Craft Corner Dreams

Looking for some inspiration to create your own little crafting nook? These small craft rooms offer up plenty of ideas on creating a space that is both stylish yet functional - even in the tiniest of spaces!

When we moved into our bungalow six years ago, I had always planned on transforming this sad, sad little spot in our basement into a functioning Craft Corner.

Craft Corner - before image

In the ensuing years, I’ve collected odds and ends – chairs, tables, small storage cabinets – with the idea of putting it together, slowly, bit by bit. And then finally, two summers ago I thought I was ready to put all my efforts into it. I began by painting over an old hand-me-down Ikea desktop from grad school (oh the blood, sweat and – mainly – tears that desk has seen!) and then had hubby add table legs to it. I then cleaned up an old vintage table that used to be my childhood dining room table in the hopes of making it my ‘new’ crafting surface. I was on a mission: sleeves rolled up, bits of paint on my old yoga pants, crouched on the basement floor, pulling things apart, putting them back together…I was determined!

And then…I got distracted.

Well, maybe not distracted as much as uncertain – uncertain about how to organize and style an unfinished corner in our basement. Did I want shelving units or wall-mounted shelves? Where should my easel and paint supplies go? Where should I place my ‘new’ vintage table given space restrictions? Do I want plastic, cardboard or basket storage containers? What about all my yarns!? And perhaps the biggest question on my mind:  can an unfinished corner of the basement stay unfinished and yet become a stylish and cozy space to create?

And when uncertainty creeps in, I have a lot of moments of “oh look, flying cats!” to distract me 😉

Flying Cats

But just last month, after bending – and bending – my husband’s ear, we came up with a visual concept and layout that I can wrap my head around:  light and bright, a bit vintage, and lots and LOTS of storage!

And while there are still a few lingering questions about how to make an unfinished space stylish, I am up to the challenge!

So now that I’ve come this  far (it’s only taken 6 years 😉 ), I am eager to move even further towards achieving a functioning craft corner. And as with any big project around the house, my husband and I will be working together to get the job done (God help us 😉 !)

So as we move forward on my little craft corner, I promise to post progress pictures along the way. With a general concept in place and plenty of internet inspirations before me, I am now more excited than ever 🙂

In scouring the web for inspirational photos, I’ve seen plenty of lovely craft room ideas – many of which are large, spacious and beautiful. Yet none have captured my attention as much as the smaller craft spaces. I don’t know if it’s the ‘cute as a button’ feel they exude or if it’s the creative use of a small space that appeals to me, but these spaces are inspiring! They make me see the possibilities that can be achieved in the smallest of rooms, including my little craft corner of the basement.

So here they are, my top 10 Small Craft Rooms that have inspired me and, I hope, will do the same for you:

1.  Cheerful Pops of Colour

Craft Corner Dreams - cheerful pops of colour

 Source:  The Crafted Life

2.  Pretty Pastels

Craft Corner Dreams - pretty pastels

Source:  Decor8

3.  Light & Airy

Craft Corner Dreams - light and bright

Source:  LBG Studio

4.  Fresh & Eclectic

Craft Corner Dreams - Fresh Eclectic

Source:  Fjeldborg

5.  Cool & Vintage

Craft Corner Dreams - eclectic vintage

Source:  Eclectically Vintage

6.  Rustic Charm

Craft Room Dreams - modern rustic

Source:  The House That Kat and Fred Built

7.  Vintage Dream


Craft Room Dreams - Vintage Dream

Source:  Apartment Therapy

8.  Sweet Sewing Corner (with a yarn storage cabinet!)

Craft Corner Dreams - Yarn Storage

Source:  Kotbury

9.  Bold in Black & Gold

Craft Corner Dreams - Black and Gold

Source:  Design Sponge

10.  Back to Basics: Black & White

Craft Corner Dreams - black and white

Source:  Fabric Paper Glue

Not all of us can have an entire room dedicated to crafting, so why not carve out a craft corner somewhere in your home, whether it is your bedroom, your office or, like me, somewhere in your basement?

Happy crafting 🙂






  • Reply
    Samara Thiessen
    February 29, 2016 at 6:21 am

    These are beautiful!! I cannot WAIT to have a home of my own and be able to do this 🙂

    • Reply
      February 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      I agree Samara – I am so inspired by these spaces. They are cute as a button and oh-so-stylish too.

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    Debbie Rodrigues
    April 18, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I have a dream of having a she shed. I have a Pinterest board about it to let my imagination run free.
    I am not a crafter, but if I didn’t need to mess up my desk every time I wanted to do some sewing, I’d surely spend more time behind my machine.
    Beautiful inspiration!
    I’m pinning it for later.

    • Reply
      April 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

      I love the idea of a ‘she shed’ – so clever! We don’t have a shed (not even a ‘he shed’) but my husband has a couple of great work spaces that I use from time to time. I’ll have to check out your Pinterest board for inspiration!

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    May 3, 2016 at 2:16 am

    That looks pretty and very organized. My craft room looks like a BOMB went off most of the time. Then when I clean it up, it only stays that way for a day or so. Thanks for sharing.

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      May 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      LOL! I completely understand. My dining table often stands in as a craft space and it ain’t pretty 😉 In the meantime, the basement craft corner is coming along. We’ve managed to carve out some time to put up all the drywall which is a miracle given our schedules and I hope to do some mudding and taping soon. Never thought I’d hope to ‘mud’ and ‘tape’ anything, but it’s all for a noble cause 😉

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    Patti Esterline
    January 1, 2017 at 12:28 am

    i am struggling to figure out where to put all my things in my tiny craft room. I can not wait to see your finished work. Please do go into detail on how you stored things. In the mean time Happy crafting!

    • Reply
      January 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi Patti, I will definitely post updates in future. Right now, we’ve put up the drywall and I’ve organized my yarn and started bagging up other items, but we are so far behind where I thought we’d be! When we have some interesting ‘reveals’ I will post these. Happy crafting to you, too 🙂

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