Setting up a Sewing Room: Organization Tips and Storage Options

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Setting Up A Sewing Room

Are you looking for tips on setting up a sewing room? If so, you've come to the right place! We'll be sharing some of our favorite ways to keep everything neat and tidy. We will also talk about storage options that will help make the most of any space-saving solutions.

When you are thinking about a space for sewing you need to consider where you will put your table, chair, and storage.

1. What size room or space do you have to start?

First, you will need to know how much space you have for your sewing room. Do you have a spare bedroom that can be converted, or do you need to find a new place in the house?

If your house has an empty area think about how to best set up the area and what furniture pieces will fit. You will have a lot of flexibility if you have a full room you can convert.

If your room is  already being used consider multi-use tables or ones that can be folded up and stored for this space.

Folding Sewing Table

2. A Smaller Space Sewing Table Option

If the space is small, you may want to find a table that can fold up or break down for easy transport when not in use - this will save on some floor space! It still provides an area for you to cut your patterns, lay out fabric, and work without having to move the sewing machine.

3. A Full Room or Larger Space

Are you able to convert an empty room or large open space into a sewing room? In this case, you will be able to set up several tables. One table can be used for cutting, one for sewing, and another table can be used as a desk or for storage.

Consider the following for your full room set up

You may need shelving for frequently used items, other storage, or even an ironing board - it all depends on the size and layout for your room. We'll talk about all those options later.

2 person desk

4. Setting Up for More than One Person

If your sewing room has more than one person working there at any given time (or if it needs extra work/craft tables), consider two smaller desks facing each other or side by side so people have their own dedicated workspace, but will feel not isolated from others, because they are separated by furniture.

One person can also enjoy the large working space that an L-shaped table provides. You can set up your computer station on one end, your sewing on the other. One table, multiple uses.

L-Table

A great table to have for your office is an L-shaped desk. It has a large working space with plenty of surface space so you can put monitors, laptops, or other supplies on it. The adjustable leg pads make sure that even if there are uneven surfaces below, this desk will stay stable and won't tip over. Great for keeping your sewing machine stable.

This wood top also has a clear-coated finish which helps protect against wear and tear from daily use while being easy enough to clean up at any time as well with just a dry cloth.

5. What kind of chair is best for sewing?

When sewing you are going to spend a lot of time sitting down so make sure you have a comfortable chair. You should consider the following for picking out a chair for your sewing room.

6. How high is the seat from the floor?

Higher seats are better for taller people. Lower chairs are easier to get in and out of, so they might be a good option if you have trouble getting up after sitting down. Low seating can also help your posture because there's less pressure on thigh muscles when seated at an appropriate height.

Adjustable Chair

7. What about an adjustable chair?

Comfort is key wh nworkinng on your hobbies.  Constantly squirmming in your seat because it just doesn't feel right is going make your favortie hobby turn into a chore.

You may want to consider a chair that has an adjustable seat. Look for one with a couple color options and can be adjusted to the perfect height for you.  Another nice feature to consider is if the arm rest can fold up.  This way you can move the chair under any desk height.  

8. Is your floor hardwood or carpet?

If you have hardwood consider a chair with wheels.

A chair with no armrest will be able to fit under most tables. Something to consider with hardwood floors and rolling chairs is the amount of wear you will do to the floor. Even little movements will, over time, scratch the floor. There are two options to prevent damage to your hardwood floor.

Floor mat for chairs

9. Office Plastic Mat

The first is to put down a plastic mat to protect the floor and protect it from scratches. Make sure you choose a mat that is for hardwood floors and not for carpet.

