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    I have the Ikea cabinets and love them. I have two tall units with 3 stationary selfs and three pull out drawers in each. I have the frosted glass doors on each Cabinet and there is two doors on each. In the middle of these two cabinets I have a thinner cabinet (just as tall as other two) and I chose the mirror door. Inside that cabinet there are 8 pull our baskets and each is removable easy if you want to look for something specific. i have elastic, thread, velcro, lace, zippers, bias tape, trims, tools, patterns, and more in the baskets. These units are on one wall in my sewing room. I just love them. Before I had all these bins and It took me longer to find what I wanted then it did to cut the project out. They will help you at Ikea if you think you know what you want.Name:  IMG_2636.jpg
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    Hi sewingsuz,
    Thank you so much for posting these pictures and sending me the PM to let me know you had. I love your storage cabinets. Those baskets are really great. Now I want some of those too! We live near the water so I don't know if they'll be okay with salt air but I'll find out.
    Thanks again...this is getting exciting,
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    My sewing room has also turned out to be from IKEA - not by design but because they had the things I needed. When the folding table I was using became warped from the heat and weight of my embroidery machine we found this desk at IKEA. The extension table is working out well and it does slide under the desk when not in use. It is sturdy enough to hold a standard machine or serger. The storage units in the second picture we found at IKEA also and despite my initial reservations they have worked out well for me.
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    Hope this works as this is my first attempt at pictures!

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    I love your space!

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    Yes, cactus, that's a great setup too. Thanks for showing us!

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    The one thing to keep in mind about the PAX wardrobe is that it is very deep (23+ inches). This does not work well if you want to stand your fabric on end like books because of the depth of the cabinet. I bought this and the Stuva storage combination and drawers. I ruler fold my fabric about 1 inch shorter than the depth of the cabinet and then stack them. Makes it a littler harder to get one out but I can still see all by fabric.

    The plus side of the depth is that you can put bins with projects in the cabinets - and the ability to set it up like you want. In the PAX I have 3 wire baskets at the bottom and 5 shelves above. The Stuva has 2 deep drawers at the bottom and 4 shelves above.

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    Thanks, lakekids, for your comments and advice. I am planning on using bins to organize by fabric color or type for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billswife99 View Post
    So when we went to order 'something' just to get started I saw this hutch type cabinet on display there. I went with glass doors so the colors of fabric would show through a bit, but you can use wood doors too.
    how deep are they? I've looked at the Ikea billy stuff but it isn't very deep. I'm looking for something to put finished quilts in. Glass front They are so pretty stacked up.
    Mine get rotated because I use them on my bed and change them out each month.

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    I've been debating this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...277/#/70240332

    and this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00180548/

    For either display or just more fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizard View Post
    I've been debating this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...277/#/70240332

    and this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00180548/

    For either display or just more fabric.
    I wouldn't store fabric or quilts in glass fronted cabinets. I can't tell you the amount of fabric I've been given or purchased through estate sales that has bleaching or fading around the folds of the fabric from being stored in areas that get light. The best place for quilts and fabric storage is in cabinets that do NOT let light through.

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    I've had friends tell me that this sometimes happens just because of the quality of the fabric too not just due to sunlight. I can tell you construction paper can sure fade fast on our school bulletin boards. I know it's not the same thing but it is amazing.

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    Here's a picture of the IKEA Billy bookcases that we got for my fabric storage. I love them!!!
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    I'm in the process of picking out IKEA furniture for a new sewing space too!

    I'm looking at the BESTA storage series at this point. Little deeper than Billy (which was my first go-to, I love those things!) and I can get drawer sets as well as cupboard door sets. I'm taking over our livingroom as my new space so I want things to go behind doors and drawers as much as possible. It comes in a lot of different sizes and has lots of possibilities.

    I'm also looking into the PAX wardrobes...nice and tall, which means if I cover the doors with flannel I could use them as my design wall. Not ideal, but probably best place I'll find for a design wall in that room without sacrificing a lot of space that could be used for storage.

