Wednesday, June 5, 2013

6 Tips to Organizing a Kid's Craft Space

6 tips to organizing a kid's craft space

1. Create A Safe Environment For All Ages
Less is more! My biggest concern with little ones in a space like this was having them climb up on chairs and then falling onto the tile. We wanted to have at least one chair to create a workable desk space for the older kids however we didn't want to fill the room up with 5+ chairs. We opted to provide a step stool for smaller kids and any child 4 or up could easily stand around the art table. This allows us to fit more friends around the table and no one is fighting over chairs...or falling off of them (it is a win, win!) We also made sure to properly secure the IKEA unit to the wall so that if we did have any climbers it wouldn't come crashing down onto them. Further down, I'll share more of how we store our crafts to keep things like little beads out of the hands of babies.

storing kids crafts

2. Think "Multi-Purpose" When Picking Out An Art Table
I bought our folding table at Sam's Club for $50. It is perfect because we can pull it away from the wall when we need more space for friends to gather around it. It cleans up super easy with a magic eraser and the surface is really durable. Not to mention that we can easily take it down and use it in other places. We regularly use it outside for having potlucks with neighbors and having a place to put all of the food on. It is a multi-purpose table for sure and has been well worth the money spent on it! My craft guy and I picked it up during the remodel on one of our outings together.


3. Utilize storage for games & puzzles
IKEA takes the cake for this one! Their units provide LOTS of storage space. I decided to go with white so that the dust doesn't show up as much (I learned that with another darker unit that we have) as well as to give the basement that bright & cheery feel. We purchased one of the Expedit Shelves which is perfect to store games, plastic tubs, books or IKEA bins. The bins for this unit can definitely add up in cost so that is why I decided to get creative when it came to using tubs that we already had as well as stacking things and creating an open shelf concept. We also purchased another smaller Expedit unit from IKEA as well as the separate desk that they make that you can attach to any size Expedit. This gave us more than enough storage to grow into. Those wicker bins actually don't have anything in them yet.

an ikea expedit desk in white

I've also shared before how we store our puzzles and a great tip on what to do with all of those game pieces that you find lying around. 


4. Utilize Storage For Crafts That Is Out Of Reach Of Little Ones
By utilizing those IKEA units we put enticing things like books on the lower level that were easy to access. The third set of shelves was perfect for putting the tubs of beads & play doh just out of reach of little ones. All of our games are kept higher up to keep those small pieces away from little ones. Don't forget to maximize the top of the shelves too. This was the perfect spot to keep art supplies out of reach of younger kids but accessible to older kids when they grab the step stool.

expedit shelving in white

5. If Possible Use A Floor Surface That Is Easy To Clean
We wanted to carpet our family room space to make it soft and inviting for play. However knowing that play doh, markers, beads, stickers, etc were going to be in our craft space we decided to go with an inexpensive tile from Home Depot for this section of the room. It makes clean up super easy! You can just grab a broom for clean up and the kids are great with helping.  

6. Make It A Bright & Cheery Space For The Whole Family!
The white furniture definitely helped pull this space together to keep it bright & cheery. My inspiration for bringing in the apple green was when I found the green chair at Ikea for the desk. The rest of the bins used throughout the space are from Target. I also enjoyed using a mix of bins and textures from Ikea. One of my favorite views is the apple green bins mixed with the wicker baskets on the white surface. We are so thankful for this cheery space that we can all be in as a family!

wicker baskets, apple green tubs and white

What tips would you add to this list? Everyone's family dynamic is different so it is great hearing from others who have come up with creative solutions that worked for them!


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16 comments:

  1. It's lovely! I hope to someday have a space like this too. We're slowly collecting games, craft supplies, and furniture. :)

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    1. Those slow collections turn into full rooms in no time! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. This is awesome! I would love to have a space like this for kids (and myself) :)

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    1. Thanks Elise, it is a great "multi-purpose" room for everyone. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. I love this room! I tried to post days ago, but I was having "issues" with my computer.

    So here's what I love:
    - the expedits - we have several (4 different sized black ones & 2 same size brown ones + a brown desk)
    - the pop of green
    - the "grass" rugs
    - the wooden puzzle holder (where did you get that?!?)

    There's probably more but that's just what comes to mind.

    I'm currently reorganizing most of my home to make the most out of every space and to ensure that it is "baby proof". So maybe I can use some of your ideas.

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    1. Amelia,

      Expedits might be one of the most brilliant creations ever! :-) The wooden puzzle holder is from Target, I believe.

      ~Sarah

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  4. Love your kid's craft room - any little would be lucky to have a great craft space like this! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great tips. I always tell my clients, make sure the tools you use to organize can be repurposed later, especially for the kids' playroom since the space changes over the kids' childhood. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love your ideas for kid's space! I'm definitely taking those tips and use them at home especially the one about picking out a multipurpose table for the kids.

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you found the tips helpful!

      ~Sarah

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  7. Where did you purchase the green square baskets under the white folding table?

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  8. This is just what I was looking for! I have an Expedit and was wondering where you got the clear tubs that you have on yours? I can never find tubs to fit mine!

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    1. Hi Katie,

      It was so long ago that I don't remember exactly where I got the clear tubs, although I'm certain that it would have been either Walmart or Target...those are my go to places.

      ~Sarah

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