A big work table is a must. I currently have a work table from IKEA. It works, but I am looking to upgrade to something with a lot more storage on the sides. If you have a recommendation, PLEASE let me know. Here is a pic of something similar to what I use (though mine has a solid top):
The next thing that I think is important is storage. I use mainly three different kinds of storage. First, the Jetmax Cubes from Michael's. (Never pay full price. Michael's runs these on sale frequently):
(Not my craft room, just a stock photo. But I have almost all of these configurations. For more pics and pieces, check out the Michael's website at www.michaels.com.) They typically run about $25 each.
Secondly, I have both of these shelving units from IKEA (reasonably priced and sturdy):
IKEA sells coordinating boxes or baskets to go into the cubbies as well. The large unit is $69.99, and the small unit is $39.99
Lastly, I use the Target ClosetMaid 9 Cube Organizer ($39.99) and coordinating hot pink cubes. ($5.99 for one or $11.24 for a two pack). Also very reasonably priced. While I love the array of colors that the cubes come in, they are a bit flimsy if you are going to be putting anything heavy in them. They are made out of a canvas type material and don't hold their shape like the baskets Target also sells to go in the unit. (But I couldn't pass up the hot pink!)
In the next post, I will be discussing essential tools.
HTH! :-) Angela