Fashion is everywhere

Chez Larsson

Organizing the Craft Room Part II

Send to Benita Larsson

Today I thought I'd address the furnishings in Chrystelle's craft room. Above is a drawing of the way it's laid out today. Since Chrystelle e-mailed the first time she drafted her husband in to make some changes and below I'll give my two cents on the layout and some additions and alterations she might want to consider.

Layout textThe layout stays mostly the same because we want to to take advantage of the daylight from the window and because those three open shelves which I gave advice on the other day are fine where they are. Also the built in closet (which I will deal with in a separate post) obviously won't go anywhere else and there's just enough space inside of the door for the dresser which not only is pretty but also practical storage space.

The main thing I think would do with some change would be the work space. There's just not enough of it considering all the work Chrystelle does in there.

Chrystelle's sewing craft room 007

This is how the computer desk started out. Very cute desk but way too small and unpractical.

This desk will look awesome somewhere else in Chrystelle's house I'm sure. I imagine it in a hallway, a space to sort mail (with a recycling basket underneath) and where Chrystelle and husband William can each use a drawer to empty their pockets into at the end of the day (and find the contents each morning!).

A vase with flowers, a piece of William's art over it (both Chrystelle and her husband are artists) … you get the picture.

Send to Benita Larsson 002
The computer has been moved since and it now sits on a table by the doorway. Much better but I believe it can still be improved on. I'd move the computer away from there and use the table as a cutting table for quilting and sewing. Chrystelle used to use a table like that but because of the low sitting height it wasn't practical because you want to stand when cutting. I was sure I'd seen table raisers somewhere and after googling I found this post which seems to solve the problem at a fraction of the cost of buying a taller table.

I'd probably use the table for paper crafts too because I like to move around when doing them.

Chrystelle's sewing craft room 010

Here's a view of the window wall version #1 with sewing machine and serger. It's obviously way to small.

Send to Benita Larsson 010
Here's the same desk and what an improvement in terms of sorting and organizing! I still feel there's not adequate workspace though.


I suggest building a simple work top along the length of the window wall using simple materials such as MDF or laminate.The desk top can rest on timber supports along the walls but will also need at least one leg support at the closet end and possibly one more. The corner is rounded so there's easy access to the closet to the right too. If using laminate there are laminate strips you can iron on the raw edges after cutting to make them smooth and pro looking.

I'd use the desk for the TV which now sits on a separate little drawer unit, for the computer and for the sewing machine and serger. The sewing machine and serger can be shoved toward the back of the desk when not in use. I've added soft pads to the bottom of my sewing machine so it glides better.

There may be comments on the computer and sewing machine living in the same space and one getting dusty from the other but I still think this will be a better solution than before. Chrystelle can sew a little cover for the computer if she wants to cover it when doing a lot of sewing. You know like those typewriters used to have. Very Mad Men :) 

That's it for part II in organizing Chrystelle's craft room. More to come. Any other suggestions for her?


  • Chrystelle says:

    Great ideas, Benita! My husband just took a 97 inch white piece of laminated MDF surface out of his art studio as it was taking up easel space in the window light! It already has multi plug strips on it for cords, so would work for my pc and sewing machines. I was wondering what you thought of recycling that surface for the desktop, and the end table that the television is now on for a support rather than the leg you mentioned?
    Actually the cutting table is standing height. It looks like a chair there, but that is a bar stool height. The table has a dropleaf that is the same size as the one that is up, and a leg that snaps beneath to support it. I’m so happy that people are so responsive to this post. It is, as they have said, so practical!

  • Reusing the laminated MDF sounds great and if the end table is at a good height is’s definitely a good idea to use that as a support and you’ll have storage too 🙂

  • Carolyn Style says:

    Thanks for these posts – they are fantastically useful. You are so good at combining good organizing ideas, ways to make things pretty, and thriftiness/reuse, then explaining it all very clearly.

  • Lisa says:

    I am really enjoying this series on your blog and hope to see similar endeavors every other month or so. I especially love how each job (area) being it’s own post. Now this huge undertaking is very manageable. Other loves?
    1. You repurposed most of her things. I don’t know about your other readers, but I often look at newly “organized rooms” on those DIY shows and wonder if they even met the owners, let alone considered what they REALLY did in those rooms. (Peter Walsh is an exception here)
    2. You explained the reasoning of replacing the desk. Once again, those DIY show rarely explain the purpose of replacing items. Often the replaced items on those shows are updated prettier versions of what was already in the room.
    3. You considered how the items functioned in the area. Sliding the sewing machine across the table is shear genius! I do have to ask by soft pads do you mean felt pads?
    Thanks so much for sharing with us our here in blogland. 🙂

  • I did mean felt pads. As I was preparing this post last night I couldn’t for the life of me remember what they were called. Felt pads. Felt pad. Felt pads!

  • Gosia says:

    It’s so much fun seeing you, the perpetual organizer, in action. I appreciate the reasoning behind changes you propose. This makes all the difference in grasping the concept, learning the principles and then applying them in ones’ own environment. Thank you for that.

  • Anne Alagna says:

    I was thinking that TV is probably small enough that she could mount a rounded shelf in the corner above the table top and stick it up there, clearing up much more working surface.

  • Carla says:

    I raised the table in my craft room (it was my old kitchen table and I wanted higher for crafting) by putting four regular old house bricks underneath each leg.
    To pretty them up I wrapped them first in felt, then covered in fabric that co-ordinated with the room!
    Hope you like this suggestion.
    I love your blog, its one of my daily fixes!…

  • lovely post as always! you’ve definitely inspired me to get my craft room in order as well. hope you’re having a great week my dear!
    xo urban flea 🙂