If you have a hobby that you are passionate about and you’d like to commit more of your time to it, you should consider designing a hobby room within your home so that you have a space dedicated to your chosen hobby. By having a room or space that allows you to focus on your hobbies, you can benefit from better mental health because you have a space that is truly yours.
You can also enjoy uninterrupted time practicing whatever it is that you love doing (which can be ideal if you have children!).
So, how can you create a hobby room that provides you with all the equipment and comfort that you need? While you will have to work with the materials and space that you already have, here are a few helpful tips that can help you design the perfect hobby room so that you can enjoy whatever hobby you love best.
1. Decide on What the Hobby Room is Going to be Used for
You most likely have more than one hobby, but rather than make a hobby room that caters to all your hobbies, decide on that one hobby that you love most and would like to have your own space for. Unless you are someone who is lucky enough to have a home with many free rooms (some of which can be dedicated to different hobbies and crafts), you may have to settle on one hobby and one room.
Unsure on which hobby you should center your hobby room around? Ask yourself these following questions:
Which hobby do you enjoy most?
Is there a hobby that requires more space?
Does one hobby need to be done inside and away from others?
Once you have decided on what you are going to use your hobby room for, it’s time to design and fill the room so that it has everything you need but also feels comfortable and you enjoy spending your time there.
2. Locate the Right Room for the Job
You need to find the right room before anything else, otherwise you may end up trying to work with a room that is too small and doesn’t allow you to practice your hobby like you had intended. For instance, if you want a hobby room for your golfing, you need enough space to practice your swing but also allow for a net and swing turf which can be used to practice at home.
Accommodating for the space that is required can be useful and can help you achieve the perfect hobby room.
3. Set a Budget
It can be all too easy to go over budget, which is why it is imperative that you calculate how much you can afford to spend and stick to it. If you are unsure on how much you may need to spend, then project a rough estimate and try your best to stick to it. On the other hand, you should also account for some extra expenditure if you are refurbishing or renovating the whole room, much like if you are refurbing a property. Having some leeway can help cover you for any issues that you may encounter, like structural damage if you are knocking down a wall, for example.
4. Look Online for Inspiration
While you may know what you are using your hobby room for, you may not know how to decorate or organize the room so that it suits your tastes but is also suitable for your hobby. For instance, are you a painter looking to transform your room into a painting studio? If so, you will want to ensure that you have the right lighting, a place to set up your canvas, and also a spot to store your paints, brushes and other painting equipment.
The best places to look for inspiration are Pinterest and interior design magazines. That being said, the internet will have a lot of inspiration. All you have to do is search for your hobby and ask search engines for inspiration, much like typing ‘painting studio inspiration’. These keywords will bring up relevant images that you could print out and use to create a mood board so that you have something to work towards.
5. Speak with Professional Interior Designers
Once you know how you want your room to look, you may want to consider reaching out to
professional interior designers so that they can come in, take a look at the room, listen to what you would like and come up with the most practical ideas on how you can achieve your dream hobby room. What’s also great about working with interior designers is that they can help you stay under or on budget.
6. Find the Right Equipment
You want to maximize the space you have to work with, which is why you want to invest in the right equipment that is going to allow you to manage your hobby. For example, if you want to practice your golf swing, you will want to invest in the right sized mat, but also the right clubs.
Having the wrong equipment will only take up valuable space and hinder your enjoyment as it can put limitations on what you can do.
7. Decide on the Furniture Needed
Much like the equipment, you will also want to decide on the furniture that you would like to
include. You may want to invest in an armchair so that you can take a breather and sit and rest
between the time spent on your hobby. You may also want to have room for a coffee table so that you can bring food and drink in with you. Of course, the furniture you want to include depends entirely on how you wish to use your room. If you want to keep it purely associated with your hobby and not allow the room to be used for anything else, you may want to only have relevant equipment kept in your hobby room.
8. Choose a Color Scheme
Color can impact our moods and creativity, and although you may wish to paint your hobby room in your favorite color, you also need to consider that the color may be problematic. For instance, if your favorite color is red but you want to have a peaceful hobby room, you should consider a different color as red is associated with anger and aggression. Look towards color psychology when choosing the right color palette for your hobby room and see which colors can promote the mood and ambiance you are seeking.
9. Plan it Out Before Moving Furniture
Before moving any of your furniture in, measure the room’s dimensions and make a plan of where everything is going to go. By doing this, you can reduce the likelihood of trying to fit something in that is simply too big and maximize the room’s potential.
A hobby room allows you to enjoy your hobbies in peace, but it also provides you with a place to store all your equipment. Make sure you utilize your space and decorate it in a way that can elevate your mood and help you engage with your hobby more.