The ultimate craft room organization system – here’s an honest and thorough DreamBox review…
Hi friends! Today I’m sharing my office refresh/reveal featuring my new DreamBox from Create Room!
You might know Create Room by its former name, The Original Scrapbox.
They rebranded to Create Room shortly after I received my order.
I’ve been sharing little tidbits of my office transformation with my DreamBox on my Instagram stories for the last month, but I’ll admit that distance learning with two kids and a newborn has been kicking my butt and keeping me from being able to share this with you all sooner.
In this post, I’ll FINALLY be sharing my unboxing (well, uncrating) of my DreamBox, my new office setup, and complete review.
This post is in partnership with Create Room and contains affiliate links and a discount code for my readers and audience. All opinions are my own, as always. Be sure to use the discount codes in this post (SLAYATHOMEMOTHER and SLAYATHOMEMOTHER50) to save on your own DreamBox and DreamCart purchase!
What I Ordered From Create Room
Since moving to our new home, I gave up my built-in office cabinets and storage.
My new office was just an empty room.
I needed to start fresh and find a solution that worked for me that met all of the demands of my blogging, crafting, and homeschooling life.
After scrolling through Instagram over a year ago, I came across the DreamBox from what was then The Original Scrapbox.
I stalked their posts online for that entire year.
Everything was just so beautifully organized.
Their system made me feel inspired.
With little ones running around or when we leave for vacation, it would be nice to close everything up and keep it stored safely!
Here’s what I ordered from Create Room:
- White Shaker-style DreamBox
- 80 tote & 77 Shelf Package
- 3 built-in drawers
- Crown light
- 2-leaf DreamCart (comes with 13 InView™ totes)
- Pre-built service
After reading about their pre-built service online, I decided it was worth the extra cost.
Create Room estimates building the DreamBox from start to finish takes about 5-10 hours.
The pre-built service cuts that down to somewhere between 1-3 hours, including the time you spend assembling the pegs, shelves, and putting in the different totes.
I also decided to get the overhead Crown light so I could see better at night when I’m crafting or working, as that’s when I do a lot of my editing and working because the kids are in bed and I have free hands to do #allthethings.
I should include that I work with white vinyl a lot of the time when I do labels, and weeding white vinyl can be tricky when you’re executing an intricate design, especially at night because white vinyl is backed by white paper.
For our homeschooling needs, I thought the DreamCart would be a perfect additional working counter space for our kids to work and create.
Plus, I can use the extra room for crafting when I’m working with more than one Cricut mat or multiple colors of vinyl rolls.
I can also fold down the two leafs and roll the DreamCart to the corner of the room if I need more floor space to create or work.
A couple of days before delivery, I received a call from the delivery service to schedule my DreamBox’s arrival to ensure I would be home to receive it.
When our order arrived, it was noted as a curbside delivery (which is standard for your DreamBox’s delivery), but we were able to persuade the delivery man to wheel our crate up the hill and our long driveway to the front of the garage.
Chris generously tipped him and helped with pushing the large crate since it was so heavy!
I was so excited to finally unbox this baby and carry it inside.
You will absolutely need help! My husband and I both carried my DreamBox in, but I’m not even sure how we did it.
I would recommend having at least two, if not three, people to help you carry it indoors, especially if you have any steps that you need to go up or down.
Luckily, we only needed to worry about the two steps up onto the porch, and one step up into the house.
My Office – Before
Since moving into our new house, we switched up the rooms a bit.
My office was actually a small formal dining area, however, we already have a dining space off the kitchen, so it didn’t make sense to use this room as a dining space.
Soooooooo it became my office!
Well, before the DreamBox came along, it was really just a pile of my crafting and blogging stuff scattered on the floor…
You can see the amount of clutter and mess that is piled up in the center of the room.
All of my vinyl and iron-on rolls were still boxed up in the moving boxes.
You can probably see why I needed some help with craft room organization…
I got the pre-built service, which means the DreamBox is basically fully assembled (minus the individual pegs and shelves) when you receive it.
I highly recommend this service – it saves a lot of time, especially if you are like me with little ones running around and not a whole lot of time to spare!
We carried each door inside, and then the center portion of the DreamBox inside and attached the doors.
The fold-away table that comes with the DreamBox was already pre-installed (see below).
