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    We are looking at ordering a shed (barn style) in a 10x16 for fabric storage and quilt frame. Opinions if this is large enough. I still plan to do my piecing in our home, but need the extra space.

    Looking to retire next year and currenly have fabric filling 2 rooms in 3000 sq ft home and will be moving into a 14x60 mobile home.

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    Good Luck.

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    I would suggest a larger shed. just because you don't want to limit yourself with storage and space. especially since you are downsizing sooooo much.

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    I live in a three bedroom mobile home myself. I changed one bedroom to my sewing room and the other one next to te LR wall was taken out to make my LR bigger so, we only have one bedroom used for us to sleep in :) All of our children are married and have homes for themselves so, no problem. LOL I really like my small sewing room :)

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    Checked out sylviak's shed size, maybe you could PM her for some input too, it's 14 x 20.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-103882-1.htm

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    Yikes... that IS a big change in space. Just remember that you will need to have insulation and heat in the 'shed' to keep out the damp. I'm not sure that 10 x 16 will be quite as much space as it sounds once you start putting a frame in there... How much space does the frame need? Will it fit along the 10' side?

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    I really don't think you will be happy with that size. When you get your stuff in it, it will be crowded. I'm about to open an embroidery business and will be getting extra room for a long arm in the future. The building I am looking at is a 16 x 24. I'm hoping that will be big enough.

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    Draw it to scale on graph paper and then use cutouts for all the things you'll be putting in the shed. This should give you an idea how crowded it will be. Be sure everything is to scale.

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    do we EVER have enough storage space? i am de-stashing right now because i can't afford to buy the new stuff i want and the older treasures are not getting made into quilt :-) I know this is not a helpful post... I do emphasize with your dilema.. my only suggestion is see through plastic containers

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    Mostly I want shelves/storage for fabric stash. I could go as large as 10X20, but the spot would be awfully tight. I have a new joy frame and never had become friends with it. The thread on the Brother 1500 breaks and have spent a total of maybe a half hr. sewing with it. Maybe I should just sell it.

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    you need MORE space for a decent frame. UNLESS you want to keep it simple and not do KING size or larger quilts..some prefer not to tackle them this big as they are heavy and harder to load!

    remember it must be climate controlled just like the house...

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    If you are going to have a long arm in there, you need to allow room to move around it.

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    You might look into a larger shed, at least a 12 x ?. Where I live there are some rent-to-own places. They have buildings you can view to get a better idea of the correct size. I have two a 12 x 20 and 12 x 30. The 12 x 30 would provide room for a LA and lots of storage space. When I purchased my 12 x 20, I had originally ordered a 10 x 16, but decided to upgrade to the 12 x 20 and am very happy I did.

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    I have a new joy frame, but have never gotten it to work properly. I may give up and sell it.

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    well, 14x60=840 sq ft max. so your new space will only be 1/4 of your current space. i can't even imagine doing that. 10x16 shed is only another 160 sq ft, so a total of 1000 sq ft, 1/3 of your current space. where your mobile home is located, is there a restriction on the size of the shed?-just a thought. All I can say to you is Good Luck!

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    I put my 10' frame in my 12 X 16 porch. Barely fits. Remember, you need to get around it to the back, and have access to the sides, especially if you have to raise the take up roller.

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    We will be selling and or relocating alot of our furniture. Sorting out alot..... My main thought is the shed will give me one central location for organized stash. It is currently spread out all over the house. We need to start clearing stuff out so we can list our home maybe in early spring. Going to be a big job.

    I wonder is replacing windows with skylights would help with available wall space.

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    We have a 12x24 and most of it is taken up with our longarm. My fabric is all in the house in my sewing room.

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    Id get the largest one you can afford...you never have enough space

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    You can't have too much room is my motto! Get the largest building you can afford!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tess10
    We will be selling and or relocating alot of our furniture. Sorting out alot..... My main thought is the shed will give me one central location for organized stash. It is currently spread out all over the house. We need to start clearing stuff out so we can list our home maybe in early spring. Going to be a big job.

    I wonder is replacing windows with skylights would help with available wall space.
    Sky light are great for light source, but sometimes you just want to see what's outside. I would put in at least one small strategically placed window. I have worked in places without windows and did not like the 'cave' affect. Maybe a window in the door?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tess10
    We are looking at ordering a shed (barn style) in a 10x16 for fabric storage and quilt frame. Opinions if this is large enough. I still plan to do my piecing in our home, but need the extra space.

    Looking to retire next year and currenly have fabric filling 2 rooms in 3000 sq ft home and will be moving into a 14x60 mobile home.
    The only thing I would be afraid of putting things in a "Storage Shed" is the critters that can chew through plastic containers and destroy your material?

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    I think you will need a larger shed. By the time you put shelves in for your fabric and your quilting frame, you will not have much room to move around in.

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    Nope! Not big enough. I had a nurse comrade at the hospital where I worked who ended up buying a WHOLE house next door to house her long arm, stash, work space... Well, that's a bit much, but I think if you collect any stash at all, organizing supplies, and having enough room to work, the small shed would be insufficient. Of course, if you are ridiculously organized, and have no UFO'S to speak of, then it may work. Wouldn't for me, though! (29 UFO's...yikes!)

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    I would say go as large as you can afford. I could fill the one you are looking at with just fabric and books.

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