In an ideal world we all live in homes or apartments with enough separate spaces for all of our daily activities. But the reality is more often than not one we have to compromise and combine uses into a single room. Brandy sent us her glowing example of shared utility, a guest room which also works as a home office and crafting space. It's impressively organized in a pretty small space...
Brandy describes planning and organizing her triple threat guest room:
When we had our home built, we made sure to add an extra bedroom on the main floor with a full bathroom for our guest room and home office. I also wanted to somehow incorporate my crafting supplies into the space, but didn't want to overwhelm the room. Three functions is a bit much for a small space and so we got creative. Since we only have guests use the room several times a year, we made sure that the furniture was lined up against the walls with enough room to easily bring in a queen sized Aerobed for our guests and still have enough room to comfortable walk around the room and use the closet. Then we added a CraftBox for all of my crafting needs and IKEA shelving for my fabric. That left the office space.
My CraftBox ended up being big enough to house all of our office supplies too! Bonus. I turned an older entertainment center into a hutch for our printer, paper, and all of our computer-related books, CDs, etc. I also turned an old file cabinet into a sewing machine stand and store my sewing books, bobbins, foot pedal, and thread inside. In the end, we were able to tastefully decorate this small room into a Home Office/Craft Space/Guest Room and tie it all together.
Crafters naturally deal with a great deal of possible clutter, and seeing Brandy's highly organized workspace reminds us having a place for everything can be the difference between an efficient place to work or a never-ending space to clean and organize. I had never seen the CraftBox before ("everything visible...everything is in arm's reach"), but I'm impressed with the sheer amount of storage available all within a modest footprint storage unit, perfect for fitting in a home office in the smallest space possible.