Small Attic Scraproom

Turning a tiny attic space into a functional storage area required a bit of planning but resulted in a fantastic, usable scrapbooking area.

Design in a Tight Space

When Erin Clarkson's bedroom was overrun by scrapbook supplies, she came up with some clever storage solutions to create the studio of her dreams in an unused attic space. See how she used every inch in a creative way.

Erin's space is approximately 22x9 feet. A sloped ceiling takes away some wall space but she found room for a 14-foot long built-in desk area (as seen in the picture).

Install Large Drawers

Erin installed a high counter with large drawers that hold all her often-used tools and supplies, such as adhesives and cutting tools.

Use Space Wisely

Custom shelves for paper line one wall, keeping Erin's large stash organized and accessible. A small space between the top of the shelving unit and the ceiling is the perfect home for a rainbow of paint bottles.

Personalize the Space

An antique desk refinished by Erin's father personalizes the space even further. It holds stamps, inks, and art materials. The top folds down to store cardmaking supplies. Erin drilled a tiny hole in the back for her light-box cord.

Eliminate Clutter

Though she likes to see her supplies, too much stuff in view in a small space might make things feel close and cluttered. Small items and paper scraps are tucked inside neat white boxes.

Look for Budget Storage Ideas

Erin wasn't picky about the shelving in her space. "When it came time to add shelving, I was pretty much out of money," Erin says. "I bought simple stackable shoe shelves at Target and used them on the end of my desk."

Find Pretty Storage Solutions

All of Erin's storage containers have functionality, as well as beauty. "I love to be able to see all my supplies, so I like baskets and glass containers," Erin says.

She reserves this bookshelf behind the staircase for messy piles that won't get in the way.

Make Room for the Kids

Erin also created an area for her daughter, Daisy, to have a work space. The two can spend some quality time together while working on their own projects.

Daisy's space is approximately 6x5 feet in area.

Recycle Your Pieces

Erin suggests reusing what you have. "Look at other furniture you have in the house and reconsider its use in a scrap space," she says. Erin gets double-duty out of these freestanding cabinets.

Consider Architectural Features

Plan a thoughtful, workable space. A great layout is worth more than costly detailing -- and you can always upgrade later.

Be Sure to Light Up a Room

Functional lighting was key for Erin's potentially awkward space. She planned for overhead lighting, natural lighting, and outlets for task lighting. Outlets also are important for things like embossing tools and sewing machines.

Use Storage as Decoration

Grouped by color, Erin's collection of ribbon is easy to grab. "I particularly love how the jars of ribbon look on my table -- they function as decoration and inspiration," Erin says.

Choose Easy-to-Clean Flooring

Erin advises budgeting for good, easy-to-clean flooring. "I love being able to sweep up paper scraps and just wipe away spills, like the bottle of walnut ink my daughter spilled on the floor one time!" she says.

Final Considerations

Other tips from Erin:

-- Install durable countertops. If you've got the budget, Corian or something equally indestructible works well.

-- Consider water. Erin didn't have the budget for running water in her room, but it would make cleanups easier. Instead, she stocks up on wet wipes.

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