Worktable at the Window
One effective starting point comes from setting up the worktable in the light of the craft room's main window. By checking the amount of light through the window at different times of the day, you can determine the need for an additional light to work by. Add a solar shade--designed to reduce solar radiation--or use blinds to reduce glare.
Setting up a work lamp with a dimmer and overhead light on a dimmer switch also helps to create optimal illumination and reduce the risk of eyestrain from excessive glare.
The Craft Guidance website advises considering the amount of space you need for the crafts you make--within the limits of what will fit--and selecting a craft table with drawers to help organize all of the supplies.
Ron Hazelton's House Calls website recommends a custom-built homemade craft table supported by kitchen cabinet units.
If there is enough room, place the table so you can walk all the way around it. Add storage cabinets or open shelf units underneath the table facing each direction to maximize storage space. If space is limited, place the table against a wall to conserve space.
Whether you are right-handed or left-handed determines the most convenient location for frequently used supplies. Place shelves or storage cubes to the dominant side of the worktable.
Plan the locations for any large equipment before placing smaller items. For example, choose the placement for a sewing machine or utility sink in relationship to the main worktable.
Make the most efficient use of space by storing less-often used items, such as holiday materials, in a closet. Use higher and lower shelves for low-priority supplies. Reserve all the worktable and shelf space in reach for those tools and materials you use most often.
Martha Stewart recommends a curtain-covered craft cupboard for areas with limited space. This idea will also work with closet space. Use cubes or other containers to organize supplies.
By incorporating a worktable into a large bookcase, you can arrange everything in easy reach and retain plenty of walking space in the room. Build a worktable into the bookcase at the right height for working comfortably. Painting the workstation in cheerful colors and using color-coordinated bins for supplies brightens up a small room.
Compact workstations offer a good solution for smaller homes. The workstation also works well for a room that serves multiple purposes, such as a guest room, family room, laundry room or storeroom.