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How I Organized My 5′ x 17′ Craft Room

How I organized my tiny craft room using vintage storage ideas.

Don’t we all feel the need to organize something when the new year rolls around? My craft room, which also serves as my office, was the first room to get the “treatment”. It was a mess. A really bad mess. Really, really bad. I was tired of turning sideways to get to the computer, tired of seeing the cat have to jump over a little pile of stuff to go outside. Tired of the chaos. So I went to work. Two and one half days — yes days — later, I can say done. Here are the results. We’ll start with the vintage suitcases.

Vintage Suitcase Storage

I adore the look of suitcases and vintage boxes stacked for storage. But for efficiency they’re really not the best. It helps to have them on shelves like this instead of stacked on top of each other, but then you have to pull each one out and set it down somewhere to get to the contents. Kinda hard in a 5′ wide room. Ideally, the shelf itself would pull out, but hubby is way too busy to concoct something like that. I’m lucky to have the shelves!

Now let me say this isn’t a glamor post. You’re not going to say, I want a craft room just like that! Oh, you might pick up a few ideas. I’d like to think I helped in some small way, but friends, this ain’t no magazine worthy room. It’s real. It’s a real room for a real person. It’s just me doing the best I can with what I have to work with. A five feet wide, seventeen feet long room (Okay, I exaggerated. It’s a few inches more both ways. But only a few.), a couple of neat-o pieces, and way, way, way too much craft crap. I’m grateful to have the room, which used to be a porch. It’s more than most people have. But let’s face it. It’s not the dream craft room for any of us.

I was pretty pleased with the handiness of this next workspace:

Craft Room Jewelry Work Space

A little typewriter table, a turquoise vacuum cleaner attachment holder and two, super duper, awesome, industrial storage bins that hold jewelry bits. Have you seen how much those little bins sell for?! Check out the most recently sold listings of metal drawers on eBay! Scroll past the plastic drawers. I was lucky and found mine for $5 each at an estate sale.

Another “pretty” shot:

Those ceramic wheels are in this metal tray:

The tray sits in this wonderful, old cabinet:

Craft room storage

The top is handmade and sits on an iron stove base.

Craft Room Storage

Still looks pretty messy, huh? But it’s an organized mess. Let’s rest our eyes on this 1970s beauty pageant badge:

Whew! That’s better.

So, if you stand with your be-hind backed up to the cabinet we just saw, this is the view of the rest of the room.

Small Craft Room

I got the metal shelves at the far right for a song at an estate sale. Had to take them apart to get them home. And the man conducting the sale Would. Not. Help. Had no intention of helping. But that’s just how he is. The taller shelving is a Restoration Hardware knockoff I had my hubby make a few years ago. I didn’t put them together right and the top is leaning. I’m not inclined to correct that any time soon. And that little enamel top table is my desk. Where I’m sitting at this very moment. No, really! Probably when you’re reading this, unless it’s the middle of the night and sometimes even then, that is most likely where I’ll be!

Let’s see another “pretty” picture or two, shall we?

And remember the cat? When I first brought the old cabinet in, she found a spot to lay. Lie? Lay? Which is the proper grammar? That spot has been cluttered for quite a while, but I fixed a cushion for her using the same bark cloth that’s on the windows.

Oreo was unavailable for pictures.

So that’s it. Don’t ask to see the room a month from now. I’m notorious for my messes.

5 thoughts on “How I Organized My 5′ x 17′ Craft Room

  1. Love your shelves of suitcases and boxes! Especially love that you have tags on them. I really need to do that. What I am looking for is always in the last suitcase I open! I have something to give you….for your craft room….one of the vendors at Angels had a tragic crash and the head of a baby doll was crushed. The body is great with china arms and legs (reproduction not old). She was going to throw it out. I don’t have any baby heads laying around but thought you might and I just could not throw it out!!!

    1. Lynn, why don’t you keep it and use it at Halloween? Or take the arms and legs off and have them coming out of a pot of dirt.
      Or I suppose I could use it at Halloween with one of those baby heads I’ve got. Let the head sit it its lap. The more mismatched the better.
      I keep thinking I should let you have a turn with the ladder you gave me when I first opened the store, but I have an idea for it right now.
      I’m testing a new plugin. This reply should come to you by email. Will you let me know if you get it?

  2. I love your craft room 🙂 I love it so much more than any other room on Pinterest or magazine because, like you said, it’s REAL. That’s how my craft room is. I don’t have kitchen cabinets sprawling across a room that’s larger than the house I live in. I don’t have matching stacking cubes. I have cheap things that either I’ve inherited, gotten at Walmart, or used my 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon for. We have to work with what we’ve got!

  3. I am trying to organise my own small craft space and yours is just what I needed to see.
    Great Ideas. Just need to find a spot for the dog!


    1. That’s so sweet of you to say. Good luck with the organization!

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