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Thread: I'm getting a "small" sewing room - need some tips!

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    I am sooooo very excited. DH just asked me this morning if I would like to convert our small back porch into a sewing room!!! How fast can I say yes! It is enclosed on three sides, so it will just involve adding a wall of windows and a door on the one open 12' side, like a sunroom. It's already wired with a ceiling fixture and two outlets! It's only 8' x 12', but I am thrilled beyond measure! I'd love to have your suggestions as to how I can best maximize this small space! (Did I say I am excited???) :D :D :D :D :D

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    As with any small space, I say "go vertical" Try to use as much vertical space for storage, etc., as you can. If you can make a surface serve multiple purposes easily, go for it. I have seen pics of people's fabrics wrapped around foam core and stored upright like mini fabric bolts and I think that is a brilliant idea.

    Good luck, have fun, and be sure to post photos when it is done! Lucky!

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    Lucky Lady.Congrats on the new sewing room.I would love to have one.

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    HUGE CONGRATS to you :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I used bookcases from WM or Big Lots has them too.....You can pile alot of things in them Just remember to cover them with material... you don't want the sun to fade your material....
    Have a wonderful time decorating.....

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    congrats. looking forward to pics of the final results.

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    Good for you!! Agree with above - go vertical. Don't forget the "under" as well ... under the cutting table, under the sewing table, under the ironing board (or an ironing "shelf").

    Also try to utilize things that can be moved. For example an ironing board that folds up into the side of a shelving unit. Shelving units with slider doors that can double as a design wall.

    Plan out the things that are larger and necessary first - sewing and cutting table. Then work around those.

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    Congrats! It's always nice to have your own area for all your stuff and not have to put it all away everytime you want to eat or have someone over. I have a small bedroom for my sewing/craft room. I am constantly rearranging and changing things up. I use an old very large dining room table for cutting and store many tubs underneath. Just play around and see what works best for you. Enjoy!!

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    That is about twice the size of mine, I have bookcases for fabric, my machine and my computer in an 8X7 room.
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    Peg board on the solid wall - its awesome for hanging scissors, rulers, certain notions, patterns, etc. And it's all out where you can find it easily.

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    Looks like there's a virtual section here on the forum as well.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1021

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    Lucky, lucky, you! My sewing room is half that size. I use lots of those plastic drawer units. I find that I can access a drawer without moving everything on top, and it keeps things dust free. Good Luck!

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    I recently reorganized my sewing room which is roughly 11x11 with 2 doors and one window.

    Initially I had cabinets along one wall and had my sewing table facing the cabinets. Now I changed it to where my sewing table is facing the window. I have storage behind me and flanking the window. Using cabinets with glass doors helps my need for visual display.

    IKEA has lots of storage solutions for small spaces. That's where most of my stuff is from.

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    I have a room about that size but it has three entry/exit doors, closet door (DH's clothes closet) and large picture window. Vertical became a necessity. We did make a couple of purchases that have proven very helpful. An old dining table from a thrift store, with flatware drawers (which house my most used notions, thread, needles, snaps, lots of small things, using flatware dividers and trays to keep things organized) and pretty good cutting area. DH installed electical strip on the other side, which was a great help. Also purchased an old lateral four drawer file cabinet. Great place to house fabric, tools, patterns, etc. Last, a heavy gauge wire baker's style rack. I have it at the wall end of the dining table, I can stack on it as well as hang from it with "s" hooks. Under the dining table are plastic bins and DH installed a fairly deep shelf, just above the bins. This is also the family computer room. Oh yes, a TV goes on top of the lateral file cabinet very nicely!

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    Congratulations!

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    Congratulations. This is exciting. I like to use dressers with lots of drawers. Looking forward to seeing your pics.

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    So glad for you. Waiting to see pictures of the finished room.

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    So glad for you. Waiting to see pictures of the finished room. Sorry for the double post.

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    Cngratulations on your new room, that is very exciting and I know everone is excited for you. When I got my first sewing room it was the little front porch, it was already in closed, had wiring, etc. Was so very nice and about half the size of your new room. You actually have a very good size room. Have lots of fun getting it fixed up :lol:

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    Congratulations. Even though it is a small space lighting always seems at a premium as well as outlets. If you can get some additional outlets on the new wall that would be great and provides flexibility in placing machines and irons. And will you need a little heater or AC in the room?

    Also agree with everyone with having to go vertical with shelves, bookcases or cabinets.

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    Congratulations on your new sewing room. I agree on going vertical! I use alot of the 3 drawer with castors (on the bottom) and then stack them.

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    Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement! I am so over-the-top excited about this! And thank you Up North and MadQuilter for taking the time to post your photos as well! Trust me, I took in every little tiny detail of your rooms! The vertical storage will be important, I can tell, plus multiple-use items will be important. Pegboard would be good, too, painted a pretty color! Since it is an outside porch being finished off, three walls will be brick, but I guess I can use some concrete nails to put up some pegboard. Sigh ... First things first, though, which would be getting in touch with the contractor! LOL Thank you again so very much. This board is the best! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    That is about twice the size of mine, I have bookcases for fabric, my machine and my computer in an 8X7 room.
    I just now reread all my replies and noted that your room is 8x7. Now I'm feeling bad for saying mine would be a small one. And the thing is, I know for sure you are a much more prolific quilter than I will ever be! So I know if you can do it in your space, I surely can do it in mine! Thanks again!

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    congrats

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    That is a lot of space believe it or not. You will have plenty of room for shelves, cabinets, and organizers. Can't wait to see the finished room!!! Congrats, and just in time for the Holidays!!!!

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