I have been sewing a lot though, using up my stash and making things to hopefully sell in my Etsy shop. It's nice to be back at my machine...blogging just took a back seat.
During one of my cleaning out sessions in the basement, I noticed my dad's old workbench system that I was using for Christmas storage. He hasn't used it in years due to his health. I thought to myself..."Why is this great set down here in the basement. I need to bring this up to my sewing room!!"
A double sewing machine, ironing station with storage.
I keep light colored thread in one machine and dark in the other, so it's always set up for those last minute clothing fixes, sewing projects or a day quilting with a friend...right Tina?
I know this system isn't for everyone, but pop in for some ideas to incorporate in your sewing room.
There are so many different shelving units out there in hardware stores, I'm sure there is one that will fit your needs.
This system is older, but I know they still make some similar. He bought his at Home Depot.
I love this system, because there are no tools required for assembly. They just pop together with this key hole system. The holes are also great to hang scissors on or other sewing tools and rulers.
The height of the shelves are adjustable, which is what I need for a lower height table for my machine. I like my machine at 24 inches high for how tall I am (5' 3") and the chairs that I use.
I went to the hardware store to buy a 3/4" thick MDF plank, but saw these pre-laminated shelving boards that were the exact width and length I needed to slide between each shelf.
The shelves on the workbench are screwed in from underneath, so you can either screw these new boards to that or clamp them to the existing shelves.
I bought 2- 8 foot lengths and had them meet (and attach) in the middle of the unit. This is super sturdy for me.
I have about 3 feet between each unit, so if you feel you need a little support under your machine, you can add a support leg in the center under your machine.too.
The top MDF shelf boards that came with the unit are perfect for ironing boards!!
A little batting...(I told you this was a workbench. I used the clean side to iron with, lol)
Staple gun in place.
Then cover the batting with the fabric of your choice. Staple gun again.
I know I will regret the white, but it's all I had for fabric and it looks so pretty.
I zip tied a surge bar to the leg of the unit for a lamp and the iron plugs.
I have always done this in all my sewing rooms. If the lamp is on, so is the iron.
You will never leave an iron on again.
Here is the unit all put together...
One sewing machine and ironing center on one side with lots of storage for my fabric scraps and other projects underneath.
The board between the units in the perfect height for my back!!
The center unit has more storage with my daughters' old college dorm storage cubes on the bottom shelf. I have since put my little tv on top too.
Then the second machine and ironing center just waiting for a friend!
I hope you can take some of theses ideas and use them in your space too.
I was also thinking, if you had two taller shelves, you could put one board between them for your machine and the height of the extra shelves could hold a ton of fabric and crafting supplies. Vertical storage is the best!!
Thanks for stopping by,