With the rise of do-it-yourself, many projects are becoming so cookie-cutter, aren’t they??
I’m more of an unconventional girl, so when I see creative, clever projects, I sort of squeal like a schoolgirl. (It’s the artist in me).
I’m a part of RYOBI Nation, which features projects from not just big-time bloggers like Ana White and Shanty 2 Chic, but everyday builders and crafters (basically anyone that loves to create!), and every month we celebrate a new theme.
Well, this month it’s all about workstations!
So this month I went on a hunt to find the most creative, clever workstations–everything from spaces to work in your garage, desks, gardening–you name it–anything that’s a place to GTD (get things done).
These original, clever projects will surprise (and inspire) you!
7 Surprisingly Clever Workstations
I absolutely adore this “invisible workstation” by Homemade Modern! Not everyone has a large garage space or crafting room to spread out tools and supplies. But with this wall-mounted workstation, you now have a space-saving place to store DIY supplies, tools, and cabinet and work table that folds down! And the best part?? He made the bottom of the desk a black chalkboard!! Hello, project reminders!!
When you look at a changing table, the last thing you’d ever think to see is a desk. But that’s exactly what I created after my youngest son outgrew his $12.00 thrifted changing table! My oldest son needed a place to use the computer and to do schoolwork. What better way to upcycle what you already own into something you really need: a workstation for your other child! (P.S. You can see all steps to this changing table upcycle HERE. Nation project tutorials
I have this problem all the time in my workshop: not enough surface space to work!! I love, love, love this workstation by Shanty 2 Chic because it has a top extension with wings for an additional 4-feet of work space. When you’re done, just drop the wing extension and–boom–slide that baby back into some small corner, out of the way! Not to mention there is storage space everywhere!
Everyone and their mama has seen that awesome coffee table floating around the ‘net where someone took crates just like this and made a coffee table, right? Well, Crates and Pallets show you how it’s possible to make a desk with these crates, too! All you need are some of these crates from Home Depot, which you can get for about $38 for a pack of 2 or 3, depending on size. Super affordable!
I absolutely love Ana White. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times at conferences, and she’s the real deal! Her passion for helping people get started with building simple, cute projects is awesome.
This gardening workstation is one of my favorites, and I plan to build one as soon as the weather turns nice! What’s clever about it are all the places to store things! You can hang your gloves on the side…hang up towels and tools on the back slats, and even sit things on a little top shelf. Doesn’t get much cuter than this!
This man gets the Clever Builder of the Year Award. Seriously.
Okay, so he built a workstation…
…but he did something super smart: he built the workstation around plastic storage bins so that A) he’d have more storage, and B) he’d save himself a crap-load of time because he doesn’t have to build drawers!
Just think of all the cool ways to create your own storage by just building an easy frame around existing storage??
While this isn’t a workstation in itself, it’s something you could easily make with your crafting workstation: a paint storage shelf!
What’s clever about this workstation is that Jeanie from Create and Babble not only customized the shelves to hold her tall spray paints and short sample pots, but she also angled a couple shelves so that her small acrylic paints will be tilted, allowing paint to always be ready to use (instead of having to shake them down until your arm nearly falls off. LOL). Love this!
Which One is Your Favorite?
Go ahead…you can say that my upcycled changing table is your favorite. I won’t mind you being impartial. HAHA.
All jokes aside, which workstation is your favorite?
Create Your OWN Clever Workstation & Win!
Got an idea of a creative workstation?? Go create it and then head over to RYOBI Nation’s “Project: Workstation Project Challenge” to win one of two $1,000 prize packs full of RYOBI power tools! Doesn’t matter what kind of workstation–anything creative that will help you get organized AND spark your creativity, whether it’s for crafting, building, or a workspace for homework!
Head over to RYOBI Nation now, create a free account if you don’t already have one, and be inspired!