Whatever size your home is, there’s always space to get creative! Check out our 7 Tips to Set Up a Creative Space at Home that the whole family will love!
Most modern parents are aware of the importance of arts and crafts in kids lives, and how creativity helps make them better human beings. We also know the names of all the fancy craft stuff and have pinned loads of ideas; now there’s just one problem left – space!
Yes, finding and trying to set up a creative space at home is a big roadblock in these days, especially since so many of us are living in apartments with not much room to spare. However, setting up a dedicated creative space does have its advantages.
Benefits of having a dedicated creative space at home:
- A space to be creative encourages more creativity
- It reduces screen time since kids have an alternative solution to spend time
- A creative space keeps things organized rather than spreading them all over the home
- A dedicated space gives kids a sense of ownership and responsibility
- It becomes a natural retreat for kids when bored or sad
A creative space isn’t just for kids, adults also get all the benefits mentioned above!
If you’d like to set up a creative space in your home, but find yourself drawing a blank when it comes to ideas, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our list of
7 Tips to Set Up a Creative Space at Home
1. Find a Spot with Natural Light
We know how hard it can be to find even a bit of extra space, especially if you’re living in an already-crowded apartment! But the beauty of setting up your own creative space is this – you can be creative about it!
Whatever place you choose, make sure that it has plenty of natural light, either from a window, sunlight or balcony. This is a huge factor in encouraging kids want to spend time there, as well as saving on electricity bills during the day.
2. Keep it in a Space that’s Alive
The last thing you want for a creative space at home is a dark, dusty corner or a neglected room in the basement or the attic. Be practical – if you want kids to frequent the space, it has to be somewhere that the family hangs around. A part of the kitchen, dining or living room is a good option, as is a hall closet if that’s where most of the family activity takes place. Another bonus of this is that passing family members will also tend to gravitate towards the creative space, making it work for everyone!
A part of the kitchen, dining or living room is a good option, as is a hall closet if that’s where most of the family activity takes place. Another bonus of this is that passing family members will also tend to gravitate towards the creative space, making it work for everyone!
3. Get the Right Furniture
Before setting out on this step, give a thought to the activities your kids like doing the most. While you obviously don’t want to limit their creativity to just those, it’ll help in deciding whether you want to get a dedicated craft table with lots of drawers or maybe an easel.
Since we’re all about being creative, we’d recommend re-using an old changing table or installing a fold down table. Now even if you’re using the family dining table, you can still get a rolling art caddy or simply upcycle an old serving trolley.
4. Have a Simple Storage System
Well, this is probably the most challenging part when you’re out to set up a creative space at home! You want to have all your craft supplies organized, but you also want a system that’s easy to maintain. Intricate drawer units with lots of little drawers can be overwhelming for kids. Have basic storage bins or tubs with labels on them, so kids know what goes where. Getting them in matching colors and materials will harmonize the entire look.
Intricate drawer units with lots of little drawers can be overwhelming for kids. Have basic storage bins or tubs with labels on them, so kids know what goes where. Getting them in matching colors and materials will harmonize the entire look.
5. Carve out a Display Space
When your children create something in their creative space, they’ll want it displayed! Clear out a couple of shelves or install new ones so their crafts and sculptures have a proud home. For art work, you can either have a gallery wall or a ‘painting line’ where you tie a string across
For art work, you can either have a gallery wall or a ‘painting line’ where you tie a string across the space and hang their pictures on them. If you can, have some focused lighting for the masterpieces – it makes a huge difference!
6. Personalize the Space
Once the basic set up is ready, it’s time to decorate! Kids love personalizing their belongings and spaces, so try making a clay name plate, a monogram crayon wall art or a Scrabble tile wall art with a message that your child likes. You can also use adorable clay photo holders or cute button photo frames to put up special memories – you can also fix inspiring pictures or quotes.
7. Bring in some Plants
Studies show that having plants around increases creativity and keeps the mood positive. It’s best to have some kid-safe indoor plants but if that’s not practical, get creative with some DIY plants! Try making flowers from crepe paper, tissue paper, corrugated cardboard, felt or even newspaper! And if you’d like your wall to bloom, try some Flower Garden Paper Quilled Wall Art!
Don’t forget to keep changing things up; it helps to keep the space alive. Go for seasonal decor, like a Bird Wall Art for spring, Paper Plate Sea Shells for summer, a Pine Cone Wreath for autumn or Paper Quilled Snowmen for winter.
The most important thing to remember when you’re going to set up a creative space at home is this – don’t just set it up and order the kids to go in there and ‘do something’! Spend time with your kids in the creative space – it’s a lovely opportunity to bond and make beautiful things together. Having a parent involved in the creative process will encourage kids greatly and your new space will soon become the family’s favorite room to have a good time!