aka Woman Cave!
Have you ever been confined to a smaller space than you needed for doing projects? Were you in a window-less, stuck-off-in-the-distance, out-of-the-way, cave-like room?
It was 18 months ago (in Craft Cave Revived) that I organized this small space as my project room. My sewing space. I’d planned to use it for painting, too, but that never happened. Just too small. (Now you see why I paint in the kitchen!)
That is truly a cave, don’t you agree? Hence the name…craft cave.
Essential #1: Space
Now that I moved everything into this larger, freshly painted room, it all says, “Ahhhh….”
Essential #2: Lighting
My new room has three windows-worth of the natural light, an overhead light, plus several sources of task lighting.
Essential #3: Project Zones
Cluster your equipment and supplies for work zones for each type of project. Designate a semi-permanent spot for an ironing board, if possible.
No, the bed is not essential for a project studio, but good for an occasional
Essential #4: Storage Options
This was HH’s grandmother’s chest that he refinished 30 years ago. It needs another update, but HH won’t go for it. (So tempting, though. Let the sweet-talking begin…wink.) These drawers hold lining, buckram, interfacing, patterns…you get the idea.
This lower drawer stack is also filled with many sewing necessities.
Ribbons, tapes, trims, home decor supplies, and curtain rings are inside, above, and beside the chest.
Smaller items are organized on the wall shelf – plus a few things for fun, others for necessity.
Essential #5: Room for Expansion
The sewing machine desk has a few unused drawers, providing extra space. Growing room! 🙂
The closet – some extra space there.
The serging center, which wasn’t a designated space in the craft
dungeon cave, has desk and file cabinet storage.
You might recognize the spool bowl from The Blogland Tour Continues… post.
Serger thread spools are all so convenient!
There is space for the rolling, expandable cutting table Handy Builder Dad made for Painter Artist Mom.
Thank you, HBD and PAM for passing it along to me!
Isn’t this handy when opened all the way?
I’ll use the surface mostly for paint projects – as a painting zone.
There are shelves under the rolling table for storing pillow stuffing and rolled-up batting (like for making the Pillow Shams with a No-Flop Flange).
Above the rolling table, did you notice the paint storage and sign? (Aka the painting zone.)
Are you laughing? I got caught in the Pinterest time-trap one night while creating my Sewing/Craft Room Ideas board. This idea for a sign popped into my head, so I paused my Pinning to paint the sign! 🙂
Essential #6: You!
Get in there and do your thing. Pause the Pinning (or whatever traps your time) – and do it!
I hope you’ve been inspired by these practical essentials for a project studio (or woman cave). In a follow-up post, I’ll cover some essentials that appeal to our creature comforts.
Can you believe I’ve revealed my new cave, with all the normal furnishings and nothing new or fancy?
I’m like that. Just normal, casual living here in The Land of Making Do. It’s not perfect. It’s not a castle. But, it’s home. 🙂
How are things at your castle today?
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