Crafts · Organization

Quick peek: my craft room

My craft room was once just a rolling cart in a closet. What I have today took years of growth, organizing and rearranging. The photos you see here are my current craft room, which isn’t even a real room but the large landing in between two sets of stairs. This is just a quick peek at how I have my space laid out.

There are some basic details in the captions of the photos for now. Later, I will write more posts looking more closely at some of these storage items, where I found them and how I use them. I will say that all of the white furniture pieces are from IKEA and most of the natural colored wood items (paper and ink storage) are from Stamp N Storage. If anything looks useful to you and you want to know what it is, send me a comment and I will try to reply quickly.

One last thing – I have kids! Everything in my craft room has to be child proofed in some way. I had my dad make doors on my supply unit which I close with a child lock when not in use. Almost everything else has a safety strap on it to keep the kiddos out. This is a rental and I don’t want to chance the carpet or walls being ‘decorated’ with alcohol inks.


Ikea Kallax 3×3 with doors my dad made for me.
On top: Ink storage by Stamp N Storage, washi tape in pull out bins and ribbon in Iris ribbon storage boxes.

Inside: wooden paper holders and marker storage by Stamp N Storage. Storage Studios plastic paper holders and Ikea ‘bottle insert’ for Kallax holding up my rolls of vinyl.

Ikea Alex (x2) filled with supplies.
On top: card rack display, lamp, Brother Scan N Cut & Heidi Swapp Minc machine. I have a desktop monitor riser in between both machines so that they can be stacked like this.

Every craft room should come standard with a rolling cart. This one is from Target and I made the wooden topper for it myself. It holds my Big Shot and lots of supplies. This one happens to fit 2 shoe boxes perfectly in each bin. I have my dies (in labeled envelopes) in the middle bin and I have cutting plates stored in a magnetic container I’ve attached to the side. I will take a closer look at this rolling cart and die storage system in a later post.

My desk is made with 2 IKEA Linnmon table tops and 3 of the taller, narrow Alex drawers. The great thing about IKEA Linnmon was that it is available in multiple sizes so I was able to work it perfectly into this space.
I am indecisive when it comes to crafting mats so I have both the Tim Holtz glass media mat as well as a light up, self-healing Cutterpillar Glow.
The lamp on the edge of my desk is a clamp-on LED Ott-Lite.

Another IKEA Kallax unit. These plastic binders (UniKeep Case View) hold all of my stamp sets. Each binder can hold approximately 24 4×6 stamp sets and I have a magnetic page in the back for co-ordinating dies (when I buy them).
The blue binders are 12×12 albums with ScrapRack storage sheets in them. They hold everything from embellishments to embossing folders to color swatches. Look out for a post coming soon that will look closer at the binders you see here.
On top: IRIS card keeper boxes.
On the side: acrylic wall files with magazines and coloring books I never touch.

4 thoughts on “Quick peek: my craft room

  1. Retiring soon and my small craft room MUST get organized ! Love the Ikea Kallax with the Stamp N Storage cubes. I have TONS of dies that will be stored in refrigerator bins & will put a lot of weight on the Kallax shelves. So do you think the shelves will bow/warp over time ? Do you think putting a Stamp N Storage cube underneath them will help keeping the shelf from bowing or warping ? I do think its cheaper this way than having to get custom built storage. What do you think? Is there anything you would do different? Love your craft room !

    1. Happy retirement! I am not sure the stamp n storage inserts will help prevent bowing. They are fairly heavy themselves and don’t fit super snuggly (I actually add some foam tape under them to keep them from shifting). With that said, I haven’t noticed any bowing and my kallax is loaded to the max. IKEA rates each shelf as holding 29lbs.

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