The right workspace can inspire you to do your best work. Here are some of the things every crafter needs to be able to create the ultimate craft room.
Set Up a Well-Built Work Table
A sturdy and spacious work table is essential for every craft room. Make sure it’s large enough to allow you to spread out your materials and tools. Also, make sure it’s at the right height. If you have ergonomic concerns, consider using an adjustable standing desk or using blocks to adjust the height of a sturdy table.
Install a Wash Sink
If your craft room isn’t close to a bathroom, consider installing a sink to help with cleanup—and to keep from having to haul messy projects through the house. If putting in a sink isn’t an option in your home, considering setting up a small table or portion of a counter with a portable jug with a tap and a wash bowl.
Use Creative Storage Options
Smart storage is essential to keep your expensive craft items organized and your workspace usable. Different types of crafts require different kinds of storage systems, however it’s almost always helpful to choose containers that will fit a small amount of supplies. Old cans, jars, and other creative storage containers can help keep paint brushes and other small tools organized. Cardboard can be used to keep small containers in place in a larger storage box.
Maintain the Quality of Indoor Air
Keep yourself and your entire family safe by making sure your craft room is properly ventilated. Many paints and other craft related chemicals contain toxic gases that can negatively affect your home’s air quality. Exposure to such chemicals can have short-term and long-term effects on your body and any family members also exposed to them. Ensure that there is a good supply of quality air in the room to avoid the adverse health effects that come along with certain solvents or other materials you may use. A good HVAC system provides you with some of the best air conditioning appliances that could make your workshop safer.
Consider a Proper Lighting System
Whether it serves the purpose of seeing what you are doing, illuminating mill marks in the surface of wood, or photographing your finished products, proper lighting is crucial. General and overhead lighting, spotlighting, and tool and task lighting are the three commonly featured types of illumination that every craft room should have. Design your room so that every workspace and machine have sufficient light.