Previously, my sewing room was arranged this way:
- My cutting table was up against the wall, and it really needed to be out in the middle like the pressing table.
- Cutting table a was still a bit too short.
- My Gidget II sewing table needed to be bigger to catch the piecing, and later the quilting.
- No storage for fabric
- Closet full of other junk!
- Ott light on sewing table is behind the sewing space and I need it in front, but there is no space.
- Ott light on long stand is trapped behind cutting table and doesn't light the cutting space.
Here is the new arrangement:
I turned my sewing table to the side and added a small 4'x2' $35 Lifetime adjustable height table from Costco. It sits at the same height as my sewing table and gives me that extra room for fabric. Now, the fabric doesn't pull from behind my needle. At the beginning of the book our projects were simple piecing and they didn't pull as they fell behind the table. I think the extra table makes a big difference now that we've gotten to chain sewing larger strips.
I moved the ironing table to the space my cutting table was. I didn't need access all the way around an ironing table. Since the ironing board is adjustable in its height, I can move it to the left of the sewing tables once I start quilting and it will make for a nice space to my left. I think I'd rather have the ironing board behind my sewing table, but I didn't quite have room on the wall without moving the design board.
I did want space to walk around the cutting table. Sometimes the light is better if I stand on the closet side of the table and look toward the window. My shadow doesn't obstruct the natural light that way. But if I'm just doing quick things, it is easy to approach from the ironing board or sewing table on this side.
I turned the wooden blocks up to the tallest side under the table, and now it is at the perfect height for me! I'm 5'7" and needed it at about 36" high. I just make sure that my cutting mat is on the left side of the hump and my fabric and books are on the right side. Since I don't feel squished against the wall, I haven't had any problems with my "issue" of the gap. I just need to be careful not to bump the table, as I'm a little worried it will fall off the boards or the blocks will get knocked over.
The long bendable Ott light used to be stuck behind the cutting table and I really didn't feel it was doing much. Now, I have it right next to the cutting table when cutting, and then wheel it over next to the sewing machine when sewing! It will even reach the ironing table from the same plug in! I was trying to figure out the best lighting for my machine and all the lighting seemed too expensive for what it was. Turns out I had the best solution right here all the time. I just needed to rearrange to discover it.
The only problem I've had with this arrangement is getting pictures of projects on my design board. I have to stand off to the side, and can't get a good straight on picture. I wish the table was more moveable! Some day, I'll get that adjustable height table so I won't need blocks any more :) Until then, you'll know why my design board shots do not include the bottom row or are from the side with a table corner in the shot :)
Just by rearranging the room and adding a small table I think the space is much better suited to the use of the room. I have to be more careful moving around because it is a bit tight, but I LIKE it! And, it is still easily converted back to a guest room when needed :)
Just for fun, I found a picture of my dh making the ironing table for me! This was last summer when it was warm and the grass was green!
I really didn't like the shape of the regular one with the pointy nose. It was hard to press a yard of fabric without having to constantly move it around.