How to create a craft room in 9 steps

Any sized and shaped room can work well as a crafting area, so don't think you can't commandeer a room for your work unless you have bags of free space at home.

A dedicated craft room is the stuff of dreams. Imagine your own personal haven for arts, crafts and upcycling projects where you can create your favourite makes and really have some fun. Take a look at these brilliant and creative craft room ideas for inspiration.

Any sized and shaped room can work well as a crafting area, so don't think you can't commandeer a room for your work unless you have bags of free space at home. With a little careful planning and some research around lighting, storage and space-savers, that crafty little haven could soon be a reality.

Here, we walk you through all the things you need to think about to make the most of your crafting room. Whether you're a sewing queen, a crafty giraffe or an upcycling fan, here's how to make the space work for your projects...

1/9 Get the lighting right

white craft room with table and sewing machine

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Position your sewing table in front of a window to maximise the natural light, and invest in a good desk lamp for evenings. An adjustable swivel chair will make sitting at your sewing machine extra comfortable.

Find this desk at OKA and a similar swivel chair from Retrouvius. Head to Country Elements for a metal task light. John Lewis sells great-value sewing machines.

2/9 Create bespoke storage

bespoke storage ribbon box with scissor

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Re-use old biscuit tins as storage for ribbons and braids. You could also try print boxes, or even pencil tins.

The flower tin and bowl are from Pimpernel & Partners and the ribbons are from VV Rouleaux and John Lewis.

3/9 Make pincushions

colourful pincushions with cotton reels

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Add pincushions to the tops of your cotton reels so pins are always close to hand. Create your own pincushion with our step-by-step guide.

Find cotton reels and pins at John Lewis.

4/9 Display buttons

colourful buttons with flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Display beautiful buttons in a box picture frame – or sort by colour and store in clear jars or containers. Check out our beautiful craft ideas using buttons.

Memory box frame and buttons from a selection at John Lewis. Vase and candle holder from both Designers Guild.

5/9 Tidy tassels

red hanging tassels

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

hook or pegrail makes a handy place for hanging tassels and braids and prevents them getting tangled.

Head to Pimpernel & Partners for a hook like this and find tassels at VV Rouleaux.

6/9 Use clever storage 

white room with drawer and wall clock

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Breathe new life into old things by creating ingenious storage – a vintage merchant’s chest from a salvage company or antiques shop is perfect for smaller items, while apple crates turned on their sides make great shelving. Use clear glass jars to keep decorative trims dust-free and close to hand.

Find a similar merchant's chest and clock at Lassco. Head to Country Elements for storage shelves and to John Lewis for craft buys.

7/9 Rest your feet

white room with pink armchair and walled picture

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Create a comfortable place to sit and leaf through books and magazines for your decorating and shopping ideas. Pay attention to lighting. A floorstanding lamp can be moved around and adjusted to suit each task.

Laura Ashley sells armchairs and fabric like these. Visit Lighting Matters for a stylish floor lamp. The pretty striped cushion is from Cabbages & Roses.

8/9 Collate your ideas

mood boards with pencil holder

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Keep fabric and paint swatches together with a bulldog clip – or paste into scrapbooks.

The leather-bound notebooks and paintbrushes are from Green & Stone.

9/9 Make colour cards

paint shades with brushes and cards

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Paint your own colour cards using your favourite paint shades and store them in an index box for handy reference.

These tester paint pots are from Farrow & Ball and The Little Greene Paint Company.

Want more? Visit our craft section for everything from Christmas craft makes to an essential guide to sewing. Also, take a trip to the Housetohome Shop where you can buy everything you need for your craft room.

Holly Walsh
Content Editor

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.