Our family of 6 moved into our current 4-bedroom house back in 2002, and since then (as you can probably guess), those bedrooms have been changing hands like a game of musical chairs. But there’s one particular bedroom in our house that has served more purposes than any other room.
Over the years, the smallest bedroom has served as my daughter Britta’s bedroom, Kell and Sten’s shared bedroom, Sten’s bedroom, a home office, a guest bedroom, and then a slightly different home office. But today, with 3 of my little birds having left the nest, that bedroom now serves as a combination walk-in closet, studio, and workspace, AKA my own personal hobby space!
And hobby spaces are exactly what we’ll be talking about in today’s post. I’ll be sharing a simple step-by-step tutorial for creating your own hobby space at home, whether you need a place to craft, sew, exercise, woodwork, meditate, read, or any passion you need space to explore! :-)
(Already have a hobby space at home? Tell us about in the comments below!)
How To Create A Hobby Space In Your Home
Step 1 – Consider The Necessities
Start by considering what you need in order to work on your hobby (or hobbies, if you have several.) Does your hobby require a certain type of lighting, or do you need access to electrical outlets or a sink?
Answering these questions will help you zero in on promising locations for your hobby space. And try to keep an open mind during your search, because even if you don’t have a lot of space to spare, an empty corner, closet, or even stretch of hallway can be transformed into a functional hobby space!
(Tip: Don’t be afraid to assign multiple roles to the same space! A bedroom could also house a crafting corner, and your guest room can be used for extra storage when you aren’t hosting guests.)
Step 2 – Find A Seat
Once you’ve decided where your hobby space is going to go, the next thing you’ll need is a place to sit (or stand, if that’s your thing.) Be sure to find a table or desk that fits your space, and choose a chair that works for whatever you’ll be working on.
Be sure to pick a chair that’s suited to your specific hobby. Would your hobby be easier in a chair with wheels, or a chair without arms? These seemingly small factors can end up making a difference, so take your time thinking things through.
Step 3 – Think Storage
Once you have the basics in your hobby space, you’ll need somewhere to store your stuff! Some hobbies require a lot of tools and materials, while others are more streamlined. Keep your specific needs in mind while you consider what type of storage will work best in your space.
Here are some storage options worth considering. If they aren’t quite right for what you need, use them as a jumping off point to find the right fit:
- Pegboard – Pegboard is functional, makes good use of vertical space, and is highly versatile.
- Doors – An over-the-door organizer is an easy way to add storage to the back of any door!
- Dollar Store – Dollar stores are a great place to find inexpensive bins, boxes, and other organizers.
- Standalone Storage – For storage that doesn’t require permanent installation, look for standalone storage solutions like clothing racks, shelving units, etc.
- Specific Organizers – Search for storage solutions that are specific to your hobby, like “sewing organizer” or “nail polish organizer.”
Step 4 – Add Inspiration
Seating? Check. Storage? Check. Now all you need is a little inspiration! Bring wall art, instructional books, and decorative elements into your hobby space that will serve as a source of inspiration and remind you of what you’re working toward.
Step 5 – Get Started!
My final piece of advice (and quite possibly the most important!) is to start using your hobby space right away, even if it isn’t perfectly decorated or even fully functional. The more time you spend working in your hobby space, the faster you’ll realize what’s working, what isn’t, and what could use some fine-tuning.
Each of these things will be totally unique both your hobby and the space itself, so it’s unreasonable to expect yourself to have it all figured out from the start! Make small changes as you go, and before you know it, your hobby space will be exactly what you need it to be!
What’s one piece of advice would you give to someone looking to create a hobby space in their home?