Inside: The BEST shelves and craft tables from IKEA to help you plan the craft space of your dreams on an IKEA budget! Updated with the newest 2019 IKEA products. Grab the FREE printable shopping guide with a list for each featured space. This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2019.
If you've been searching for genius inspiration and smart ideas to organize your dream craft space, you've probably seen loads of IKEA furniture and storage solutions. But which ones are the BEST? And why do all the craft rooms have IKEA furniture instead of furniture from other stores? You're in the right place to get all of these answers as we take an in-depth look at 12 IKEA craft spaces and storage solutions to spark your organizing mojo.
IKEA is the first stop for designing a creative space you'll love
I've gathered the best ideas for creating a custom craft studio on an IKEA budget, no matter what kinds of crafts or art you make.
All of these ideas are organized based on the TOP needs I've heard from crafters and makers in my classes, courses, and our online community The Organized Crafter.
As you scroll through this post, keep in mind:
- How much space you have
- Which tools you want out and ready to use all the time
- How you craft … do you craft by color or by project?
- Do you need space for friends or the kids?
I recommend jotting a few notes about what your dream space will look like before you go to IKEA.
The ONE thing you need before you go to IKEA
In the 16 years years I've had a craft space, IKEA has been my go-to source for craft room furniture and storage solutions.
My husband and I have put together more than our fair share of IKEA furniture in the quest for the perfect craft space. A few years ago he was so exhausted from assembling IKEA furniture that he tried to tell me I was disallowed from shopping at IKEA. I just laughed and laughed and laughed.
We're still married. And he's still putting together IKEA furniture!
In the years since I originally wrote this post, I've made many mistakes buying craft room storage, wasting loads of money on the WRONG things. Or worse, I've arrived at IKEA to discover they no longer carried the solution I was looking for.
That's why I created a FREE shopping list with the most up to date products from this year's IKEA catalog and showroom. Print this shopping list to take on your trip.
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5 Reasons the best craft rooms start with IKEA furniture and storage accessories
Why IKEA? Let's dive in to the reasons IKEA is the top choice for craft room storage and studio furniture.
1. IKEA keeps prices low
Here's how IKEA keeps their prices budget-friendly:
- You save money by assembling things yourself.
- IKEA packs most items flat and un-assembled, saving money on shipping and warehouse space.
- The prices go down over time, as the cost of design and development is reduced the longer an item is selling in IKEA stores.
When I first bought a Billy bookcase almost 20 years ago, it was over $250! Now they're under $100 each, for the same exact bookcase.
2. Sleek Minimalist Design
The Scandinavian design of most IKEA furniture and storage solutions blends with almost every decor style, from modern to farmhouse. Many items are made to stack or interlock together to form many different combinations to fit any space.
3. Easy to clean
IKEA furniture and storage products are easy to clean and care for. Much of the IKEA furniture I recommend for craft rooms has a melamine finish that is easy to wipe clean.
4. Everything's customizable
You can mix and match table legs, add a motor to create an adjustable table, swap out baskets for bins in the bookcases … IKEA storage solutions are customizable with many options to fit your exact needs.
5. Plan your space … for free online!
IKEA has a free virtual planner online that you can use to plan your space and all the items that will go in it.
Use IKEA's free planning tools to design your craft room
Plan your exact space online before you buy anything in the store! There are several ways to use IKEA's free online planning tools but for craft rooms the most relevant tools are:
- Wall Storage Planner to plan a single wall
- 3D Room Planner to plan an entire room
How to use IKEA's wall storage planner:
- Measure your space (wall height and width)
- Go to IKEA's Planning Tools page
- Choose the planner for the storage system you like most
- Choose a room type to get ideas
- Choose one of the suggested combinations
- Or choose to “start from scratch”
- Drag the sides of the wall planner to match the dimensions of your space using the measurements in step 1. Drag the corners diagonally to represent diagonal walls in your space.
- Click the “NEXT” button to set the size of the wall system
- Choose the items to add to your design. Watch the total cost accumulate on the lower right corner as you add or remove items.
- Click “FINISH” to get the final plan.
