You may not have an entire room to dedicate to crafts, but you can still organize your space with these innovative suggestions.
A simple kitchen industrial cart accommodates crafts supplies beautifully. Whimsical storage solutions, including wire baskets, small suitcases, and painted buckets, inspire creativity at a moment's notice. The cart can easily be pushed to various locations or rolled into a closet for out-of-the-way storage.
A plate rack with vertical dividers, a shelf, and a row of hooks provides flexibility for storing scrapbook paper, stickers, photo files, completed pages, unfinished work, and other inspiration. Use the dividers to file magazines, folders, and notepads, too. Label each divider so items are easy to find. Store tags, paper clips, and embellishments in pretty bowls on the shelf. Slip markers and scissors into hanging metal pails.
Keep tools and supplies at your fingertips with a multipocket apron. It's a great idea whether you're crafting at home or away. Fill it with anything from your favorite markers and scissors to a cell phone and snacks. You'll save time by not searching for your stuff on a messy work surface.
Turn a small writing desk into an out-of-the-way crafts table. The desk's compact size makes it a prime choice to put in a small space, such as a spare bedroom, an extra closet, or even the hallway. Drawers hold crafts supplies to keep the work surface clear. Hang a corkboard above it to put inspirational papers in full view. A handy tray on top of the desk organizes frequently used art supplies.
Purchase a coatrack or create your own by screwing hooks to a 1x6-inch board. Mount the rack on the wall near a craft space and hang metals pails from the hooks to store crafts supplies. Vintage seashore pails add a fresh touch to this simple storage method.
This hutch provides floor-to-ceiling crafts storage. Boxes are labeled, color-coded, and grouped based on current projects. Labels that slip into metal holders are easy to change as storage needs evolve. Drawers offer ample space to hide necessities, reducing clutter. A magnetic board along the back of the hutch keeps craft embellishments handy but off the work surface. Holes drilled into the desktop hold metal cups filled with art supplies.
A crafts station can be hung on any wall in the house, even above a washer and dryer. Open shelves accommodate oddly shaped supplies, such as a sticker maker and floral arrangement containers. Small drawers hold notions, embellishments, and small tools while keeping the space uncluttered.
A varied mix of canvas boxes, baskets, jars, and cubbies keeps kids' supplies organized. A low shelf makes art supplies easy for kids to reach.
Antiques provide endless possibilities for imaginative storage. An old-fashioned milk bottle crate holds vintage soda fountain cups that corral pencils, scissors, and anything else that needs to be kept upright.
If you don't have a dedicated crafts room, adapt old desk pulled from your attic or an inexpensive one found at a thrift store. Add a small hutch or cubby shelf to house supplies. Keep fabrics and crafts papers in sight by storing them in clear-front boxes stashed underneath the desk. Hang coat hooks on the side of the desk to hold cutting tools and keep them off the work space.
This handy storage cart can be wheeled to wherever you want to set up shop. Push it into the basement or spare room when you're finished working. Delegate baskets to contain similar items, and label each one with tags. With less clutter to sort through, you'll gain precious time for your creative endeavors.