Create a Craft Storage Space in an Unused Closet

craft closet

When it comes to being creative, there are few things better than immersing yourself in crafts. It not only serves as a fulfilling, creative outlet, but also allows you to DIY a whole host of home décor items.

Many craft lovers tuck their supplies away in random places because they lack sufficient storage space or don't know how to cleverly store all the odds and ends they use for crafting. As a result, they don't spend nearly as much time creating as they would like to.

For those who can't afford or don't have the space for their own beautiful craft studios, keeping supplies neatly organized in a highly frequented room is a great way to spark creativity and make it easy to take on new projects.

If you have a spare kitchen cabinet, drawer, or broom closet, you might just have the perfect place for all of your craft storage needs. This solution not only allows you to open the cabinet door on a whim and get right into a project, but also allows you to see all of your supplies in one convenient space, which can help get the creative juices flowing. If you are one to bring your supplies into the kitchen or to the dining room to work on your creative project, this will make it a lot easier to do so because you won't have nearly as far to go with an armful of supplies.

There are countless ways to create the perfect craft closet, depending on your hobbies and needs, but here are five simple things to keep in mind to get you started.

1. Containers

storage containers for craft supplies

How you choose to store you supplies will largely depend on the size and type, but choosing clear containers is always a good start. This allows you to easily see what is inside and quickly get what you need for your project.

It's important to get containers that fit all of one type of supply. For example, if you have four or five spools of thread, try to get a container that will fit six or seven, that way you have room to grow your collection a bit. keeping all of your spools of thread in one container will also mean you have to grab fewer containers when inspiration strikes.

If you have some supplies that are not exactly visually appealing, you can also have a few opaque containers that will materials neatly inside. In this case, it is helpful to add labels to the containers to avoid digging around and making a mess when you want to start on a new project.

2. Inspiration

books for crafting ideas

If you use magazines or home design coffee table books as inspiration when you are in the mood to create, it is helpful to keep a handful of these sources tucked inside the closet. You can use sticky paper to flag items you find especially unique and fun to get the wheels turning for your own creative projects.

Keeping this books and magazines in with your crafting supplies is much better than keeping them in with your other reading materials. By keeping them with supplies, you can easily grab a book and the supplies to make the craft in one swoop without much searching.

3. Repurpose

repurpose items for storage

It is common to repurpose items fora project you are working on, so there is no reason you can't do the same when creating your craft storage space. An old spice rack can become a space to wrangle smaller jars and rolls of ribbon for easier access while working on your latest project. Used jam jars and mason jars also work well for holding all of your rolls of washi tape, beads, and buttons

4. Shelves

add DIY shelves

If your space doesn't already have shelves or you want to switch up the existing ones, there are plenty of DIY options to consider. The easiest option is to buy a piece of wood from your local hardware store, cut it to size (or have them cut it for you), stain it, and install it with the shelf brackets of your choice. Be sure to add some extra braces on the sides if you hope to store heavier items on the shelves, now or in the future.

If you prefer the shorter route, there are plenty of options out there that will fit your unique space. Custom shelves and brackets or wood korbels are a great option if you are short on time.

5. Organize

organized shelf

When creating your craft storage closet, it can be easy to fill it up if you have a lot of supplies, so this is where organization comes in. Keeping your space organized is really important so that you can easily find what you are looking for when starting a new project. However, it is also important for bringing new supplies into the mix. Having space to add to your collection is a necessary part of the closet, and if you have a clear system in place for what goes where, it will make finding a home for your new items that much easier.