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    Narrow base cabinets for craft room

    I tried to post this picture on another thread. It would not post so I thought that I would just start another thread...


    When we remodeled our kitchen, we used TOP kitchen cabinets on the bottom in order to fit the narrow wall in a couple of areas. (There is a pantry door to the right) If I was dreaming of a sewing room re-do with kitchen cabinets, I would use TOP wall cabinets as the base cabinets. They take up less floor space and you really dont need the standard depth unless you plan on using a standard size counter top as a cutting area. If that was the case, then I would decide how long the cutting area would be and just "bump" that length out using standard base cabinets fir the cutting area. I find when there is too much depth for storage, it takes up too much floor space. The countertop can be customized to fit the various depths. Hmmmm....now to convince my hubby to get busy! LOL!

    just use base cabinets where you see the dishwasher...yes, this is my kitchen...

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    That's a good idea. You could also have an overhang from your flat surface so you could stand right up against it. My cutting table has a slight overhang, maybe just 6 inches or so, but it allows me to get close without bumping my knees, like an island or a bar in a kitchen.

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    When we remodeled the kitchen, we brought one of the top cabinets to hang in the sewing room. It is loaded down with fabrics that had once been in storage containers.
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    Great idea. My husband found a close out on Build-A-Bear furniture several years back, made great cutting/ironing table by putting the cabinets on bottom and drawers on top.

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    We used upper cabinets to make a unit in our dining area. We stacked three upper cabinets on top of each other. The cabinets are of different height and the middle one has glass panels. We use the middle ones as a china cabinet and the top and bottom ones as storage. We used a 1x2 on the floor to give the cabinet some clearance for opening. We've had many compliments on the unit and people think it is a custom cabinet.

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    I have base and upper cabinet in my sewing room. I have books and sewing supplies in the upper cabinets. I have the bases on the floor under them and a 90" countertop. I cut on one end and tabletop ironing board on other end. It works real well for me. Across from those I have two large closets with bi-fold doors. I have wire shelves in them, batting, and containers holding scraps. The cabinets with the standard bases are perfect for me.
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    Good idea - I'll keep in mind.
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    I am trying it talk my dh into redoing my sewing room. We remodeled the kitchen and I wanted to use the old wall kitchen cabinets in there. He is going to purchase plywood and cut in half length wise ( it will be 2x8) then he will attach these together to make it 2x16, I will have these on 2 walls. He wants to, build shelves under this but I want the old kitchen cabinets, so we will just have to wait and see.. He will be sanding the plywood nice and smooth then all I want on it is shellac to make it nice and shiny, do not want any stain or color on it. I will take before and after shots so everyone can see the difference.
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    Most of the people I know who are redoing their sewing rooms no matter the size of the room are doing them like kitchens.

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    Great idea....

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    Interesting concept

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    Just think of the shelving and closed doors. can't get them much cheaper esp if you go to a place that is selling the floor model on clearance.

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    My dh, for my sewing room, put in a base cabinet (unfinished from Home Depot - cheap)- stained it, put on wood top, sanded beautifully, painted it the color of the walls in the room, which serves as my cutting table. So I ended up with a deep, two door cabinet, which I use as storage for my fabric, and a wonderfully wide drawer for "stuff". Now you are probably wondering how I could store all my fabric in a cabinet -well, I'm not a stash builder. In fact, I worry about all the strips and pieces I have left over, and fabric that I haven't used yet. Guess I'm not your typical quilter.

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    I love your idea! You're right - you don't always need the depth of a lower kitchen cabinet.
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    I told my husband about how folks here thought it was a good idea, but he didn't but did it anyways
    I posted a pic of where I keep my quilting fabric. We used unfinished upper cabinets, stack 3 high. It fits the narrow space, perfect for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    I told my husband about how folks here thought it was a good idea, but he didn't but did it anyways
    I posted a pic of where I keep my quilting fabric. We used unfinished upper cabinets, stack 3 high. It fits the narrow space, perfect for me
    Awesome!! The inside depth is around 10-11" so no wasted space. They take up less floor space too, dont you find?? Love your set up!

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    Hmm this making me rethink what I want to do. I have a cutout between 2 closets in my sewing room that has my husbands desk in. Thinking I need to take his desk out and put some cabinets there.
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    Great idea - I have found (when looking for bookcases) that it is really hard to find things that aren't as deep. 10 -11" is better than 15+ in my experience.

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    I wanted to do this with the cabinets salvaged from our old kitchen. But it turns out that every narrow cabinet that would have been tall enough is a weird shape that wouldn't work well in my space. Just my luck. I was planning to use a base cabinet for my ironing area but it's way too deep so I'm using my Jetmax cubes I bought from Michaels. I'll just have to bolt them together somehow. I feel so thrifty using stuff I already had but liked my original vision better. lol

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    Yay! Great idea!!!!!
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    Great idea. I've enjoyed this thread which I got good ideas from.
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    I love this idea!

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    Great idea. Being tall, getting to the back of cupboards on the ground is a real challenge. And it uses less floor space. And their closed to keep sun and dust off fabric.

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    When we remodeled our kitchen/dining room area - not a very large area anyway, I wanted a 'china hutch type wall, so we used upper cupboards as bases as well, we added glass doors on some of the upper cupboards and left a shelf area between the upper and lower cupboards. Love it - the base cabinets take less room and things don't get 'lost' in the back of a base cabinet.
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