Giving up my scrap space for the unused dining room..should I?

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Posted 1/19/2014 by mama2bailey in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 45,166
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Posted: 1/19/2014 3:53:34 PM
My mom moved in with us and she's refusing to take the office from me. Citing all the reasons about kids will be into all my stuff and she doesn't need a room,etc etc. I really want her to have her own space but every time we talk about it she gets upset. Those of you that use a dining room how does it work out for you? Mine is in the front of the house so I'm not sure I want to see the mess all the time when I walk in. My other option is putting it all in my bedroom but it's smaller.
Anyone btdt? How has it worked out?
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PeaNut 113,955
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Posted: 1/19/2014 4:04:46 PM
Mine is in the dining room. I like having my own space but I don't love working off a dining table. While the surface area is great the lack of drawers is frustrating but we're not ready to get rid of or take down the dining table. I think with some good organization and attractive storage containers, it won't be an eyesore.

Good luck...I'd want the same thing in your situation too.


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Posted: 1/19/2014 4:09:02 PM
Mine is in the small kitchen/dining space we have. I just made a post about re-doing it today if you want to take a peek. I really enjoy it in here. It's almost been a year now since I moved, but just yesterday we got me nice furniture. Studio Sunday


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Posted: 1/19/2014 4:14:27 PM
I have my space in the dining room and it is right next to the front door. When you walk in and I am not scrapping you would never know that I used the are for scrapping. I have an expedit that is 4x2 on its side with legs from Ikea. In each space I have most everything I need. On top I have a decorative box that holds my most needed tools. I have my albums in storage closets in my bedroom closet. So if you want your albums near by this will not work. I do not know how much stuff you have. I did downsize when I moved into the dining room but I live it. I am more productive then ever. I usually clean ip when I am done but if. I am working on something I will leave it out.
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PeaNut 9,321
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Posted: 1/19/2014 8:21:53 PM
I live in a region where dining rooms are rare, so I would not miss it at all. Move right in!


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Posted: 1/19/2014 8:29:53 PM
So where is Mom proposing to stay? On the couch?!

Get yourself a Work Box from The Original Scrapbox Co. and put it in the dining room. You can use the dining table as extra workspace if you want, and the mess is easily hidden when you need the dining room as a dining room.

Works great for me!

ETA: we eat dinner in the dining room 6 days a week; on weekends, we eat lunch there, too!


PeaNut 41,301
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Posted: 1/19/2014 8:33:00 PM
Our "studio" is now in what should be the dining room. It's also in the very front of the house and I was also very worried about seeing the mess. Luckily, there is a large doorway (just one) and I was able to hang a curtain rod across it. I used a set of super nice drapes that matched the ones used in the living room and also added a pair of matching brass tiebacks. This way, we can leave it open when it's just us or close it off if company is coming.

I do not regret taking away my dining room- I wish we'd have done it sooner! Now my daughter and I have ALL arts, crafts, scrapbooking, painting, jewelry supplies, and tools in one room.

Edited to add- we do NOT have a dining room table in here anymore. We each have our own industrial tech table (that we found through careful searching) and have shelving and iris carts almost completely around the room.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 8:40:02 PM
Mine is in our dining room in the front of the house also. We have no need for that space. I use a tension rod and a tab curtain to close off the area from view in the entryway.


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Posted: 1/19/2014 9:34:20 PM
I don't currently use my dinning room for scapping but I have in the past. I used book shelves with baskets to hide most of my stuff. The big issue I had was we used the dinning room table for meals, snacks and kid homework.

If your's is a more formal dinning room that rarely gets used, go for it! Turn it into a full fledged office/craft space. If it can be closed off with the addition of a curtain or a door consider having a door installed (pocket doors, french doors, you name it they can be installed) If it is a much more open concept consider closed storage for your supplies that look match your furniture styling. Then develop a bit of a "clean as you go" scrap method so things don't get too out of hand.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 9:47:23 PM
I sometimes work on our dining room table (ok, I admit that this is only when my desk is so messy I've run out of useable space on it!!). I use a sheet of foam core to scrap on so I can quickly pick everything up and clear up for when the table is needed for a meal. With a piece of foam core and a rolling cart like the Raskog from IKEA to keep tools and supplies in, getting the table cleared off quickly without disturbing your project is pretty manageable!