This is what the plan will look like when you're finished:
If you want a shopping list with all of the items from your design, you need to request an access code. This process is cumbersome, which is why I created a shopping list you can download for free HERE.
How to use the IKEA design tool access code to view your shopping list:
- Pull up the IKEA.com site on your phone while you're in the store and enter the code
- Go to one of the kiosks in the IKEA store and enter the code
TIP: Click “buy online” to automatically add the items for your design to the shopping cart. You can then screenshot the cart with the list of items you need or copy and paste them into a notes tool, like Evernote, to access it from your phone in store.
How to use IKEA's 3D room planner:
- Measure your space (length, height, and width of the room)
- Go to IKEA's Planning Tools page
- Choose the room type
- Choose to “create new design” and enter your room dimensions
- Add IKEA furniture and accessories to the design:
- Choose from the drop down menus on the left column
- Or use the search bar on the top of the left column to find items to add to your room design
- Click “add” to add the items to the design. Drag or use the controls to move and rotate the items to place them where you'd like within the room
- Finish designing your room, using the view buttons to see a 3D representation of the design in your space
- Click on “item list/title price” to see the full shopping list and cost. Print the list and take it with you to IKEA.
Here's a mock up of my craft room space that I created with the tool:
What if I don't have an IKEA store near me?
- Order online. You can order online from IKEA's website if you don't live near an IKEA store: Order online at IKEA.com.
- Delivery. Plus, IKEA stores offer delivery options based on the distance from the closest IKEA retail store to your address.
But did you know that you can also order IKEA products from Amazon?!
Yes, you can! Many of the links I share here are to Amazon because you can get free Prime shipping on many Amazon items if you are a member of Amazon Prime. Try Prime's Discounted Monthly Offering
Here are some other places where you can find deals on IKEA furniture in your local area:
- CraigsList – or you can sell your used IKEA furniture there but beware, the value goes down as IKEA lowers their prices
- Facebook Marketplace – look for local people in your area selling their used IKEA furniture
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Local thrift shops
- Garage sales and yard sales.
I sold one of my Expedit bookcases to a lady who drove over an hour to my house to get it because she lives 3 hours from the nearest IKEA. She found my yard sale through a Facebook group!
How to SAVE MONEY the next time you go to IKEA
The FIRST Place You MUST Go in IKEA for the Best Deals
My first stop every time I go to IKEA is the As-Is section. The As-Is section includes:
- Store samples
- Returns of assembled furniture
- Discontinued items
- Store shelving and displays that IKEA doesn't make or offer for sale
- Damaged items
- Pieces of furniture
IKEA marks down all these items and gathers them in one handy corner of the store: the As-Is section.
Here's why the As-Is section is my first stop every time I go to IKEA:
- Assembled furniture. Pick up furniture that's already put together and ready to go in your craft space.
- Store displays. Want a HUGE table or a countertop? Get store displays that aren't usually sold in IKEA, for rock bottom prices.
- Huge markdowns. Save money buying floor samples, damaged items, discontinued items, or returns. You can often find the same items from the current IKEA catalog and showroom, but for up to 90% off!
- Discover new solutions. Find what the exact item you want (or an alternative solution) at an amazing price, without having to walk through the entire showroom.
I've scored many of the storage solutions in my craft room from As-Is.
This craft table is from IKEA's As-Is section. It's perfect for making small craft projects and scrapbook pages. And no one would even know it cost 60% less than the same table from the IKEA show room. Oh, that rug is also from the As-Is section!
Here's what you need to know about shopping IKEA's As-Is section:
- Most items are already assembled
- You can ask for tools at the return counter to help you take apart anything in the As-Is section so it will fit in your vehicle
- Some of the items are damaged or missing pieces. Since you're mega crafty, you can probably figure out a quick and easy fix.
- If the missing pieces are significant, ask the staff if they have any additional pieces in the back. Sometimes you can hack together a fix or even get the part you need for free.
- If the finish is damaged on the item, spray paint it!
- Come early. They put out the best stuff in the morning and by the afternoon it's usually picked over
- Start your shopping trip at As-Is. Then if you don't find anything that fits the bill, go up to the showroom and start shopping.
If you have a truck, the As-Is section can be your best friend for major deals at IKEA.
