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    Default Not sure what to do

    I have been in my new house for a month and now that the holidays are over, I need to start getting my sewing room set up. There are probably 20 boxes or so and I just don't know where to begin. The room itself is about 11 x 11 and the closet is about 4 x 5. There is already a table and a treadle sewing machine (being used as a TV stand) in there. I have been trying to figure out how to store all the "stuff" in those boxes. I had a 6 cube shelving unit at my other sewing room at my other house, but I put that upstairs in the kids room for storage up there. I want to start unpacking but I can't unpack much until I have something to store it all in, but I can't get anything else into the room until I unpack some of the boxes.

    There are also two of those cheap, plastic storage units I brought from the old sewing room . . . one is a 3-drawer and the other is a 4-drawer . . . with casters. I don't want to use them if I don't have to because they are not very sturdy. The 3-drawer one is dented in on the top from stuff that was stored on top of it. The 4-drawer one is very small and would probably dent in also.

    So my question is, what suggestions do you all have for storage in your sewing rooms? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    Hi Nancy, What do you have in those boxes? Is it mostly fabric, notions, precuts? I ended up getting one of the billy bookcases from Ikea and wrapped a lot of my fabric onto the comic book boards. I had several pieces that were for specific projects, so kitted those together with the pattern so I could remember what they were for. Here's a photo of that. I still have a long way to go, but working on trying to get rid of the bins. I prefer to be able to see the fabric. Don't know why the photos always show up sideways.
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    I have a cutting table made from the cube storage units with a hollow core door as the top (got it in the seconds area at the local home improvement store), which has my stash stored in it - yardage is wrapped on comic book boards. Some of the cubes have the fabric boxes in them, which is where I store my scraps. I also have some Ikea basket drawers and Ikea Alex storage drawer cabinets.

    Don't think everything has to have a place before you set up the machine and do some sewing. Congrats on getting your new sewing room setup!
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    Default Re: Not sure what to do

    Oh please please please, can I come help? ��. I love planning storage ideas and organizing stuff.

    I would start with the closet. Assuming the closet is 4 feet deep and 5 feet wide....
    Backwall...lots of Rubbermaid plastic coated wire shelves using the adjustable height track system, so they could accommodate your needs. Leaving at least two feet below last shelf clear so you can put a couple of large storage totes or those two storage drawers you already mentioned, on the floor.

    Then I would hang a piece of pegboard on one of the side wall for rulers, templates and other notions.

    On the other side wall, I would install a shallow shelving system, again Rubbermaid makes one for pantry storage that is shallow enough for a single 8oz can of soup and is more like baskets than a shelf, so nothing gets lost behind clutter.

    On the inside of the door Assuming it's a regular door , not a bifold or slider, I would hang an over the door shoe pocket (clear) storage thingy for small things or precuts.

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    I don't know how much fabric you have. Most people use bookshelves to display theirs. In my case I don't have much of a stash and my sewing room is so sunny I feared it would fade the fabrics, so I keep them in Ikea dressers that are the perfect heigth so that I use their top as cutting surface.

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    All great suggestions! Each persons space, stash and budget are unique. I would suggest shopping either online or in person at IKEA, the Container Store, Home Depot and Lowes for what is available in your budget. Those rolling carts are great for precuts, and if they were under a shelf or table where nothing could be put on top they would be fine. After you have decided your needs - don't forget to checkout your local craigslist/ facebook marketplace/yard sales, etc for used items. I see great stuff for storage around here all the times. Think outside the box, too!
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    My sewing room is in a bsmt. BR. Feel free to browse my Sewing Room album. Different things work for different folks. I use those stainless steel shelving units; ours are on rollers (DH installed them) so the units can be moved out for cleaning. They're very sturdy & hold a lot. I use various sizes of plastic containers; my fabrics are organized by color or theme or designer. I personally don't care to have my fabrics on boards exposed to light & dust. I have several plastic drawer units for fabrics & thread & notions. My cutting board is in the family room adjacent to the sewing room.

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    If there is slider doors on the closet, I'd get rid of them and have like a cute curtain in place of the doors. My dh won't let me take the doors down. But sometimes they are just in the way. I second the idea of shelving, that is what I did and I love it. Then I have clear plastic boxes with labels so I can find (or try to anyways) my fabric that I want. Have fun with the planning.

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    Hi Nancy! My sewing room is just 9x11' so this should give you some hope. I have a lot crammed in here.
    I have a 7' wide closed that spans almost one wall, with shallow adjustable shelving that covers most of it. I can fit big plastic bins at one end.
    The next wall has a built-in 5 drawer bureau. That's where the bulk of my fabric is stored. On that wall is also the cutting table (an old kitchen table, about 4 ft long so it fits my 36" mat perfectly). Above the cutting table I have those picture ledges from Ikea. These are just deep enough to hold 2 wooden ruler holders. Just under the picture ledges I have an Ikea rod, the kind you'd put in the kitchen, with hooks that hold all my scissors and cutters. Under the table I have 2 big plastic tubs and a set of those cheapo plastic drawers. I rarely need to open any of them so they work fine.
    The 3rd wall has my design wall with the ironing board in front of it.
    On the 4th wall I have a small Ikea rolling cart, a small bookcase and a 6ft banquet table (the folding kind but it's old and sturdy). That table fits my main machine and I also have 2 of my other machines on it, pushed against the wall. The table is 30" deep and I really love having all that room.
    My sewing room is off to the side in our finished basement so I don't have windows, but other than that it's perfect for me.
    Hopefully this gives you some ideas. I'd start with the closet. Could you get some shelving installed? You could stuff the plastic bins in the closet for now, just to make room while you set up your machine. I think a sewing room evolves over time with little tweaks here and there until you get it just the way you want it.
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    I recently redid my sewing room and we bought these bookcases from lowes home improvement, they work great in my space and for the 2 of them is was not very expensive
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