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Home design can include a special place for hobbyists to set up shop

July 30, 2013

Hardwood FloorsWhether they're craftspeople or have a train set that's boxed up, homeowners often have little space available for the hobbies that are near and dear to their hearts. But if they are determined to set up a studio in a spare room or unfinished basement, they should equip it with the best furnishings - like the distinctive wood floors found in Anderson's Urban Pioneer collection - to make it a room design worthy of visitors.

According to, one of the benefits of using a basement for a crafts center or a train layout is the amount of space available. Once the practical needs of the hobby room are met, comfortable seating may be installed for the hobbyist to share the space with family and friends.

Since basement windows are often smaller than those at street level, a window treatment should be chosen to maximize the natural light available during the day and to provide privacy at night. For a ground-level basement with sliding glass doors leading to the outside, vertical blinds can be adjusted to allow different amounts of light into the room.

Creating a workspace
The work station is the heart of any hobby space. In a large room, an island may be installed with space for foot traffic all around it. Stools can be set up around the island so others can join in.

In smaller digs, a desk or work table can be located against a wall with a vertical shelving unit placed on top of the desk. This is an excellent place to locate a number of cubbies for small tools and craft supplies that are used most often in the activity.

Adding more storage
Installing cabinets can serve two purposes. It provides additional storage, particularly for hobbies like woodworking that involve the use of larger tools. But there's also counter space where painted or glued items can be left to dry.

If a hobby involves any chemicals or paints that contain ingredients harmful to youngsters or pets, they should locked up. Tools that are sharp or pointy and electrical tools also should be locked away so no one is harmed by them.

Hanging shelves on sturdy brackets and installing peg boards to hang tools from hooks are just two of the ways that hobbyists can find additional storage. Such items can be arranged according to the area available. Peg boards, for instance, can be hung lengthwise or vertically to maximize wall space.