With the heat of summer here and children, teens and young adults back at home, many families [ maybe yours? ] are enjoying gathering together inside for crafting activities like scrapbooking, paper arts, knitting, embroidery, building model airplanes, coloring [ have you seen the wonderful new adult coloring books? ], sewing, making rope baskets [ a growing and very popular trend – see the link at the very bottom of this post ], and other crafting activities and hobbies.
Lately, a growing trend is the incorporation of crafting and hobby spaces right into kitchens – or nearby – for convenience, for maximizing underutilized storage, and so families and pets can all be together while some enjoy their hobby and others are enjoying cooking.
Today, dear Hadley Court readers, we will share inspiring ideas for organizing your kitchen cabinets for crafts.
A beautiful example of this is below. This craft/wrapping/home office area is on the other side of the kitchen in this gorgeous home in Minneapolis. Notice the insert for holding wrapping papers. Here’s the crafting side.
Here’s the kitchen side.
And here’s one more view so you can see how the kitchen, family room, breakfast nook and wrapping + craft area are all tied together.
Organizing a craft room in your kitchen is very easy now, with the variety of organizational inserts available from many kitchen manufacturers. That kitchen cupboard that looks just like any other kitchen cupboard on the outside? It can now be outfitted inside with any number of unique inserts to hold your crafting, knitting, scrapbooking and hobby supplies!
Two companies that make wonderful inserts for organization that Leslie Hendrix Wood and I saw at the national kitchen and bath show we attended this past January are Wellborn Cabinets and Rev-A-Shelf.
For a smaller crafting area, imagine this pull out table from Wellborn, and the cabinet above it, outfitted with clear baskets on the inside to hold your crafting supplies, and pegboard with hooks on the inside of the doors, to hold your other small items you need close at hand. With everything folding up and away when not in use, doesn’t this seem like the perfect solution to a small craft area in any kitchen?
Rev-A-Shelf makes a wonderful see through pull down insert that can be as easily used to hold household supplies as it can your crafting supplies, and, in fact ,they are suggesting it for both in their own pictures.
Here, it is used for household supplies.
Here, it is used for crafting supplies.
And here’s what it looks like, as this Mom begins to pull it out and down to counter level. You can insert these in any upper level cabinet. Isn’t this a great idea?
Multi-functional inserts like this are available for every cabinet in your kitchen and your kitchen designer and/or interior designer can help you plan for and specify the ones that have the capacity to hold and organize the types of crafting and hobby supplies you have.
Another example is below. Two sides of this kitchen have been outfitted specifically with drawers and organizational inserts for wrapping, sewing and crafting and the large center island does double duty as a sewing, wrapping and crafting surface, and then as the kitchen island for cooking and baking, too.
Dallas designer Ellen Grasso designed the craft room below. Each drawer and cabinet is outfitted with organizational inserts to hold this family’s craft supplies. While not in the kitchen, this beautiful craft room incorporates kitchen grade cabinetry and could easily be incorporated onto one side of a kitchen.
Lastly, this beautiful crafting room is part of a larger area incorporating the kitchen nearby, designed by Locatio Architects.
What do you think?
Do you like the idea of having all of your craft and hobby supplies organized neatly and incorporated into your kitchen – or nearby- so you can access them easily, be near your children when you’re cooking, but then being able to put them and/or have them out of sight away when you’re entertaining?
Have your children recently graduated from high school or college? Are they eating out with friends more frequently or away from home? Do you now have the ability to free up some space in your kitchen area to create a space to organize things just for a hobby or a craft you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t had the time to until now?
Have you always dreamed of having a craft/hobby/scrapbooking/sewing area designed into a completely new custom kitchen for you, or retrofitted into a newly remodeled kitchen?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Leslie Hendrix Wood or your local interior designer would be happy to help you design it so it suits your current needs perfectly, but remains flexible for when you might desire another change.
With today’s plethora of beautiful, multi-functional organizational inserts, nothing has to be permanent, freeing you and your designer up to think about *space* in your existing or new kitchen in completely new ways that will enhance the joy factor of how your kitchen can serve your life now, and in the future.
For extra fun, if you already have a kitchen designed around your favorite craft, share a picture of it with us on Facebook, at http://facebook.com/HadleyCourt and tag it with our hashtag, #CraftKitchens! ->> A little surprise might be waiting for our favorite #CraftKitchen photo at the end of this month, if you do!
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Leslie Hendrix Wood Interiors
Founder, Hadley Court
Gracious Living. Timeless Design. Family Traditions.
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