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You guys! I recently updated my home office and turned it into a combination office and craft room! Eeek! I’m so excited and happy with the way it turned out! Come on in and check it out!
Full disclosure – I didn’t intend to completely overhaul my home office into a craft room. My original thought was to build some kind of worktable for my Cricut machine and accessories.
Then Pinterest happened. Doesn’t it always? 🙂
A Brief History of My Craft Room
If you’ve been here before, you may remember that years ago, the room looked like this:
This was before I undertook the great office renovation of 2016. You can read all about the single worst project I’ve ever done in this post about removing texture from walls. And this post is the final office reveal.
I loved this space for a long time. But then I moved the daybed to the girls’ room. And I took out the desk because I wanted to add some built-ins where the chair and printer are in the photo above. I moved an old dining table in here to use as a desk because I added a third monitor to my set up.
That worked for a while but it wasn’t great. And with the daybed gone it felt like there was a lot of unused space. Even with the built-ins, I didn’t have a ton of storage and things were getting cluttered. #reallife
And the wall where the daybed used to be was just empty. The tape on the floor is where I was marking things out while I was planning. This is a great way to see how your new layout will fit in your space!
My original plan was to build a table of some kind for my Cricut machine. You can see it on one of the shelves in the built-ins in the pic above. Every time I wanted to use it, I had to haul it out to my dining room table. It wasn’t a huge deal but it was still inconvenient. I knew I’d use it more if I had a dedicated space for it.
So that’s how it started. But that’s not how it ended…
While I was searching Pinterest for ideas on craft tables I found some amazing craft rooms. Tons of storage! Room to work! Did I mention storage??
I realized that my craft supplies were spread out all over the house. I kept a lot of craft stuff in the basement, plus I have a couple of workspaces down there. But it’s an old, unfinished basement. Even though I painted the floor and walls a few years ago, it’s still a basement. I didn’t enjoy being down there at all so I usually ended up hauling whatever I needed upstairs to work on it.
And not everything made it back down to the basement when I was done. I would stash it upstairs wherever I could find space.
So yeah, not an ideal situation.
I decided what I needed to do was update my home office space into a craft room/office combo. I wanted a room where I could consolidate all my crafting supplies and have room to work. Since I work from home part-time, I still had to have some kind of desk space too.
I headed back to Pinterest for some inspiration and I ran across this craft room tour on jennifermaker.com. Talk about craft room goals! Her craft room was the biggest source of inspiration for what I wanted my craft room to look like.
In the end, my plan involved:
- A counter where I could store my Cricut machine and have storage underneath
- A new desk that would accommodate 3 monitors, 2 laptops (one personal, one for work), keyboard, mouse, and printer (yeah…that’s a lot of stuff)
- A craft table that also had storage and room to work
- A pegboard organizer to store my rolls of vinyl and deco mesh
- A rolling storage tower
And Voila! My Completed Craft Room
After a lot of measuring, thinking, and researching I ended up with the perfect craft room for me. It has everything I wanted and more!
I am so happy with how this turned out! I have more storage than I need, which is good because I tend to hoard craft supplies. Aislynn loves it too. You can see her Thanksgiving turkey she left for me on the dry erase board.
Look At All of That Beautiful Storage!
Here’s a better shot of the counter. The Cricut machine sticks out a little over the edge but if I had made the counter wider there wouldn’t have been as much space between it and the craft table.
I made the counters high enough so the carts would fit under it. And the carts have wheels so I can roll them around while I’m working on something. Here’s the link to the exact ones I bought on Amazon: Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer. They were pretty easy to assemble and the metal top provides additional workspace if you need it.
That middle cabinet is an old TV cart that I had. It also fit right under the counter so it worked out perfectly.
And I was thrilled to be able to bust out my labeler to use on the storage drawers. I have the Brother P-Touch labeler and I love it!
And here’s the craft table and pegboard organizer. It’s so nice to be able to have my rolls of vinyl and deco mesh in one place! I used the Skadis pegboard kit from Ikea and also the letter holders and some hooks.
And the cube organizers I used for the table also provide even more places to store stuff. I’m in heaven. 🙂
The vertical tower was inspired by the paper storage tower from jennifermaker.com. I didn’t need that much space for paper but I do store my laminating machine, label machine, and hole punches here. This is also on wheels so I can move it around if I need to. And there’s still space left over! Woo hoo!
The Desk Area
And let’s not forget the desk area. The desk is longer but narrower than the table I had here before. I feel like I have more room because I mounted all 3 monitors on the wall to conserve desk space. I bought 3 of the VIVO Full Motion Wall Mounts and I’m really happy with them so far. They can pull out farther from the wall, or I can turn and rotate them whichever way I need to.
With the monitors on the wall, the entire desk is freed up for all my other peripherals and general desk junk.
I didn’t hide the cords for the monitors in the wall but that’s something I’m thinking about doing a little later on.
I also bought these neoprene cable sleeves to help manage all the cord chaos. You just gather your cords together and wrap the sleeve around them and zip it up. I’d like to get some velcro and tuck the sleeves up under the desk so they’re more hidden.
My New Happy Place
Can I just say how glad I am that I didn’t stick to my original idea of only building a craft table for my Cricut machine? My creative juices just needed a new and improved craft room. And I finished it just in time for the holidays. Woot woot!
I’m going to be writing a how-to post soon about how I built the counters, desk, craft table, etc. They were all pretty simple to do and a lot more cost-effective than trying to buy something to fit in the space.
I’ve already done more crafts in the last few weeks than I’ve done all year. I’m in the process of editing the photos and getting the posts up for those soon. Plus, I have a ton of fun stuff planned for the upcoming holidays.
I can’t wait to share it all so check back often to see what I’ve been up to! 🙂