How to Arrange a Sewing Room

A sewing room is the dream of many home sewers and can run the gamut from a small closet space or a corner of shared home office to a large, expansive dedicated sewing area. No matter what your sewing area looks like, some basic necessities provide a smooth sewing workflow. Additionally, setting up your sewing space with a few key arrangement ideas in mind can save you several headaches in the long run and ensure years of enjoyment.

The right arrangement can make your sewing room a tranquil, peaceful place.

Step 1

Measure your room and gather your furniture. For the most effective sewing room, you must have a roomy cutting table, a place to iron your fabrics and sewing projects and a large area to sew in. Additionally, you must have ample storage. You certainly don't need to buy new furnishings; an old hollow door laid flat on two file drawers doubles as both a flat sewing or cutting surface and storage, while utility shelving is an economical and sturdy option for sewing room storage. A sturdy ironing board with a solid metal base works well as a pressing surface.

Step 2

Arrange your furnishings. Sewing room workspaces can be arranged in several ways. U-shaped workspaces often have a large, flat sewing surface against a flat wall, with an ironing board and a cutting table projecting out from either side, creating the U-shape. This arrangement is beneficial in that you rarely need to move your chair; just swivel to move from workspace to workspace. Alternately, you can arrange your sewing and cutting table into an "L" shape and stow your ironing board away until you need it.

Step 3

Set up your storage area. If you have a closet, take advantage of it. If you have shelving, it is often best place along flat walls and filled with small bins to hold notions, fabrics, patterns and projects. If you use plastic bins, make sure to label them so you can easily spot what is in them. If you make garments, consider installing a rod so your items can hang when you are storing them or in-between projects.

Step 4

Add plenty of easy-to-reach bins of scissors, notions, thread and other notions by your sewing area so you don't have to interrupt your sewing project midstream just to get a necessary item. Have these items on hand and within easy reach.

Step 5

Add plenty of lighting, electrical power strips and areas for scraps and trash. A sewing room quickly becomes littered with thread strings, fabric cuttings, discarded pattern pieces and a variety of future project ideas. Make sure you have places to put everything so the area you spent so long creating and perfecting doesn't become overwhelmed with these items.

Arin Bodden

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Arin Bodden started writing professionally in 2003. Her writing has been featured in "Northwest Boulevard" and "Mermaids." She received the Huston Medal in English in 2005. Bodden has a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches English composition and technical writing at the university level.