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Thread: Designing new sewing studio--have I forgotten anything?

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    Senior Member Quilted Dogs's Avatar
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    U never have enough storage for sure. I have two files cabinets, the short ones u can get at walmart or goodwill, etc. I keep all my patterns filed in them with folders hanging files in front. This is so perfect and plenty of room. I put a piece of formica on top of them and oola, u have an extra table surface too. Nice area to sit at and look at the patterns and decide, or even to layout the material u want to use and put together, lots of use. Let me know if u can use this idea, think everyone could actually........also, in the cabinets u can store your secret projects so no one can see them, u have a lock as well.....lol
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    Super Member d.rickman's Avatar
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    I found that "daylight" neons in my lighting fixtures, gave me so much more light, it is just like sitting out in the sunshine. Have you allowed a good space for all your threads, and batting - I had drawers built to fit under my table for pins, measuring tapes, scrap pads, scissors, project drawers for my works in progress or UFO's, patterns, glue guns, mini iron, and all the bottom drawers I use for my seasonal shoe warehouse, various sized cutting mats, stencils, and notions that have to lay flat but need more than a shelf space.
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    Peg board with hooks for storing rulers ect

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    Junior Member conniemaried's Avatar
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    Would love to see pictures of your space. Connie

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    Member tinwoods's Avatar
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    Lighting with the best fixtures you can afford, I put in T5 lights and fixtures. It's just like sunshine all the time. If you plan on having friends/family come and sew, do you have portable work tables and chairs for them? I got some heavy duty portable tables from a used office supply store and could afford new chairs from IKEA. Also, check IKEA for some roll around drawers that can fit under a table or sewing area, they are perfect for small notions and thread storage. You might want a TV, radio or fan.
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    Member EnjoyMyQuilting's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    would like to see pictures of your sewing room. It sounds like you have very good features in your room.

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    Super Member DebbE's Avatar
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    Make sure to allow lots of really heavy duty shelving for books and magazines. The cutting area should be about the height of kitchen cabinets with lighting directly above it so it doesn't strain your eyes. My DH used our old kitchen cabinets to put in my quilt room, painted & modified for me. Perfect height, new white laminate long counter, and he installed Ikea tiny floodlights under the wall cabinets that hang above. Have lots of light, and I don't strain my back. He even installed a hanging system behind the door for all my templates for quilting. Have a small tv and boom box in there, too, for listening/watching movies while quilting....its heaven! Enjoy the experience of planning!

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    Super Member Country1's Avatar
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    I like a peg board to hang stuff from ( especially my rulers and templates) and a magnetic strip over my sewing area and cutting table. It is easier for me to keep up with stuff and it is very handy there close and in sight. Oh, also where are you storing your thread? Do you want to put up thread racks anywhere? Good luck I know is exciting and I am so happy for you. Don't beat yourself up if you think of or see something later you wish you had done, I think that happens to us all. God bless and have FUN!...
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    Double the number of electrical outlets you think you will need. I have quadplex outlets, rather than duplex outlets. Congrats on your new studio!

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    Member Denise_the_Quilt_Lady's Avatar
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    I too am designing a new studio. Which is why i am combing this blog. I much prefer a design wall that does not have to be put up to get into the closet. I am hoping i will have four big sliding doors on the front of a 16 foot long closet. Two sliding doors for finished quilt display and two for a huge design wall. we'll see. i plan to be a real stickler when the carpenters start that kind of stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I agree with all the quilters. But lighting is my biggest friend. I have 11 lights in my quilting room. It makes all the difference in the world. I have 2 wooden hanging ruler holders I can't live without. And I have a disappearing design wall that I put above my closet doors. It's in a wooden case above the doors and when you pull it down, it's like the old fashioned blinds, except they glued flannel to the front. I put my quilt blocks on it as I go and when I need to get into the closet, I just pull on it and it rolls up into its case, with the blocks on it. There is a shelf at the top where you can display anything you want. I see the ad for this "Disappearing Design Wall" in lots of quilt magazines but I bet if you just typed that in to google search, the site would pop up.

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