We're always looking for ways to better organize our crafting area, which is tricky when you have to balance a computer, a sewing machine and a variety of electronic equipment, fiddly supplies like beads, larger materials like paper and cloth, or bulky items like yarn, all into one area. These four crafters pull it off, each with their own fantastic styles and clever organizing solutions.
1. Flickr user Just Make It... calls this craft room her "happy place" and we can easily see why.
The mix of orderly, primary colors against the eggshell blue walls and warm woods look great (check out that library card catalogue). And it's amazing how much is actually contained here, but because of the color order, it doesn't look crowded or messy. There's also more to the technology than meets the eye, with a wall-mounted computer monitor and a cute storage cup for a phone next to the desk.
Check out the whole set here to see even more clever visible storage tricks, including like-colored ribbons in clear glass jars, and stamps in a three-tiered decorative rack.
2. Shelves and tubs are the name of the game in Super*Junk's craftroom, which doubles as a display area for her collection of Blythe dolls.
She shared the story of the room's genesis: it started as a spare bedroom, and although she had set it up with all her supplies, something didn't click for her. It wasn't until she moved the desk away from the window/wall and turned it to face into the room that the room opened up and became an inviting work area.
We love the colorfully labeled large bins behind the desk, which now faces shelves full of the inspirational, wide-eyed dolls. Lots of drawers of varying sizes, including the desk, file cabinets and smaller sets, complete the picture. Melissa has a large set of photographs of her organized collections, which demonstrate some clever ways to display a lot of items without things getting too crowded.
3. This craftroom by Tokyo Ties relies on vertical elements to keep things neat and tidy, while fitting them into a small area.
A computer and printer (to the right, not visible in photo) fit into slots in a cubby, with books stored on the top to balance out the empty space. A narrow green cabinet behind the desk serves as an inspiration board surface, with multiple color-coordinated storage boxes set atop it. And the low sewing table and white curtains are held together by a long, narrow strip of fabric curtain at the top of the window.
Keeping the colors simple helps keep the area minimal, too: white, green and wood evoke a the natural materials and clean design lines used by the artist, an adherent to the Japanese zakka style. Check out all of the pictures of this well-managed space.
4. This workspace by Chez Larsson was an amazing DIY project, and it's one of the most minimal workspaces we've yet seen. It practically radiates peace and simplicity.
This is achieved by keeping all of the lines straight and white, like the corner desk and mounted display boxes. Delicate accessories add to the atmosphere, like the slightly transparent Muji drawers and the butterfly mobile.
And the dark and colorful objects, like the desk chair, pink Kate Spade bag and visible wrapping paper, keep it firmly grounded. It also helps that there are hardly any items actually on the counter space, which is kept clear for scrapbooking. Check out more details on the DIY project along with detail photos on the Chez Larsson site.