If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated space for your sewing or craft hobby it is essential to have it work well for you. We have compiled our Top 5 tips for creating the perfect sewing room.
Tip 1 – Keep it Neutral & Modular
Neutral is usually best for workspaces such as sewing or craft rooms. These bright surfaces help to keep the room bright and help to bounce light around the room. They are also the perfect backdrop for all the colourful items you will be creating! Allow your makes to be centre stage and show them off at their best in your room.
It also makes it really easy to add extra storage or shelving if you have a neutral base, giving you more flexibility. Modular pieces can also be easily moved around and re-arrange – with the options to add more pieces and make a larger surface if needed.
You need to future proof your room incase your needs change. In the future you may need larger stash space (who doesn’t!), want a design wall, add an extra machine or even a dedicated cutting table.
Tip 2 – Think About your Light Source
If you have the benefit of lots of natural light then always take advantage of it, placing your main sewing space in direct daylight. If you have limited light you can take advantage of many of the natural light lamps available. These can be everything from table lamps to floor lamps and even magnifying lamps!
Another option is to simply switch to daylight bulbs for you main light in the room. Not only do they brighten your workspace in a natural way, but they help your eyesight and can make colours clearer. They are also known to improve your mood, productivity, and mental awareness.
Tip 3 – The Sewing Room Work Triangle
The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts that are both aesthetic and functional. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator but the same applies to your sewing space. You are mainly moving between your sewing machine, iron and cutting space so make sure these are all fully accessible. A swivel chair for moving around between spaces may also be useful.
Tip 4 – Organisation is key
Whether you have a whole room or a small mobile space, organisation is key! As they say, a messy room means a messy mind! There are so many storage solutions out there now, from twirling table top carousels to clever stacking boxes you can take your pick of what suits you best.
Think about how to best use the space and try to think outside the box, repurposing storage you may already. Rachel has used a collection of old glass jars to store all of her bits and bobs, from knicker bows to sewing machine feet. Genius!
Tip 5 – Keep it yours
My space is 89% of the time my sewing space but also 10% general dumping ground and 1% occasional dining room! After Christmas last year I spent an hour or two reintroducing all my sewing bits back into my room after we had used it as a dining room for a few weeks. (it is still a sewing space but I remove as much as I can but it still feels like eating in a sewing studio!)
I honestly removed tableware, Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, Christmas cards , a squash racket, a parcel to return to Amazon and some of Maisie’s toys!
Try and avoid using it yourself to dump things in, this way you will also discourage other family members from doing the same! Make sure you call it your sewing room and not the dining room or spare room, changing its name for the family definitely gives you more ownership of it.
A little bit of personalisation goes a long way so don’t be afraid to make it your own space.
We hope you like our Top 5 Tips. For some additional inspiration why not have a sneaky peek inside our sewing rooms. Check them out on Youtube.