Even though I was very aware that I was going to have a truly huge room all to myself, I hardly allowed myself to dream about its potential until it was finished. There were actually a few days where I didn’t even want to bring a single thing into the finished basement rooms, because I just wanted to revel in the spacious, clean, and bright openness.
And then we really needed to start putting things together. 🙂
When I first was envisioning the layout of the craft room, I had pictured my Ikea Expedit shelves along the wall with the window. But when we got them reassembled, it just looked weird. I won’t lie: I had a bit of a panic about it. But in the end, we came up with a revised plan that makes me really happy! Here is the first phase: the desks and shelves around the perimeter of the room. Of course, I am never not working on a project (or three), so there are some random piles and bits and pieces scattered around. If you look very closely, you’ll get a very tiny sneaky-peeky of the finished quilt top, because I took these photos on March 1, just before phase 2 (the island) was implemented. 😉
On to the tour!
I must give credit to Husband for coming up with the main plan and executing it. Based on some inspiration from Christine’s fabulous craft island (more about that in phase 2!!), we purchased melamine shelving boards to use as tabletops. Because the boards come in 8′ lengths, I have a gorgeously long expanse of unbroken tabletop. Hooray!!
The “short” piece of the table is on regular table legs. My Silhouette lives here, and eventually I plan for this space to be my computer’s home when I am working in this room. Right now I have my son’s Project 365 baby book open and in-progress there.
The “long” piece of the table is where my dreams really start to come true! My sewing machines will always out and ready to use, and even when I stitch at high speed (I have a bit of a lead foot sometimes), the table will not bounce. It is supported by three Alex drawer units from Ikea, and it is STURDY! Rock solid! After sewing for 8+ years on a plastic folding table that bounced so much I could hardly see my stitching line, this is a BIG DEAL.
Husband also was the idea-man behind the chairs, which are also from Ikea (Bernhard). They have “runners” that glide over the carpet (when Husband put them together, he left off the rubbery plastic skids). And man, oh man, they are amazingly comfortable!!
In the corner by the double pocket doors, I have my ironing board, which gets moved out from the wall when I am using it a lot. Eventually, when the rocking chair gets moved out of the nursery, it will probably come down and live in this corner (a place for me to read! :)). The double pocket doors are usually open, and look into a play/TV room.
For a while, I left the central area of the room open, because of V’s quilt project. I needed lots of floor space to arrange the blocks!
Coming soon: a post about my awesome craft island, and the “finished” craft room.