10. Have you seen silicone caster wheels?

A fantastic upgrade option is silicone caster wheels. These can easily replace the standard wheels on rolling chairs. The benefits of silicone caster wheels are:

Silicone Caster Wheels
  • Added protection for your floor
  • No grating sound on the floor from standard plastic wheels
  • Move around your work areas easily
  • Eliminate the need for plastic mats under your work tables
Plastic mat for Carpet

11. What if you have carpet in your sewing room?

If you have carpet consider using an office plastic mat under your table for your swivel chair as most have wheels. This will increase the life of the carpet. Choose a mat with plastic grips on the bottom so the mat does not move when your wheeled chair does.  

In the photo above you can see the small circles in the mat.  Those are spikes that grab into the carpet to hold the mat in one place. That is thre type to buy.  If there are no circles, it is a hardwood floor mat.

This is especially important if you use an L-shaped desk with the computer on one end and a sewing table at the other. The mat will stop most of the chair movement from grinding up the carpet underneath.

12. Traditional Chairs for Stability

A traditional chair will provide better back support and allow you to stay in one place for a longer time. You can have stability and also space saving flexibility with a chair that folds up too.

13. Footpads to Save Your Floor or Carpet

Be sure to invest in high-quality footpads to save your floor or carpet.

We recommend footpads with felt on the bottom of them. They provide enough traction for stability but won't make you feel like you are glued to the floor when getting up from the chair. They can also protect your chair foot and floor from damage.

Footpads

These foot pads come in different sizes and colors that will fit most shapes and sizes of chair legs.

14. Why do I need an iron and ironing board in my sewing room?

You may already have an iron and ironing board in your laundry room. However, there is strong case for having an ironing board that in your sewing room.

We have all experienced times when an iron picked traces of dirt or residue from the ironing board. Perhaps the iron got too hot and scorched the ironing board pad and transferred it to the bottom of the iron.

Your sewing projects are all using new fabric and patterns. Don't risk ruining these items by transferring dirt and debris from your ironing board.

15. What to look for in an ironing board?

Choosing the appropriate height of an ironing board will not only make it possible to iron easily, but also contribute to making your workspace comfortable.

Small Ironing Board

If you do embroidery or quilting projects you will want to choose a smaller desktop style ironing board because as these projects are smaller in size and it will be easier to iron all their corners. You can also easily put the tabletop ironing board right at your workstation. The legs of this ironing board are  foldable so you can store it in most small spaces.

Full Size Ironing Board

A larger ironing board works well for projects like clothing, tote bags and upholstery. This ironing board is very sturdy. It is slightly wider than the regular one, which makes perfect for a quilter and sewer.

Iron

16. What makes a good clothes iron?

A good iron must not be too heavy, but heavy enough to remove wrinkles. It also should have a smooth soleplate that glides smoothly. It should provide powerful steam for ironing the clothes properly. This iron has it all! It has an ultrasmooth soleplate that glides along fabric. It has different temperature selectors that suits it for garments of different materials. This iron has 1700-Watts of Power and strong steam power that will reduce your ironing time immensely.

Find storage solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Your sewing room is going to need a variety of storage solutions for different fabrics, patterns and tools.

Clear Storage Bins

17. How Do You Store Large Fabric Pieces?

For larger fabric pieces try clear window storage bins to keep everything neatly contained. These bins are foldable, stackable and perfectly designed for storage. The container has a clear window at the front to let you can see all the fabrics you put inside. The clear window can be unzipped so you can easily take out the fabric you are looking for.

Pegboard Bins Lifestyle 1

18. Small Fabric Storage Tips

Small pieces of fabric can hang from pegboard hooks or be folded and stacked on shelves. Pegboard shelves are perfect for small pieces of fabric; you can stack them up and see them all. You can also roll the fabric up and put it in small, clearly labelled pegboard bins. The bins are perfect for fabric scraps. These fabric scraps are so little and irregular in shape that you can hardly fold or stack them, so it is best to have put them in a pegboard bin so the scraps can be easily reached.

Pattern Storage Box

19. Organizing and Storing Sewing Patterns

The best way to store sewing patterns is to find a box, drawer or other container that has dividers. This allows you to organize the patterns by type (clothing, home décor, etc.) then label each section so they are easy to find anytime.