    But I still haven't settled on anything yet. I'm going there this Sunday to play around with stuff and take some in-person measurements on things.

    In my current sewing room, I have the Grundtal rails and hooks for my scissors and rulers right above my cutting table - LOVE IT. I have 2 (which I will move to the new space) and I'm going to buy at least 2 more rails and 4x more hooks.

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    I recently bought the Stuva System from IKEA. It was super easy to put together. I bought three six drawer units. Each unit has four medium drawers and two larger bottom drawers. I store my fat quarters by color. I love them. It is perfect. I put them in my closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I can't really find any reviews about the durability of the wardrobe units. I thought maybe some of you could let me know what you think.
    I just re-read your original post again and noticed this part - we had PAX wardrobes in our prior house, actually used them as our closets. They held up great; we used them probably 4 years before we moved and they were still in excellent condition when we sold the house. We were going to take them with us but the buyer cut a deal to include them with the house. We had two wide ones with clothing rail on top and 2 or 3 drawers each in the bottom (I can't remember how many drawers, now); and then we had a narrow one in between filled with shelves that held all our linens.

    Last night I finally made my decision and I'm going to buy PAX again for my new sewing space. I can fit FOUR of the wide cabinets along one wall, and I'm getting the tallest ones. Going to cover the whole face of it with flannel so I'll have a design wall about 13 feet long and just shy of 8 feet tall. Much bigger than the 72" square space I have now! I can't wait...I'm going to have SO MUCH STORAGE!

    Hope that's helpful.

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    Aorlflood - wow! Your set up is amazing. Your fabrics are beautiful. I bet it makes it so motivating to open those cabinets up and see all of those colors! Can you share the info on
    the plastic bins you used for the cabinet in the corner?

    Metrogirl -I'll check out Stuva. Maybe I can use that too.

    Sewnona, we're going with the Pax as well. We are getting the taller option. Eventually, our son will put crown above it so it should look like a built in. I'm going to work out the room on graph paper this weekend. I'm excited and can't wait to get it done.

    Thanks, everyone, again!

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    Aorlflood, can we see your chair? Looks much nicer than my plain old black one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Aorlflood - wow! Your set up is amazing. Your fabrics are beautiful. I bet it makes it so motivating to open those cabinets up and see all of those colors! Can you share the info on
    the plastic bins you used for the cabinet in the corner?

    Thanks, everyone, again!
    Most of the bins in the corner unit were plastic storage bins from Joann's a few years ago. They have snap on lids and stack on top of each other. The other storage bins are just misc. tins and baskets that I had lying around the house. (I ten to collect covered baskets, like picnic baskets, etc., when I'm our yard-saling. I like to use things like that for storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Aorlflood, can we see your chair? Looks much nicer than my plain old black one.
    This was a cloth-covered desk chair that I got at a yard sale for $1. There were stains on the cloth seat, so I decided to cover it with selvages. I removed the seat from the chair and cut a piece of muslin bigger than the seat. I then sewed selvage strips to the muslin. I pulled the muslin/selvage strip piece tightly around the seat bottom and stapled and glued it to the bottom of the seat. Then re-attached the seat to the chair.

    I know that we are not supposed to put blog info into our posts, so I'm going to recommend that you go to the link in my signature line. Look for the list of posts on the right hand side and click on "selvage chair cover". You can see more about how I did it there.
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    Dont neglect to go to Pinterest and do a search on sewing room organization...TONS of ideas there....and the inspiration for my sewing room chair came from there too.... it was a rescued one from an old employer. The 9 patches were from a swap group I was in. Name:  IMG_2903.JPG
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    We put IKEA furniture in our basement for hubby's clothes. He has a bathroom down there and it's just easier for him to have his clothes there as well so he doesn't have to go up and down stairs. Anyway, we are very pleased with the furniture. It looks good and serves the purpose.

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    Wow, ladies, great chairs. As soon as I have my report cards done, I'll have to take a closer look at my sewing chair. (By the way, it''s pure torture working on report cards in my sewing space). I'll visit Pinterest after they are done, too. I know I can get lost there.
    Thank you, again!

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