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How to create a hobby hub for the entire family

Organise a corner where your family’s interests (like carpentry, sewing and scrapbooking) can get along, side by side. When not in use, it’s easy to make the space available for other activities.

Corner of a room with hobby accessories in IVAR storage units behind roller blinds, a table and a draped pegboard.
Corner of a room with hobby accessories in IVAR storage units behind roller blinds, a table and a draped pegboard.

The flexible hobby space

Home carpentry may be about restoring and creating new things, but be sure to protect others in the process. A floor protector is a good place to start, and plenty of room for movement.

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Stool with carpentry accessories on a KOLON floor protector. IVAR storage units with hobby stuff along the back wall.
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    Everything you need within reach

    Hobby time is precious time. Don’t waste it looking for things, but instead go for visibility and order. The wallpaper holder is a shoe rack held with hooks. When empty, it goes flat against the wall.

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    Hobby accessories stored in various ways, rolls of wallpaper, stacked paint cans and paint brushes on a pegboard.
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      The see-through toolbox

      There’s a limit to what can be hung on a pegboard. Complement with a wire drawer unit. Transparent enough to keep every little screwdriver in sight, and easy to move next to your project.

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      A LENNART drawer unit with tools in the top drawer, stacked paint cans on top, a recycling bin standing next to it.
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        Fold out your sewing surface

        From patching pants to turning curtains into clothes, sewing may be the ultimate on-and-off activity. A folding table goes from discreet sideboard to generous worktop in a second flat. Talk about a tailored fit.

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        A room arranged as a sewing station with a NORDEN table laden with a sewing machine textiles and accessories.
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          Prepare to pause ongoing projects

          Bigger projects are seldom done in a single sitting. Make it easy to stop in the middle, but without losing track. A towel rack fitted on a ceiling offers extra rods to hang items from. Place it around 30 centimetres from the wall to allow space for hangers.

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          Alcove holding various hobby accessories, shelves, pegboard and a towel rail fixed to the ceiling, textiles draping.
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            All the details (and where to put them)

            With scrapbooking, organisation is key. With materials in place and pegboard uncovered, you can go from thought to action without breaking concentration. Add a work lamp to minimise eye strain.

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            A table arranged for scrapbooking, highly organised and accessories within reach on table, pegboard and in drawers.
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              Order in every corner

              OK, you have all the colours, materials and accessories in place, and all of it within immediate reach. Ready, set, create.

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              A man sitting by a table top arranged for scrapbooking, accessories on a SUSIG desk pad and in a desk organiser.
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