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    Ikea has nice furniture. I love it. They are really good at putting together multiple units to make exactly the configuration you want. I was going to put pieces together to make a sewing table a few years ago. I was saving the money but didn't get it. A friend exchanged a custom sewing table for a bridesmaid dress for his daughter. The table is awesome. Luckily the table will last forever.( the marriage only lasted 6 months) I plan on heading to Ikea tomorrow to buy some storage things for my room. They are also a good source for pillow forms to cover. Much less expensive and better quality than JoAnns.

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    I love ikea!
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    You cannot beat Ikea when it comes to price and quality. I have a Billy bookcase I bought 30 years ago when we lived in Germany...as good today as the day I bought it. I bought more Billy bookcases here (these with doors) for fabric storage. I made the mistake of buying a big lunking wardrobe from Lowe's and paid several hundred dollars for it. I HATE it and want it out...the config is awful. I could do so much more with a couple more Billys!

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    Good tip on the pillow forms. I wouldn't have known that! The Billy bookcases look great. I might get a skinny, long one to put along my banquet table for little cubby storage. Good to know that the storage units even survive being moved from a different country - that's impressive!

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    Hi lots2do, I had stacking cabinets with wood doors from Ikea. (I have no idea what the name/style were called.) I liked them. The wood doors kept dust and sun off of my fabric. I had three (arranged vertically). There was a space in between each of the three cabinets and my rulers fit nicely there. If I had pulled a bunch of fabric out to choose from I had to refold them and stack them nicely or they wouldn't fit back in. That was a good thing - I couldn't leave the fabric all messed up! I got rid of the cabinets back around Thanksgiving to make room for our 2 new dogs. I really do miss them and my fabric is now in Rubbermaid bins. It's taking up just as much space and it's so much harder to find the piece of fabric I want. My husband is not that handy, either, and we didn't have too much trouble putting them together. I think you'd probably be happy with them.
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    very nice!!!!

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    I also love IKEA, but make sure you can either cut a hole to lower your machine or somehow plan for that. Although the photos pictured above look nice, some of the set ups are really not ergonomically correct, and not good for your back, shoulders, neck and body.

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    I use Ikea as well for storage under my long arm in my studio. it keeps every neat and tidy, relatively inexpensive, Name:  photo-29.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    Hi lots2do, I had stacking cabinets with wood doors from Ikea. (I have no idea what the name/style were called.) I liked them. The wood doors kept dust and sun off of my fabric. I had three (arranged vertically). There was a space in between each of the three cabinets and my rulers fit nicely there. If I had pulled a bunch of fabric out to choose from I had to refold them and stack them nicely or they wouldn't fit back in. That was a good thing - I couldn't leave the fabric all messed up! I got rid of the cabinets back around Thanksgiving to make room for our 2 new dogs. I really do miss them and my fabric is now in Rubbermaid bins. It's taking up just as much space and it's so much harder to find the piece of fabric I want. My husband is not that handy, either, and we didn't have too much trouble putting them together. I think you'd probably be happy with them.
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    Thanks, everyone, again for sharing your thoughts. We are still in the planning stages but this gives us more food for thought, so to speak!

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    I have a twelve drawer kitchen island with a cutting board top from IKEA ..... and love it!

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    I love my IKEA sewing room!
    I agree with the advice to lay the room out on paper before going to the store or ordering (there is a lot of information available on the IKEA web site for dimensions). I was initially concerned about the possibility of vibrations under the sewing machine but that has really not been a problem. However, I have found the ergonomics to be an issue. With the table I chose (the kind where you purchase the legs separately) that the table top was not able to be modified to support the weight of the sewing machine. There are a couple of great tutorials on how to modify a solid table to drop down the sewing machine but this table top would not work (hollow inside). Therefore, I am having a very clever friend of mine build a new solid table top that will allow the sewing machine to be lower and flush with the top of the table. MUCH better for long hours of sewing. Have fun! So many possible configurations!
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    After lots of wavering on what kind of cabinets I wanted, we finally just went to Lowe's because I was not getting anywhere. I was going to just have a whole wall of base cabinets and it never felt just right. So when we went to order 'something' just to get started I saw this hutch type cabinet on display there. I knew instantly that I wanted it and so that's what we went with. It is an upper and lower set of kitchen cabinets, with a set of over the range size in the middle. We had to add a trim piece between each layer. (still not painted in my pic) I went with glass doors so the colors of fabric would show through a bit, but you can use wood doors too.
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    Wow! Thanks for the photos and advice, all of you. I've been without Internet for almost a month so this was a nice surprise! Bills wife, I love that setup.

