When we chose this new house, I planned on this room being a combination guest room and quilting room, so we had a wood floor installed. It works perfect for keeping it allergy free for my visitors and makes finding pins and sharp objects easier.
For 4 years, it has been an empty room. I use a blow up mattress for the guests, but I had no sewing tools established. My sewing machine was encased and stored in the closet!
My first lesson required a sewing area to be set up. This is very exciting, since I've never had a real room for this. Previous quilting was done on the dining room table. I bought a table at Costco that folds down and hoped I could put the machine on there, and then also use it for cutting, but when I finished reading my lesson, I realized that would not be very comfortable and efficient. So, the internet hunt began, and I found a great little table at Amazon for $100. It's nothing fancy, but it is at the right height and fits my machine. Its an Arrow, Gidget I.
According to the table requirements, I was to have the cutting table at a height where I did not have to raise my hand above my elbow and shouldn't have to stoop or stretch forward. After measuring, I found that if Dave added those handy pieces of wood underneath, it would be just about right. Of course, he had to stain them so they no longer looked like a chunk of wood from the woodpile. Actually, I got the wood from the construction guy down the street. These were left overs. Of course I should also be able to access the table from all 4 sides, but that isn't happening.
The ironing board is custom made. I did my internet homework and had a good idea of what I wanted and then put the task to Dave. Dave made it for me. We went to Lowe's and got this nice piece of plywood and then Dave cut it to the measurement I wanted and added 3 boards underneath that fit the edges of my regular ironing board. This prevents it from sliding around. I purchased a Bo-Nash Ironslide cover that I could cut and mold to the new top.
I already owned all the other quilting items needed: Presser Feet, Rotary Cutter and mats, and 1 ruler.
Even though I have this room set up just about perfect for getting things done nicely, it also all folds down and is removable to make space for bed and people :) I like it! What do you think?