To keep these sections organized and well-labeled over time, be sure to use plastic sleeves for fabric patterns like quilts or curtains. These will help protect them from dust and make it easier for you when looking through your pattern collection later!

20. How to organize your sewing tools and supplies.

The best way to organize your tools and supplies is with a mobile cart, clear drawers, and a pegboard wall.

Mobile Cart

21. Mobile Cart

A mobile cart is great for sewing because you can just wheel it to where you are working and have all your tools close by.

Plastic Drawer Cart

22. Plastic Pull Out Drawers

You can use a section of your wall for pull-out plastic drawers for fabric, tools, or patterns.

Clear drawers or boxes allow for easy organization of items such as patterns, fabric scraps, etc.  These drawers are sold in single or 3-tall versions.

Sterlite offers options in both clear and weave. I have used these for years and they work well, are durable and easy to clean.

Smaller drawers can sit on the desk or go in a closet.

Storage Ottoman

23. A Storage Ottoman

There are also storage ottomans which provide both style as well as extra seating. Books or less frequently used tools can be stored here to make more space in the sewing room.

Pegboard Organization

24. Use Pegboard to Organize Your Room

Pegboard organizers are a great option for organizing sewing supplies. There is nothing that won't fit on pegboard and they can come in many shapes sizes that offer an easy solution when you  need space-saving storage options for your sewing room or closet. Pegboard offers great visibility so everything stays neat and tidy. It is a perfect storage system that will let you use more of the vertical space in your room.

Types of Pegboard Accessories for Sewing

Use pegboard hooks to hang small tools such as scissors or a glue gun.

Pegboard jars can store pins, needles, and bobbins neatly and dust-free.

Pegboard shelves give you a flexible way to organize your sewing room with shelves that can be adjusted without having to drill new holes in your wall.

Having everything easy to see and at hand makes sewing much more enjoyable because you won't need to spend time searching for each tool or piece of fabric.

If you are looking for a variety of ideas on how to use organize with pegboard check out "The Ultimate Pegboard Ideas Guide"

25. What is the best lighting for a sewing room?

The best type of lighting for a sewing room is bright and indirect.

Direct sunlight can fade your fabrics but it might be acceptable if you are using white fabric or natural fibers that don't show the impact of the sun's rays badly.

The best light for sewing is from an overhead source, such as ceiling lights or lamps with daylight bulbs (which look just like regular bulbs).

Desk Light

They help to keep your workspace well-lit without shining in your eyes and are more like natural sunlight than other types of lighting sources. A good balance of light in the overall area is essential. This clamp on lamp is perfect for crafters in a sewing room. It is 30” wide which is much wider than a normal desk lamp. The clamp on feature will only take a small fraction of desk space. It has different brightness levels and flexible joints so that you can adjust it to the perfect position and brightness while working on your projects.

26. What are the Benefits of Having Your Own Sewing Space?

It's a perfect way to have all your sewing supplies centralized in one spot.

The process of setting up space will be rewarding because you will find new ways to organize and store things, making it easier and quicker for you when it is time to sew. It is quicker because you will not need to spend time getting everything ready and putting it away when you stop.


Sewing Room Ideas for Small Spaces

27. How is setting up a sewing room on a budget accomplished?

If you are on a budget, the key thing to remember when designing your sewing room is to take your time. You don't need to buy every piece of furniture or storage bins right away. Instead, start with one item and see what happens.

For example, if you want to store your bolts of fabric on a shelf in the sewing room for easy access, consider buying one shelving unit first. You can purchase other pieces when they are needed. You may find your needs change or want to change the layout after a couple of weeks.

Now It's Your Turn

With all these tips in mind, it's time to take action and make your own sewing space!  Have fun with it and as we said before, don't rush.  The designing and setting up a sewing room should be just as much fun as your sewing projects.

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