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Jenny grew tired of having to dig out packed-away crafting materials every time she felt creative. She decided a dedicated hobby room was the answer, and now her dream of a well-organised crafting space in the cellar has come true thanks to a system of wall-mounted storage units from Elfa.
By Charlotta Flinkenberg Photos Malin Sandström
How did you use to store all your crafting materials?
“It’s just over a year since we moved into this house. We used to have a flat in Gothenburg and I would keep all my crafting stuff in boxes spread around the flat in the bedroom and other places, wherever there was room to squeeze them in. I would use the dining table for crafting activities, which really wasn’t ideal,” Jenny says.
“We often had to interrupt the creative process to clear the table for dinner.”
What were your wishes for this hobby room when you started designing it?
“I wanted a proper overview of all my materials so that I wouldn’t have to waste time looking for them. And I also wanted drawers and shelves for the children’s own crafting items that they could easily reach. I envisioned beautiful blue-green walls that would create a feeling of calm behind the white storage units. It’s a colour that I created when decorating our bedroom. I was really pleased with the colour and there was some paint left over that I could use in the cellar.”
Jenny began by planning the layout of the storage in the 10 sq.m. hobby room using Elfa’s visualisation tool.
“It was important for me to place as much storage as possible on one wall and maximise the storage by taking it all the way up to the ceiling. Elfa’s planning experts provided valuable input, such as gliding mesh drawers. They also suggested using the door for storage, which was a brilliant idea that hadn’t occurred to me.”
The gliding mesh drawers make it easier for Jenny to find the fabrics she’s looking for.
Small items are kept in transparent boxes on the storage boards making it very easy to see where they are.
Jenny decided to have multiple dividers in the mesh drawers. Perfect for organising the drawers into neat compartments instead of everything getting jumbled together.
The reversible shelves are useful for storing paints and other art supplies.