Luckily, everything turned out fine! With a little bit of organization and rearranging, I was able to fit all of my craft furniture and supplies into the smaller room. We also managed to fit in two big sets of shelves full of wizard rock merchandise (t-shirts, CDs, buttons, and whatever else we could fit) and a desk packed with recording equipment that we still haven't set up. There's also a big shelf loaded with packing supplies like envelopes, mailing tape, and customs forms... but nearly half of the room is dedicated to my crafting endeavors.
Another way that I was able to change my crafting furniture to fit the new space is by stacking my craft shelves higher. Before, the nine cubes were stacked three shelves high and three shelves wide. Now, to make them fit between the door and the closet, I was able to arrange them in two columns, four and five cubes high. They fit perfectly and I'm more than a little glad that I spent a bit more money on shelves that could be switched around to fit different spaces. Otherwise, I would be buying new shelves that could fit.
In order to fit my big, green IKEA work tables, I had to arrange them in an L shape. It turns out that I actually enjoy this arrangement a lot more than giant rectangle I had before, since I had to roll my chair around to reach the different work areas I'd set up. With this configuration, my chair stays in one place and I just have to pivot to switch between my sewing machine and the fabric cutting/hand sewing area. I can also place my macbook in the opposite corner, so I can marathon nerdy tv shows on Netflix and keep it out of the way.
Probably the biggest improvement about this room over my old one is the big window right over my desk. My old craft room had almost no natural light, with one tiny window in a corner kind of far away from me. Now I can enjoy the sunshine and watch squirrels play in the trees just a few feet outside, and it makes locking myself in this room for 8-12 hours at a time much more enjoyable. In this next photo, you can also see that I've stashed a huge bag of polyfil just under my sewing machine where I can grab a handful of it whenever I need to stuff a plush toy. I also keep boxes of fabric and bins of finished plushies under the tables.
While things are a little bit squished in my new craft room, I'm happy to still have one at all and I'm trying to keep things as organized as possible to make it feel less cramped. I definitely struggle with keeping things tidy, as I'd rather get more work done than spend that valuable time picking up and putting away things, but living in a smaller place is forcing me to improve that aspect of my personality.
Most importantly, my craft room allows me to shut out distractions and get a lot of work done by myself. It's already difficult to repeat the same crafting motions over and over again to create many handmade copies of one item, so I'm incredibly thankful to have a space that helps me to get that done. The Netflix helps too. :)
What is your crafting space like?