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Craft Room Tour – a look inside my creative work space

Written by: | Published: January 28, 2016 | Updated: April 05, 2023

Craft Room Tour - my creative work space
Craft Room Tour – my creative work space

Craft Room Tour

A look inside my creative work space

I can hardly stand it, I’m so excited to use this space!! Did you see how my craft space used to look? This is my crazy before room…

Craft Room Tour - before

So back to that 47 images. Don’t worry, I’m not loading you up with a pile of photos today. I decided to show you the highlights and then later I can share more details for different areas and talk about how I organized and what I use. So please, do feel free to ask questions or share comments… I’ll make sure to share the details you want to know more about in the extra posts.

So on we go.

Organizing a craft space
Organizing a craft space

First, I wanted to make sure my work space had areas for all the different things I need to accomplish when making a project.

My Craft Room Must Have list:

  1. Lots of work space to be able to create more than one project at a time, so if something needs to dry or pause, I still have room to keep working.
  2. Sewing table. I’ve never had an area set up just for sewing… now I do! So projects I’d like to add a little stitched accent, I no long have to worry about the time it takes to set up a space for the 5 minute activity. Woo wee!
  3. Work areas for my daughter. My daughter is super crafty… even more that I am. She also likes to craft all over the house, so as I was re-working this space, I wanted to make sure she had areas to be able to work too. The other family members.. we’ll share with them too.
  4. Plenty of organized storage areas so I can not only put things away, but easily find things when I need them. I think I previously spent 1-2 hours a week just looking for things. Not anymore!
  5. Photo/video light box so I can work any time of day and still have light and bright images.

Plenty of space to work

Lot of space to work. This area is HUGE. My craft studio is downstairs in my unfinished basement. The basement is a walk-out, so it doesn’t feel too cramped and has a decent amount of light… but work lights are definitely a must any time of day. Every wall has workable counter space. Under every countertop is storage. I’ve used industrial storage racks because they are sturdy and inexpensive.

Plenty of counter space to work on multiple projects
Plenty of counter space to work on multiple projects

When I first set up this space years ago, I divided it into various project-type areas. I kept that organization, for storage purposes, but found that I prefer to work mostly at the big center table or near the window with natural light. So, when cleaning and re-organizing, I cleared off the big table so allow for even more work room and I added a second chair so my daughter could work on one side while I work on the other.

Large craft table
Large craft table

Plus work space for my daughter too!

My daughter has storage for all her supplies on this side of the table. There are 3 shelves and the floor space, all filled with different plastic bins full of various supplies. Keep reading to see some of the fun workspace details I created in my new craft space. Or skip ahead to the organized storage areas.

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67 thoughts on “Craft Room Tour – a look inside my creative work space”

  1. I love the shoe rack for the ribbons. Your tour gives me hope that I will gradually get more organized. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love your space. We are finishing the building of my new craft room and have been looking for the heavy metal shelving you used, but have been unable to find anything like it. Can you please tell me where you purchased your shelving for your counters .. this is the BEST idea I have seen
    thank you for the inspiration!

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    • So sorry for the late reply. Did you finish your space yet? I purchased my large shelves through Lowes about 12 years ago… they are a standard utility storage unit, usually used for the garage. Instead of building the shelves full height, I used them at half height to create all the counter space.

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  3. Thanks for Sharing your photos and ideas! I have been encouraged for the past 2 to 3 weeks , I have been re-organizing, cleaning up, purging my craft room.!!
    If I Can share with you my before video, and my room when it’s done. I am so anxious to get this project done..
    Thanks so much!!
    Karen Lambert

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    • Thank you for the note Karen, I’m so excited for you! I think cleaning up our creative spaces sometimes end up feeling like a whole new room. So many fun projects ahead for you!

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  4. Your Craft Room is Beautiful NOW!!! I LOVE IT!!! I am downsizing so I won’t be able to have all of my craft stuff anymore. Your ideas will help Me in my new space!!! THANK YOU!!! I love Your new area!!!

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    • I am so excited for you! I’m going to be downsizing my craft space too… I think using more wall space to store supplies will take up less room without getting rid of all the things. I can’t wait to hear how your new space turns out!

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  5. My basement looks like your use to. My biggest problem is lighting. I’m “older”. Do you like the track lights you have? Do they give you spots of light or cover an area with light? Of course electric outlets are another “basement problem. My initial problem was a flood that poured in thru to one window whose drain was plugged. I threw everything up off the floor. It took me forever to get the mud off the floor. Now it looks like your before picture. But you give me hope. Thanks for posting your work.

