put them in pretty vases and store them that way in my work room. That way they add to the decor and they’re easy to access when I need them.
Organize Your Fabric
If you use your craft room for sewing, then you probably have left over scraps of fabric like I do.
Since I didn’t want to just have stacks of fabric everywhere, I decided to create some DIY fabric organizers that looked good as well as getting the fabric pile under control.
For the smaller pieces, I folded them on to card stock and put them on shelves. (You can find out how to do this storage option for scraps of fabric plus a few others HERE).
You have probably noticed the fabric rack in the background.
This is where I store all of the fabric rolls that are waiting for a project (find the instructions to make it HERE).
There you have it…all the things I did to get my craft room organized and it has definitely made recent projects easier!