7 Practical Tips for Designing A Sewing Room

Designing A Sewing RoomA sewist that delights in making sewing projects deserves a room solely intended for that craft. Sewing as a hobby, or an income-generating activity, needs a room where you can keep everything you need in making your projects. We have gathered some practical tips on designing a sewing room from choosing your room to decorating it for added motivation.

We have written some in the past about how to organize specific parts of your sewing room, but not a lot about how to organize and plan out your entire sewing room.  Have a look back at this article called Have Sewing Space, Will Sew for more ideas.

1.  Decide what room you are going to utilize as your very own sewing room

Designing a Sewing RoomIf you have a spare room, that is a perfect location. It doesn’t have to be big unless you have a companion/co-worker that will occupy the room with you. Make sure that the room has at least blank walls that you could fit your shelves or cabinets into. Decide also where to put your electrical outlets for your sewing equipment, computers, light fixtures, and others.

2.  Determine what equipment and furniture you want to place your sewing room.

You don’t have to buy or make new furniture for your sewing room. If you have an existing table that is of no use or a computer table that your kids have grown out, you can use that as a sewing table. You will also need a cutting table and an ironing board for your projects.

3.  Make the floor plan of your sewing room

Designing a Sewing RoomOnce you determine the size of the room, the furniture, and equipment you are going to place in the room, draw your floor plan. Plot the measurements of the furniture and equipment, the storage area and other areas you want to have. If you are lucky to have a large room, you can place your working table in the center of the room. This allows you to easily work around the area.

4.  Ensure good lighting

Designing a Sewing RoomMake sure that your sewing room has a good lighting. You will be more inspired and effective in working in a well-lighted room. It may be natural light or a nice lamp focused on your working area.

5. Bear good storage in mind

You may have equipment and things that you would like to be concealed when not in use. Include this in planning out your storage. Also, make sure you have a place for your fabrics and keep these fabric storage tips in mind. Keep a place for your small and essential sewing tools so that you could reach them easily.

6.  Add a splurge of color

If you want to paint your sewing room or apply wallpaper on its walls, keep in mind they must be calming colors. There are colors that help you with concentration and creativity.  Here's a nice summary of colors that boost your creativity from Inc Magazine.

7.  Have an inspiration wall or board

On this wall or board, you can display any kind of material that inspires you. It may be a project that you have done, or a book/magazine, or some scraps of fabric and ribbons, or just anything that enhances your motivation to work and do more beautiful projects.

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19 Responses to 7 Practical Tips for Designing A Sewing Room

  1. Patricia E.l. No nnnnn n. L says:

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  2. Mary says:

    This is do timely. I will be moving and as a result will have a smaller space. I am still in the planning stage going from 20×20 with 8 windows (4 season room) to 12×12 (spare bedroom) but this time I will have a closet and more walls. What I lose in space I gain in organization


    I have often thought about doing another Shirley’s sewing shop but when I think of all the things that were done in the original one,was open from 8 in the morning and closed at 8 at night with appointments for special items.I made wedding dresses,to horse blankets for racers,to shrouds for burial.Once in a while I made app.for the home bodies.I miss the start drawing of something special and finishing of a customer wearing something gorgeous.With ETSY it would be a wonderful adventure.hmm!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      All hands on deck Shirley, you seam to me more than qualified to make it happen. Best wishes to you, let me know how you call your shop to visit.

  4. Ana Sullivan says:

    I do not have a sewing room, but I have a sewing corner. All of these tips still apply even if the space is small. I love the idea of an inspiration wall. I use Pinterest for collecting ideas, but physically having them on a wall is great.

  5. Sarah says:

    Thanks for your article. I will have a sewing room for the first time in 30 years soon! Great ideas are wonderful so I don’t waste time in re-planning! Your article was very timely for me. Thanks so much.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You are most welcome Sarah, and good for you to carve a little space for yourself. Do share a picture or two when you are done. I am always happy to look into people’s creative sanctuaries.

  6. Peggi Chambers says:

    I am trying to order those practice sewing sheets on paper for my 7 year old granddaughter. However, I can not figure out how to order them. Thank you!

  7. Valeria says:

    It’s good idee,for my is the perfect advise.

  8. Amanda Mumford says:

    I already have storage boxes with my yarn in them stacked under the table, thanks for the great idea if putting pieces on the outside with the amounts this will save heaps of time in the future.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, I do the same with my fabrics otherwise I waste at least an hour looking around for the right piece.

  9. Helen Cranston says:

    Very practical

  10. Samina says:

    All great ideas! My problem is that I’m a knitter too, & my yarn stash has taken over my craft space. I’ve got to do a thorough reorganizing so that I can work in that space without getting overwhelmed with all the stuff.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have knitting supplies as well. I have purchased containers with lids at Ikea to keep them clean and dust free, but cut a piece of the yarn and taped it on the outside with the amount I have available inside that way I do not have to open any box. Works wonders!

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