I had a difficult time knowing what to call my newly redone room. Is it an office? a study? a crafts room? The photo above is from a Southern Living Idea House, and they called theirs a multipurpose room. I thought it fit the room, but boy is that a loooong name to say! Because my room seems to be a combination of an office, a crafts room, a sewing room, and a giftwrap station, I chose to call it the workroom. Whatever you choose to call it, it is a useful space to have. Today, I thought we would look at a few of these multipurpose rooms, and see what ideas we can
steal borrow from them.
Let’s start with the room at the top.
1. That Idea House room has a sink, and that would be just wonderful to have! It would be helpful with plants and flower arranging in there and probably come in handy with painting projects as well.
2. The ginormous corkboard is also great in a space like that. Mine has fabric samples pinned all over it. (My mother nabbed one of those samples last weekend for possible drapery fabric for her dining room.)
3. Do you see those bin pulls on the drawer by the chair? I have coveted those for some time now. They really help with organization. I would have used them in my workroom, except we already had our hardware leftover from other projects (and leftovers are much less expensive than new.) Here is a source if you need one:
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The next multipurpose room is a display at the Ikea store in Atlanta. Don’t you just love all the small spaces they set up so that you can see how the furniture really works together? And what ideas can we get from here? (besides all the touches of red.) Let’s see…
4. The open bookcases provide much needed storage in the room – especially if there is no closet.
5. Colorful matching boxes in an accent color brighten up the room and give it a more unified look.
6. Do you see those red mesh storage bins with lids (available here) below the shelving there? They hold large items that won’t fit in your typical box. It looks like they are holding sports equipment in the room below.
I started to say that the big desk unit in the middle of the room is a good idea because of all that fabulous space, but then I started thinking about outlets. I would have to have some power source for my computer (and a lamp.) The only way to have that work is to have a floor outlet in the room (which I do not.)
Up next is a room that appears to be more office than crafts room. They have a huge corkboard like we saw in our first room, but there are more ideas for us here….
7. A desk hutch (like this one) can be used on top of the counter space. It is good for organizing office items – especially bills. (Our large desk unit is the desk I use for bill paying. My smaller desk is for blog work.)
8. Obviously the cabinets are nice, but I also like the mix of some open shelving with it. Open baskets with labels can easily hold craft supplies. (Michaels carries some nice chalkboard labels lately in their “Make Market” section. Have you seen it?)
There are really a lot of things to love in this next room.
9. Upper glass doors make all your supplies visible – and because they are visible you are more likely to keep them neat and organized, right?
10. A desk caddie is used to hold rolls of ribbon. I can’t tell from the photo if there are scissors in there with the ribbon, but that is always logical to keep them together.
11. An open shelf below the countertop is perfect for storing large sheets of paper.
If you don’t have an entire room to devote to crafts/projects/or home office needs, then perhaps one complete wall can handle much of it. Again a desk hutch is used on the countertop, and more good ideas….
12. Fabric bins for storage in cubbies specifically designed for their size.
13. No need for labels when you can simply write with a chalk pen on the bins themselves.
14. Make use of the space up above your cabinets to showcase a collection. (A utilitarian room – despite the fact you have to pay the bills in there – can still be a beautiful space.)
Even a homework station, like this next one, can be a thing of beauty. There are bin pulls with labels on the lower drawers and…
15. Lined baskets hide a multitude of messy items. (I would add some kind of label to them so that I remember what is inside each.)
16. Jars hold art supplies – from chalk to markers to pencils…easy to see and pretty! (Got to have my jars.)
The next room is much more industrial than what I am accustomed to, but I do like it. It seems to work especially well for a workroom. (Love those black spool chairs with the ticking stripe seats!)
17. Notice all the notebooks there? Use matching 3-ring binders to store your torn out pictures of ideas from magazines. Just punch holes and then organize them by subject behind tab dividers. I have several notebooks in the storage space under our printer. Two large ones hold all the manuals that came with the appliances we have purchased since we built this house.
18. I am not sure why there are so many stools in this room, but one stool would be handy in my workroom for reaching those high things (drapes!) in the closet.
Here is another industrial styled space that was part of the Country Living House of the Year a few years back. The desk is made from 2 desks then topped with a custom “box” making it counter height, allowing you to either stand or sit on one of the stools to work. The take-away ideas from this space are…
19. Include a roll of kraft paper in the room….useful for gift wrap, backing picture frames, making table runners, and countless other things.
20 Use floor lamps in place of desk lamps. You won’t lose valuable desktop space this way.
21. Woven shopping totes (like those below the desk) are great for storage and can easily be moved to other locations as needed since they have handles.
If you don’t have an entire room that can be used for a workroom or you can’t find one good wall for it, how about using a piece of furniture to help with organization? This is a Martha Stewart Living file cabinet (available here, but with mixed reviews on the quality.) Some ideas from here:
22. Gift wrap hung on wooden dowels makes for ease of access.
23. Spools of ribbon can also be hung on a wooden dowel to make measuring off needed lengths an easy task.
24. Rolls of giftwrap can be stored standing in a basket.
And how about Martha herself? What can her crafts room/office show us? Well how about the attic crafts room in her Cantitoe Corners home?
25. I know all of this furniture is matching from a Martha Stewart line, but you can unify mismatched pieces by painting them all the same color.
26. Use acrylic drawer dividers to hold scissors and other craft supplies (but who, besides Martha has drawers that are that empty??)
27. Use a spice rack to help organize jars of glitter or small bottles of paint. (And again, who besides Martha has all their supplies in matching bottles?)
And now my favorite workroom from my favorite house…
Do you remember this house that was in Southern Living a few years ago?
It belongs to Curt Seymour and Kay Stanley. Kay is the designer behind the handbag company, Spartina 449 – located on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Her workroom is pure gorgeousness! And there are a few more ideas we can borrow from this space.
28. Use unusual accessories in different ways. The three tiered stand below was not designed for use in a crafts room, but it works beautifully for storage. It could hold thread, yarn, bottles of paint, rubber stamps…you name it.
29. If the drawers in your cabinets (or furniture) do not have the bin pulls with label space like we mentioned at the start of the post, then simply add the label frames to the drawer (and put the labels in them.)
I could work all day (and into the night) in this bright and cheery room with all the windows.
And finally, while we are wrapping up the subject of workrooms, I wanted to thank all of you for your very sweet comments about my post(s) on my new workroom. I appreciated all of them so very much!Several of you asked if I would ever have my guest post that is featured over at A Stroll Thru Life on the blog here. My answer is, I don’t think so. But, I have updated The House page (see the red bar right below the header) with all the info on the room. I have also included some of the “pretty” photos that were featured over in the guest post. I think you will enjoy them here because they are much larger on The House page than they would be on the blog post. So click on that link at the top and enjoy.
And my final tip for your workroom is this…
30. Work is hard, so surround yourself in this space with things that bring you joy…whether that might be fresh flowers, a live plant, photographs of people you hold dear, a bright red cup of black coffee, or even a red toy VW beetle. Make it a happy space.
What would you put in your dream workroom?