What is the most important part of any craft room? Some people may say that it is the organization or the inspiring decor, but for me the desk space is the most critical part of any craft space. For me the ideal workspace has three important qualities:
The largest work surface possible
Frequently used supplies at the fingertips
Custom organization to fit your needs
My craft area used to be in our basement playroom. This made tons of sense when my kids were super little because I didn’t feel comfortable being apart from them when they were playing. But, just over a year ago, my husband agreed to turn our guest room into my craft space (along with keeping a pull-out couch bed for when guests do stay over). In order to take advantage of as much of the window as possible, I decided I wanted an L-shaped desk. However, the budget definitely was not there to buy a whole new desk system. That’s when I had to get creative!
My current desk is actually a custom desk that I put together using two small IKEA desks that used to be in our basement. I purchased the largest desk tops possible from IKEA and situated them in an L-shape on top of the existing desks. I added a set of Alex drawers all the way to the left to accommodate the larger desk top. However, the height did not match up which ended up being a blessing in disguise. My husband added some extra scrap pieces of wood to create stability with the new desk top, which in turn allowed me to create some custom storage. These custom slots were perfect for storing my laptop out of the way, and creating upright storage for Project Life albums, Project Life insert pages, and Bible mats.
Attached to the left side of my desk are plastic bag holders that I also purchased from IKEA. These are very useful as wrapping paper storage and collage paper storage. While most people like having these items tucked away, this really was the only logical place for me to store them in my space. And, I like the idea of having them off of the floor!
The Alex drawers hold some of my most essential items that I use on multiple kinds of projects. From the bottom drawer up, I store general stickers, alpha stickers, various cards and paper bits, watercolors and neocolors, and finally stamping and embossing supplies. I love not having to get out of my chair to find my most used items!
Next to that make-shift storage area, I was able to fit a rolling file cabinet, also from IKEA. The fact that it can be rolled is essential to the function of the room, because rolling it out of the way allows for the couch bed to be pulled out when guests are staying. In this cabinet, I store additional alpha stickers, stencils, small collage papers, and printables. I like to keep printables organized by artist for easy retrieval!You can find out more about the custom pegboard here!
I utilize clear acrylic storage and trinket trays to corral die-cuts from kits that I am currently working with. I also keep two traveler’s notebooks on my desk at all times, one that holds current devotionals and a prayer journal and the other that holds my current month of memory keeping. I love lighting it every time I sit down to work. Despite what it looks like from this workspace post, I actually use a lot of non-IKEA elements in my craft room. Check out this blog post for more non-IKEA craft room ideas! Perhaps my favorite part of this area is the candle…it is called “Sanctuary” from Altr’d State, and it smells amazing!
Directly in front of me sits a small carousel of my most used micron pens, pencils, and scissors. Additionally, I use the same Dollar Tree vases to organize various pens and markers that I use frequently. This keeps them out and visible which I find inspiring to look at as I craft. Plus, with these supplies right at my fingertips, I find that I reach for them more often than when they were stored way from sight. The top of your desk is a great place to utilize Dollar Tree storage finds…check out this post for more Dollar Tree must-haves!
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife