Given the popularity of DIY projects on the site, it's safe to say that a fair number of readers are dedicated do-it-yourselfers. Be that as it may, the majority of us don't have a dedicated room within which to craft. That means we have to carve out a small corner of our home for tackling projects. Often these spaces are less than ideal, and many times have to be boxed up and put away after a few hours of work.
My challenge — to myself, and to readers — is to try to dedicate a corner for your crafting or sewing projects. Even if space is limited, the addition of a small desk to a corner of a room may be all you need to encourage your creativity. Take a look at my list of essentials for making it happen.
- Find a workspace that works for you and your home. Add a desk to an office or den, or try putting a vanity or small parsons table in your bedroom. Experiment with room arrangements to make everything fit.
- Add storage that can exist outside of a closet. Can your projects be stored in pretty bins on a bookshelf close to your crafting corner? How about in an ottoman? Better yet, choose a desk with capacious drawers that can house your projects.
- Don't forget task lighting. A table or floor lamp that can be integrated into the corner is a must for avoiding eye strain and mistakes in your work.
- Use an inspiration board as artwork. Talk about double-tasking — a pretty inspiration board can work well in place of a painting. Not convinced? Check out the one in this photo.
- Make the space somewhere you actually want to be in. That means making it pretty. Take advantage of the natural view and light that a window might provide, and add some of your favorite things to the space, from a vase of flowers to an iPod dock playing a mix of your best-loved songs.
What makes your list of must-have elements in a crafting corner? Have you created one already? If not, what would you add to yours?