My husband installed the LED light for the crown and fixed the Crown to the top of my DreamBox according to the directions.
Then I began putting in the pegs and shelves.
The shelves are held up by plastic pegs, which you can put in the holes using a special black peg tool that comes with your DreamBox.
Trying to do it with just your fingers can hurt after a while, so I would recommend using the tool provided.
I’ll be holding onto my peg tool even after we’ve finished installing all of the shelves and totes in case I want to switch up my shelves and totes later on – it’s seriously a finger-saver!
Once my shelves were put up, I started putting in the clear plastic InView™ totes that came with my DreamBox.
I decided to get the 80 tote and 77 Shelf package since I had a variety of different materials to store, including multiple types of paper, vinyl, and blogging materials (like cords, chargers, camera lens, etc.).
These totes are great for craft room organization and can store a variety of crafting materials.
Open, the DreamBox is 102″ wide, 72″ tall, and 49″ deep (with the fold-away table extended).
The included tabletop is 34.75″ wide and 35.5″ deep. The tabletop has different heights depending on the height you set it at, and can be set to a standing height if you prefer to stand while you craft!
Also, without any craft supplies or totes in the DreamBox, it weighs between 70-80 pounds.
I decided to store my iron-on vinyl in the large pull-out totes (see below).
If you’re a big vinyl crafter like I am, I can tell you now that each 12.75×12.75″ container can hold 7 regular-sized rolls of vinyl or 6 boxes of infusible ink.
For my permanent vinyl rolls, I stood those up in the doors on the shelves and placed two acrylic bars in front of them to hold them up.
I could honestly double up the number of rolls I store this way on the door shelves as well, which might come in handy if I go on a vinyl-buying spree in the future ;).
I stored all of my paper and sheet crafting materials (cardstock, patterned paper, wood veneer sheets, vinyl sheets, butcher paper, etc.) in the large pull-out totes on the other side of my DreamBox, and divided them up by the types of paper and material.
Infusible Ink And Cricut Materials
All of my Cricut blanks and infusible ink materials are stored in the center part of my DreamBox in large totes and a few shoebox totes.
If I decide to stock up on more yarn, I can always take them out of the toes and store them horizontally in the same space and stack them on each other to maximize the use of that space.
For reference, each shoebox tote can store about 4 regular-sized skeins of yarn.
For blogging, filming, and editing, I have a number of cameras, lenses, and different equipment that I need to use and organize.
I decided to keep mine and Chris’ cameras in different shoebox totes, as well as our lenses, external hard drives, memory card readers, and cables, and chargers.
Additional Crafting Items
For the kids, I have a number of different craft items we use for free play, counting, and art.
I store those in the notions totes (the deep, narrow bins).
Crafting items are on the left, and projects are on the right.
Craft Room Organization With The Dreambox
Talk about craft room organization on steroids ;).
I pride myself on being clean and organized, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this organized.
There are four caster wheels on each door, and four on the main center box as well.
All of the caster wheels lock in place for extra stability.
Everything has a place, from my many vinyl rolls and paper crafting supplies to my camera equipment and sewing machine.
In my three built-in drawers, I have sewing machine needles, crochet hooks, Cricut machine replacement blades, and extra pegs for my DreamBox.
Here’s what my two-leaf DreamCart looks like with just one leaf in use…
And here’s with both leafs in use! This is how we most commonly use ours…
The two-leaf DreamCart adds on the perfect counter space for our kids to work on their schoolwork, projects, or just break out some crafts and get creating!
Did I mention that the DreamCart can latch to the DreamBox table for an even, connected workspace?
If you’re interested in the one-leaf DreamCart, its dimensions are 44″ x 28 1/2″.
It truly is the perfect set up for crafting, working, and homeschooling!
I absolutely recommend the DreamBox as a perfect solution to all of your craft room organization needs.
Create Room Financing Options
I know, this baby is a dream. And it’s also an expense.
If you need financing to get your DreamBox, DreamCart, or accessories, Create Room has great financing options with Bread, with an APR as low as 0%.
You can pay off your loan over 6, 12, 24, or 36 months with no pre-payment penalties.
Applying takes literally two minutes and you’re all set.
Have you purchased the DreamBox or DreamCart, or are you thinking of getting one? Tell me in the comments below!
*Post originally published May 2020, updated November 2020.