No truck? The returns desk will let you borrow tools to take your As-Is purchase apart. We went to IKEA for a bed for my college-age daughter's room and found the exact one we wanted in As-Is. It took about 30 minutes to get it apart but we did it with the tools from the returns section.
How to get to the IKEA As-Is Section
The As-Is Section is strategically placed at the end of the shopping route through IKEA. They want you to buy all the things in the showroom BEFORE you get to the As-Is section.
Here's the secret: By-pass the showroom and get straight to As-Is.
- Locate the checkstands
- Enter the warehouse area through one of the open checkstands
- Directly to the right or left of the checkstands is a big red sign indicating discounts or “As-Is”. That's where the deals are!
A Warning Before you shop in As-Is
Before you buy, beware that you cannot return As-Is items. I recently bought some plastic bins to use to organize my craft supply drawers. But when I got home, they didn't fit. At $0.50 each, I just donated them to a thrift shop.
Here are some As-Is shopping tips:
- Measure the space or drawers before you shop so you know if things will fit
- Have another use in mind so the whole purchase is not wasted if things don't work out once you get home
The Absolute Best IKEA Craft Rooms … Organized by Craft!
Now that you're committed to going to IKEA to build this amazing craft room, you need to figure out what furniture will work best for the kinds of creating you do.
I've gathered some of the most watched YouTube videos showing craft rooms organized with IKEA furniture. Then I went through the IKEA catalog and matched up the furniture in each video, making sure to give you the most up-to-date info on what current IKEA furniture pieces will help you get the look of each craft room.
Be sure to also download the FREE IKEA craft room shopping list to help you with planning your space: CLICK HERE
Each room has a focus on one kind of craft or storage solution so if you don't see what you're looking for right away, keep scrolling!
1. BEST Craft Room for Crafting With Friends
If you have ever wished you could craft with your friends, you've gonna love this IKEA craft room idea from My Blue Bike 101.
Back in the day when we had local scrapbook stores, I remember gathering there every Friday night and sometimes on weekends for craft nights. And when I was a kid, I remember my grandma heading to the sewing machine store to take classes and meet other avid sewing fans.
But today, many of the local craft and scrapbook stores have closed and there's no place to gather and craft together. That is, unless you build a craft room for crafting with friends in your house!
The dream of a craft room for friends is super easy to build with IKEA's inexpensive tables.
How to make a giant cutting table with IKEA tables … that doubles as a space to craft with friends
My Blue Bike put together two glass top IKEA tables to make one gigantic craft table! A big table top like this is perfect for:
- sewing projects since it gives you a large solid space to spread out fabric and patterns to cut them out with precision.
- crafting with friends. This extra large table top is two glass IKEA tabletops, with added legs, pushed together to form one large table, hosting up to 4 friends for a craft night.
While you can't get these exact glass tables at IKEA any more, you can get these ones right now:
- NORDEN gate leg table: fold this table up to store and fold it out for a large craft space or use this version, that has wheels on the legs for easy rolling
- BEKANT desk – put two of these tables back to back. Add an optional motor like this to adjust the height of each table.
- GLASHOLM tabletop with gable legs – you can match up a glass IKEA table top with multiple types of legs, like Alex drawer units
Use a gateleg table instead of two large tables to get the tabletop space you need and room to move around when the tables are folded down.
For additional storage, get IKEA cabinets with glass doors like any of these:
- BRIMNES glass door cabinet
- BRUSALI high cabinet with doors
- HINDO shelf unit with cabinets
- HEMNES glass door cabinet with drawers
The units in the video look like they are from the HEMNES line of storage from IKEA.
2. BEST Die Cut Center
I recommend keeping the tools you want to use most out in the open on a tabletop or bar top. Here's why:
- Easy to access your tools
- Keeps them front of mind
- You don't have to put the tools away when you're done using them.
Scrapology has set up a die cutting station in the center of her room on top of two IKEA Alex drawer units back to back.
If you want a more cohesive look, add a table top to cover the gap between the Alex drawers.
