Monday, January 12, 2009

Sewing Room Redo - Part 2

Some of you will remember that my dear husband agreed to a sewing room redo as my birthday gift in 2007 - so we were standing in line on opening day of IKEA-Portland, OR. IKEA has everything needed for changing your so-so sewing room into a dream room. Even if your room is really small like mine (8.5' x 12'). Their Billy bookcase system is perfect for fabric storage because you can get glass doors for each unit and the price is very reasonable. Some of the pieces in their free-standing kitchen line are perfect for cutting tables and more. (If you'd like to see "before" pictures of my room look here and here. After pictures can be found here.

I adore everything about the new room arrangement. It works beautifully. But lately as I've worked in the room I realized it could be even better. I could do something about all the wasted space under the ironing board. Wasted space is a really bad thing when your room is so small. I've also worried about how precarious this storage arrangement is, with the TV balanced on top of a rolling plastic cart. Though we don't live in southern California, we are still in an area prone to earthquakes, and are also supposed to get a BIG ONE one of these days. This would NOT survive such a shaking.

So . . . I've been looking at the IKEA website again. It's a great place to start - though going to the store is much better. I thought I knew just what I wanted - but changed my mind once I got there. My new ironing station will be made from this piece, which is from the same free standing kitchen line as is my center island. It gives me great storage underneath for things like baskets, quilting hoops on stands, and my jugs of water and Best Press. The iron can also go under here when not in use. My DSIL says he will make me a new big board that will fit on this piece. When not ironing I can use this as an additional cutting surface. I'm going to put casters on legs, so when I need to use my entire design wall (which is on the wall behind my ironing space) I can roll this out into the hallway. If I'm going to be sewing all day I can also roll it out there so I can accumulate more activity points on my pedometer! My current ironing board and big board will go upstairs for use in the longarm room. Right now I have to run up and down the stairs to press quilt tops and backs.

Here is what I got to replace the rolling carts. There are about 4" taller, which is a little taller than what I have now, but that's OK. I got two of them, plus a heavy glass top that will cover both of them together, plus a kitchen lazy susan (under $10) for holding the TV so I can rotate it as needed. These drawers are pretty much the same size as what I have, so I won't have to reorganize everything for switching over. I was going to buy a 4 drawer chest, but this is much better for storing what I have to store here. I thought I needed something in white to match the fabric cabinets, but this light birch matches my cutting island and my new pressing station.

If there is a gene for organization the it's one of my very strongest LOL! If you send me an airline ticket and promise to feed me and give me a place to sleep I will come redo your sewing room if you'd like!

13 comments:

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hello! I love IKEA! I am getting ready to move and in my new house I will finally have a quilting space of my very own. I have been flipping through my IKEA catalog and marking everything that I want to get. Many of the pieces that I want are similar to the ones that you have!

Thanks for sharing and nice to meet you!

Patty said...

I went to your before and after photos and am amazed at how much fabric you have. You could start your own fabric store!

What do you do with all the beautiful quilts you make? You are very talented; have you always quilted?

Quilts And Pieces said...

Ummm, you would have a heart attack if you saw my sewing space! Laura still is shocked at it! Hey love your new header pic!

GRACE said...

looks great, patti; i may be envious when you are done. and you could come and do mine except first I need a bigger room. right now getting the most of the little space I currently have, but it works. a whole room? you are indeed blessed!

Ila said...

Be careful what you offer, I might just take you up on it!

Teresa said...

I heard that an IKEA store is going to be coming to this area and you have me so excited about it. I love the furniture pieces you have gotten!

Beth said...

I have a few Ikea pieces in my house too, they have some good stuff. I had to go look at the "after" link and now I'm so jealous. I am in awe at all your fabric and how nicely you have it organized.

anne bebbington said...

It would definitely be worth the price :o)

Suze said...

Oh Goody.......... More ideas for my studio (when I get one).......

You are so good to find all things wonderful things for me.

Melody said...

I loved seeing your sewing studio. Thanks for sharing. I may have to reorganize my studio after seeing how nice yours looks.

tarot readers said...

very nice!!
It worth!

Sweet P said...

I love what you do with IKEA furniture. I'm also beginning to rethink my sewing room set-up. Although I doubt I'll be buying any furniture from IKEA for it.

Cascade Lily said...

Mwah! I so wish we had one here. Nearest one is a 6hr round trip...good luck fitting out your 'new' sewing room!