“When your hobbies get in the way of work - that’s ok; but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves … well.” - Steve Martin
Whatever your hobbies are, it is nice to have a place where you can enjoy them -- and a hobby room is that perfect place.
Whether your hobby is sewing, woodworking, pottery, playing video games, or maybe just reading a good book (or two), the hobby room is a space dedicated to your passions without the harrowing obligations, deadlines, and the typical stresses of life.
So how do you set up a hobby room that gets you even more excited for your hobby?
If you have been active with your hobby, you will have a good idea of how you work and what you need. If this is a new hobby, then you will need to determine exactly what you need to work in the space.
Considerations will include the amount of space you will need in the hobby room, items to be stored and therefore storage requirements, electrical power (including outlets), lighting, and in some cases, ventilation.
Here are seven hobby room tips to get you started with the process:
Add space or use existing space. If it is within your budget, spare no expense on the hobby room. Build an extension onto your home and make it memorable! If it is not in your budget to build an extension onto your home, use existing space.
Just think of how perfectly a Redondo Beach home’s garage would convert as an art studio! Also, look for existing space in your home that doesn’t see a lot of daily action. If the space is not being used, it is fair game for a hobby room.
Make a blueprint. It is a good idea to sketch out the layout of your hobby room before purchasing materials. Keep in mind that it is much easier to make adjustments on paper than it is with actual materials. Of course, the other option is to hire a professional.
Put the "work triangle" to work. In the planning phases, you want to identify the three most important areas of the room. These key areas will define your work triangle. For instance, a woodworker might consider a table saw, radial arm saw, and workbench.
The distance between the three work stations should be short in order to maximize efficiency and make it easier and more pleasant to work in the space.
Harness the right amount of power. Tools may require additional electrical capacity to work. In this case, upgrading power to the hobby room to a 20-amp circuit will keep the power tools functioning without interruptions.
Enjoy fresh air and ventilation. Improved ventilation in the workspace is not optional. If your hobby consists of dust, chemical fumes, or tools that release exhaust, be sure to get plenty of fresh air circulating. Options can include a couple of windows, vents, and exhaust fans.
Invite plenty of light. Every area in the hobby room should be well-lit. This is even more important if working with power tools. If you are an artist working with color, positioning the work area to enjoy natural light from a window -- or installing light bulbs that mimic natural sunlight -- will help identify and match colors.
Lighting hung from the ceiling, used in conjunction with task lighting, could provide an effective combination for lighting the hobby room.
Solve the storage dilemma. You need your tools to enjoy your hobby, but you also need an organized space where you can work efficiently. Enter the storage solution. What tools or supplies will you need in each station of your work triangle?
Once you have answered this question, think about how to keep each of those items close by, and then get creative. Pegboards are a staple for many hobby rooms. Feel free to use anything that will help store your tools effectively, yet keep them accessible. If the work area is likely to get dusty, use enclosed storage, like cabinets, to minimize the build up.
If your hobby room is going to be inspirational, it needs to be functional. When you have best of both worlds, your hobbies may eventually get in the way of work, but they will never get in the way of themselves.