14 fresh ideas to plan and organize your craft room

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Hacks and ideas to solve your craft room storage woes.

If there’s one thing I know about DIY, is that you need storage — storage for supplies, tools, leftover bits and bobs, paused projects (you know, the macrame tapestry from 2018?) and for future projects.

Luckily for us, IKEA is synonymous with storage. And with a bit of hacking, you can make it to store all your craft supplies.

Let’s take a look at some craft rooms and see how they do it.

The crafting table

#1 LACK cutting table

There are many ways to build a craft table. This one from Brooke is one of the easiest I’ve seen, made from 12 LACK side tables. The space beneath the LACK table tops provided space for storage, which she organized with baskets and bins.

On top, she laid a cutting board over the IKEA STOPP anti-slip underlay.

Lastly, she fastened picture ledges along the sides of the table to hold her rulers, pencils and tools.

#2 KALLAX craft table

Besides the LACK, the KALLAX 2×2 is a favourite in craft table hacks. And for good reasons. You can add wheels, inserts, drawers and doors to customize to your heart’s content. See Karen’s craft table hack here.

Craft room ideas - KALLAX cutting table

Related: Smart sewing table with a sliding tray for sewing machine


#3 Kitchen island craft table

IKEA kitchen cabinets are great for craft rooms as well. I love how the IKEA Home Tour Squad transformed this back room into a craft space. The island, built from SEKTION cabinets, works as a cutting table. There are also kitchen cabinets towards the wall for a small pantry and hung up high for closed storage.

Home Squad Craft room makeover

Source: IKEA Home Tour

And the best thing about using the kitchen system is you can use all the accessories made for the kitchen to store your craft supplies. Like the small VARIERA boxes and KORKEN jars.

Variera storage

Source: IKEA Home Tour

See the makeover in the video below.

Make room for storage

#1 KALLAX shelving unit + boxes

In Taylor Made Creates, Taylor uses the KALLAX 5×5 as her main storage unit.

KALLAX for storage in the craft room

Credit: Taylor Made Creates

To keep the palette serene, she inserts white DRÖNA boxes into majority of the cubbies. On the right column, Taylor stores all her fabric samples, wound around comic book boards (brilliant!).

fabric wrapped in boards

Credit: Taylor Made Creates

For larger swatches, Megan of The Homes I Have Made stores them in the DRÖNA boxes, with a pretty tag in front.

fabric samples

Credit: The Homes I Have Made

#2 IVAR system + SAMLA boxes

The IVAR is awesome as the open shelving allows you to easily see what you have. Pair it with some SAMLA boxes to sort and organize. And magazine holders to keep files and patterns.

Craft room ideas - IVAR

Source: IKEA Home Tour

What’s more, if you don’t have lots of space you can use the IVAR fold up table module to create an all-in-one craft desk.

Craft room ideas - IVAR

Hang them up

Another IKEA Home Tour Squad craft room makeover provided some great ideas there.

This one in particular (from the 2:00 mark) caught my eye. The DIGNITET curtain wire holds up the tubes of paint and turns them into a beautiful display. Below that the GRUNDTAL rail and caddies for brushes, pens, etc. (GRUNDTAL is discontinued. Replace it with the current KUNGSFORS system)

Craft room ideas - curtain rail

Obviously, the SKÅDIS is made with crafters in mind. Use the SKÅDIS hooks to hang up your range of brushes and tools and containers for smaller items.

And, in the photo below, is another great example of IKEA hacking itself. They wall hung the cheap GREJIG shoe rack to hold paper rolls.

Craft room ideas - GREJIG shoe rack

Credit: IKEA.com


Related: 5 ways to make the SKÅDIS pegboard even better


Introduce handy helpers

#1 Ironing board on wheels

If you sew, you’ll want your ironing board to be easily accessible. This RÅSKOG + JÄLL ironing board on wheels hack fits the bill.

Craft room ideas - ironing station
#2 Yarn station

The VARIERA plastic bag holder holds all sorts of yarn and ribbons. See it here. Also very good for paper rolls like gift wrap.

yarn station
#3 Thread organizer

Get them sorted with a FINTORP basket. Tutorial here.

thread sorter
#4 Bead sorter

An IKEA magnetic notice board, wrapped in pretty fabric, is perfect for holding up the GRUNDTAL containers filled with beads, buttons, etc.

bead containers
#5 Flat paper file

If you prefer to store your art paper flat, this hack is for you.

flat paper file
#6 Add seating with storage

A STOCKSUND bench for when you want to take a break from crafting. At the same time, use it to store your craft books and materials.

seating with storage

Credit: IKEA.com

Hope these ideas inspired to organize your craft room. Tag us on Instagram @ikeahackersofficial if you use any of these ideas.

Craft room ideas – Home Tour

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