When the last of your children heads off to college, you may find yourself thinking that your house feels a little empty. No more teenagers blasting music or talking on the phone 24/7 or having friends over to raid your refrigerator. And while this is often a bittersweet time, one thing that many people look forward to when their kids go off to college is turning the newly empty bedroom into a craft room. This can be an easy, relatively inexpensive project that will leave you with an organized space to do your crafting.
The first step in transforming your bedroom into a craft room is to clear out all the furniture and clutter. Evaluate the furniture and decide what you want to keep and what should be donated or put in storage. Shelving units and bookcases can be used for extra storage in a craft room, but bigger pieces like a bedframe and armoire will just take up space. If the furniture pieces you are planning to reuse are looking a little run down, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to liven them up a little. Now is also a good time to decide what other furniture and storage items you need for your craft room. A large desk or table with drawers and plenty of room to spread things out is crucial. You’ll also want a comfortable chair and good lighting. Take the time to plan the layout of the room so that you end up with a comfortable, functional space.
Before you start moving furniture and craft supplies back into the room, give it a good deep cleaning and make any updates or repairs. Run a vacuum over the carpeting, dust the baseboards, and fill in any old nail holes. If the paint is looking dingy or you aren’t a fan of your child’s paint color choice, consider repainting the walls in a color you love. Once the room has been thoroughly cleaned and you are happy with the look of it, you can start moving your furniture back in.
When setting up your craft room, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the space as organized and efficient as possible. Store items that you use frequently such as scissors, markers, and glue in a handy place on top of your table, rather than tucked away in a drawer. Use clear plastic containers to hold loose items such as stickers, stamps, and ribbon so that they stay organized and don’t end up all over the place. Pull-out drawers are also the perfect place to keep paper and cardstock so that it can lay flat and not become wrinkled or creased. It’s also a good idea to label your storage containers so that you can easily find something when you are in the middle of a project.
With a little time and effort, you can turn your child’s old bedroom into the craft room of your dreams!
Guest blogger: Rochelle Whitman is an avid crafter and decorator. She has written about interior design, home improvement, and DIY home renovation projects.