While browsing on Pinterest last week, I saw this fabulous cutting table by Georgia Peachez. (If you click on the picture, it will take you to her blog). Anyway, my sewing room has become a nursery, so I knew I couldn’t use it, but my mom has a huge sewing space and lots of need for storage. I showed her the picture, and told her she simply must do it for her room. While we didn’t make the whole table, it did prompt a sewing room re-vamp, and she got some of these cubbies to put along one wall of the room to store stuff. One cubby consists of the 9 storage squares. It looks fantastic, but I’ll leave it up to her to put up some pictures. Check out her blog here.
And then I got to thinking about my sewing space. When Avery took over the sewing room, I didn’t have any place to work. For a while that was okay because I wasn’t in the sewing spirit. But now that I’ve gotten the bug back, I want a place to work. I’ve been using the dining room, which is less than ideal.
We live in an apartment, so our dining room is small, about 7 feet by 10 feet. Right now this is how it looks. I can use the table for scrapbooking, sewing, or cutting at any given time, but not at the same time. I have to clean up one project before I have room for another. With all the put up and take down, it doesn’t leave a lot of time to actually do anything.
But, that’s all about to change. We’re moving to a different building in about 6 weeks, and I’m going to change out the dining room to an actual sewing room. We never eat at the table, so that’s going to go. I’m going to make a work table like the top picture, although mine won’t be as big. On the solid sides of the cubbies, I’m going to use the Command hooks to hang rulers, etc. I’ll put my fabric and other notions in the bins. For the top, I’m going to make an ironing surface table top, that I can put my cutting mat on top of. That way it will do double duty for either. On one end of the table I’ll put my sewing machine table so that my machine doesn’t take up room on my worktable top. So, I just need to decide how big I want my table. I came up with 3 options.
I drew them out on graph paper, so I could see how big this would turn out before I went out and bought cubbies. This is option 1, the smallest. The outside line is the outline of my dining room, each square being 6 inches. The dotted line is what I want to keep my work area inside of. That gives me 2 feet of clearance to move around all sides. This would be my sewing table on one end, and just 2 cubbies back to back. My work top would be just large enough to accomodate my 24×36 cutting mat.
Option 2 is the same arrangement, but the table top is larger. I would have 3 cubbies total. 2 back to back, and then one on the end. Like the inspiration picture, minus one of the end ones. My sewing table would go there instead.
Option 3 is the largest. It has 12 inches that would overlap one side of cubbies. That would hopefully give me enough room to get my knees under to have a stool one on side. I think it would be nice to be able to sit and work.
I’ll have to get some good lamps, as the room is pretty dark most of the time. What else can you think of that I need to think about? I want to have a fully functioning sewing/quilting/scrapbooking/work space in a small area. I was originally going to have some pegboards on the wall, but in the small space I don’t know that I want anything sticking out that I could knock my head on. Do you think 2 foot around is enough moving area? Do you think I should have the overlap part of the table top to sit and work at? Is 12 inches appropriate for that? With this plan, my ironing/cutting top will be about 37 inches tall. That’s a bit taller than most, but I’m a little on the taller side, so I hope it works out well. What do you think?