Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Used Desk for Sewing??? >

Used Desk for Sewing???

Used Desk for Sewing???

Old 04-12-2020, 08:53 PM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 8,136

I love my office desk. It's L-shaped which means I have lots of room for bigger projects. I don't like to have it recessed, I have a long torso and recessing my machine would make it too short for me. I say go for it.
Peckish is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 02:30 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,716

An old student desk was my sewing area for many years. I set the machine on top of it and sat on a pillow to raise me to the right height. Now I have a separate table for my sewing machine with a recessed area, but I still use the old desk for cutting and also as a desk. I just bought some risers that I will put under the desk legs so cutting will be easier on my back. I love the drawers, though. They hold most of what I need for quilting.
Mkotch is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 05:04 AM
Senior Member
aashley333's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: ranch near south texas coast
Posts: 806

This post is fortuitous! My 40 year old cabinet needs replacing, and I am waiting for social shopping to begin again! I had been looking at cabinets online to no avail, must experience in person. I will search desks! Thanks
aashley333 is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 06:20 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Yorkville, IL
Posts: 7,639

I have an old oak desk.no cutout. I love it and use it everyday with whatever machine I decide to use. Go grab a desk ASAP.❤️
luvstoquilt is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 07:17 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Houston, AK
Posts: 2,045

I have a desk for my sewing table as well. I think I only spent $45 on it at a garage sale. I liked it because it has two flip up extensions on the ends - extra room for quilts on my left while quilting. My husband cut a recess for my original machine. When I upgraded, I also got a Sew Steady Extension table so we covered the recess hole with a piece of peg board and sawed the legs down to change the height. Itís a Franken-desk for sure, but it was inexpensive and I donít feel bad adjusting it as needed.
MicheleC is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 07:20 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Posts: 9,422

I have seen a lot of old desks used in sewing rooms. Some people put a piece of plywood on top and then a cutting mat or cover the wood with batting and muslin and use it as an ironing area. I think you are on the right track for getting an old desk to use. Good luck to you
Jordan is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 12:24 PM
Super Member
ptquilts's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Vermont
Posts: 6,467

I was furnishing my apt. from scratch and got two matching desks/tables at a thrift store, about $50 each. One for computer and one for sewing. They had 5 total, now I am wishing I got a third one! Each has two drawers.
Attached Thumbnails desk.jpg  
ptquilts is offline  
Old 04-13-2020, 02:36 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 79

Thanks for all your help! I had no idea so many people used desks. I had also wondered (but didn't think to ask) about cutting out a recess for the machine. I am glad several people responded to this. I had been pleasantly surprised at how well just setting the machine on top of the dining room table had worked. I think I'll just leave my machine on top of the desk, too, as it will also be easier to access the bobbin.
LadyAg is offline  
Old 04-14-2020, 05:45 AM
Super Member
juliasb's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Waterford Michigan
Posts: 6,206

Oh yes, it can work very well. I had a desk that I used for years. I didn't mind the extra higher inch or so and became very accustomed to it and really had fewer back issues since I was not bending as far. I used my mom's sewing table for years. My sister has it now and when I sit at it if feels so low. Now my machine sits on top of my treadle. It is a bit higher like a desk, and works perfect. Go for it!
juliasb is offline  
Old 04-14-2020, 06:49 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 7,244

I have one of my machines on an old oak writing desk I bought probably 30 years ago for about $20. It works great and has a draw to store stuff
cashs_mom is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.