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    dejong...I loved reading how you made your storage table. I want one of those, too, now! Thanks for posting!

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    I like her command center. I think that would be wonderful to have in my office and then everything would be out of sight if not in use.

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    I have a kitchen island from IKEA and love it! It has 12 drawers and a butcher block top ..... my best investment so far for the sewing studio!

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    Anyone have anything else to add? We are still in limbo on this project. Because of the small hallway leading to the spare bedroom, we can't fit the 90" pantry units into the room ( from Home Depot). So now we're seriously looking at the Pax wardrobes with shelves again. I'll feel so much better about downsizing to this space once this is all set. Gotta have room for the supplies for all of the magic!

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    I love Ikea. In my room I have two Expedite shelves and a Dombas wardrobe. I have a problem with the wardrobe, it's the first time Ikea has ever failed me, but there are supposed to be three doors, and whoever drilled the holes for the brackets didn't take into account that the panel in the middle needed to be offset...hard to explain. I can only have either the double set of doors on, or the single. I don't have any, but I'm pretty much the only one who goes in there besides my daughter, so nothing needs hidden away.

    That said, I have had PAX wardrobes before and I loved them. Very sturdy, loads of customize options and if you get tired of something, it's easy to switch it out. Billy has great bookcases, they have doors and height extensions if you need/want them. I'm currently using a Hemnes dresser in my entry, hides all the bits of stuff that need stored out of sight (gloves, scarves, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, five million candles) and it's holding up great considering the amount of use it gets in a day.

    I also have Trofast in the kids rooms. They're teenagers now, but they've had them since they were small. I just switched the drawers out for the newer more "mature" colors and added the shelves you can get. I've painted them too since bare wood was the only option when I bought them.

    Ivar is my bookcase in my office, I have a bazillion books, so I bought the deep shelves and high end pieces. That holds up better than any bookcase considering the amount of weight I've got on there. But there are options for cupboards and pull out drawers on those, and they can be painted/stained to match whatever you want.

    I heart Ikea, and whenever I have an organizing problem my husband just sighs and says, "we're going to Ikea aren't we?" It's only a five hour drive. LOL

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    Thank you, Lizard, for your helpful comments. I'm going to look up those bookcases for another purpose. We'll be visiting the Tampa Ikea this spring. I have a shopping list. (Your door problem does make sense to me).

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    No problem. Just remember to look in all the areas of the store. I found some kid sized wardrobes that I was originally going to use in the entry, but they were out, hence the dresser. They make all sorts of great cabinets, carts and so on for all the rooms though. Like my office shelves are supposed to be utility shelves (garage, storage) but I have them in the house. I forgot to mention, I have the Gorm shelves, super cheap, but visit that section since that's usually where they keep those handy baskets that slide onto shelves and such. They fit on all my bookcases and I use them on my closet shelves too, not the kind with the rod, just plain shelves.

    These http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80198101/
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    Thanks for the link. Those look really handy. I'd like to get one of the aqua metal cans with lids they are promoting right now, too. I think we'll take our time looking around. Don't want to miss anything!

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    My DH created a whole studio for me and the focal point is my cutting table made from bookcases with a melamine top
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/attachm...work-table.jpg. If that is too large you can always stand them up and use them like bookcases. I like the boxes in the cubbies as they keep all of my stash out of sight and away from the sun

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    I have the IKEA Trofast with the bins. I have 2 tall and one short unit. I purchased these while living in Shanghai and brought them home with me. I have my fabric pretty well organized with squares from 2" to 6" and fat quarters, eighths and sixteenths all arranged in different bins. I rarely by fabric by the yard, usually just fat quarters since I make mostly scrap quilts. Each bin is labeled and makes it really easy to get started with a project.
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    Thank you all for your comments. I'm looking forward to moving ahead with the project soon.

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