Monday, January 20, 2014

Stylish and Budget-Friendly Organizational Tips for Craft Rooms and Offices

Do you long to have a craft room or an office that you can store all your hobby-making materials, paperwork, and miscellaneous office supplies that is unique, stylish, but budget-friendly at the same time?  I know I did... for years!  I was fortunate to get my dream craft room at our last house, which I shared HERE and I'm pretty lucky that there is small room right off of the foyer in the rental where I could set up shop!  If you've been dreaming of an organized office or craft room, but think it takes hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in furniture and organizing supplies, then I have a few tips that will make you think otherwise... 

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know how much I love, love vintage alarm clocks and my craft room is inspired by them...
If you have a collection that you love (i.e. books, maps, etc), then an office/craft room is a great place to enjoy and show them off!  Use your collection as a jumping point for the design or color palette like the black and white industrial theme used here.  
The biggest obstacle when furnishing a craft room or office is storage... Start with large storage furniture pieces like desks, bookcases, etc. as you would in any other room in your home, but think outside the box.  Instead of heading to your nearest office supply store, check Craig's List, yard sales, and auctions for desks and the other storage pieces you'll need.  The desk, craft cabinet, and sideboard were all Craig's List scores that totaled less than $200 for all three pieces! Of course, there was some elbow grease that needed to be put into them...
The desk was painted, glazed, and sealed.  The craft cabinet with the numerous drawers was painted and new hardware with labels were added for a nominal cost...
You may think sideboards belong in the dining room, but they are great for putting your flat screen on or you can even use them in your office.  My sideboard is a great place to put the printer and stores a ton of supplies.  We put all our photo albums, paper, and numerous craft supplies in it!
Another great option for affordable storage pieces is IKEA.  There are so many designs at great prices that you really can't go wrong if you need some standard bookcases or shelving units.  I believe these are the Hemnes style from IKEA...
When you have your larger storage pieces in place, then it's time to think about stylish, but inexpensive items to hold all your craft/art supplies.  There are obvious items like magazine holders, accordion files, photo boxes, and even baskets, but it's fun to add the unexpected like vintage locker baskets to hold ribbon and jars...

Even ordinary plastic storage organizers can get an easy face lift with some pretty decorative paper (books too!).  I used Ballard Design's document wrapping paper to cover both the storage boxes and all my decorating books...
Re-purposing vintage items for storage is generally a cost effective, yet stylish way to decorate your craft room/office.  The next time you're at the flea market, look for things that you can incorporate into storage pieces like antique grocery scales that can hold bowls of ribbon or supplies...
...or vintage suitcases that can hold paperwork, records, etc...
Antique and Mason jars are also common finds at the flea market and are wonderful to store all sorts of crafting supplies.  I have a ton of jewelry-making materials that I store in lidded jars... The glass is perfect for being able to see all the contents when I need to find something!
Flea market or thrift store frames also make excellent memo boards to store reminders, schedules, or to use as an inspiration board.  This chippy flea market find was only $5 and with some foam core board, batting, and some leftover curtain fabric, I have a place to pin my favorite things...

Also, when you're working on getting your storage in style, don't forget to be on the lookout for decorative accessories that speak to you, since you're likely to spend quite a bit of time in your crafting space!
I've certainly had fun collecting things I love for my creative space and since most items were found pieces that were given a new life, I was able to keep the costs down to fractions of what I would have paid if everything was new.  I hope this inspires and empowers you to get organized and carve out a creative space of your own!  (Note: I've had a few questions about the rug and wall color... The rug is from Rugs USA and I ordered it over two years ago and no longer see it on the site. The wall color is unknown since it was already painted upon moving in, but it is very similar to Benjamin Moore's Dunmore Cream that I used in my previous home.)


Don't miss out on all the organizational tips and tricks that six of my blogging friends are sharing today! 

28 comments:

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

This is undoubtedly my favorite office/craft room ever!!!…I so love looking at every beautiful detail and organizing item in this room…and love how you even covered those plastic drawers!..the room is beyond fabulous!

Mary said...

Oh Kristen...I've died and gone to organization heaven! I adore your clock collection, what a wonderful place to showcase it! Ballard has nothing on you, your office/craft is catalog/magazine worthy!

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

kristen, love your space. It's too pretty to call a craft room! love your clock collection and how it's displayed. That desk is gorgeous. never seen one shaped like that. Thanks for the amazing tips. I know what I am doing today!

Dawn said...

Could you come do my craft area now? Yours is simply beautiful and the clock collection is displayed so nicely. Everything is just perfect :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Fabulous room, Kristen. Wow, if I had a craft room I would love it to be as nice as yours. I love the shape of the desk. It fits so perfectly. Great ideas!

Kim @ The Beautiful Home said...

Love everything about your craft room. I have the Ballard Document paper, too. I'll have to try to spruce up the fronts of my plastic containers now!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such a beautifully styled room, what a joy it must be to work in here! Lots of inspiration Kristen, now I can't wait to get going on my room :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Kirsten, This is my dream office/craft room. I am very serious! My walls are a soft muted dull yellow and I want to paint the furniture I have in it now black and white. I adore this whole post and your room. It is now my inspiration board! I'm so happy you shared this very organized... very lovely room! Thanks so so much!

Carol said...

This is such a wonderful and very lovely craft space!

Jacqui said...

I love your space! Would you mind sharing the paint color on the walls? Thanks!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for all the tips, maybe I can use some in my home office makeover.

Blessings,
Linda

Sandra said...

Fabulous room. I really like the carpet ... is it polypropylene/indoor-outdoor? Would you mind divulging the source?

Eclectically Vintage said...

Looks like we are both in craft org mode! I love your idea of using paper to decorate craft storage boxes & books! Of course I want your clock collection too!
Kelly

Ann Krucek said...

Love Love Love this room - I don't think I would ever come out to make dinner!!!

The Little Red Shop said...

You always do such a beautiful job, Kristen! I looove your color scheme.

Becca said...

Now, if I only "had" a craft room!!! It's beautiful, Kristen ... love your clock collection!

Ashley Rane Sparks said...

This is such a great style! I absolutely love the market scale in the corner. I REALLY need to get started on my craft room! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Ashley Rane Sparks
www.makeitrane.com

From the Old InkWell said...

Kirsten, can't tell you how much I love this craft room! So many attractive ways to organize and love the character of that desk! I will be keeping this post for future reference, for sure!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Kristen this is really amazing...there are so many great ideas here! My favorite things are using the sideboard and the desk. This puts my sewing room to shame!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is an absolutely fabulous craft room. It is inviting and elegant...not cluttered up. I love it. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a super-pretty crafting area, Kristen! I love old clocks, too, so I really like that you have them displayed on your shelves.

White Whimsy said...

OK, I'm envious!!! This is the most gorgeous craft room I have ever seen. I can not believe the great deals you got on Craig's list. Such a cute room! LOVE IT!!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Kristen this room has me drooling!! Seriously it is so fabulous and I'm experiencing some major craft room envy right now! :-)
Vanessa

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Not only is your room super functional is adorable! Love all the details. I need to adopt a room to become my craft/sewing room. Great ideas here!

Liz said...

Love your craft room! Can you please tell me where you got your glass lidded jars like the ones in the wire baskets with the black& gold labels? Thank you!

Kitty Dzioba said...

I'm with everyone else loivly room. Mine is a craft room per se but a sewing ironing room that i also display my collection of stuffed elephants not as elegant as your clocks but fun. My question is where the heck did you find those sissors I need to have them....major green eyeness going on here.

Chris said...

Kristen, I love your room, and am absolutely dying that you found that gorgeous desk on Craigslist for a steal! You must have had so much fun decorating this room! Amazing job!

Just Judy said...

Your office/craft room is amazing! So neat and organized and pretty too! Love the desk. Thanks for inspiring!
Judy

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