Taking up a new hobby can be a rewarding experience for many reasons. Whether your interests include sewing, writing, crafting, or woodworking, dedicating a space to your hobbies can help you stay organized. If you’ve never thought about key details like your hobby room layout and storage for things you need to move, the best time to do so is before you get started.
At Prime Storage, we have space for you to organize, store, and move belongings from your home, making your hobbies even more convenient and enjoyable. The following tips can help ease the process of creating your dream hobby space.
Choosing a Room.
For most people, the choice for a hobby room is obvious: any unused space, typically a spare bedroom. But how and why you choose a room is important. For empty nesters with regular visitors, dedicating a spare bedroom to a hobby might not work out. On the other hand, a garage space might not work out if park your car in it. For hobbies that don’t require much to get up and going, claiming a corner of a room is still better than having no dedicated space. The whole idea of dedicating the room or corner to the hobby is that it allows you to have an area to truly focus on what you’re trying to accomplish.
Map out your hobby room layout.
Before you buy anything for a new hobby—desks, tables, and equipment—sketch out the space and take plenty of detailed measurements. There’s nothing worse than buying a full-size desk for an office space that it won’t fit in, or a piece of workout equipment that you can’t get through the doorway.
Try to save money on tools and equipment by buying secondhand.
There’s no rule that says new hobbies require brand new tools or equipment. If you’re looking to begin a new hobby or furnish a space for it, consider shopping around on an internet marketplace for what you need to get going. There’s no shortage of people who are looking to offload items they’ve upgraded or replaced to make space.
Even if you can’t find quality second hand equipment for your hobby space, don’t overextend your budget by buying too many new items at once. Focus on the tools you need for your current project. Some examples of basic purchases include:
- Workout equipment: a set of resistance bands, a stationary bike or elliptical, and a couple of dumbbells.
- Woodworking: A circular saw, hammer, screwdriver, cordless drill, and potentially a set of sawhorses.
- Artistic hobbies: A desk or table, comfortable chair, easel, and handful of brushes and paints.
- Writing: A simple table or desk and a chair, potentially a bookshelf for reference materials.
As you get more comfortable with your hobby or find that you need better tools or equipment, make the investment in something new. Replace outdated, old, or regularly used items as needed.
How to Reclaim Space for a Hobby Room
Once you’ve made a final decision on the area you’ll use for your hobby, it’s time to reclaim that room. Depending on how much space you have in your home, it may be as simple as moving items from one room to another.
But what if your home or apartment is large enough to accommodate having a room dedicated to your hobby, but not large enough to store your belongings in a closet or other room? In those situations, you have a few options:
Sell extra furniture and items.
A quick way to get rid of items in your home to make space for a hobby room is to sell them, either as part of a garage sale, to a friend, or on the internet. Selling items isan option,, however,if you think there’s a chance that you’ll need them again or your hobby might not stick, that may not be the best option for you. That’s where self storage comes into play.
Find a convenient space to store the contents of a room.
The preferred method for many people who are repurposing a space in their home for hobbies is to find off-site storage, most likely at a self storage facility. Self storage facilities are a great option for hobbyists, but they’re also ideal for home-based businesses and people who are looking to downsize.
A good storage location offers plenty of amenities and convenience, but it also allows you to store belongings for as long (or as short) as you need to with no long-term contracts. Depending on how much space you need, you can rent storage units that are closet-sized or a large enough space that can hold the contents of an entire house. Self storage gives you the flexibility to indulge your hobby and grow it into whatever you’d like without taking up valuable space in your home.
Find self storage near you with Prime Storage.
Finding convenient self storage isn’t hard when you visit your nearest Prime Storage location. Our team members can help you decide on the right amount of space and sell you the moving supplies you need to help pack up and get moved in. To learn more about how storage can help facilitate a new hobby by giving you the space to practice, contact us today.