You can also customize the look of the Alex drawers by adding a removable fabric decal from My Wonderful Walls, cut to fit your IKEA Alex unit perfectly. My friends at My Wonderful Walls are giving you 10% off with my code “SMART” at checkout. Get designs like these:
Add a few trays to the top of the Alex drawer units to hold small bits or projects you are currently working on.
Pick up these items at IKEA to create this die cut center in your space:
- 2 ALEX drawer units on casters
- SMULA tray
3. BEST Home Craft Space
If you don't have the luxury of a dedicated room for crafts, consider using a wall in your dining room or family room like Darlene did.
In this video, craft room owner Darlene describes how she sits in these IKEA Poang chairs and enjoys her lunch in this multi-functional craft space.
The IKEA Billy bookcases give lots of storage and display space.
- Billy bookcases are available in white, birch, this dark wood finish, and more so you can choose the finish that best matches your home
- If you're concerned about dust or kids touching your supplies, you can add these doors to the Billy bookcase system
Darlene also has IKEA ALEX drawer unit on casters she can move throughout her space to where she needs it. You can also remove the casters from the ALEX unit to stack them or place them under a table.
4. BEST Sewing Room and Scrapbook Room Combo
If you’ve been crafting for more than a couple of years, then you probably make more than one type of craft. This craft room doubles as a serious sewing room!
Even if you don't sew, this room has some great ideas for how to use your space for more than one major craft.
The foundation of Hooked on Applique's space are the ALEX line of drawers from IKEA. Here's what's in her space:
Sewing station 1 (sewing machine):
- ALEX drawer unit on casters
- LINNMON table
- ADILS legs
Sewing station 2 (embroidery machine and laptop):
- 2 ALEX drawer units
- LINNMON table top
By having the sewing machines out and ready on the tables at all times, she can get to sewing right away.
She's also added two ALEX drawer units with 9 drawers for additional storage. Customize the look of all three styles of ALEX drawers with removable fabric decal from My Wonderful Walls. Get 10% off with my code “SMART” at checkout!
5. BEST Stamp and Paint Storage Ideas
The easiest way to use your stamps and paints is to have them out in the open, where you can see them.
This room happens to be my craft room!
- Stamp blocks
- Bottles of craft paint
- Spray paint cans
- Rolls of ribbon
- Any other small items you want to arrange by type or color
The shallow shelves make it easy to see what you have and then select what you need for a project. I put the most used items on the bottom so I can grab them easily. Less frequently used items are on the top shelves. I can still see them so I won't forget about them but I need a step stool to reach them the one to two times a year I want to use them.
Over the years, I've moved these shelves to different walls in my craft room. Check out all the ways I've used them here:
You can find similar shallow frame shelves online here:
6. BEST Mobile Storage
Don't have a whole room to store your supplies in? You can organize your supplies on a small rolling RASKOG cart from IKEA!
IKEA's Raskog cart is a favorite among crafters and it's easy to see why:
- The cart rolls
- It's metal so it's easy to clean
- You can spray paint it any color
- It fits most bottles of craft supplies
- You can hook cups and baskets to the side for more storage
The RASKOG is so popular that other companies have ripped off the design! Check out these variations:
- Target utility cart (and they have a round one too!)
- Michael's Lexington Cart (made by Darice)
- Michael's Gramercy Cart (with pegboard side)
- We R Memory Keepers Cart
- SR Home & Office Cart from Costco
- Walmart cart
- Pier1 Imports cart
I have two of the original IKEA Raskog carts because I got them way back before the knock offs came onto the scene. In fact, I picked up my black Raskog, that I use in my laundry room for cleaning supplies, in the As-Is section of the store for only $18!
Yup, this is 100% why you need to make As-Is your first stop on every IKEA trip *wink wink*.
How to Organize your Raskog cart
You'll need these accessories to help organize the contents of the cart and create even more storage space:
- Hooks: use these to hang Cricut mats, plexi grid rulers, and more from the side of your Raskog
- S hooks: IKEA actually sells these under the SUNNERSTA line but you can also use S hooks like these from the hardware store
- Cups: SUNNERSTA containers are plastic cups with a lip that hooks over the side of the Raskog cart
- Shelves: SUNNERSTA shelves can be hooked to the side of the Raskog for additional storage, like a tray.
