1. Create distinct workspaces. “As tempting as it is to combine study and craft surfaces, resist it,” says designer Martha O’Hara. “For a room to have true dual functionality, you’ve got to create specific and different spaces for multiple activities.” If you're worried about the space seeming cramped, remember that a desk doesn’t need to be large. Simply allow for enough room to work with typical study essentials, like a book, notebook and laptop.