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    Help Needed: Advise for storage and organization.

    My DD has gotten her "big girl job" and moved 9 hours away. Sad that she is so far away but happy that I can use her room as my sewing/quilting area. It is a blank slate pretty much. Need any advice possible on what to do with it. It is small and unfortunately the bed must stay. My parents always told me I would always have a place to stay and I am doing the same for my daughter. The younger daughter hopefully will be going to college in another year or so and I will move across the hall and occupy her room but until then, this is the room I have. My husband is working on building a cabinet for my sewing machine and serger so that will help but I am afraid that it is going to be so big that it will overpower the room. I do have room that I can move the bed on the wall where the machines are move the machines to the opposite wall, but not sure if that will solve anything.
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    Sorry, I always come up with crazy ideas, but: When my boys were little, I made bunkbeds out of 6"x1"(?) redwood. The bottom was not attached, therefore the top was like a loft. The rail that held the mattress in the bottom part of the loft section was attached to the wall on the wall side. It had plywood to hold the mattress in. Kind of hard to describe, but the point I am trying to make is that the mattress was up off the floor, so there was space underneath for a bed or a desk, or whatever. Wish I had that "loft" now, as it would be a good place for storage, fabric, etc. You might google bunk beds and get an idea as to what I am trying to explain.

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    Have your hubby build a table that folds down over the bed -- you can use it for cutting, ironing, etc. When you need the bed the table can fold up and hook to the wall (so it doesn't fall down accidentally) You could even wallpaper the side that will show when it is folded up.

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    Take it from me, the bed will soon be full. The saying around here is I need 2 weeks notice for anyone who wants to stay overnight. It will take that long to find the bed. I like the idea of making a cutting table that could fit over the bed. Just be sure it is high enough so you don't get a backache. Shelving that will hold clear plastic boxes for notions would be good. Pegboard to hang all your rulers, cutters etc.
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    What about getting a roll away bed?

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    If your hubby is handy maybe you should consider a murphy bed. They do sell the hardware kits for those who wish to make their own. They are expensive to buy premade, but not bad if you can do it yourselves..

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    I would get some under the bed rolling plastic bins for stuff you don't use all the time. Get bed risers if you need more clearance. You have a lot of nice wall space, so think about putting up some shelves. That looks like a nice desk set up and you can still use the folding table, maybe on bed risers for cutting/ironing surface.

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    I like this idea. I have pictures I have collected of such a bed that I was going to make for my kids in their tiny rooms. I will have to remember this when I move!
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    Sorry, I always come up with crazy ideas, but: When my boys were little, I made bunkbeds out of 6"x1"(?) redwood. The bottom was not attached, therefore the top was like a loft. The rail that held the mattress in the bottom part of the loft section was attached to the wall on the wall side. It had plywood to hold the mattress in. Kind of hard to describe, but the point I am trying to make is that the mattress was up off the floor, so there was space underneath for a bed or a desk, or whatever. Wish I had that "loft" now, as it would be a good place for storage, fabric, etc. You might google bunk beds and get an idea as to what I am trying to explain.

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    I'd move the bed away from the wall before you put the "table" over it - so that you can walk around your table. My table backs up to a couch. The couch is on casters so that I can slide the couch out of the way when I need to get around the table.
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    Under the bed storage and closet organizer would porbably be good. Sewing desk looks like it will be a real beauty!!!! Shelf on the walls would also be great!

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    Thanks for all the ideas. It is truly a work in progress. I have the Sullivan hobby table I use as a cutting board. Right now it is being used for all the Christmas baked goodies in the dining room. I wish I could knock the wall out and add on. Or better yet, add an entire new room on! But, that is out of the realm of possibility. The six inch bed risers may help for putting some storage under the bed and I definitely need to organize the closet better. I think it will help for it to come together when DH gets the sewing machine cabinet built. I will keep you posted with the progress of my little room.
    Sherry (quiltnmom) from Eastern NC

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    I like all the ideas presented so far. My thought was also to put something over the bed. If you quilt big quilts, that could be a table, maybe with removable legs, that extends the space behind your sewing surface to support the quilts. Another possibility is to stand the mattress up against the wall and put the frame in the basement or elsewhere until needed.

    I recommend you get the book "Dream Sewing Spaces" by Lynette Black. That is one valuable book! It will give you tons of ideas. Here is a link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Sewing-S...+sewing+spaces

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    Would the dresser fit in the closet? That would give more space in the room & be good storage for fabric. Then put shelves above the dresser.

