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Thread: Sewing / Guest Room

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    Sewing / Guest Room

    I am looking for any advise or suggestions. It has become clear that my sewing at the kitchen table is not working for our family. I have a small guest room and I am going to use it for my quilting. I don't have a long arm machine so I don't need a huge area and I don't want to give up the bed in there. Any one have any ideas or pictures to share to help me plan my space? The room is only like 10x12

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    If you and/or your husband are handy, a Murphy bed would be a good space-saver. A desk at the right height would be a good place for a sewing machine. Or you could put a drop leaf table in the room, and cut on one side, and sew on the other. Use the closet for your storage, but be sure you leave a bit of room for your guests to hang their clothes when they are there. If you do it right, you can leave your sewing out most of the time, but have it guest ready in 30 or so minutes when you need to.

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    I have a similar setup. I have a queen futon vs a regular bed. We rarely have guests so not too much of an issue. I have a dressing table, chest of drawers, 2 end tables as well. My room is 8 x 10. I have one of the craft tables such as sold at Joanns in the middle. Also a small sewing desk. I use the craft table for all my cutting on one end and ironing on the other end with a couple of towels for padding. Its very tight but what I have to work with. The craft table folds to about 12 in wide so I can stow that along wall behind futon if needed. Enough room then for futon to open and people to move around.

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    My guest room is also my sewing room. It's 12x15 with a queen bed (which I sleep in when I'm up too late sewing and don't want to disturb the Mr.)

    I put a white quilt on it which doubles as my design wall.
    A dresser on one side of the bed holds many folded fabrics and doubles as a nightstand.
    An Ikea shelving unit acts as nightstand/fabric display/ironing board.
    I have a "sofa table" as my sewing desk, making an L with the Ikea unit.
    Another dresser holds more fabric. I have another shelving unit for strips with pegboard (framed) above.
    Opposite the sewing desk is my cutting table. I also have another table for spreading stuff out (probably a mistake)
    and I have a Singer 15-91 in a cabinet.
    Yes, it's way too crowded (plus the big closet) and time to purge, but all that to say it IS doable.

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    My BFF had the same dilemma before she purchased a larger home. My ex-husband was a builder, so he built her a Murphy bed, on each side of it were cabinets for storage. When the bed was up, she had him build the underside of the bed so that she could use it as a design wall. Worked perfect for her. She had her TV mounted up on the wall so that it didn't take any counter space.

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    I have the largest bedroom for my sewing room. We do not have sleep over guest, which is how I love it. We have a small house and must us all our house for ourselves. Oldest Granddaughter lived with us for almost eight years while working and going to college. When she moved out 1-1/2 years ago I grabbed the room.
    Another Phyllis
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    We have a small 2 bedroom house. We seldom have overnights guests as we moved to AZ which is far away from our kids. BUT we have a high quality blow up Queen sized mattress. We slept on that for 5 days waiting for the moving van.
    I could move stuff out of the way to set that up. We could never afford one of those Murphy beds.

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    The first thing I did when I use a bedroom was put shelves in the closet. I measured the width and went to Lowe's. They cut the wire shelving to the exact width I needed. Put them in myself.

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    My hubby is pretty handy, and made me this wonderful cutting/pressing/storage table.
    Here is what I did with it:
    my sewing corner

    My granddaughter also has no space, so here is what her parents did for her:
    my granddaughter's sewing "room"

    Hopefully these might inspire something to work for you! Be sure to show us what you end up doing - we would love to see it.

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    Thanks guys! Grammatjr I love your pressing table tucked under cutting table, what a fabulous idea!

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