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Thread: Small apt = Small sewing corner!

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    Small apt = Small sewing corner!

    I am not a newbie in the sewing world. but a big newbie to the quilting world. my dilemma is I just got married and we are starting out in a extremely small Apt. (390 sq. to be exact). so I basically have my little tiny corner where my sewing table is. I am a creative person so I have alot of stuff.

    I am on a mission to organize this corner. So does anyone have creative ideas on how to store stuff in containers or on the wall?? after i get this organized i will definatly be doing a before and after pic!

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    Welcome to the board! Will your landlord let you attach things to the wall? Some won't.

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    yes, he doesnt care as long as we patch when we move

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    All the designers say if you don't have a lot of space, go up. How about clear shoe size plastic containers on shelves attached to the wall all the way to the ceiling? I use them myself and they work great. When we were first married and had a small apartment, we did one shelf about a foot from the ceiling all the way around the room. Worked like a charm.
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    There are lots of ideas on the forum and on the internet here's one site, but now that webshots isn't free, many of the links aren't connecting. http://www.younge.com/sewing%20rooms.htm Good luck & have fun!

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    I live in a small one bedroom apartment, and it wasn't easy to figure it out, and yes I went up.. Ceilings are 10 feet. I bought ten sweater containers. I folded , and labelled all that went into them, and it looks pretty nice.. You could also put the containers under the bed. I could also use my computer desk. I have a 6 foot piece of wood with four legs. I bought it at IKEA. I could also stack eight of the containers side by side if I got rid of the dog house.. I cut at a table across the room, but I could also cut sitting on the couch with a mat on the cocktail table.. Anyway, necessity is the mother of invention. Have fun, and be creative.

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    I have a small apt, my closet is my storage area
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    Welcome, you have come to the right place. The members here are creative and you'll always find great ideas and links to other sites. You know by now you can only go up. Stackables of course, shelving too. Keep in mind the shoe bags that are vinyl and go over the door, they can hold lots of big and little items. Also, to keep holes in the wall to a minimum, put up a long piece of wood, like a furring strip and then put the hooks into that. Good luck, can't wait to see your pics.
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    If you have the room, I would buy heavy duty bookcases and fill a corner with them. One on each side, they would hold alot.
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    Put up lots of shelves, if you can't go horizontal, go vertical. Organization for sure.

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    3M Command Strips!!!! LOVE 'am. I use them to hang lots of things - rulers, thread racks, and a piece of styrofoam to use as a small design wall. I also hang stencils and other tools that hang on the styrofoam with pins holding them in place. Just put the command strips on the wall at the proper height and push the styrofoam onto them so the hooks imbed themselves into the foam. Welcome to the Board!!!! Just remember - you need to sew, not just read the Board!
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    I have not bought this yet because I am praying I get this for Christmas! haha, I want to put all of my scrap fabric in it, and it has rollers so you can move it anywhere easily!

    http://www.joann.com/10-drawer-rolling-organizer/zprd_11986908a/


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    Another trick is to put risers under your bed. They lift it up 6-8 inches and you'd be surprised at how much stuff you can get under there.

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    Try to make everything do double duty. Instead of a bedside table make it a bedside chest you can store things inside of, use a flat-lidded trunk as a coffee table, use the back of every door a place to hang things. add all the other good ideas you got here and you should do well.
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    Jes, one word: IKEA!!! check out Billy Bookcases and Expedit shelving system. My quilting area is miniscule, but I was able to find a place for everything by utilizing both Billy and Expedit. Fortunately, I found my pieces on Craigslist and didn't have to pay full retail price. Organization is the key to small space living. You have to think 'double duty' for everything you let into your space. Have fun with it!

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    I just happened to goto IKEA today and it is just amazing how they have the showrooms set up. They fit soooo much into little rooms. I love their room dividers which could just be put against the walls.

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    Probably not an option for you, but I love watching this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9qnWg9kak

    And he only had 330 sqft - think of what you can do with the extra 60sqft. ;-)

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    Amazing video. In Canada we take space for granted.

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    Congratulations to you both.

    I have been the bin route and I would rather invest in something like Ikea shelving or something similar. Once something went in a bin I never saw it again and years later when opening bins that had been stored on the bottom of them all were quite a few surprises I had forgotten about.

    IMHO, I really think keeping the things you use all the time out where you can see them and get tothem easily is very important to the creative worker. I don't want to search for stuff I need when I want it.

    Understanding that space is limited cosider that a stack of shelves takes up just as much space if not less than a stack of ugly bins in your shared space. You can make shelves look nice, bins not so much, and keep them easy to use.

    Hope you figure out your needs and go with what you require first.
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    Check out Ikea for great ideas with living/organizing small spaces.

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    If you use Pinterest.com there are lots of ideas on there for organizing small spaces.

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    Well, the easiest way to organize fabric is to buy only what you need for the project you're working on. Of course, that means you only work on one project at a time - which doesn't happen in my house.

    I have a glass door china cabinet (purchased from a thrift store) to store fabric in. It works, but that 'neat' thing - well, it isn't! (It seems I'm not capable of long term neatness.) But I can see the fabric without searching through tubs.

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    I would hinge your design wall to your door so that it folded maybe 3 times on piano hinges or other double hinges. Just open it out when you wanted to use it, fold it flat against your door when it wasn't in use. If you were using the back of the door for something, you could use the last part of the design wall for whatever you were using the door back for since it would become your new door back.

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    We are downsizing in the next few years so I am hoping to gather lots of tips before it happens. I have my eye on the Ikea Expediet cubbies.Am planning to start with one. I could put some bins in some of the openings and maybe cover a few with little tension rods and curtains. Good luck!

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    I hope you got your rolling drawers for Christmas. They are wonderful and hold all those little things that you need to find fast! Everything is in storage right now, but when I get it all together again I am going to put the rubbermaid shelf liner in the drawers to keep it neater.

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