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Thread: Ideas for windowless sewing room

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    Ideas for windowless sewing room

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a windowless den that I plan to convert into my sewing space?

    i have three young sons, my home is over ran by baby gear, transformers and Legos! I need a space that it mine!

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    why not make your own windows. You could overlook the ocean or the mountains or basically anywhere. Al so, get really good lighting for your room.

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    This is my space now.
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    I noticed you have a ledge above your sofa -- how about installing open shelves, first on the shelf and then up the wall all the way to the top? It would be a great place to put fabrics, books, plants, etc. You could also put some inexpensive glass against the wall first to reflect light behind everything you'll have on the shelves if you wanted. I'd go with 'hopetoquilts' great idea for the wall across from your sewing machine. If you found a large window that has multi panes (glass separated by dividers like your door has) then you could put pictures of whatever behind the glass -- whether beach, woods, countryside, flowers, animals, etc....just things YOU love. Then I'd take it one step further and install a cornice board on the top and hang a drapery on each side (with a topper along the top of the window), which of course you could make from your favorite fabrics (or hang a couple of quilts as drapes on each side). You could do a lot with the room for storage, and still make it totally yours for your quilting. A track light system on the ceiling would be wonderful (you could wire it from the existing light source and have lots more light) where you point the lights where you want. Point 1-2 lights on the 'window', on the shelving and of course, down, so you have lots of light for your sewing area. Love the green on the walls and the wood flooring looks super!
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    You appear to have adequate lighting but I would put more to get rid of the shadows. Do you like the color of the paint? If not what is your favorite color? I know why paint but in order to make this your space you might have to choose another color. What about a cutting table with storage? Make sure it is the right height to avoid fatique. As suggested, fake window or posters would help. Wall hangings and mementos in your favorite colors. Does the sofa and exercise equipment have to be stored in this room? This is your woman cave make it your own. I am retired now but I remember when I had young children I despertly needed space to call my own. Ask yourself what you want to make this space yours.

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    No window means you can store your fabric without worrying about fading. No window means more space for a big design wall and floor to ceiling shelving units. I would move the sofa to the short wall where you currently have your sewing chair. This would give you the L shaped section of the room to make your own. A nice shelving unit with doors will store your fabric and supplies. Make sure you get one with handles that you can put a cupboard lock though to keep the kiddos out of your tools and stuff. The top of the unit can hold quilt batts on top of it. More of the foam mats mounted into the wall alcove would make a design wall that you could pin into. Use the double stick command strips or sticky Velcro strips if you don't want it to be permanent.

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    Love, love, LOVE the paint color! Very bright and happy! I like DebbE's idea of putting shelves above the ledge by your sofa. Another idea (but it means sacrificing wall/storage space) is to get a really big mirror to lean on the ledge to make the space feel even more open. It's a great space, have fun making it yours!

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    Like onetomatoplant I would suggest a large mirror to reflect light
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    NL quilter, I had the same problem in a bathroom. What I did was buy a mirror the size of a small window. After I hung it I hung up curtains around my new "window". Gives the room more light and even my DH says it looks really nice.
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    Make an attic windows quilt! That way you can create your own view. I like the idea of using mirrors too, as discussed above. While I like the windows in my room, I think music is even more important - I can concentrate on sewing better with soft music in the room - who has time to look out the windows?
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