because everyone love to see where people sew, i thought i’d share my studio space with you.
i share my sewing / crafting space with my home office, which is in our main floor master bedroom. after c was born, hubby and i started sleeping in the extra bedroom upstairs to be close to her, so this space quickly became my home office ( i work from home). we remodeled it a year ago after i tired of the drab space and was inspired by alicia’s awesome studio remodel.
the first step was a fresh coat of paint and replacing the ugly wall-to-wall carpeting with laminate flooring.
next up? ikea, of course. as you can see, i made quite a bit of use of the expedit shelving. on the walls are two sets of 4×4 units topped by two sets of 4×2 units. the baskets on the top shelves store my yarn, and the rest of the shelves store my craft books and patterns, sewing notions, and other office/husband stuff.
my cutting table is awesome. this is something i looked and looked and looked for and completely obsessed over. i have a relatively big/long space, so wanted to have as big a cutting table as the room could fit. i ended up constructing my own out of two 4×2 expedit shelves, which together provided a base of about 58 x 31 inches. the shelves were bracketed together at the top and at the bottom. we also got a big sheet of mdf to help stabilize and reinforce the bottom so that the table would be more of a solid unit instead of two pieces at the bottom. the whole thing sits 4.5 inches off the ground using 12 adjustable legs (these, i think, though mine look a wee bit different… we found them right next to the expedit shelving in the warehouse). the legs were inserted through the mdf into the shelves. the base was then topped with the beautiful beech numerar countertop, which is an enormous 73 x 39 inches. the total height of the table is around 38″ and is perfect. since the shelves are designed to stand upright, i try not to overload them with books, especially since they are supporting the big butcherblock counter top. the whole thing is awesome, stable, beautiful… and i love love love it. seriously, i can’t stress its awesomeness enough… even if you can’t swing the wood counter top, you could put a less expensive topper on it (like this, or go even cheaper at home depot) or even skip that part or save it until later. without the counter top, the whole thing easily came in under $200.
my sewing table is the norden dining table, which sadly doesn’t appear to be available in white anymore. the table has an extension leaf, but becomes too wobbly when sewing on it that way, so i don’t use it. (i had also looked at less expensive options, and even brought home and had my husband put together the less expensive melltorp table, but i found it wasn’t nearly stable enough to handle the vibration of the machine. i wonder if it would be more stable on carpet?)
last up is my fabric storage bookshelf. in order to divide the shelf down the middle, i bought two narrow billy bookshelves. i covered the glass portion of the doors to protect the fabric from the sun… am going to need to do a bit of sleuthing to find the source for this one. (the glowing light on top is actually four of these… getting these pics with the lights off prooved to be beyond my camera skills at the moment!)
the other wall houses my desk and unsightly pc, so we’ll just skip that part of the tour, ok? :)
obviously, my husband is awesome. he put all the furniture together for me, and helped me haul it home. not to mention the bazillion ikea trips he had to make!
thanks for visiting! i’d be happy to answer any questions and provide greater detail on how the cutting table was constructed. i’d love to see your studio spaces, too, so feel free to link up in the comments!