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Date: 2/27/10 1:50 PM

I live in Chicago and will hopefully be taking a trip out to Ikea for my birthday at the end of March! I'm really excited to get a few things for my sewing room (our very small second bedroom). Not a total space makeover, but I'm looking to add a few things. I desperately need better lighting and more storage. I currently have a folding table, covered in cork and then craft paper that I use for my cutting/sewing/all purpose table. I love being able to pin into the cork, and my machines sit under the table nicely until I'm ready to sew with them. When the paper gets old and damaged, I just replace it. Most of my storage is a large Ikea Omar shelf with a few drawers added on. The closet on our bedroom is pretty small, the the sewing room closet has to store a lot of clothing and I can't use much space in there. I'm considering adding an Antonius shelf system, maybe the one with the countertop, two top shelves and a drawer set. At the moment, I'm not planning on using the countertop for sewing, but having a little extra counter space would be nice. I've seen a few threads about various Ikea products, but I'd like to hear about your overall Ikea sewing space ideas/experiences. If your sewing space features Ikea furniture/accessories, what have you done? Do you like it? What would you do differently?

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Date: 2/28/10 7:04 AM

This is a great post! Can't wait to see what others have used. I know that I've printed off a couple of pictures from PR to bring to Ikea when we went shopping. To bad my sewing room is a disaster right now. It's mostly Ikea products. During the Christmas holiday it gets pretty hectic in there. I will try to tidy up and post pictures soon. My sewing table, my cutting table and my fabric storage are all Ikea. I'm thinking about adding a bookcase also.

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Date: 2/28/10 8:30 AM

Ann (Gorgeous Fabrics) made a Cutting table with Ikea legs and formica, I've seen it (and have used it) and its pretty great. The base of my own cutting table needs to be replaced and I may make one for myself just like hers.

I have an Ikea Mikael PC desk set up with a old Singer as a buttonhole station next to my industrial sewing machine. Its small and doesn't take up much space. The pull out keyboard tray has Ikea glassware pad on it; I keep my collection of scissors and clippers there.

Ikea also has lots of great small storage, you'll find packs of inexpensive magazine holders (great for your collection of Threads back issues.) I also have lots of Slugis storage boxes for trims and such; they stack really well and in fact I have three underneath my Mikael desk where the PC tower would go.

Lastly, make sure you pick up a few steel message boards and some magnets, these are great for keeping track of pattern pices. Also in the kitchen area get some of Grundtal spice jars. They have clear glass lids and magnetic backs. I keep beads and buttons in mine and they stick to the steel message boards.

Also look in the kids section, you see tons of fun storage things there too.

A great blog for ideas is Ikea Hacker - peopel take Ikea stuff and repurpose it. There are some really ingenius ideas there.

I <3 Ikea!

Phyllis
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Date: 2/28/10 8:51 AM

I would not what to do in my very small sewing room without my large EXPEDIT shelf. In it, I store almost everything: sewing books, sewing magazines, folders containing my pattern collection, boxes (from Ikea, designed for EXPEDIT shelves) containing my ever-growing fabric stash.
Because I have my sewing machine and my serger next to each other on one table and need to move from one to anotehr, I love my white SKRUVSTA swivel chair. Ikea has great furniture and accessoiries for the sewing room, enjoy your trip!

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Date: 2/28/10 5:50 PM

I have two Antonius tables with shelves above and 2 of the matching peg boards with hooks and bins. My Janome 11000 and serger sit on it all the time, sometimes I have my Singer Genie for dd to use or my CoverPro on it too.

I also have a gateleg table to use as a cutting table. I need to raise it up and will likely use big casters to get the height I want and mobility.



I have two discontinued shelves with 3 drawers each on one wall. Sewing books sit on the shelves and assorted tools go into the drawers.

I have a wooden Ikea bookcase like Ivar, but again a discontinued one that has many Ikea magazine holders on it.

I have about 2 dozen Ikea bins with lids that fit perfectly into a cube-shelving unit I bought from a store going out of business.

I have various small bins with lids for notions and other supplies from Ikea as well.

I used to sew on an old Ikea table I picked up at a thrift shop for $4.00.

I do not live near an Ikea store. It takes about 5 hours of traveling time (car and ferry) to get to the nearest Ikea store. Luckily they do deliver larger items (for a fee), so I can get what I buy home again.

Without Ikea I do not know what I would be sewing on, storing my supplies in or hanging my clothes in for that matter (Pax wardrobes)

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Date: 2/28/10 11:01 PM

My lighting is the strung wire halogen lamps for light. I have a run over my ironing table and one over the sewing machine counter. they are mounted to the beams, making adjustable lighting available where I need it. I have magazine holders for my burdas.

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Date: 3/1/10 11:17 AM

I have 2 tables with the adjustable legs from IKEA, which makes the table the perfect height for sewing. One I used their top, and another I used my own top.
I also have shelving and storage units that line one wall. I believe what I have is discontinued. (Magiker) I also have a tv holder that mounts my tv high on the wall, out of the way. (done before flat screens)
At the time I did my sewing room, I had to go to the Ikea in Seattle about 3 hours away, and it took me 2 trips to figure out what I needed and what would fit.

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Date: 3/1/10 11:56 AM

Quote: PhyllisC
Ann (Gorgeous Fabrics) made a Cutting table with Ikea legs and formica, I've seen it (and have used it) and its pretty great. The base of my own cutting table needs to be replaced and I may make one for myself just like hers.



I have an Ikea Mikael PC desk set up with a old Singer as a buttonhole station next to my industrial sewing machine. Its small and doesn't take up much space. The pull out keyboard tray has Ikea glassware pad on it; I keep my collection of scissors and clippers there.



Ikea also has lots of great small storage, you'll find packs of inexpensive magazine holders (great for your collection of Threads back issues.) I also have lots of Slugis storage boxes for trims and such; they stack really well and in fact I have three underneath my Mikael desk where the PC tower would go.



Lastly, make sure you pick up a few steel message boards and some magnets, these are great for keeping track of pattern pices. Also in the kitchen area get some of Grundtal spice jars. They have clear glass lids and magnetic backs. I keep beads and buttons in mine and they stick to the steel message boards.



Also look in the kids section, you see tons of fun storage things there too.



A great blog for ideas is Ikea Hacker - peopel take Ikea stuff and repurpose it. There are some really ingenius ideas there.



I <3 Ikea!



Phyllis
-- Edited on 2/28/10 8:36 AM --

I have a different Mikael table.... I dont use it to cut but its big enough to hold both my SM & my serger

its $49. now but has gone on sale for $39 ( which is what I paid for it)

eventually I plan to buy another one and use that as a cutting & ironing station

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Date: 3/3/10 10:00 AM

Michelle T, do you like your Antonius tables and shelves? I'm thinking about getting one of those configurations. You said you had your machines on them - do they wobble at all during sewing? I wasn't sure if they were as sturdy as a free-standing table with thicker legs.

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Date: 3/3/10 10:42 AM

I love my IKEA Aktiyd kitchen drawer units! They have full extension glides for easy access and I like the plastic fronts. My DH made the cutting table to fit over them. Did I mention that I love them?

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