The time has come to finally design my ultimate crafting studio! After many years of crafting in makeshift spaces, I’m now strategically planning all aspects of my new craft room. Today I’m sharing the best craft room organization ideas I’ve picked up along the way.
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How to Plan a Craft Room
I’m a chronic over-analyzer. Can anyone else relate? Before I had a vision for my craft room, I scoured Pinterest and made numerous trips to IKEA.
All I knew was I had to do something to organize my bins of craft supplies and clutter in our family dining room. Plus, I needed a “home” for my YouTube channel and photography sessions.
My Simple Craft Room Organization Process
- Take inventory of what you need to organize by category (paper, vinyl, fabric, etc.).
- Decide what combination of furniture you’ll need (desk, shelves, bookcases, etc.) based on your space constraints. What furniture do you already own that can you repurpose by adding space-saving bins or accessories?
- Measure your shelves, drawers and cubbies to decide on any other storage solutions you’ll need like bins, baskets, trays, or containers.
- Label any bins, baskets, or containers as needed to keep things organized.
By picking the main craft room furniture first, I was able to find great storage options for my craft supplies. Some items are still on my wish list!
Just remember, you don’t need all of these supplies to create the perfect craft space. This is just a menu of the most highly rated and popular items to get you started.
Best Craft Room Organization Furniture & Shelving
You may already have some form of furniture, carts, or bins to contain your clutter. (You should’ve seen the bins I had to dig through for supplies before my craft room makeover.)
It’s tempting to start collecting rolling carts and plastic bins to create a crafting space. However, having a good desk space and some shelving will relieve a lot of stress.
Here are some of my favorite picks by category to help you on your way.
1. Crafting Desk
There are lots of crafting desks on the market, but don’t overthink it. I decided to create a desk by placing a tabletop over two IKEA Kallax units because I wanted a large flat workspace with extra storage.
I’ll soon reveal what that desk looks like along with more details. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite budget-friendly desk options for crafters.
Bookcases give you lots of flexibility for organizing craft supplies. They also make a craft room look a little more “finished” and give you a place to display your creations.
Many bookcases from IKEA also come with options to add cabinet doors, glass doors, and height extensions. However, there are lots of other specialized bookcases for crafters on the market.
3. Cube Units
I highly recommend adding some cube storage to any craft room because there are so many ways to use these, and they look stylish too. Often you can stack them or even flip them on the side.
I prefer the simple 12×12-inch cube units as opposed to ones that have built-in space dividers. This allows you to add any bin, drawer, or basket you like. More on that later.
4. Floating shelves
Whether or not you have a bookcase, floating shelves can add more character and functionality to your craft room organization. They’re also great when you have more wall space than floor space.
I especially like shelving units that have a slight lip to contain crafting supplies like paint or glitter.
5. Rolling cart
Rolling carts are perfect for crafting on the go or having the flexibility to move around your craft room freely.
There are a few main types of carts on the market: 3-tier rolling utility carts, storage carts with drawers, and carts with a combination of shelves and drawers. I’ve included all three examples below so you can shop for what you like.
Storage Solutions for Organizing Craft Supplies
6. Pegboard craft room organization
The beauty of a pegboard is that there’s no limit to how you can customize it! IKEA is especially known for having great options for pegboards (called SKÅDIS) at affordable prices.
With pegboards, you can hang the items that you use most often, like scissors, glue guns, pens, paints, and rolls of vinyl. There are many accessories for pegboards that include hooks or cups.
7. Storage cubes
These are by far some of my favorite options for craft room organization. Why? Because you can optimize the cube to fit almost any crafting need, from paper to yarn.
8. Storage baskets
Storage baskets are similar to cubes, but you can also find baskets to match almost any width for standard shelves or bookcases. I purchased these hyacinth baskets to fit in my IKEA Kallax units, but you can find many variations of storage baskets for narrower shelves.
9. Hanging drawers
When you have a desk that just needs a little extra space to stash some goods, try these hanging drawers that attach to the underside of a tabletop.
10. Desk organizer
Having a tidy organizer for paper, paper clips, and scissors helps to keep your tools handy. These feminine desk organizers add a touch of charm too.
11. Lazy Susan tiered tray
One cute way you can customize your frequently used items is a lazy Susan. There are plenty of segmented ones that help you organize writing utensils, glue, and scissors.
12. Hanging rack accessories for rolling carts
If you have one of the rolling carts I highlighted in #5, try adding some of these accessories to the cart. (Note: some carts already come with a few cups or bins like this one, so shop wisely.)
I love that you can add everything from cups to rolls for paper or vinyl.
13. Plastic bins or glass apothecary jars for small craft supplies
Small plastic containers, mason jars, or cookie jars can help corral smaller craft accessories. Got push pins, paper clips, or washi tape to organize? Try one of these clever options below.
14. Ribbon holder or washi tape storage
Does anyone share my weakness for cute ribbons and pretty tape? Sometimes my ribbon collection multiplies because I never remember what I already own.
These ribbon dispensers allow you to organize by color or pattern and hold the ribbon while you cut. I also like this set of plastic bins that don’t have a rod, making it easier to grab a roll and go.
15. Paint storage shelves
If you have some shelves or cubbies where you plan to store paints, try using acrylic risers. Spice racks work well for this type of thing.
You could also simply use one of the floating shelf options in #4 above. The wooden caddy below with the metal rack gets rave reviews, and you can hang it on a wall too!
