Small Space Sewing Room Makeover

I have been gawking and swooning for years at all the big, beautiful craft spaces I see highlighted on blogs and in magazines. "One day...," I would think to myself. But then I got real. I live in a suburb of Seattle where most people live in small homes (or condos) that cost twice as much as homes twice as big in other parts of the country. So I don't have a 12x12 spare room I can dedicate just to my creative zeal. I do, however, have a 3x6 corner--and by golly--I decided it was high time I made the most of it!
My "sewing table" was a catchall and a mess. I was storing my stuff in plastic containers that were too small and unorganized.
Since this room triples as our family office and workout area, I really needed to use the space to its fullest capacity, which meant shelving. So, I took this picture, took measurements, and headed to Ikea.
I found the EKBY BJARNUM 11" shelving system and fell in love. It is a clean, modern look, but it is also adjustable to any length and super strong. Pretty AND practical.
Next, I needed containers for organization. Once again, Ikea came through. These strong rails and storage cups are ideal for a sewist's or crafter's supplies. These are perfect for things like rotary cutters and measuring tape that need a place, but are used too often to be put in a box.
I found these cute and affordable Kvarnvik boxes at Ikea for organizing all my schtuff. Ikea and Amazon have so many options that are similar to these, you can really make your space just the way you want it without breaking the bank.
I love the pretty lining and the addition of the metal-framed labels on these boxes.
My final additions to my sewing nook were aesthetic. I wanted to add some pops of color and texture to the space. I hung one of my DIY Modern Yarn Wall Hangings on the wall by the window. I also framed my Seattle Skyline Watercolor on a fun wrapping-paper background in a simple poster frame.
Visit my original blog post to get links to tutorials and products I used in my makeover. It is my new happy place!!

Suggested materials:

  • Shelving  (Ikea, Amazon)
  • Storage boxes  (Ikea, Amazon)
  • Decorative Letters  (Hobby Lobby)

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