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Thread: Perfect Size ?

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    Perfect Size ?

    What size room do you think is the perfect size for a sewing room? My husband and I are going to build a house and I get a sewing room....I told him 15 x 25 but am wondering is there a better size that is more efficient? I have two machines and two sergers which I would like to leave set up, plus a cutting table, ironing station and design wall.

    Thanks for your input.
    Linda

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    This site lets you make a floor plan. http://urbanbarn.icovia.com/icovia.aspx
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    I would consider the best side of the house also. But I see you are in Texas. What side of the house does the storms hit? I would pick another side. Also, consider lots of closets, maybe a whole side, but on the inside wall. I would consider a little bit bigger instead of 15'. Draw out 15' in one of your rooms and see how it looks. The 25' is okay.
    You need a half bath too, TV cable, phone or WIFI, and lots of light except on the fabric, that is why I said lots of closets. I would get wall to wall closets as deep as your top kitchen cupboards. That is great for fabric. Somewhere else you could put the batting and the larger pieces. Do you see a long arm in your future. Make the room much bigger. Best of luck.

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    Wow, what a treat. Make the room bigger than you think you'll need. This "hobby" has a way of out-growing the space. Two of my sewing machines (a small table for one, a koala type table I can fold out for the other, a tv, recliner, ironing board, cat tree, and a 6' cabinet with lots of drawers for tools, notions etc. in our bonus room. Then in the spare room, the bookcases for what was to be a library got surround by rulers and other cutting equipment (cutting table, too) and became the "cutting room." The only guest room left in this 4 bedroom house has a closet dedicated to floor to ceiling shelving for fabric. I can remove a couple of shelves for guests to hang their clothes. We can only park one car in the garage as this summer my husband took over 1/2 of the garage for his new long arm. Whatever size one has, never seems to be enough space. My only suggestion is to put as much built in storage in your new sewing room as you can, so most everything is at hand. Convience is not part of my quilting life--ah well, we all make it work. I remember my first few quilts were done on the kitchen table, putting up and taking down at meal time. What joy when I got a cabinet for the sewing machine.

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    The more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate. It gets overwhelming to me. I have been purging for months and have not missed any of it. I would plan for the space the furniture you need for your machines. Got a long arm? Start there. My room is 13 x 17. A twin bed takes up space next to a wall on one end.

    Plan for plenty of table height outlets, lighting, windows, etc. Have fun!

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    I don't think there is a room large enough for all my sewing/quilting/crafting stuff. I need a whole house and pretty much take up room in all of our house in order to find a place to put it all. My hubby gets the garage and I get the house...quite a nice deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    This site lets you make a floor plan. http://urbanbarn.icovia.com/icovia.aspx
    thanks for this link! i have a special design program, but it only runs on windows XP or older... eventually, i'll need a replacement for that!
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    How very nice, you will have fun. We have a way of going too small, but at building prices are also something we have to be mindful of too. With all of that said, look at your garage (ok, ok - without the cars and tools, Christmas tree and all that goes with it, etc....). Size from wall to wall, the take pen and paper and wright down the size sewing area you need or want. How much wall space you will need and for what (windows for natural light, wall for design wall space), ironing board area - do you like a board that stays out all of the time or do you like the kind that drops down and then folds back up into the wall or back of a door? What about cutting and pinning area? What has always been your dream size, also think about putting in on wheals (that you can lock into place). This makes it easy to move over or back (like my new center island - thought why would I need it to move - the first time I moved it when I was cooking I knew I was in love with it - that's also when I knew I wanted wheals on my cutting and pinning table). You also need to think about an easy chair or two (when you don't have to sit at a machine and if DH will come in and talk with you in your new room - same for friend or grand kids). Most of all storage - built in's - with rods (I hang large amounts of fabric (for backings, etc), you can also place a bolt of batting on a rod and move your cutting table over so the batting can be cut (then it's not fighting you or rolling away from you). Removable shelving. My dad taught me it is easier to build bigger than you think you are going to use today and it cost less, than it will to add on at a later date.
    Good luck and have fun!!!!

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    I would make it a lot larger if that is possible. In my dream room I would have a bath and kitchenette in addition to all the other good suggestions you have gotten here. And make sure to have very good lighting and many electrical outlets.

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    I sew in an 8 X 10 area plus a wall of closet space. I have a cutting/ironing table plus the table for my sewing machine which is flanked by two book shelves, a small dresser for supplies and two quilt racks. I love my space. The only thing I wish I could fit into it though is the Sweet 16. Good luck with planning your sewing room, though I don't really think there is a "perfect size" room. It's not a "one size fits all" process.

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