16. Storage for paint brushes
Paintbrushes can be challenging to store when you don’t have a lot of desk space. This little paintbrush holder helps keep brushes separate and in shape for your next paint job.
17. Pegboard accessories for pens, brushes, and office supplies
If you have a pegboard wall, you can add these collections of accessories to make it fully functional. These bins and hooks also serve as fun decor with their mix of colors!
18. Drawer dividers and organizer trays
Any desk drawer needs dividers, in my opinion. Storage trays are perfect for hiding frequently used items like scissors, pens, tape, and other tools.
I picked up this 16-piece drawer organizer set that I love and will soon discuss in my next YouTube video.
Tip: Line your drawers first with wrapping paper or shelf liners for a fun pop of color.
19. Velcro ties for cables and cords
A small but important way to keep your craft room organized is with velcro ties for cords. If you have a lot of electronics for your crafts, I recommend these cable ties that come in fun rainbow colors.
Special Organization Ideas by Craft
20. Scrapbook paper holder
My hubby is currently making some DIY paper storage cubes for me to stash my scrapbook paper and cardstock collections. This is a key part of my craft room organization.
You can make your own cube with plywood and wood glue or purchase one online. Color-coded paper storage is not only handy but looks beautiful too! Click the images below to shop.
21. Wrapping paper storage
22. Magazine holders
For bookcases and floating shelves, try organizing papers and catalogs with magazine holders. Many come with built-in label holders. These also work great for vinyl scrap storage.
23. Stamping storage bins
There are numerous options for storing stamps and dies in storage cases that you can then organize within a cubby or bin. These stamp storage bags allow you to label and organize stamps by theme or occasion.
Many card makers also need storage for ink pads and accessories. Here are some of the most highly rated ink organizers for your craft room.
24. Flat Vinyl Storage
For flat vinyl storage, the consensus in craft groups is that a drawer system works best. Keep this in mind when choosing your craft room organization furniture.
For vinyl scraps, many crafters use a large binder with plastic sleeves with dividers by color or type of vinyl (e.g., heat-transfer, permanent). Magazine holders also work well.
25. Rolled vinyl storage
However, I may still opt to get one of the rolled vinyl organizers below. They are super popular among crafters since you can easily see your whole collection. Some also attach to a wall or door for hanging.
26. Fabric Organizer
My current plan in the craft room is to use one of the storage cube options in my Kallax shelves to wrap fabric scraps around cardboard inserts. This pin shows an awesome example of how to do this.
Tip: If your craft room supplies come in cardboard boxes, save the cardboard! You can use it to wrap and store fabric scraps.
Another great alternative is using space-saver hangers to store fabric in a closet.
27. Thread organizer
If you’re an avid sewist, you may want a thread organizer to keep on your desk or mount on the wall. Here are some of the best-rated options for sewing organization.
Craft Room Storage Labels
28. Bin storage labels
If you need to label your baskets or bins, there are countless storage labels you can choose from.
Since I’m using square baskets for my craft room storage, I chose these label holders that come with chalk markers and removable labels. You can see them in the photo under #8.
I might even spray paint the holders themselves to match my other metallic fixtures.
29. Vinyl labels and decals for furniture and drawers
To customize your craft room organization, you can add vinyl decals and labels. There are so many amazing options when it comes to labeling your craft room or adding fun patterns.
Check out these fun creations from small business owners below! Some make decals for the Ikea Malm Dresser and Alex drawers, which are great craft room furniture choices.
30. Chalkboard labels to swap out seasonally
For glass jars or containers that you might change throughout the year, try using chalkboard labels. This is also a favorite among pantry organizers.
Best Brands to Shop for Craft Room Organization
Planning your craft room organization from start to finish can get a little overwhelming. I find it helpful to think about my major items first and then shop other brands for smaller bins, trays, and shelf organizers.
There are countless IKEA craft room ideas out there. The company is very popular with crafters because it specializes in budget-friendly, modular design.
Most furniture is easy enough for one person to assemble, but we like to make it a family activity!
You’ll also find plenty of craft storage ideas like baskets and bins at IKEA to finish off your space.
For all types of bins, containers, baskets, and craft storage solutions, I usually turn to Amazon. As a Prime member, I can generally return items if they don’t work out. You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime to try it out.
If you can’t find certain furniture pieces at IKEA, you might find them on Amazon (though the prices tend to be slightly higher).
Beyond having amazing craft supplies, Michaels has tons of carts and storage systems to organize your hobbies. This modular chest is very similar to the Alex drawers from IKEA and sells for about the same price.
Michaels is also a wonderful place to find accessories for 3-tiered carts.
The Container Store
(Can someone please tell Home Edit I wouldn’t mind them paying me a visit?)
At the other end of the spectrum are dollar stores like Dollar Tree and Dollar General. You can find great deals on drawer dividers, storage boxes, and baskets for craft room organization on a budget.
For the serious paper and stamp crafter, Stamp-n-Storage has perhaps the best modular system for organizing all your goodies.
Any small business looking to organize a workspace should check them out as well.
For decorative labels, decals, and other ways to personalize your space, head over to Etsy. I love supporting other small business owners too!
Free Printable Craft Room Organization List
To help ease the stress of getting your craft space planned, I’m offering a free printable checklist. I hope this will help you keep tabs on your wish list to make shopping a fun (not frustrating!) experience.
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I hope you have fun creating a space where you love crafting. Stay tuned because I’ll soon reveal my new and improved craft room as well!
If you have an organization hack you’d like to share, leave a comment below!
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