This ordered craft room belonging to Katy Orme of Apartment Apothecary has a bright and clean look with its brilliant white walls, ceiling and furniture.
Thanks to the white roller blind, there’s lots of natural light – essential for working by day – with a large, centrally positioned pendant light for the evenings. The décor is contemporary with a vintage feel and subtle industrial touches.
The white string shelving and pegboard make good use of the vertical space, getting things up off the floor and providing an easy to reach place for tools and reading material.
There’s lots of room to spread out on the large square trestle table; making cutting fabric and pinning paper patterns so much easier.
- String shelving
- Light blue enamel factory ceiling light shade
- Vintage wall light
- Large white pegboard
- Vintage Bush radio
- Black vintage GPO rotary telephone
- Little Dane table lamp
- Trio of bud vases
We have a spare bedroom in our house that has been earmarked as a work room. It’s currently acting as a spill-over stock room, but the dream is for it to be a craft room. Well, part organised craft room and part creative home office.
One of the main considerations for a craft room is storage. I like and need order in a work room – everything in its place and conveniently to hand. Although they’re lightweight and often transparent, I really don’t like ugly plastic boxes. Give me wood, wicker, cardboard, textile and other natural materials any day.
Another important thing to take into account is your comfort. You’ll probably be sitting down for long periods of time – at a sewing machine, at a desk – you don’t need a chair that makes your back ache. It needs to be the right height for the table or desk that you sit at so an adjustable workshop stool is ideal.
Adequate lighting is another necessity – especially if you’re doing jobs like embroidery or fitting a zip or attaching buttons. A good desk light with angled arms and a pivoting head is ideal for this kind of work. No straining your eyes with a dim overhead light casting a shadow over what you’re doing.
Once all these physical practicalities are taken care of, the emotional requirements need addressing. Colour is the best way to set a mood in an interior environment. Bright bursts of colour around the room lift the spirits. We both spend much of our working day listening to the radio – it’s usually tuned to BBC 6 Music but Radio 4 is the soundtrack to our lazy Sunday afternoons.
- Perivale Sewing Silks box: £200, H is for Home
- JL110 sewing machine, yellow: £99, John Lewis
- Female tailor’s dummy/mannequin: £28.95, eBay
- Wooden sewing box with legs: £50, Hobbycraft
- Large green cutting mat: £14.99, Dunelm
- PALLRA box with lid, set of 4, dark yellow: 12, IKEA
- PURE Evoke Mio radio stem print by Orla Kiely: £149.99, Selfridges
- Hemingway ladies print sewing & knitting range: £3-£6, John Lewis
- Colour pop wall shelves by I Love Retro: £129, Notonthehighstreet
- White pegboard with wooden pegs, large: £47.30, Amazon
- Jielde Signal desk light: £220, Clippings
- Konstantin Grcic Tom & Jerry stool: £336, Conran Shop
- Fonteyn console desk, oak: £369, MADE
In last week’s Mapping the World post we talked about finally sorting out what had become a storage room after last year’s flood. It didn’t end after hanging a few maps, so here’s a short follow up to show what else we did in there.
It has evolved into a combined craft room & spare bedroom. We’ve put an old, rustic work bench in the large window area to make use of the natural light. On it sits a vintage Bernina sewing machine that’s just had a full service; also drawers, jugs & baskets full of thread, pins and craft tools.
When the sun goes down we have a couple of task lights – both have an industrial look. The first is a pale blue touch-sensitive desk lamp that we reviewed for John Lewis. The second is a vintage hanging work light with metal cage to protect the bulb.
And last but not least a bed – we bought this Victorian folding metal bed at a flea market for £20 which was a bit of a bargain. It looks lovely with its bright floral linen. If you overdo it on the crafting, you can just flop into bed a few feet away!