I have been asked to explain how I created a craft/office/living space that is both functional and organized. So I did some measuring this morning.
I spend most of my daytime hours in this room, and it is 14 feet by 18 feet. In this space I have doorways on three walls. So this limited me somewhat on furniture arrangement.
Still, I managed to define a living area, an office/computer area, and what I refer to as my library/bistro area.
Below is the corner which is my office area. I measured it out, and it comes to about 5 x 8 feet.
I use old vintage boxes to store books I often need for reference.
A rolling file cabinet stores the home’s necessary files. And on top of that I have scrapbook paper I use for decoupage projects.
When remodeling this room over a year ago, I had shelves built up high around three sides of the room, where I could put knick-knacks and such there was no spare room down below for.
Adjacent to my office space is my library/bistro space. I can sit here and have coffee and scan through decorating and gardening books. This area is 6 x 7 feet. So I have a lot packed in a small space. The key is to use your space both horizontally and vertically. And to combine function and decorating at the same time.
Just across from my computer/office area is my living area. I have a reading chair and couch, along with a table and chair combo, along this long wall. It measures out 8 x 18 feet.
Between the photo above and the one below, you see the entirety of the west wall. I use outdoor rugs, due to the fact that three pets are in this room much of the time.
I have very little drawer space, so I have to go vertical for some things. This rubber stamp cabinet I purchased at Michaels. I think you can also get them at Hobby Lobby. I can store my stamps and get the extra benefit of seeing them on display.
Try to buy decorative storage when you can. It looks good, and you can hide supplies at the same time. This textile box looks old, but it’s actually a reproduction piece.
Just use your imagination. Size up how much room you have, and decide what components must fit in this area. Then divide that space into little “rooms” to get the most of that space.
Another hint is to carry a tape measure with you in the car. Then when you find a piece, you can find out if it will work in your space without making several trips.
You can use dish drainers for file dividers, vintage jars for small things like buttons. Think outside the box and look at what you already have with fresh eyes. Go through your garage, basement or attic and see what you can come up with that would serve a function and look nice at the same time.
I’m linking to Today’s Creative Blog’s Get Your Craft On Tuesday.