A sewist that delights in making sewing projects deserves a room solely intended for that craft. Sewing as a hobby, or an income-generating activity, needs a room where you can keep everything you need in making your projects. We have gathered some practical tips on designing a sewing room from choosing your room to decorating it for added motivation.
We have written some in the past about how to organize specific parts of your sewing room, but not a lot about how to organize and plan out your entire sewing room. Have a look back at this article called Have Sewing Space, Will Sew for more ideas.
If you have a spare room, that is a perfect location. It doesn’t have to be big unless you have a companion/co-worker that will occupy the room with you. Make sure that the room has at least blank walls that you could fit your shelves or cabinets into. Decide also where to put your electrical outlets for your sewing equipment, computers, light fixtures, and others.
You don’t have to buy or make new furniture for your sewing room. If you have an existing table that is of no use or a computer table that your kids have grown out, you can use that as a sewing table. You will also need a cutting table and an ironing board for your projects.
Once you determine the size of the room, the furniture, and equipment you are going to place in the room, draw your floor plan. Plot the measurements of the furniture and equipment, the storage area and other areas you want to have. If you are lucky to have a large room, you can place your working table in the center of the room. This allows you to easily work around the area.
Make sure that your sewing room has a good lighting. You will be more inspired and effective in working in a well-lighted room. It may be natural light or a nice lamp focused on your working area.
You may have equipment and things that you would like to be concealed when not in use. Include this in planning out your storage. Also, make sure you have a place for your fabrics and keep these fabric storage tips in mind. Keep a place for your small and essential sewing tools so that you could reach them easily.
If you want to paint your sewing room or apply wallpaper on its walls, keep in mind they must be calming colors. There are colors that help you with concentration and creativity. Here’s a nice summary of colors that boost your creativity from Inc Magazine.
On this wall or board, you can display any kind of material that inspires you. It may be a project that you have done, or a book/magazine, or some scraps of fabric and ribbons, or just anything that enhances your motivation to work and do more beautiful projects.