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Thread: Designing new sewing studio--have I forgotten anything?

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    Junior Member conniemaried's Avatar
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    Thanks, everybody for the advice. I am taking it all into consideration, and especially rethinking some of my storage and lighting plans. This will be an ongoing project--can't afford to do everything at once. But will post pictures as soon as we get the bedroom furniture out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg19 View Post
    Hi all,
    I too am setting up a new quilting/sewing room. But I have a different problem. Can you help? I have two rooms: one was my girls' bedroom and it's almost twice the size of my sewing room. I've decided it's ridiculous for me to be in the little room when the other is so large. Here's the problem. I have a small hallway and I need to move the two beds from the big room to the smaller room, and the sewing desk, etc to the big room. But there is no room to put things in the hallway while I'm moving things back and forth. Any suggestions on how to handle this?
    If you can take the beds apart and lay the mattress and box spring against a wall that would open up some space and then maybe you could swap one piece at a time. I just purchased one of those furniture moving products advertised on TV. I got mine at Bed bath & Beyond. It is going to get a work out soon as we are moving soon.

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    I have had the opportunity to have two different sewing/quilting rooms. The thing I enjoy the most and it was my husband idea is an island cutting counter. We used two base cabinets back to back. I had roll out shelves installed in them at each end. The cabinets are kitchen counter height and the counter top is 4'X5' with rounded corners. I have enough over hang that I can pull up an office chair, raise it up and work there if I need to. I use this island for so much more than sewing. It was great for wrapping Christmas Presents. I have a large white cutting mat on top of the counter and we just used the rotary cutter to cut the paper. My room is 11x 14, I also had a closet made with 10 foot long shelves. There are 5 shelves that are 12 inches deep. I had mirrored doors 6'x6' installed in the closet. They make the room seem much bigger. If you would like pictures let me know. It is not fancy but very functional.
    I also have a 13 foot long counter with 3 knee holes. I use one for my computer and the other two for two of my sewing machines. The two cabinets between the knee holes have a top drawer front that drops down. It has a pullout top where I can put a cutting mat on one side and a pressing mat on the other. Saves many steps in the quilt block making process. Hope you love your room as much as I love mine. I am in there everyday.

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    I love the roll out shelves idea!!!!!!!!!

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    where will you put your sewing machine (or Machines meaning more than one)

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    U never have enough storage for sure. I have two files cabinets, the short ones u can get at walmart or goodwill, etc. I keep all my patterns filed in them with folders hanging files in front. This is so perfect and plenty of room. I put a piece of formica on top of them and oola, u have an extra table surface too. Nice area to sit at and look at the patterns and decide, or even to layout the material u want to use and put together, lots of use. Let me know if u can use this idea, think everyone could actually........also, in the cabinets u can store your secret projects so no one can see them, u have a lock as well.....lol
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    I found that "daylight" neons in my lighting fixtures, gave me so much more light, it is just like sitting out in the sunshine. Have you allowed a good space for all your threads, and batting - I had drawers built to fit under my table for pins, measuring tapes, scrap pads, scissors, project drawers for my works in progress or UFO's, patterns, glue guns, mini iron, and all the bottom drawers I use for my seasonal shoe warehouse, various sized cutting mats, stencils, and notions that have to lay flat but need more than a shelf space.
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    Peg board with hooks for storing rulers ect

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    Would love to see pictures of your space. Connie

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    Lighting with the best fixtures you can afford, I put in T5 lights and fixtures. It's just like sunshine all the time. If you plan on having friends/family come and sew, do you have portable work tables and chairs for them? I got some heavy duty portable tables from a used office supply store and could afford new chairs from IKEA. Also, check IKEA for some roll around drawers that can fit under a table or sewing area, they are perfect for small notions and thread storage. You might want a TV, radio or fan.
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    would like to see pictures of your sewing room. It sounds like you have very good features in your room.

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    Make sure to allow lots of really heavy duty shelving for books and magazines. The cutting area should be about the height of kitchen cabinets with lighting directly above it so it doesn't strain your eyes. My DH used our old kitchen cabinets to put in my quilt room, painted & modified for me. Perfect height, new white laminate long counter, and he installed Ikea tiny floodlights under the wall cabinets that hang above. Have lots of light, and I don't strain my back. He even installed a hanging system behind the door for all my templates for quilting. Have a small tv and boom box in there, too, for listening/watching movies while quilting....its heaven! Enjoy the experience of planning!

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    I like a peg board to hang stuff from ( especially my rulers and templates) and a magnetic strip over my sewing area and cutting table. It is easier for me to keep up with stuff and it is very handy there close and in sight. Oh, also where are you storing your thread? Do you want to put up thread racks anywhere? Good luck I know is exciting and I am so happy for you. Don't beat yourself up if you think of or see something later you wish you had done, I think that happens to us all. God bless and have FUN!...
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    Double the number of electrical outlets you think you will need. I have quadplex outlets, rather than duplex outlets. Congrats on your new studio!

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    I too am designing a new studio. Which is why i am combing this blog. I much prefer a design wall that does not have to be put up to get into the closet. I am hoping i will have four big sliding doors on the front of a 16 foot long closet. Two sliding doors for finished quilt display and two for a huge design wall. we'll see. i plan to be a real stickler when the carpenters start that kind of stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I agree with all the quilters. But lighting is my biggest friend. I have 11 lights in my quilting room. It makes all the difference in the world. I have 2 wooden hanging ruler holders I can't live without. And I have a disappearing design wall that I put above my closet doors. It's in a wooden case above the doors and when you pull it down, it's like the old fashioned blinds, except they glued flannel to the front. I put my quilt blocks on it as I go and when I need to get into the closet, I just pull on it and it rolls up into its case, with the blocks on it. There is a shelf at the top where you can display anything you want. I see the ad for this "Disappearing Design Wall" in lots of quilt magazines but I bet if you just typed that in to google search, the site would pop up.

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