Whether you’re a sewing newbie ready to take the plunge into making a dedicated sewing space or a veteran looking to remodel, there’s a lot that goes into designing a sewing room. Having a well-organized sewing space is the key to getting the most enjoyment out of the hobby. But just how do you start with designing a sewing room? In this guide, we’ll go through all the components you’ll need for a successful sewing space and how to put them all together.
Table of Contents
- Initial Considerations
- Have Limited Space or a Budget?
- Create Your Sewing Space
First, consider the work surfaces that you will need, and how much space you think will be beneficial. You’ll also want to pay attention to where your electrical outlets are in so you can be prepared with extension cords if necessary. If you have small children, you’ll need some extra storage and places to put sharp objects such as pins, sewing scissors, and rotary cutters out of reach. There are a few more initial considerations you’ll have to put into thought as you prepare this room, which we’ve listed below.
Decide on the Room
Which room in your house would be more conducive to be your sewing room? If you only have one spare room, then that is probably going to be the winner! While the room doesn’t have to be very large, you want to make sure that you have at least one bare wall or close that you can fit your storage and shelving into.
Determine Equipment and Furniture Needs
You may have some existing furniture that you can move around and repurpose for your sewing room, or you may need to get some furniture specifically for your sewing space. You will need a surface for your sewing machine. Whether it is a desk, table, or sewing cabinet does not matter much, just somewhere that will fit your machine and fit within your space.
A second table or surface for cutting will also be nice to have so that you don’t have to go back and forth between using your dining room table or a table in another room. Having this table near your sewing machine table is also an added bonus to simplify the process.
Having an ironing board or another space to iron will also be beneficial! A small tray table can even work; use what you can in the space you have to make it work. Having a silicone mat to rest your sewing iron on can also be helpful so you don’t damage part of your work surface.
Lastly, get yourself a comfortable sewing chair that you’ll be using as you sit to sew and work on your projects! A chair with wheels might be nice if you want to glide around to each surface. Or if you have a room with carpet, you may just aim for the most comfortable chair you can find since you’ll be in it a lot.
Create a Floor Plan
Now that you know what furniture and pieces you need for your sewing room, you want to determine how to layout your sewing room for optimal success and flow. Draw your room to scale on paper and draw a layout to determine where your furniture and storage spaces will go to make sure that you have enough space. You can even use masking tape to block out the space on your floor so you can see how much actual space your furniture will take up.
Ensure Quality Lighting
Lighting is key for this room! You’ll be able to see what you are doing better, especially for intricate projects like complex quilts, when you have adequate lighting in the room. If you have a space with lots of windows and natural lighting, that’ll be great to work with during the day. Otherwise, placing floor lamps or table lamps in spaces that you’ll be using a lot to work with will help you get focused and brighter lighting when you need it.
Having the right lighting doesn’t only help your eyesight in the long run, but it also helps you see the textures and colors of your fabrics better to enjoy your sewing and sew with better accuracy. The right light will make the world of a difference between projects coming out with greater precision or not.
Provide Many Storage Options
You will need storage for all the fabrics, supplies, cording, batting, embroidery supplies, and anything else that you’ll use for your sewing project. Shelving is one of the optimal options for organization and storage purposes, as it allows you to easily see and access anything that you need without having to dig through too many boxes.
Make sure that your storage is close to your space, and think of this when setting up your room layout. You don’t want to have to walk across the room and back all the time, so nearby is better. Also, it is vital to ensure that your storage space is away from direct sunlight so that your fabric doesn’t get faded before you’re ready to use it. Keeping fabric in clear boxes or plastic bags is also smart to keep them away from odors, yet still be able to see what fabrics are where easily when you need them.
Another great tip for the key organization is to fill your bobbins with thread and store them in boxes before putting them away. This way, you won’t get a mess in the drawer when you open it. You can even install a pegboard insert into one of your drawers for your thread collection.
Labeling is Key
Labeling will help you stay organized. Make sure to do this first—you won’t regret it! Labeling your fabric bins or bags with fiber content, as well as width and the amount of yardage, can save you a lot of time so that you aren’t continuously taking out fabric to unfold, measure, and re-fold as you look for enough fabric for a particular project.
Keeping similar types and lengths of fabrics together may be a great way to organize your fabrics. Ultimately, it is up to you to organize them in a way that will benefit your needs most, whether that be by fabric type, color, length, or all of the above.
Add Space for an Inspiration Board
Not only will an inspiration wall or board add some decoration to your room, but it’ll also keep you inspired and spark creativity as you sew. This is a space to put anything that speaks to you, whether it’s certain types of fabrics, photos cut out from your favorite magazine, or anything else that gets your imagination running.
Have Limited Space or a Budget?
Even if you don’t have a large budget or huge room to use for your sewing space, you can still create a dedicated spot for your sewing project needs. Even if it’s a particular table or one corner of a room that you can use, make sure to think ahead of how to best repurpose and organize the space that you do have available.
Floor Plans to Consider
Though you may not have an entire room to dedicate a floor plan to for your sewing space, or not a large budget to get new tables for each surface, you can easily use a smaller side table or extra table for your sewing machine and/or cutting board space. Do not use a fold-out table or card table, as these are not sturdy and will shake when you turn on your sewing machine.
Keeping your main table with the sewing machine near the other surfaces where you can easily circle around to your left, right, or behind you, all in one area is a great way to maximize the little amount of space that you do have. A fabric cutting table with storage underneath also helps you utilize less space more effectively, as well as adding sewing cabinets above the table instead of dedicating an entire wall to storage and organization.
Fabric Storage and Organization
To store your fabric and other supplies, it’s best to use bins, boxes, baskets, or some way to contain certain supplies and fabrics together in an organized way. Clear boxes are a great option because you can label the outside with whatever is inside without having to open the boxes each time to find what you are looking for.
Using magazine boards is a great way to fold and store your fabric, as it allows you to easily see and flip through the different types, colors, and patterns of fabric that you have next to each other instead of layered on top of each piece.
Utilize Table Space
Make the most of the space you have! Even if you can’t have your own dedicated sewing room, you can take over a part of your kitchen or dining room table to use for sewing. By simply placing your cutting mat space down near your sewing machine, you are blocking off a section just for your use during that time. Having a table that is at the correct height, as well as a comfortable chair, will help you stay comfortable while you are working on your project. Organize your table in a way that you can easily move around and use different sections of it for different stages of your sewing project.
Using a Computer Desk as a Sewing Space
If you already have a computer desk that you can use, it can make a great sewing area! Make sure that it is a steady, sturdy computer desk that is made well and can support your equipment.
You may even keep the computer on another shelf nearby as well, as you may use your computer to search for sewing ideas or to print patterns, machine embroidery, or make your own patterns by using a pattern-making software. If the desk has any drawers, you can use these for storage boxes to maximize the space.
As long as the computer desk that you have is large enough and can accommodate your sewing machine, some storage, a cutting table space, or space for ironing, it may work great as your sewing area.
Create Your Sewing Space
Hopefully, these tips helped you to figure out where you want your dedicated sewing room or sewing space to be, what furniture and equipment you’ll need in it, the best floor plan layout, and how to organize your room as well as your supplies nearby! Having space to yourself just for your sewing projects will really help you be more productive and creative, as you no longer have to live the nomad life of figuring out where to go for some of your sewing projects.