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  6. Amazing! I too have a craft hoarding room that family members look at and tell me, “It’s growing”. This year I mean business too! Got some pretty organizational pieces and an inspirational drum chandelier lamp that I love. Once I clear the room I can begin and you just gave me some much needed hope. God bless!
    Susie

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    • Yes! We bought a bunch of tall metal shelving racks, normally used for storage in a garage, and then set them up only 1/2 high and added a piece of wood on top as a work table space. So each shelving unit we bought, was used to make 2 sets of shelves… and they are placed all around the perimeter of the room. At the time, the shelves cost about $75 each (plus the wood for the top).

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  7. Lovely room! I too have an unfinished basement that I want to set up as a studio. Do you have anything covering the walls? Nice work and a great inspiration!

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  8. This is great… my space looks like the first photo.. lil projects here and there.. crap everywhere I can’t move.. haha
    So I can totally relate
    Painter.. sew things…. paper craft..( just got a new circuit!!) can make jewelry ..sell stuff on eBay..whatever!! we can make …build it.. and best of all collect it all to do it!..
    eh…when we get to it. .. BUT!!! when we do get to it..we have it.. or we knew we had it and put it somewhere!
    Thanks for sharing your space looks great! Now If I can stop collecting ideas off of pinterest maybe I will get something finished too

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    • Haha, I completely understand! I had to give myself a rule – if there isn’t room on the shelf to keep it, then I need to either get rid of something not no keeping. It’s worked a little so far. I dare ya, finish one project and then stop back by and tell me about it so I can cheer you on!

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  9. Good Day!
    How long did it take for you organize your work area? I also wondering where did you get your metal shelving units? I have a craft room but hopefully in a couple of years I’ll have a better room.

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    • Organizing is an ongoing process for me. Cleaning it up took a good week… but all the little organized details has been going on for a while. I think it’s more fun to craft in the room than organize it!

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  10. Love what you have done! My craft area is also in the basement , looking somewhat like your “before” picture. Lol.? I have big ideas to shove things around, put up another wall of drywall or two, and reorganize!! Winter has set in and I want to clean up before Spring arrives. MY sash of thrift buys keeps growing. Thanks for your many ideas.

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    • I’ve decided I need to use the stash before I buy more… I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with that plan, ha! Good luck with your organizing too!

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  11. I really like your room because it’s ‘real’! I have a large basement space as yours does and am just now getting it together -it is not fancy, not a showroom craft room and I also am using family furniture handed down to me. So I feel like once done it will be similar to yours! Thanks for sharing and if I can will post my ‘before and after ‘ pics of my crafting sewing painting etc space! C

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    • Oh I’d love to see your before and after pics! I think sometimes we see all the pretty pictures shares online and it makes it harder to love our own spaces… but really, I just love creating. It the room were too pretty, I wouldn’t want to dirty it up with my creative messes. Happy organizing!

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  12. tres sympa comme endroit pour travailler et semble vraiment pratique !!!!!!
    moi je viens de demenager et passe de 18m2 a 8m2 snif …. j’ai beaucoup de mal a trouver la place ideal pour tout mes petits “”bidules”” de scrap

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    • Merci Beaucoup! I don’t know much French, I’m sorry. I think you can make any size space into a fabulous scrap or craft room with you organize it right. Happy Crafting!

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  13. I have 1 word WOW!!! Thats amazing. I too have a new room that I need to turn into a craft room. Out of interest what crafts do you do?? Enjoy your new space happy crafting 🙂

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    • Thank YOU! I like all crafts, seriously, I enjoy all things creative. I spend more time drawing, coloring and creating paper crafts with my Cricut. But if we could add more hours to the day, I would love to spend time painting and sewing and playing with clay too. What do you like to do?

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  14. i like what you did with the paint storage, is that on the outside of cabinet doors? would love to see more of that area. I am a pinterest aholic. and am still trying to figure out some ideas for organizing my area but have very little financing and have a very eclectic version of what i craft, which is a little of everything. if you could possibly get back to me especially with pictures of that area i would really like that

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    • Hi, Thank you bunches! Yes, the paint shelves are on the outside of the cabinet doors. So I’m not taking up any more “floor space”. The doors are a solid wood, so that is important as the paint can get rather heavy.

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  15. Enjoyed the tour. I am lucky & have a small guest house that I have just thrown together. You gave me a few good ideas. Loved the whole room.

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