Setting Up a Craft Workshop at Home
If you’re planning on running a craft business from home, then you may need to set yourself up with a craft workshop.
A craft workshop is likely to be a key part of working at home if you’re planning on making crafts or need to come up with ideas for teaching crafts to other people in workshops or teaching sessions. Depending on the type of craft you’re specialising in, the amount of space your workshop will involve and the type of workshop equipment you’ll require will vary. For example, for various forms of paper craft you may not need a great deal of space, but if you’re making pottery or doing weaving, then you’ll need a fair bit of space for equipment.
Before you get going with setting up your workshop, you’ll obviously need to find a suitable space in your home or just outside (for example, in a shed, garage or purpose built craft workshop) to operate from. If you’re going to be using equipment that might be noisy, then you should consider your neighbours and whether your work could be heard by or affect them in any way.
Planning Your Craft Workshop
Once you have chosen your space, it’s a good idea to have a careful think through how you want the layout to be and plan it out. It’s much easier to work out the logistics and function of the room before you’ve got lots of furniture or workshop equipment in place, as you can move around the components on paper, or on a computer screen, whereas it’s much trickier to keep lugging furniture about.
Take the key measurements of your space and draw out a similar diagram of what you’ve got available. If you find it easier to work on a computer, you can get lots of free pieces of software online that help you do this – it’s also easier to move components around than when you’ve drawn them on paper. Work out what the key things you need in the room are, like desk space, pieces of equipment, craft storage solutions, a chair, table and perhaps computer equipment. Don’t forget to consider how you might need to expand in the future, as you may need extra space as your business continues.
Once you’ve planned your space and worked out exactly what you need to include in your craft workshop, then it’s time to get going and start setting it up. Although it can be a bit stressful purchasing all the furniture, storage and equipment you’ll need for working at home, it can be very rewarding to final start organising everything and getting your craft workshop into place.
If things don’t seem to fit into the workshop in quite the way you’d anticipated, despite using plans to plan it out in advance, then don’t be afraid to change the layout. The important thing is that the workshop is functional for you, so it’s a good environment to work in and one in which you’ll enjoy working and be efficient in your work. Your craft business success may depend on having a functional workshop space, so spend time in getting it right for you.