- Baskets: The OMAR clip on basket hooks onto the long sides of the Raskog cart to create storage off the side
- Metal cans: SOCKER plant pots are great for holding paint brushes and scissors in the top tier of the Raskog
- Jars: Ball jars or IKEA 365+ jars can be used to hold small items
- Trays: IKEA has lots of divided trays you can use in the top of the Raskog. Just be sure to measure before buying
- Magnetic canisters with lids: magnetic spice canisters are great for organizing small supplies and can be attached to the Raskog's sides
Get the full list of RASKOG cart accessories as a free download HERE
5 ways to use a Raskog cart in your craft room
Check out these 5 ideas for using a Raskog cart in your craft room:
1. Raskog for Yarn:
2. Raskog for Scrapbooking:
Project Life is a modular scrapbooking system that uses cards and similar sized pieces of paper to scrapbook quickly. A Bowl Full of Lemons organized her Project Life supplies into Iris photo boxes and stored them vertically in her Raskog cart.
3. Raskog for Project Life and Planners
You can also organize your Project Life cards and scrapbooking supplies in the Raskog without any plastic containers. Laura Vorlicek shares how in this Instagram post:
4. Raskog for Cricut
Store all of your Cricut tools and supplies in a handy Raskog cart like DIBY Club did!
5. Raskog for Sewing
DIY Inspired uses her Raskog to store fabric and fabric scraps. Her sewing machine sits right on top! You can get a wood top for the cart from Michael's and set your sewing machine on top of that if it won't fit inside of the top bin on the cart.
Be sure to check out these 25 ways to use a Raskog cart beyond the craft room for makeup, cleaning supplies, and even plants.
7. DIY Craft Armoire
Town and Country Living shares how to turn an IKEA computer cabinet into a shabby chic crafting heaven. Repurpose IKEA furniture meant for the closet, living room, and other areas of the home as craft supply storage.
- Use the keyboard tray as a slide out work surface
- Add shelves inside for more storage
- Use bins and boxes in the bottom section for storing larger items
- Close the doors when you're not working to hide the mess inside
Score marked down, slightly damaged pieces that are already assembled in the IKEA As-Is. The inside of this armoire is covered with paper that the owner decoupaged onto the wood. If the furniture is damaged and mark down, cover up the scuffs with some pretty paper and decoupage medium, like Mod Podge.
As of January 2019, IKEA doesn't have an armoire like this in their catalog or online. But I gathered some similar ideas for you here:
- PAX warddrobe system
- MICKE corner workstation
- VITTSJO shelving unit with laptop table
- HEMNES desk with add-on unit
8. Ultimate Ikea Craft Room with Lots of Craft Storage
DIY Inspired's Craft Room is so IKEA-licious, they should be featuring her space in their catalog!
Craft Supply Storage from IKEA
The focal point of her space is the large cube bookcase against the back wall of the room. The IKEA Expedit Unit she used is no longer available. A couple years ago IKEA released a new version of this shelving series called KALLAX, with all new accessories and colors.
Here are the current KALLAX configurations available:
- KALLAX workstation
- KALLAX 2×2
- KALLAX 1×4
- KALLAX 2×4
- KALLAX 3×4
- KALLAX 4×4
- KALLAX 5×5
Like the EXPEDIT line, you can purchase doors, dividers, and other items to customize your KALLAX shelves. Here are the current KALLAX accessories as of 2019:
- KALLAX insert with 2 drawers
- KALLAX shelf divider
- KALLAX wire basket
- KALLAX storage with compartments
- KALLAX rail with casters
- KALLAX hanging organizer
- KALLAX insert with door
- KALLAX glass top
Dinah went one step better by decoupaging maps onto the doors on her shelving unit to give it a custom feel.
DIY IKEA craft table
You can create a similar work desk by putting a LINNMON table top on two KALLAX 2×2 shelf units.
Check out the plethora of IKEA craft room ideas in Dinah's room tour here: DIY Inspired's Room Tour
9. Wall Storage – the Craft Room with the BEST Use of Wall Space
Create massive storage in a small craft space by using the walls like Rosehips and Petticoats did in her craft space.
