Craft Room Ideas for a Bonus Room – IKEA Home Tour (Episode 406)




In episode 406 of the IKEA Home Tour Series, the Squad visits Eileen and John, a couple who tragically lost their home to Hurricane Sandy and had to start over in Staten Island, New York. Currently, the house is a work in progress, but the back bonus room is perfect to start a business. Although Eileen is currently a teacher, her school is closing at the end of the year which will put her out of a job. Rather than worry, John and Eileen see this as an opportunity for Eileen to start her own business teaching art and sewing classes by remodeling the bonus room into an art and craft room. With the help of the IKEA Home Tour Squad, Eileen and John set out to do just that.

The Squad brainstormed with Eileen to help bring her craft room ideas to life. As a creative home office, the space needs to be organized for multiple projects (big and small). The Squad integrated small storage cabinets, pegboards, and folding tables to accommodate. Sewing and art projects can be small, but they can also require a significant amount of space. For this reason, the Squad added NORDEN gateleg tables to provide extra table space for larger projects and groups of people. The NORDEN series of folding tables enables Eileen and her students to expand the desks on both sides while still having plenty of legroom to work on projects comfortably. Additionally, these folding tables feature small storage cabinets for materials and accessories. To maximize the bonus room space, the Squad also added INGATORP drop leaf tables, as well. These have folding drop leaves on either side to accommodate more students in the room or more space for larger projects. When not in use, they easily fold up to keep the space clean and organized.

To help Eileen keep her home office organized, they Squad added TERJE folding chairs and BJÄRNUM folding hooks. The chairs are comfortable and easily fit under the tables in Eileen’s office space. Plus, they’re lightweight, so they can be moved around the space easily. Best of all, the folding hooks allow her to fold and hang the chairs that are not in use.

The Squad added a SKÅDIS pegboard to hold all of Eileen’s essential small tools. Needles and thread can be placed on the wall, making them visually appealing, but also easily accessible. The pegboard is entirely customizable, so she can add trays, file holders, as well as, SKÅDIS containers for items like tape measures and ribbons. For other small items, the Squad added VARIERA boxes and utensil trays to keep scissors and small craft items (beads, buttons, pearls) stored neatly. This way, Eileen doesn’t need to worry about the miscellaneous items getting shuffled about when she opens and closes the drawers.

For the larger items Eileen will need (such as rolls of fabric and extra sewing kits), the Squad added an IVAR shelving unit combination. This keeps all the materials in pristine condition, making them easy to access or store. Meanwhile, for some added functionality to the space, the Squad added a FYNDIG sink. This makes for a perfect art room sink with plenty of room for cleaning (and drying) paintbrushes. Plus, if some extra light is needed, there are RANARP wall clamp spotlights overhead the sewing stations. The clamp makes it easy for them to be adjusted for individual students’ height and offer a great deal of light should someone be working late or need to focus on a small piece of their project.

Now that Eileen’s bonus room has been remodeled into an art & craft room, she can run (and grow) her business the way she always dreamed. For a list of products in this video, visit

What’s IKEA Home Tour? We’ll tell you! We’re sending a team of IKEA experts on the road to help America solve real home furnishing challenges, big and small, and transform their living spaces. The Home Tour Squad is hitting the road to assist those who need help with home projects – from closet organization to living room style upgrades to bedroom makeovers – and to illustrate genuine solutions that make everyday life at home better. The Home Tour Squad will help plan and shop at the local IKEA store to find the best smart solutions for home challenges. The homeowners and the Squad members will then accomplish the transformation together! Plus, the Squad will film their journey along the way.

The IKEA Home Tour Squad is a team of hand-selected IKEA experts from across the country. They specialize in everything from home design to organization to sustainability at home. Each Squad member comes from a different background and contributes their unique expertise to help homeowners on the tour. Their journey will be chronicled through before/after makeover videos, tour footage, and video shorts featuring design tips and interviews with homeowners. Squad members will also be sharing live updates from the tour via Twitter (@IKEAUSA) and Instagram (@IKEAUSA) with the hashtag #IKEAHomeTour.

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14 Comments

  1. ThickNCurly1
    July 31, 2018
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    Wonderful story! The makeover looks amazing and it's so organized and functional.

  2. Searia Kett
    July 31, 2018
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    This woman is the kind of teacher we all wish not only ourselves but our children and grandchildren had access to.
    The school systems loss will be her private students gain.
    I've always wanted to learn how to sew and if this sweet woman wasn't thousands of miles away and in another country you could sign me up right now.
    BTW IKEA … You did this lovely teacher justice on her new business space.

  3. Marianne Vakiener
    July 31, 2018
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    I wish I could have heard the people speaking but I could not because most of the time the music was too loud that it covered the voices.

  4. Ellie Donoghue
    July 31, 2018
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    Such a lovely couple. That lady seems awesome. The space is incredible. Best of luck with your business Eileen 😀 ✂

  5. Ray Kepper - RTK International
    July 31, 2018
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    Too many weird ones on these IKEA videos! And new ad stinks!

  6. FLASHZENTAURI
    August 1, 2018
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    She's so adorable.

  7. M Sikler
    August 1, 2018
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    Amazing Story

  8. nerdypinkglasses
    August 2, 2018
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    Ive been looking for sewing lessons. If you were closer i would have signed up :/

  9. Rohini Panakal
    August 2, 2018
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    The people and room…. both are beautiful

  10. irmawati febriani
    August 2, 2018
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    I would love to spend hours and hours making jewelry and sewing with her.

  11. Marvee78
    August 2, 2018
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    Wonderful story. And I completely understand the drawer above the garbage bins, I have several of these drawers in my kitchen and it is the most practical thing for the recycling bins.

  12. Home Decor Ideas
    August 3, 2018
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    love this ideas

  13. Gilmarie Villanueva Music
    August 3, 2018
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    I love this stories they inspire me and also make me cry ❤️

  14. Leigh Taylor Ellis
    August 6, 2018
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    What happened to explaining how the product (or combination of them) solved a problem or made the space functional? I want more than just an extended commercial and before and after shots. I miss being inspired to use IKEA products in my home. I'm happy for this couple, but it doesn't really translate to a project I can apply for myself. Also, the music is definitely too loud over the voices.

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