Someone recently asked a question in my Facebook group about setting up a quilting space without spending an arm and a leg, so I thought it might be helpful to write a post and compile a bunch of ideas.
Some of us are lucky enough to have entire rooms to dedicate to quilting and crafting, while others have just a corner of a room, and still others have to use the dining room table. I am going to address all of these possibilities and hopefully you will find some ideas here that will work for YOUR particular space.
If your only space is the dining room table:
- Rolling carts with drawers are great for storing all kinds of items, like tools, fabric, and patterns. You can get them pretty cheap ( but they are the not so attractive plastic kind), or you can get prettier ( more expensive) ones.( My friend Kristie just published a blog post on how you can spruce up the plastic kind….you can go check that out here).
What’s great about these is that you can wheel them to the table when you quilt, and wheel them out of the way easily when you are done. If your dining room table is high enough, you may even be able to store these carts right under your table. Some of these might even have enough room, and be sturdy enough, that you can have a cutting mat on top and use that as your cutting surface!
- I am sure that if you are a quilter there is absolutely NO WAY that all your quilting things will fit just into drawers. So, if you are able to have a hutch in your dining room, you may be able to store some of you fabric and books in there.
- Finally, store some of your items in some pretty baskets that you can leave sitting out. ( I have found some great baskets and even a baby bassinet at junk shops and they make great magazine holders!)
If your only space is the corner of a room:
- If you have room to put a sturdy folding table , use it! They don’t look particularly attractive, but you could pretty it up by making a skirt for it and then you can hide all kinds of items under the table. This set-up has the advantage that you can leave your sewing machine and cutting mat all set up all the time, and if your table is large enough you may even have room for a small pressing station ( although you can just pull out your ironing board as needed).There are some more attractive options, like this one or you could get creative and use something like this set-up:
If you are lucky enough to have an entire room:
- I recommend getting a pretty desk for your sewing machine ( one with deep drawers is helpful!)
- Bookcases are great for storing books and fabric and baskets filled with goodies. You can line them all up, or sprinkle them around the room ( but make sure to anchor them to the wall to prevent tipping!)
- You will want a cutting table, which can be any surface that is the right height for you. I use a free standing kitchen island ( with drawers and doors for even more storage!), but an old small kitchen table would do also).
- Finally you will want a pressing surface. Lot of people use their ironing boards and that is certainly doable. I prefer a rectangular space where I can lay out my fabric in nice long lengths.
If you are handy in any way you could build a simple frame and top it with plywood covered with an ironing pad and you would be all set.
I do hope that these suggestions have been useful in some way. Remember that you can mix and match these ideas to fit your needs and wants. Also, if you are on a budget I would recommend shopping yard sales and junk shops. Even if something doesn’t look that pretty, there is a lot you can do with a can of paint and some wood filler, as long as the piece is basically sturdy. Also, make a long term plan and buy items as you can afford them. Most of us can’t just go out and furnish an entire room all at once, so plan ahead and get what you REALLY need first, and then add the other items when you are able.
If you would like a detailed look at my quilt room ( aka the formal dining room which I totally took over and is now way more useful in my humble opinion), you can go check out this post.
And if you have any fabulous ideas and suggestions, please share them in the comments!
Until next time, happy creating!