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8 Rooms That Say 'Let's Make Something'

If you're lucky enough to have a workshop or craft room, you want it to be an inviting place that inspires you to get right to work, with plenty of easy-to-use places to stash your tools, samples and supplies and a nice big work surface. Dreaming of shaping up your workshop or turning a bedroom into a studio? Pick up an idea or two from these deluxe places for makers.
Tilt-down paper organizer. Just at eye level, this tilt-down wrapping paper organizer has slanted frames that hold sheets of decorative and tissue paper perfectly, making it super easy to find just the right paper for gift wrapping and scrapbooking.
Grid wall. Wall-mounted, rubberized wire grids (which can be found at commercial/retail supply stories) are perfect for storing miscellaneous objects that can be hung. This simple organizing solution will end your days of digging through bottomless drawers for that missing pair of scissors, roll of tape or ribbon. Instead, all of your odds and ends can be hung in clear view for easy access.
Inspiration board. Every craft room needs inspiration to get your creative wheels turning. Create your own inspiration board with a favorite fabric and decorative ribbon. All of your photos can slip between the fabric and ribbon to stay in place without tape or tacks.
Glass cabinets. Designing your craft room with glass doors not only makes it easier to find things; it can also help you know when to stock up on necessary items. If you're retrofitting existing cabinets, just replace the doors and keep the boxes.
Magnetic chalkboard. Magnetized chalkboard paint turns a blank, boring wall into a double-duty organizational tool. Search for it at your local hardware store and follow the directions. You usually need several coats, but the extra functionality will be worth it.
Mobile island. Put an island on wheels to accommodate any craft room's size or layout. Lock the wheels when you need surface space to work on, or wheel it out of the way when your scrapbooking group comes over.
Cubbies. Simple cubbies — whether built in or freestanding — offer great storage and style opportunities. Categorize your crafting supplies however you want — by color, size or style — to create a storage installation that becomes part of your room's decor.
Remove cabinet doors. This easy fix works in almost any craft room. Simply remove doors from upper cabinetry for instant open shelves that put your favorite items on display in plain view.

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