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    Get rid of the bed. I know you want a place for your daughter to come home to, but there are ways to do that other than to give up part of your new sewing space. Can you put bunk beds in the other bedroom (or perhaps putting the two girls together won't work). A blow up bed is relatively cheap, and surprisingly comfortable. You can always neaten up your work space enough to accommodate a middle of the room blow up bed. Remember, you have this room most of the time. Your daughter won't use it that often, and I'm sure she will be understanding of your need for more work space. Take ownership of the room, and it will help. IMHO.
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    My mother got a futon frame and mattress to put in her sewing room. Most of the time it is a "sofa" to sit on while she does handwork, but when she needs it for guests, she unfolds it into a bed. That might be a nice option for you.
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    Being a huge Ikea fan, I immediately thought of their twin or full size loft bed with desk/storage underneath. That would free up all that floor space, giving you lots of room to put your new sewing desk under the loft!! Let us see what you finally decide to do with this space.

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    Before my BFF bought a larger home with her own sewing space, my ex-husband built her a murphy bed with cabinets on the sides of the bed since this was her guest room/sewing room. When the bed was not in use, it was folded up and she used the bottom (wall) of the bed for a design wall. It worked perfectly and was out of the way 99.9% of the time.

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    My sewing room also has to function as a guest room when needed. We just moved into this house last summer - it is newly built for us. I got it stretched a little bigger (10' x 15') but am still struggling with organizing machines/ironing/cutting/storage. My hubby is also a woodworker although we will not have our shop built until next year but he has promised to order hardware and build a Murphy bed for the guest room. The one I want also has a drop-down table attached to the outside so it can be used when the bed is closed. That may end up being my cutting table as I currnetly use a small craft table shoved in the corner of the walk-in closet.

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    I would move the bed to the center of the room and have Hubby build a table to fit over it, with two tiers, at least a 1/3 of it,so your machine will be at the correct height to sit(28-32") at and a little space behind the machine for ease of moving the fabric. the other 2/3'(34-36") can be used for cutting mat on one side and ironing station on the other. The space between can be used for a standing rack for cutters, small rulers,sciorris etc. If the bed is to one side of the table, the other side can have small roller cabients for storage(3?). The table would need3 prs of legs, but think of the 8' work area all in one spot. And you would still have all that wall space. and be able to slide the bed ot for your daughts use!!!!! Tinker

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    My DH built me this same cabinet. I love it. I have a small ironing board that I connect on the right side that I use with a travel iron. The left side is long enough to put my cutting board on for small cuts when I am sewing. Any larger amounts of cutting I do elsewhere. When the cabinet is closed it's a nice looking piece of furniture. My friend saw it and liked it so well she paid my husband to build her one. She was also using a small bedroom for sewing. We quilters can always find space to quilt.
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    Congrats on your new sewing room. Everyone needs one or two.
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    Have you considered (since the space is already unusable, except for sleeping), creating a simple but amazing folding "cutting" table [ping-pong style] (with "lock-down" wheels) that fits over the bed?

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    Oops! Sorry, I missed reading previous idea re "folding space" over the bed.

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    We had custom captain's beds (twin size) made for our boys beds since the rooms were tight on space. The cabinet under the bed is 1/2 the width of the bed (and a shelf for shoes, gear, etc. on the back half) and goes the length of the bed. It is 23" tall, two drawers high and 3 across. The frame for holding the bed is separate from the cabinet underneath (for ease in moving). The cabinets hold a lot. Slats (1"x3"?) hold the mattress and sturdies the frame (total height 27") so they have springs mattresses. Yes, this makes the bed higher off the floor, but they love to climb into bed. You could have an ironing board at the closet door and more storage in the closet.
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    I don't know how many times your daughter visits and needs the use of the bed, but I would eliminate the bed. Purchase one of the airbeds. These beds inflate and deflate in a matter of minutes. Mine folds right back up and fits in its original box which is about 6"x12"x10." They are very comfortable. That will give you some more room. I would retrofit the closet for shelf and bin storage. Just a few ideas here: http://www.bhg.com/blogs/centsationa...ting-supplies/ Also, it looks like you have some wall space. You may want to pick up some used upper kitchen cabinets and mount them above you on the wall for storage. We have a ReStore that contractors take things like that to and then you purchase them for real cheap.

    Good luck!

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