Fitting in Fun: Real-Life Rooms Rocking a Small Hobby Spot

published Jun 26, 2015
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No matter the size of your home, it can be hard to carve out a spot to get inspired, practice a hobby or get a little peaceful work done. Whether you like doing crafts, want to find a quiet spot to write or get ready in the morning or just want to do your bills in style, you might find inspiration in the ways these real-life residents from our house tours found room to fit productive surfaces in their homes of all sizes.

Not all the surfaces seen in this post may be used for crafts, hobbies, bills or take-home work, but you can see the potential of how they could be. It’s potential inspiration you might be able to borrow for your home!

Shown above: A compact brown wood desk along with back-less, low industrial stool creates an interesting contrast to a white bedroom, turned into a convenient vanity by an array of items arranged on a tray and a round hanging wall mirror.

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Tamar lives in a studio, and yet manages to carve out space to sew by using a side table in her living room.

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A larger-sized table in the corner of this living room could have been a little awkward — and maybe even a little too much space — but when combined with some large scale design elements, you get a combo of decor space and a little bit of surface area for a hobby.

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Those low on floor space but in need of workspace should consider a wall-mounted or ceiling-hung workspace.

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A narrow console is joined by a low-backed, three-legged upholstered stool that you could totally see as being the perfect place to compose letters to friends at.

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This studio space managed to fit in a tiny little workspace in the form of a very compact desk in a free corner.

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A smart table buy includes a small spot for any kind of work or morning-get-readiness that you might like and features a drawer you can tuck things away in.

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Sofa tables are coming back into vogue lately, so why not make your sofa table a place you can also pen that novel or pay the monthly bills?

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A vintage school desk proves the perfect side partner to a gorgeous fireplace and is made functional with a tiny little stool.