How to Make Furniture for My Sewing Room

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Finding furniture designed for people who enjoy sewing, quilting, embroidering and other fabric crafts can be a challenge. Several companies make desks and storage cabinets, but these pieces are often either too big, too small or not the right style for a particular room. The biggest advantage to making furniture for your sewing room is that you can customise it to fit the unique needs of your space.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Assess your needs. Think about how many supplies you have to store and whether or not you need your storage space to expand to accommodate future purchases. If you have a computer, printer, scanner or reference books that you frequently use when planning sewing projects, how will you store these items? If you have small children or pets at home, you may also need to consider how you're going to keep them away from needles, buttons and other potentially hazardous items.

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    Measure your space. Grab a tape measure and pen to write down measurements for doors, windows, ceilings, walls and any other architectural details that should be considered when deciding how large your desk or storage cabinet should be. It's also a good idea to note the placement of electrical sockets.

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    Search for patterns. A search for sewing machine desks, sewing cabinets, craft armories or custom sewing tables will turn up a variety of woodworking patterns online. Your local library should also have books with furniture patterns available that you can use for inspiration when designing your sewing room.

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    Decide if the pattern meets your needs. Patterns provide a general blueprint for making sewing furniture, but you don't need to follow them exactly. Adding extra shelves and storage drawers or adjusting the height of the table to fit your personal needs is a fairly simple way to make sewing furniture that will provide years of enjoyment. If you are up for the challenge, you can even try combining elements from two different furniture patterns to make a completely unique sewing cabinet.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're a novice woodworker, consider hiring an experienced craftsman to make your sewing furniture. As long as you can accurately describe what you want, this is the best way to make sure you get a workstation that fits your sewing needs. Ask around for referrals or attend a local craft show and pay attention to the quality of the woodwork on display.
  • If you're on a tight budget, consider using Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for your sewing furniture. This material is affordable, lightweight, and fairly durable.

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