Taking Over the Living Room

by Natasha Burger.

taking-over-the-living-room-21579473I don’t have room in my house for a craft room, so my work space was the kitchen table for the longest time.

That was not very convenient, as the family seemed to always be wanting to use it for meals.

A desk in the living room was do-able, but I wanted it to look good too – so a recent upgrade was made.

Before I used a big tote box and had divider boxes with all my beads in them and just hauled it to wherever I was working. Time consuming to dig through looking for stuff, and messy.

Now I have a nice desk, some shelves beside it with photo boxes (on sale at Michaels) with color labels for the new beads, and the plastic divider boxes for the recycled beads I use. Pretty, functional, and looks fine in the living room.

Natasha Burger
Here Today Beadworks


neat–and ilove your etsy shoppe
by: pat barden

hey–your work space is great–im envious of the neatness–ishould be ashamed of mine–i use the dining room table, my desk, and another table–and istill, in order to take pictures, have to blow off the smoke ashes and the margarita salt–

ilooked at your jewelry–its incredibly wonderful and cool–and ilove the way of have it posted athe top for the repairs–and the surprize necklace people can order–ilove how you let buyers have so many choices–

by: Donna M

Your set up is very nice.
Your Jewelry is beautiful!!
Keep up the good work!!

Good use of vertical space
by: Fran

Hello from Ontario. We are going to be “downsizing” and moving to a smaller house. Right now I have my own loft/office that nobody else but the cats use. I will have to do some sort of living room set up and you’ve given me some good ideas. Thanks!

Your Jewelry Space
by: Bett yBeader

Hi There,

For better feng shui natural energy flow, move your table slightly out and put your chair on the wall side and look out into the room. You will find the open view will inspire you more that facing a wall.

Betty Beader

living room space
by: Pauline

That’s what I do. My table in the corner of the living room. It is usually VERY MESSY. 🙂 One of my desk drawers has beads in it but most of my supplies sits in containers in one of those scrap booking bags with a plastic extending handle, and on wheels. I drag that into the lounge! Currently everything has been put away to make way for a genealogy project – and the desk is all messy again. 🙂 I love your shelf space and labeled boxes though. That is brilliant. hmmmm (looks across room at my desk). But now I’m also loving the comment above about putting the chair against the wall and facing out, instead of a wall and window curtain….. So many ideas!

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  • Dawn Piepenburg says:

    When I lived in a 2-BR tri-level we had very little ‘jewelry-making’ room. Our 2nd BR was an office for both my husband and I so no extra room. So, I turned my living room into my craft room without it being obvious. First, I bought 2 4-drawer, 18″ wide, wicker chests of drawers. I put 1 in each back corner of the living room behind my husband and my easy chairs. I put plants on top to make them look like part of the living room decor. Then I got some great wrought iron nesting end tables. Put them at the end of the couch closest to the wicker drawers with my easy chair just in front of it. Underneath these nesting tables, I had wicker baskets for other beading materials. When I wanted to work on my jewelry while watching TV, I pulled out the 1 nesting table, put my current project on top, pulled out the folding chair from behind the couch and started working. The table lamp on the top nesting table was my work light. hope this helps someone else.

    I have retired, moved to a smaller town and now have my own ‘studio’ bedroom.

  • Karen says:

    That looks great! My living is tiny, so that is not an option. I have a 3 room, 680 square foot condo. I have all my bead containers in a laundry basket, that I drag to the kitchen table every time I need it… ugh.

  • zoraida says:

    Oh my God, you must be living in my head. I like to sit in the living room with the family while they watch tv and do my own thing. I do have room for my crafts but rarely use it as such so I gather a few things in a tray and bring them to the living room. My daughter (an artist) has a desk with supplies in the living room and suggested we get another work desk/table for me. Who cares if we can’t fit a sofa for “guests” 🙂 This is a creative household!

  • Diana G says:

    Trays, especially nesting trays, can enormously multiply work space surface and project portability.

  • LOL I am spilling out all over my living room too! Your space is way more organized than mine :^)
    I really need to utilize my living room desk area better, my hubby and I get tired of looking at all my clutter oozing out all over the place.

    Thanks for the pic, I really need some ideas to help me figure out how to organize my space better.

    Rebecca B.

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