|Via Dottie Angel|
With more and more creatives setting up shop from homes the need for a dedicated space in which to create productively has never been more relevant. Embarking on a home-run business with virtually no overheads is without doubt a safer, sensible option, but what happens when you don't have the luxury of space?
These top tips will help you utilise what you have, get organised and create a sanctuary in which to feel inspired...
Work It Out
Before you even think about delving into catalogues or getting the drill out you need to ask yourself three fundamental questions:
• Where can I set up?
Look at the space you already have. It might not be obvious at first, but if you have an alcove (I worked at my desk from an alcove for 5 years!) a spare room, space in the conservatory or even a shed at the bottom of the garden, space is space! Choose somewhere where there is minimal indoor traffic and relatively quiet so you won't be disturbed too often.
• How will I use the space?
Do you need space to spread out? or is what you do relatively small scale e.g. desk based? Consider that you'll also need plenty of of natural light in which to work.
• What are you working with and where will it go?
This will help you determine what you'll need to install into your space. For example, if you work with fabric you might need a surface large enough to cut patterns, sew and somewhere to store material. Where will your supplies go and how can you access them easily? Make the best use of the space you have with extendable and fold away surfaces.
Spend time collating ideas and images of other craft spaces that you've seen and liked. Look at the use of shelving, drawers and other useful storage and see if you can apply some to your space in a way that doesn't interfere with the way you interact with it. If it's awkward, get rid-it'll only drive you crazy once it's all in.
|Scrapbook your inspiration|
via Lauren Conrad
|A fresh, white scheme reflects light beautifully|
Now this is the important bit, because this is first step in bringing it all together. Mark out your space-masking tape is great for this as it won't mark your walls or floors. If you have any large pieces or storage going in ensure that you measure their dimensions and include them, then play pretend in it for a while. Could that shelf be a little lower? Maybe you can afford a little more surface area than you thought or perhaps you need to introduce some hanging space to get things off the floor.
|Tidy everything away with curtains or keep it self contained inside an armoire.|
Image © Jonny Valiant via Real Simple
Remember that it doesn't have to cost a fortune and it's much more enjoyable to source your furniture at a leisurely pace-second hand and charity shops are a veritable treasure trove if you time it right. If you're extremely clever with a hammer and nail then you can build your own storage into it, or of you're time short there's always a well known Scandinavian interior store you can visit.
The real joy in owning a craft room is how enticing it looks with beautifully organised supplies and tools ready and waiting at short notice. Curate your display. Group together your fabrics or wool by colour or grade in cubby holes, hang washi tapes and ribbons on rolls for easy access and store small buttons and beads in pots or jars. Don't forget to utilise your wall space too-I use mine for a wall planner, schedules and to display magazine cuttings for future inspiration.
|Peg Board is ideal for hanging your tools|
Shauna & Stephen Lively's Loft via Apartment Therapy
|Find alternative ways to store your stash.|
via Shelter Pop
Make every inch work for you and make it your own.
On a new note, I'm working on a short series exploring shed working. If you've tarted up your garden shed or installed a specific space to work in your garden please do get in touch, I'd love to chat with you!