Here's how to make the most of wall space above a desk:
- Add shelves up high with boxes for additional storage and framed prints for inspiration
- Added a rail with cups for tools and pens
- Add a wire with clips on it to hang inspiration and photos.
- Used metal strips with lidded magnetic cups on them to store small items vertically
- Add spice racks in white to hold rolls of ribbon and jars of embellishments and buttons
The shelves and storage look cohesive and melt into the wall because they're all white.
Many of the items used for this craft room wall are no longer available. I tracked down similar items in the current IKEA catalog and online to help you achieve a similar wall storage solution:
- 2 ALEX Drawers Units – these support the table top. Customize them from basic white in 10 minutes with this! (use code SMART for 10% off)
- 1 LINNMON white tabletop – lay this table top across the two ALEX drawer units to form the desk
- 4 BEKVAM spice racks, painted white – these hold jars, books, and so on against the wall
- 18 RAJTAN spice jars – these jars fit on the BEKVAM shelves and can used to store buttons and small embellishments
- 3 SUNNERSTA canisters – these plastic cups hang from the FINTORP rod and can be used to store tools like markers, paint brushes, and scissors
- FINTORP rod – hang this rod on the wall to hang storage containers from
- ALGOT shelving system – add shelving and pegboard to the wall using the adjustable ALGOT storage system of rails, baskets, and shelving
Don't wanna miss anything in the store? Take this handy IKEA craft room shopping list to the store to get everything you need to create a storage wall like this!
10. Best Corner Craft Room
Sharing your space with a guest bedroom or office? Yana Smakula's craft room fits in one small corner of a bedroom in her home. And she also makes VIDEOS in this tiny space!
If you are facing a wall in your craft space, make it more interesting by turning your wall storage into your decor. Yana explains that she made her storage pretty so that as she looks up from her work table, she can continue to be inspired.
See how Yana makes the most of this tiny corner craft room using IKEA furniture:
Get the look with these IKEA products:
- RISATORP cart
- KALLAX workstation
- KUGGIS drawer organizers
- SUNNERSTA containers
- VARIERA trays and containers
- SKÅDIS pegboard
- SKÅDIS shelf
- SKÅDIS hooks
- SKÅDIS letter holder
- SKÅDIS clips
- ALEX drawer unit
- EKET shelves
- KOLON floor mat
11. Best Pegboard Wall with IKEA SKÅDIS
SeaLemon is one of the top DIY YouTubers, popular for her clean, colorful style. She recently redid her craft room to include a pegboard wall with the unique IKEA SKÅDIS wall organizing system.
Here's what makes SKÅDIS a great pegboard alternative for craft rooms:
- You can paint it easily, just like pegboard
- The slot design looks modern and updated
- Use hooks to hold tools
- Use cups and trays to hold smaller items
- Use the letter holder to hold notepads, paper, and paper trimmers
- You can reconfigure the SKÅDIS accessories to fit your needs over time
Here's what you'll need to get this look:
- IKEA SKÅDIS pegboard panels
- IKEA SKÅDIS letter holder
- IKEA SKÅDIS hooks
- IKEA SKÅDIS shelf
- IKEA SKÅDIS roll holder
You can also use SKÅDIS with the ALGOT wall system to make a super functional craft wall!
12. BEST Drawer Storage – Craft Room in a Real IKEA Show Room
IKEA knows that crafters are shopping their stores for craft organizing ideas. Our local IKEA created this craft room display in their showroom!
They even stage them with real craft supplies so we can see how IKEA products will work with our supplies. If you have the space for built-ins, you're gonna love this IKEA craft room featuring IKEA cabinetry!
This butcher block counter on adjustable metal table legs and the shelving unit are so smart. The sturdy wood surface is perfect for die cutting and stamping. The drawers have dividers in them making them incredibly functional for lots of small supplies and tools.
Be sure to check your local IKEA showroom for their craft room displays to get even more ideas. Maybe once the hubby sees how everything will look in your space, he'll be more excited to put it all together with you! Mine has finally recovered and is actually excited to go to IKEA these days.
Free Guide for the BEST IKEA Craft Rooms Organizing Solutions!
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