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Thread: Cutting Table Ideas

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    I am just completing a new sewing quilting room and need ideas for a large cutting table. Can any of you post pictures and ideas that have worked for you? I need a little help with this part. I don't want to make any mistakes since I will only get the chance once. Help me if you can.

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    yes, I would also like to know what is the ideal height

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    yes - can't wait to see responses.

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    I have a cutting table that I just love, I ordered it about 20 years ago but don't remember where from. Saw a picture in quilting book I think. Anyway, it is 40 wide x 72 long and 34-1/2 high. Center section is 18 in wide with drawer under the table and storage below that, and a leaf on each side that can drop down.. when you don't need it up. I keep one leaf up all the time, giving me a 45-1/2 x 40 cutting surface.. I am about 5ft 2 or 3 in tall and do not have problems at the 34-1/2 in height of the table.

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    I'm not exactly sure what the height should be but measure the height from the floor to the top of your kitchen countertop and that should be the right height. I don't have a cutting table, use the kitchen island.

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    I have the cutting table from Joann's. I love it! and with the coupons its not to bad as far as price goes.

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    Kitchen island here as well. Perfect height and mine is 5 ft long and 42 inches wide....just great for me.

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    I am considering a premade island at our local building supply store. It is the perfect size and has drawers too. Just waiting to save up..LOL

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    I've used the kitchen counter cause there's plenty of room for the extra length.
    In my sewing room I have an old dress that is the right height with a 3' mat on top.

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    depending on your height... i'm 5'4" and i find that the kitchen counter works very well... i have a large peninsula.

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    I bought two very cheap bookcases from Staples. They're just short of the height of a kitchen counter. Then I bought a 36" solid core wood door from Home Depot. I put some felt on top of the bookcases to protect them, laid the door on top, and voila! A nice big cutting table that is just the right height and that comes apart easily if I need to take it down. It's also big enough to sandwich quilts (before I got a longarm). The only problem is that I tend to stack stuff on it and have to move the junk off (or down to one end) before I can use it for cutting.

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    I can't post pic's or anything because I want one too! But I can suggest that in addition to here you check out Ikea.

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    My husband made me a table that is belly button high, 92 inches long and 42 inches wide. He put formica on the top. My sewing friend and I love it.

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    Hi Guys,

    Gotta still shout about the Horn HiLo Table. Doesn't matter how tall or short you are.... the table can be adjusted to your perfect height!



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    I like the idea of using bookcases for the base. Frees up more space for fabric on your other shelves! I've bought two pretty little bookcases from Target. They are 36" tall which seems a good height. If I push them together, my smaller cutting mat fits right on top and it is usable as a cutting table now. But I have a large mat, 24" x 36" so I am looking for a top now. I'd like formica but that is probably more than I want to spend, plus I don't want to add much more height to the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wishfulthinking
    I like the idea of using bookcases for the base. Frees up more space for fabric on your other shelves! I've bought two pretty little bookcases from Target. They are 36" tall which seems a good height. If I push them together, my smaller cutting mat fits right on top and it is usable as a cutting table now. But I have a large mat, 24" x 36" so I am looking for a top now. I'd like formica but that is probably more than I want to spend, plus I don't want to add much more height to the table.
    My bookcases aren't pushed together - they're almost 6 feet apart. I store things under there as well as in the bookcases.

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    I have something similar to the hi-lo table for my ironing board.. I lower it when Im using it next to my sewing machines and raise it when Im standing to iron.. has wheels so it moves easily from one side of the room to another..

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    I use my kitchen island to cut the height is good for me

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    That is exactly what I have, and I love it. I also have the largest cutting mat that JoAnns sells. It is there permanently. The door is long enough that I can have my sewing machine on the far right end, by a nice sunny window.

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    My DH just made me a cutting table and used a solid door. It's 34" wide and 6'8" long and 35" high. sanded it and put a coat of polyurthane like they use on GYM floors. Makes a great table.

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    There is no one perfect height. Because it depends on your height. Kitchen counters are too high for me, guess that tells ya I am not tall...LOL. Experiment with different height surfaces in your home and then measure the best one for YOU! Good luck.

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    I have 6 of the pattern cabinets, 3 back to back, then a 2 piece counter top on top of them, this is my cutting table, the drawers are full of fabric, sorted by background color. It's 5' wide and 7' long. I know that most people can't get these cabinets, but I would say go with something that has storage and maybe put a couple of doors or a large piece of nice plywood or something over them, then you have a large cutting table and storage.

    I have read that the best height for cutting, should be no lower or higher than 3" above your elbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by wishfulthinking
    I like the idea of using bookcases for the base. Frees up more space for fabric on your other shelves! I've bought two pretty little bookcases from Target. They are 36" tall which seems a good height. If I push them together, my smaller cutting mat fits right on top and it is usable as a cutting table now. But I have a large mat, 24" x 36" so I am looking for a top now. I'd like formica but that is probably more than I want to spend, plus I don't want to add much more height to the table.
    My bookcases aren't pushed together - they're almost 6 feet apart. I store things under there as well as in the bookcases.
    That's another thought I like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinePaj
    Hi Guys,

    Gotta still shout about the Horn HiLo Table. Doesn't matter how tall or short you are.... the table can be adjusted to your perfect height!
    I would love a table like this but it seems they are only available in the UK. Checked on line and can;t find any in this country


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    I have an old drafting table that I picked up 2nd hand. The top lays flat when you don't use it for it's original use. It is the perfect height for me however I wish it had a bigger top. I would like a table like Caroline has. It looks great.

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