Ever since we moved in I've been dreaming of creating a craft area/personal sanctuary. At first, I was going to carve out a corner of the living room for my crafting. Then I got the brilliant idea to fill the living room with plants and the space I was going to use was taken. I'm not complaining though, I'm happy with that choice.
Since the house is small (under 800 sq ft) finding a space for anything can be challenging. So, I decided to make a crafting station in my bedroom. I managed to do it on a pretty tight budget too, with just one big splurge item (the desk).
I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned. It's still a work in progress, but I want to show off what I've done so far in case you need the inspiration to create your own craft area in a small space.
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The first thing I did was measure everything and get a layout in my head of where I wanted what.
I knew I wanted to use pegboard so the logical choice was the back wall which has the most unused wall area. The opposite wall has the breaker box so that wasn't an option. I measured the wall to see how many pegboards I could have without losing it behind the closet door.
I had almost 97 inches of useable space on that wall so I used that measurement to order the perfect desk and two 48x24" pegboards. That's right, I ordered everything for this project online, even the pegboard. It took a bit of shopping around to get the best deals and free shipping, but it was all worth it.
Don't Skimp on Quality
The desk, my big splurge, was originally going to be an L desk as my craft area was going to be in a corner. The area felt too confined like that so I decided to go completely lengthwise with the desk.
I chose this one because of the reviews on the quality and ease of putting it together. I was also sold on the perfect fit and shelves. You can never have too many shelves! If I ever change my mind it would be easy(ish) to go back to an L desk.
Bringing it all Together
Once the major purchases were made there were a few minor things to finish up. The first thing was the mounting and spacer kit for the pegboard. In order for it to be functional, you can't have a pegboard flush against the wall. The kit came with ample spacers, screws, and anchors to make any pegboard project sturdy.
Before I started adding accessories to the pegboard I felt like the drab brown was a bit depressing. I wanted something bright and cheerful that added the same feeling to my room. The Sunshine Recolor paint from Lowes did just that.
I love that it's recycled paint and 2 coats were just enough to give it perfect coverage. I still have plenty of paint leftover in the quart for several more small projects so that's an added bonus.
Since a pegboard isn't very useful without accessories I had to get some of those. I took to Amazon to get a 120 piece pegboard accessory starter kit. It had a little of this and a little of that, much of which is still in the box. 120 pieces is a LOT in hindsight.
I didn't even use half of it, but there's still plenty of time. For $18.00 I'm not going to complain because the pieces I am using have really come in. There are tons of sets like this so, by all means, shop around to find the one that fits your needs.
To finish off my pegboard accessories (for now at least) I bought 2 pegboard baskets on Amazon. One was 11 inches and the other 16.25 inches. They are perfect for holding my paints and adhesives.
I had a couple of dowel rods on hand so I used those paired with a couple of J hooks to hold a large part of my ribbon collection.
I need to organize and sort through the ribbon, but that's a project for a later date. You can find dowel rods pretty much anywhere and they're not overly expensive. I think I paid fifty cents for a 36" dowel rod at Michaels.
One thing I didn't order online (but I could have) was the liner paper I used to cover the desktop. If you couldn't tell, I'm not a fan of brown. I used a $5.00 roll of faux marble liner paper I picked up at Walmart. It was easy to put on (just like I did on my DIY vanity makeover project) and took less than 30 minutes.
No Two Boards Are the Same
Like so many people before me, I spent hours on Pinterest looking at pegboard layouts to get an idea of how I wanted to set mine up. There were so many of them I loved, but in the end, I just started placing hooks randomly and adding craft supplies to them.
I moved things around like I was putting a puzzle together. Not everything fit where I wanted it, but by the time I was done, I had everything I use regularly at arms reach.
I'm glad I didn't try to copy someone else's pegboard layout because I feel even more accomplished now. It's not perfect, but it's mine and it works for what I need it to do. I can change things up whenever I get the urge and I love that. I love everything about having a pegboard set up in my bedroom/craft room.
Now if I could just get the cobwebs off of my creativity chakra I'll be great!I recommend to all craftspeople out there to create their own pegboard layout and find their own vibe when setting up the space.
Whether you are into beginner or advanced origami, other paper crafts, jewelry making, glass and ceramic crafts, leatherwork or houseware, your space will both spark your inspiration and nurture your creativity.
As I said, don’t trade on quality and allow your personality to shine through every single design detail.
It's not perfect, but it's mine and it works for what I need it to do. I can change things up whenever I get the urge and I love that. I love everything about having a pegboard set up in my bedroom/craft room. Now if I could just get the cobwebs off of my creativity chakra I'll be great!
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Wayfair Reversible L Desk - $225 (free shipping)
The Home Depot Pegboard Mounting and Spacing Kit - $9 (free shipping)
Lowes Eggshell Summer Paint - $13 (free shipping)
Amazon 120 Piece Pegboard Set - $18 (free shipping with Prime)
Amazon Pegboard Baskets 11 inches and 16.25 inches - $7 and $10 (free shipping with Prime)