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my new craft room wants

Having recently purchased my house I am now looking to set up my craft room. See my previous post on planning my craft room.  This will be a few months away as we have a lot of other renovations to do before that room, but a girl can dream.  I have been thinking about having my own personal space for years now, I have a little notebook of ideas that I jotted down at various times with ideas and inspirations. I also look online to see how other crafters have setup their rooms. My dilemma is that  I want so much in my room.

Here are some ideas I have found.

Here is a room that has provided heaps of inspiration, Karen at Sew Many Ways has a great post on her sewing space.

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I found this at Cool Room Ideas. Such a pretty fresh room with the green and white.

 

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And this is a good idea for pencils and brushes.

 

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Here is some of my stash and some of my family tree files in a cupboard at my old house.

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Here is my current list of *wants*:

  • sewing space including a place for my overlocker
  • I also want to teach sewing from home so I am thinking of having 5 spots for students, therefore I need sets of drawers and bench space for each person. I could also use this long bench for when I do my family tree and need to have lots of paperwork out.
  • a wrapping station – so sick of hunting for wrapping paper and cards. I want one space where I can have all the paper on rolls ready to wrap
  • a watercolour space, I dabble in watercolour painting so I definitely need one of these. Preferably close to the laundry where the sink will be.
  • a place for my computer or should I say computers, yes I am guilty of having more than one. Oh, and the tribe of printers.
  • cutting table, a large table where I can cut my fabrics that is at the right height so I don’t get a backache
  • fabric storage for both quilting and general sewing – doh!
  • I make and sell items at markets so I have a lot of tubs dedicated to that. I need somewhere to store them all.
  • Seating – I need my work chair plus 5 student chairs. I would also like a couch where I can sit comfortably and read.
  • I have a large table that is over 100 years old that I want to reuse. It measure about 1.2m x 2m.
  • Book storage – for all those inspirational books I have.
  • Somewhere to store the endless tubs, boxes and contains I have of “stuff”.  I am in to so many crafts that I have many of these.
  • Lighting – good task and overhead lighting will be a must!
  • Tool storage, especially those pesky large items like quilting rulers.
  • the pretties, I definitely need some pretty in this room for inspiration

I am lucky as my room is quite big, it measures 7.2m x 3.9m. It is currently has white floor tiles and I won’t have the money to change these as yet. It also has an access door to under the house that I need to keep. It is an old carport that has been bricked in so the walls are not that nice and they have ant capping about ⅓ of the way up that I need to keep.  I asked the builder about lining the walls but he is worried about termites if I do that so I have decided just to use it as is.  It is off the laundry and there is also a powder room and study on this level, so I will probably put the printers and computers into the study area. I may even use the study for the couch to free up room in the main craft room.

I shall let you know how it all goes.

til next time,
Debra.

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planning my new craft room

Today I have started looking at how to plan my room.  Firstly, a reminder on what I would like can be found here.  The door is at the top of the room over to the left hand side. As you walk in there is a big window at the end of the room and another 2 windows on the right hand side. I plan to put a long bench down the right hand side of the room under the windows.   My sewing machine and overlocker will go on this long bench.  I should have enough room for some drawer units under this bench and when I do classes this will be the student sewing stations. I think if I make it 5m long it will mean 1m per student and that should be enough.

My big craft table will go under the far window at the top of the room. Here I will do my watercolor, scrapbooking, card making and things. The left hand side wall is interspersed with cavities where they have plastered between the bricks. I have some slat mesh racking from my old shop that I will screw to the wall in these cavities and they will hold any hanging supplies and tools.  The slat mesh is very handy. You can buy from shop fitters or off eBay.  It comes in black and white and either 150cm or 180cm tall. I have both and I think it will fit here perfectly.

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I will also put my metal shelving on the right hand side as you walk into the room.  Here I will store all my plastic tubs. Each tub will be named (very roughly done currently) and sorted in some logical order so I can find them easily.

The centre of the room will be the piece de resistance. This will house a freestanding island bench, I am hoping that i can be at least 1.5m side x 3m long.  This will be for cutting on. Underneath I plan to have drawers to store fabric.  This one below looks pretty nice.  I don’t think my craft room would ever look this neat.

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I have a kitchen to pull apart and replace so I will be reusing the cupboards for that in my craft room but these new cupboards look so very nice.

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I was thinking all white but seeing this pretty coloured island I may change my mind.

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Here is a plan I have made that I think may work. The room is big and this sketch does look cluttered, but I am hoping that when it is actual furniture it will not look so cluttered. The racking is wire so I will be able to see through it.

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I like the way this one looks too. The use of drawers under the bench top would be very handy.

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This one is made from ikea parts and can be found on the Ikea hack site. There are plenty of really terrific things to do on that site.

 

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I shall see how it looks when I actually move everything.
cheers,
Debra

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sew many ways
scattered thoughts of a craft mum
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a pinch of joy
sew can do
create with joy
keeping it simple
one mother hen
my home truths
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the craft blog stalker
sugar bee crafts
my girlish whims
crafty allie
fluster buster
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