If you have a hobby, such as sewing, photography, music, DIY-ing, collecting stamps or trying to solve what your children and important others have broken, it helps to have a special workspace. Below are three simple steps to create a functional but stylish hobby or hobby room.
Decide where to place it
Do you think you have no room for a hobby or hobby room? You would be surprised about the possibilities. Mina Fies, creator of the Renovation Roadmap and founder and CEO of Synergy Design & Construction, tells Freshome that a customer recently contacted her company for help after the teenage daughter took over the family dining room. "It was no longer used to eat, but was overcrowded with craft store supplies, semi-finished projects and Mod Podge." Fies helped the family turn the unfinished laundry room into a multifunctional space. The room has sliding wall panels that hide the floor-to-ceiling storage and a separate artisan table in the middle of the room that also serves as a place to sort and fold the laundry.
Jennifer Baldinger, a licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty in Scarsdale, New York, believes there is no wrong place for a hobby room. "I like the idea of using strange spaces, such as large closets, windowless rooms in a basement, even in garage," she said. And one of Baldinger's buyers used the area under a staircase to create a secret secretion & # 39; create amusing room for their young daughter to make art projects.
Decide how to make it
Fortunately, not much is needed to make a hobby or hobby room. "You need good storage shelves and a workspace with a table," says Bellinger. "I saw some great ones in a back corner of a cellar where my customers used an old kitchen table."
Depending on how much time you spend there and what you expect to achieve in this space, you may need one little more has been thought about. "For comfortable work you need sufficient space – reliable and easy to clean", advises Katy Brut, interior design consultant at NY Furniture Outlets. "The table must be quite wide or expand when working on your project," she says.
Sitting comfortably is also important. "Sometimes you want to search for ideas in books and if you are family like mine, they want to ask you questions while you work," says Janet Perry, a teacher in the field of embroidery and author at Napa Needlepoint in Mare Island, CA. "Having a comfortable chair gives you a place to relax and they are a place to sit when they come in."
Enlightenment is another important consideration. "You need a lot of light and if the room is not clear enough you can add lamps", Brut recommends.
Determine how you organize and store your consumables
To keep space clear, Brut says that you need a storage system, and she takes a very detailed approach. "In advance, you calculate the number of not only boxes and shelves, but even internal loading," she says.
"Ideally, all important things should be at hand, starting by grouping your stuff by categories and types, for example ribbons with ribbons, buttons with buttons." She recommends that large drawers be allocated in large quantities to tools and materials. "Now it's time for the finishing touch: you have to pick up suitable containers for each group You need boxes, pots and organizers – all of this can be found in every store for household items."
If you are really creative, Brut says that you can reuse objects. For example decorate a glass jar and store wires, buttons or other small items in it. "If you have opaque containers, you have to label them to help you find them when needed," says Brut.
Perry also recommends using reused items for storage. "One of the best things I've got for my hobby room is & chunks & # 39; from the card catalog – they're great to store and are easy to find. & # 39;
However, you can also install bookcases, storage or custom racks. "When you're creative, it really helps to have quick and easy access to the required inputs, whether it's yarn, sewing thread and paint, paper, canvas, research material or reference books," says J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman. "Consider the power of hidden storage – recessed cabinets, cabinet organizers, built-in bookcases and the idea to include storage drawers or cabinets in your central work surface, tailor-made to meet your unique needs and sense of style."
In addition to storage and a workspace, Perry also recommends that you have a place to show your work. "Not only will pieces of which you are proud make you happy, they can often inspire future work," she says. "I have a lot of my embroideries on walls and shelves on display and I like to see them."