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Posted on: 4/3/14 11:41 PM
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A standing height table is so much better on my back than hunching over a dining room table or a desk. If you don't have much space, this table can be made smaller. Your back will thank you for this.

- 2 IKEA Finnvard saw horse like things or similar. These can adjust every 1" so you should be able to find one that's the right height for you.
- Flat, sturdy material for the table top. I used a sheet of plywood and covered it with faux leather.
- Optional: Flat, sturdy, thin material for the foot platform/shelf at the bottom. I used a random piece from the as-is section of Ikea.

When I'm not standing at the table I'm sitting on a drafting height chair. Recently I discovered that my regular office chair from Costco raises high enough to use at this table. The optional foot platform is where I put my feet.

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faff and witter said... (6/7/14 9:00 AM) Reply
I've got a set of those trestles living under my kitchen table, so when I need to do some cutting I can just bring the whole table up to a comfortable height. Much easier done with one person holding the table and one pushing in the dowels though.
rnaves said... (4/27/14 10:27 AM) Reply
I use one of those bedside tables that you see in hospital patient rooms. You know the ones that adjust up and down to be used over the bed. I think they are mostly used for when the meals come, so the patient can eat in bed. It is perfect for my machine and has enough table room for my material. I purchased it at a thrift shop. ....Mine also has a small drawer and wheels. :)
TGWGWS said... (4/8/14 5:08 PM) Reply
Great sewing space! and so organized! Love the light and open space.
SandiMacD said... (4/4/14 6:06 AM) Reply
This is just what I have been looking for! I need an open space table at an elevated height for my combo machine. Lot of room to stand up and hoop and I have a foot rest for my pedal when sewing- plus storage shelf. Thanks for this simple solution.
SewLibra said... (4/4/14 0:21 AM) Reply
You are so right about back pain from leaning over a too low table. I remember admiring your huge sewing space in a previous PR post, because it is really awesome! Your table idea is very helpful for those who have room for it. My space is limited so I have a sturdy folding craft table that rolls into the closet across the hall. I so love your sewing space and table!
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