Top Tips on How to Design Your Own Sewing Room

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Planning to create your own room but not sure where to start when designing your own sewing room?

While many a seamstress has dreamed of designing their own sewing room, few really get the opportunity to create their own crafty space where they can work uninterrupted. For many of us, having a sewing room is a great chance for getting all of our sewing materials organized and at the same time de-cluttering our house, garage and storage spaces.

Before you get started on making your sewing room plans, you need to take stock of what equipment you already have in your home. Your materials will probably  include things like: a sewing machine, a cabinet and/or table, books, yards of fabric, boxes of used or new patterns, storage boxes for your notions – thread, buttons, zippers, fasteners and a whole bunch more!

You then need to figure out what do you want to use the space for. Do you want to use it mainly for sewing projects, embroidery, needlework, quilting or other crafts such as scrap-booking, too?  Will you want to invite friends in to join you occasionally or is it just for you alone? This is an important step so you can organize your most used items and tools in easy to reach places.

How much time do you plan to be spending in your sewing room? Will it be for the occasional project or will it be a regular occurrence?  Will you want to leave your fabric ready for sewing or tidy it safely away?

Sewing room layout

When planning out the layout of your sewing room, make sure that your design includes spaces for the following:-

  1. Cutting out – whether this is a worksurface, table or drop-down table, creating space where you can easily cut yards of material is important.
  2. Dressmakers dummy – for fitting garments and displaying finished items
  3. Hanging space – to hang, display or store finished garments
  4. Ironing – allow a space where you can use an ironing board – even if it’s just a small one.
  5. Relaxation – do you want music or sound?
  6. Shelving – after you’ve worked out what you already need storage space for, allow at least half as much space again as you think you’ll need.
  7. Storage – use clear boxes with wheels that you can easily move in and out.  This is also great if you want to go away somewhere and need something to take your craft or sewing items with you.
  8. Table – how big do you need this?  Do you want a permanent size table or could you use a drop-leaf or extending table for when you need to cut out fabric?

Other considerations:

  • Cabinets – do you want to be able to shut everything away or have it on view?
  • Chair – preferably swivel as these offer more room for movement and are more comfortable if sitting for long periods
  • Power outlets – are there sufficient and where are they placed?
  • Flooring – what type of floor do you have?  If it’s carpet, it can be easy to lose pins and needles, whereas a hard or laminate floor is easy to brush clean.
  • Height – did you know that computer desks and kitchen work surfaces are usually built at a specific height for comfort?  Taking into account your workspace, your own height and requirements, health considerations, it can be worth taking advice on the height of your work surfaces, desks or tables to ensure your comfort in the long term.
  • Lighting – use as much natural lighting as you can – preferably siting the work desk underneath a window.  Make sure you’ve got suitable blinds or curtains to close on hot or very sunny days.  You can buy lights which imitate daylight – this is supposed to be easier on your eyes when sewing and cause less strain – do ask at your local craft or sewing store.

A great website for reference on building your own sewing room is here: Creating My Dream Space

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