Sewing can be a profession or it can be a hobby. Either way, it is a passion. Passion is your driving force. But to fully enjoy the fruits of your work, you need more. For starters, you need a solid sewing machine. You also need several sewing tools. Sewing room furniture is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sewing. However, small things can make a world of difference. No matter how eager you are, sooner or later, small inconveniences will start to annoy you. So, the sooner you create a perfect set up for your hobby or work, the sooner you will start to enjoy it. Your working space and furniture play a small but important part to provide satisfaction.
How to Organize Your Sewing Room Furniture Space
It doesn’t matter how much space you have, you will never have enough! Of course, this is not entirely true, but most of the sewists always need some extra space. For that reason, it is important to plan and organize your sewing space smartly. You should make a list of your stash, notions, tools, and books before you start planning. Consider electrical outlets, what things you need to have within the reach while sewing, and so on. But, don’t overthink it, because chances are you will be reorganizing your room sooner or later. We don’t rearrange our space because we are crazy or because of feng shui, but because our ambitions and needs change. And we can’t figure out some improvements until the situation that opens our eyes occurs.
Your furniture should be compact and movable. There are a lot of available options out there, but you need to fit them into your working space. And you need to fit them conveniently as well.
Before you decide, draw your room with dimensions on a piece of paper. Make little paper cutouts to check out how they fit best. This may seem like overdoing it a bit, but the truth is that we often make mistakes in assessing the space. This will help you to avoid mistakes or forgetting some important aspect. Just make sure to get the scales right.
As I have already said you will need plenty of storage space. Rolling cabinets, boxes, bins, open shelves, and closets are some of the options. Ready-made sewing and cutting tables usually come with built-in storage, but it is unlikely to be enough. Whichever you choose keep few things in mind. Keep the items that you use frequently close at hand.
Hanging files for small pieces of fabric can be a good idea. They will keep your fabric pressed and folded, and you can stash them in your cabinet. Plastic boxes can do the job, too. Just make sure that your fabric is not exposed to direct light to avoid fading.
The cutting table is an important part of your sewing room. You don’t really want to cut on your kitchen table forever. The cutting table should be sturdy and large enough. So, I would still recommend a larger cutting table unless you operate within a very tight space. Cutting tables can have a lot of storage room.
It can save you space so you don’t have to buy another cabinet or more boxes. Nowadays, we need computers in our sewing rooms. So if you have limited space you can put it on the side of the cutting table. There are always creative ways to override the potential lack of space.
The sewing table is an essential piece of the puzzle. You may think that any table can do, but it is not so. If your table isn’t rock-solid and sturdy your machine will bounce and wobble. It is not a desirable situation. The size depends on your needs. If most of your projects are small you don’t need an extra large cutting table. However, you may change your mind over time. So go for the larger table.
If you are buying a new sewing table make sure you check out the weight limitation. You don’t want to bring home a beautiful sewing table that can’t carry your heavy machine. Also, it is very important that it fits you. The wrong height of the table will make you feel uncomfortable, and it will only get worse.
Specialist drop-in tables are probably the best option. Also, consider tables with extensions for larger projects.
While no chair is designed for sewing only, there is a great choice of ergonomic chairs out there. If you are sewing by hand a rocking chair will suffice. But, for the sewing machine, you need the best possible chair to support you. Basically, the need is the same as for most of the long sitting jobs.
Your chair should have an adjustable height to allow you to find a perfect position. It should provide support for your back and allow your spine to maintain the natural shape. Cushion padding will provide comfort for your long sewing sessions. I prefer an armless design because it allows more space to move my arms around. It is a matter of preference, though. Caster wheels provide easier mobility without the need to stand up. And it is fun to roll around!
Computers have become very useful and in the near future, they will be an unavoidable tool for sewing. So, you need a computer in your sewing room. PC and a nice computer table will add a nice touch of modernity to your sewing space.
However, the computer table is not necessary. You can improvise if you have limited space or you just want to use it for tons of your fabric.
Strictly speaking, the ironing board is not a piece of sewing room furniture. However, you need to have a space for pressing. It is essential for the professional outcome of many different projects. So, leave some space for pressing. And try to keep your iron and ironing board where it is easy to reach.
The ironing board should come with a removable and washable cover to avoid stain or dye transfer.
If you are making garments you will need a mirror or two. Two mirrors are better because you can get your model to try your makes and see it from different angles. And it makes the room look bigger and brighter. Just don’t put it in the middle of the room or you risk 7 years of bad luck.
A Few More Items
While tables and all sorts of cabinets are necessary for a comfy and convenient sewing space, I would recommend a few more items to compliment your sewing room furniture. A thread rack is quite useful.
Some of the racks can even fit into some drawers. This spool holder can be used for other items such as jewelry as well. And it looks pretty with all the spools on it!
Stash tray is also convenient at times. You can use it to store marking tools, scissors, rulers, stilettos, and stuff like that. You can have all these things within your reach in a convenient upward position.
If you need more light any lamp will do. It can be decorative as well. However, you may opt for specialized bright lamps with magnifier.
If you love sewing you will probably work under any conditions. Assuming you have a sewing machine. However, taking care of all aspects will provide way more satisfaction and joy. While your ultimate satisfaction comes from the result of your work, effective furniture and environment will enhance your pleasure during the process.
At the end of the day, it will improve your performance overall. You don’t have to have every piece that can be helpful. But if you can afford it why wouldn’t you try to make a perfect ambiance for your sewing passion?