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Posted: 1/19/2014 11:01:03 PM
go for it.. I used to have my scrap room in our extra bedroom, then my sister had to move in with us, and had to give up the room, grr.. so I moved it all to the dining room. if we aren't expecting anyone over, and im in the middle of a project, I leave it all out on table.. our dining room is where u have to go thru it to get anywhere, kitchen bedrooms, bathrooms so its a high traffic area.. but I leave stuff out a lot..!!! I do how ever have to clean it up this week, having company all weekend.. . im working on prettier storage right now... so try it, u might really like it.

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Posted: 1/20/2014 5:04:28 AM
What Kate pea said. To follow that up, there is an article in where woman create mag I was just reading. One lady used her dining room, but kept it as a dining room also, but the way she did it is just beautiful! She kept some of her things on display and it turned out a win win as those items added to her personal decorating style, made the room look great. You should read it! It has some great ideas. I'm interstate right now so don't have the mag with me to reference the artist, but it's the latest one. Barnes and noble as well as books a million and borders all carry it.

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Posted: 1/20/2014 7:37:51 AM
I use the end of our long living room. I set up behind the couch. I use the dining room table for my Cricut. I just cover the table with a vinyl picnic style table cloth to protect it.

I don't care if it's a little messy. Anyone who visits is a friend or family. They usually just want to see what I'm working on.

i say go for it. If you're like me, we only use the DR twice per year.


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Posted: 1/20/2014 1:53:36 PM
I use my dining room.
I've been in it for about 7 years and love it
It's very organized and can be easily used as a dining room and not just look like a junky messy craft room

It took me quite a while to find the perfect spot on my home and the right storage pieces that work best for me.

But after a lot of thought and planning I will likely never change it.

Good luck.
I hope you post photos when you're done

ETA: after buying everything, I think my room cost me less than $500.
That was starting from scratch too

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Posted: 1/20/2014 2:55:43 PM
Absolutely! Go for it! I used my dining room for years and year - until I won a Scrapbox (YES - WON!!). At that point, I moved my studio into our finished basement. While I am grateful for my space and love it, I was just thinking the other day how much more scrapping I actually did when I was in the dining room. I kept my stuff in rolling carts and had space for the carts in the coat closet. I had one small cabinet in the dining room that also housed supplies. It worked for me for like 10 years.

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Posted: 1/20/2014 8:05:13 PM
I've used our formal dining room for three years now. When we moved to this house, there's a big space in the basement, but no natural light. My kids are teens now and I work when they are at school and I like the daylight. So I took the formal dining room over. It's right beside the front door and very visible. So I bought a bunch of Jetmaxx cubes to hide all of my stuff. I also bought baskets for my Expedit. The cubes all fit under my table and I keep the room picked up pretty well. I don't mind a project in progress left out, but I don't have heaps of mess to put away.

One aspect that I really like is how close I am to the rest of the family. I can make dinner and work in the studio for 10 minutes at a time. The kids can easily find me and don't worry about interrupting me. I wasn't sure if it would work out, but I really like my location!

There are some pictures in my gallery if you would like to see my set up.

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Posted: 1/20/2014 8:32:29 PM
If Mom doesn't take the office, where will she sleep?


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Posted: 1/20/2014 10:23:27 PM
I've thought about this since I eat in the dining room maybe once a year, but I just haven't had the nerve. On the one hand, I think it's crazy that I'm not using this valuable real estate in my house, but I'm afraid the mess would stress me out and I'd suddenly feel like I 'needed' a dining room for some reason. It's a big change to consider when you just aren't sure. I'd love to see some links to photos of people who have done this. Let us know what you decide!

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