Creating your perfect sewing room is really an ongoing process. As you develop your space, you’ll find things that work great and some that just don’t work out the way you intended.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep things simple, modular and movable. That way, it’s easy to alter your design as your needs change or you find more efficient ways of setting up and using your space and equipment.
Here is a video that is sure to give you plenty of ideas as you read on!
Sewing Room Design
Whether you have a large room dedicated to sewing or a spare closet to convert to your sewing space, it’s important to plan what you’ll be doing and how to use the available space to the fullest.
If you’re really short on space, an old armoire can be fitted out with space for your machine, supplies and fabrics.
Use graph paper to draw the room and play with placing storage, work tables and other equipment for the most effective layout. Keep a list of dimensions and a measuring tape on hand when you’re shopping. Whether it’s a paper list or digital notes on your phone, having all the dimensions makes it a lot easier to pick the right sizes and shapes.
Storage for your Sewing Room
You probably have only a few sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. However, you have tons of accessories, supplies and fabric. That huge collection is what you really need to put in some semblance of order.
It’s best to have both open and enclosed storage. You should have fabrics visible at a glance. Closed and labeled containers are best for supplies and accessories.
Wall systems are perfect for a large amount of storage. Pegboard is available everywhere. Used store display fixtures like gridwall and slatwall are available in many cities and online. This type of storage system can go from floor to ceiling and customized to fit specific spaces. Pegboard lining a closet or an old armoire can accommodate shelves and tools using assorted pegboard hooks and wooden planks. Don’t forget the space above windows and doors for additional wall storage space.
Bins, cubes and crates can be stacked together in numerous configurations and easily rearranged to accommodate your changing needs. They can stack under tables, be secured together to create a bookcase and decorated with paint or wallpaper for a color-coordinated designer look. You can also mount them on the wall if floor space is limited.
Creating the Perfect Work Space
You need a comfortable desk-height table for your sewing machines, as well as a raised worktable for laying out and cutting fabrics. For both tables, the elevation should allow your work to be at elbow height and keep your wrists straight. When seated, your feet should be flat on the floor.
Choosing the Right Sewing Table for Your Needs
I’ve found that a narrow, 18-inch wide table is wide enough for my sewing machine and serger. This width takes up less space and gives me room for other things. A wider table is more suitable for a quilting machine to support large quilting projects.
Although not as attractive as a cute wooden or upholstered chair, an adjustable, rolling stool is a great seating option. You can easily roll from machine to machine and adjust your height for different work spaces.
Considerations for Your Work Table
If you’re typically cutting large pieces of fabric, get as large a table as you have space. If you concentrate on small items like children’s clothing and tote bags, you need less layout space.
Banquet tables are available in different sizes, are collapsible and portable. However, at 29-inches, they are great for seated work but too short for a cutting/layout table.
A simple, inexpensive way to extend the height of these tables is to cut PVC pipe sleeves to boost the table to the correct height. Increasing the height saves your back and makes your work less fatiguing.
Personalize Your Space
Paint and fabric are inexpensive, easy ways to decorate your space. Spray paint is your friend! You can brighten unattractive commercial shelving components with paint and make quick, easy curtains to block off any unsightly storage.
Coordinate a collection of mismatched furniture with one or two colors of paint. Now, your eclectic collection is a real decorating statement and not just a hodge-podge.
Specialized Sewing Room Ideas
If you’re a quilter, it’s a great convenience to have a design board. Create solid boards by covering 1-inch thick Styrofoam boards with batting, flannel or felt. The solid boards can store under a bed or behind a bookcase. You can make a roll-up design board that is suspended against a wall.
Containers keep your fabric scraps organized. Whether by size or color, a set of matching bins or baskets is a good way to keep your scraps sorted for future use.
A plate rack or other DIY divider holds all your quilting templates and rulers. This allows you to access your templates easily and keeps them all secure in once place.
DIY Ironing Board
Cover a piece of plywood with a layer of batting, topped with layer of cotton fabric. Pull the fabrics taut around to the back and staple or duct-tape in place. Laid atop a table, you now have a jumbo ironing board. This extra size is especially useful if you iron large projects.
Your perfect sewing room is an ongoing project that will change as you develop new skills and interests. The room will soon mature into your ideal space, and you’ll be glad you took the time to let it evolve.