A craft room is a dream come true for those who love to design functional, decorative and useful items. It is a personal space where artisans can enjoy creating everything from jewelry to scrapbooks. The space does not have to be filled with expensive furnishings and containers that are specifically designed for holding baubles, stickers and beads. Cheap repurposed items can be turned into storage solutions that will work just as well as expensive store-bought options.
Use a Shoe Organizer with Clear Pockets
A shoe organizer makes use of otherwise wasted space, and it does not have to be used to hold footwear. If it has clear pockets, it can be used to hold all sorts of smaller things including craft supplies. Hang one on the back of your craft room door. The pouches can be used to hold yarn, tubes of adhesive, crochet needles, rickrack and anything appropriate for the space.
Cut PVC Pipe into Storage Cubbies
Small open cubbies can be very useful in a craft room, especially when mounted just above your work area. To make an open storage unit, use a hacksaw to cut a six-inch by ten-foot piece of PVC pipe into sections that are about six to eight-inches long. Stack them in any arrangement desired, and connect the sides using E6000 adhesive. Let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. Keep in mind that the PVC pipes must be even in the back since the stack will be placed against a wall. Finish by gluing the stack to a sturdy shelf that is eight to ten-inches deep. Use E6000 adhesive or clear-drying epoxy to hold it in place. After the glue dries, fill each section with small items that you use most often. The tubes will be ideal for holding small rolls of jute twine, paper twist and much more.
Use a Mug Stand for Holding Scissors
A mug stand is great for holding far more than mugs, especially in a craft room. The angled posts are ideal for holding scissors of various lengths and styles. If scrapbooking is your craft of choice, a mug stand will save a considerable amount of storage space. It will also save time since you will be able to find the pair that you need at a glance.
Place Jars of Small Items on a Rotating Tray
A rotating tray is also a cheap and useful storage solution for a craft room. It can be used to hold glass or plastic jars of supplies. Fill the tray with empty baby food jars or pint-size jelly jars, and use them to hold buttons, beads, clasps or any other appropriate items. If the contents can be easily identified, labels will not be required. Best of all, the money that you save can be used to buy more of your favorite crafting supplies.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience