Editor’s Note: Welcome to Organization Week! We’re spending a whole week sharing our favorite organization tips, peeks of our studio spaces, and offering solutions or products that will help you start the New Year tidy and efficient! Today Design Team Member Jen Clark shares a “sneak peek” into her crafting space!
With four children 5 and under, one of whom I home school, two of which are twins, one of whom has special needs, and one of whom is a newborn, I NEED my crafting time. Not like I need a pair of new shoes or I need allergy medicine when I sneeze. I mean…I *NEED* my crafting time. It’s the one thing that keeps me sane. So my studio is where I spend every moment of free time I get (yes, you are nodding, I get a LOT of free time…right? Yeah. Right.). Alas, since I do spend whatever spare time I can find in there, I’ve found over the years that I need it to be organized just right – for ME – not the way someone else organizes THEIR studio – but the way it works best for ME. It is still a constantly evolving process, but I have gotten to a place where I do LOVE my studio now.
For today, I want to share with you my main crafting station. I can’t really take credit for the original design, though. I saw something similar on a blog I liked – Stop Staring and Start Sewing – and my awesome hubby and visiting father helped figure out the best way to put something similar together.
The base of the work station is made up of 6 wire-shelved kitchen carts from Ikea. Four of them are 36″ long, and two of them are 11″ long. They are organized in a way that makes them all accessible either from the front or the back of the work station. The top of the work station is first a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of 3/4″ thick MDF, which is then topped with a piece of the same size flat white wall paneling. We glued the wall paneling piece to the MDF, set the entire piece on top of the wire shelving, which had already been arranged the way I wanted it. Then we screwed eyehole screws into the bottom of the worktop (the MDF), and used wire – wrapping it around the tops of the shelving, and through the eyeholes, to attach the worktop to the shelving, so the shelving and the desktop couldn’t move around at all.
Because the worktop is so large, I was able to use double-stick tape and attach my large cutting mat down on one end of the worktop – which is great, because I hated constantly having to drag it out or find a place to keep it when I wasn’t using it. The shelves below are wonderful, because they provide plenty of storage for bulkier fabric items like fleece and flannel. On the working side of the desk, my shelves hold things like my Sizzix machine, my Xyron machine, plastic shoe boxes filled with sewing items, papercrafting items, and flowers galore. I have a space for blank canvases, a basket for projects-in-progress, and a place for packing materials for when I send things out to customers or family and friends.
As you can see in the picture, my main workstation is just one small part of my studio – as I am very fortunate to have an entire room dedicated to crafting. I can’t wait to share more with you on another day about how I organize my crafting supplies – and I even have a super easy and fun upcycling project to share with you soon!!