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angeleyes88
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Date: 3/2/13 0:06 AM

here is my framed in attic.
sewing room

I would like lots of organized storage in my new space. The problem is everything has to be be made up there as it's a 3 story and the staircase is very narrow. I will be making everything myself as I would like very nice sewing room as I plan to turn it into a small home based business in a few years.

So I mocked drew up a rough draft of what I would like using ikea's 3d kitchen planner. all the walls have a 4 ft knee wall and then the roof slopes upwards. My rough draft only shows the wall where I want to put the cabinets having the slope to it but all the walls should have the slopes. Here's what I've come up with.

the cabinet walls will have pegboard 1.5 feet high and framed. the island will have detail trim work done ...not sure what yet but something really nice. and then the machine table will be 15 long with a fold up top to put storage underneath of it - it to will have pegboard framed on top of it. I will also have an ironing station set up but haven't decided on that yet. the one l part to the machine table will have a hinge to it to fold up and down for more work surface. under the window (it's a protrusion) will either be a computer desk or a build in bed with more storage underneath of it. in the area that looks unfinished will be a daybed for dh when he's working nights and a corner tv. everything will be in a shabby chic look with distressing and counters will be solid stained wood. Any other suggestions? I really would love to hear some more - as I want this to look amazing when I'm done.

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Date: 3/2/13 0:10 AM

What a great space. Lots of room for a cutting table, ironing board area along with a sewing machine table.
My sewing room is also upstairs under the eves.

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Date: 3/2/13 1:50 AM

You have this pretty well locked down; the Ikea planner is a great tool and makes me want to use it for my sewing room. That is, if I can get the cabinets online.

For me, I like to look out the window when I'm sewing, and that is the biggest problem in my space with my windows being about 14" off the floor. It seems as if your windows are higher, so you will probably have a better opportunity to put your sewing station under the window, if you like to look out.

The island in the middle is an excellent idea as it allows you access to all sides and has storage underneath. Not sure what the open racks are--fabric storage? Depending on how the sun shines in your window, you might want to move these or at least have some kind of cover for them to keep the fabric from fading.

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Date: 3/2/13 7:03 AM

Love it!
For the slanted walls, I have seen narrow long mirrors put on part of them, either horizontally or vertically, then intersperse with paint or fabric panels of different colors. This bounces more light in a room with 1 window.
As a kid my BR like that was remodeled for family storage. A guest bed for Grandma slid into one side of the low attic space behind a panel that opened.

* Could you please post these photos to your Blog?
I'd like to show to a friend for ideas who isn't on PR,
unless there is a way here to forward it? Thanks!
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Date: 3/2/13 10:24 AM

I haven't added a post to my blog in a bit - here is my flickr account and you can see all the pics most recent there - i'll try to get to that in the next few days though

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the open shelfs on the bottom - the carts are the only thing i could find in there kitchen section - i will just be doing a table for my machine table - I have 5 machines so I need a lot of space - and I sew at night because I have little ones so i can't put them in the window area.

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Date: 3/2/13 11:57 AM

It looks great ! I would be thinking about installing an ac there because attics are very,very hot unless you live in a cooler climate.

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Date: 3/2/13 12:48 PM

Thanks for the link!
Relatives are figuring out how to add a 3rd baby to attic bedrooms like that, Ikea gives you a way to divide sides and play areas besides just bunk beds.

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Date: 3/2/13 2:06 PM

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It looks great ! I would be thinking about installing an ac there because attics are very,very hot unless you live in a cooler climate.

thanks for the info - we already had the heating/cooling guy install some venting, as our ductwork runs into our attic for our whole house. He was able to do it as we had a main supply run up there - the framed attic doesn't show it as it was done after I took this picture.

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Date: 3/2/13 2:16 PM

the tool is great but it doesn't it make you able to mix bed and kitchen programs - I will have to do a bedroom program to play with that area. it's lots of fun though because now I'm able to actually envision the space. I priced out having the cabinets milled by a local shop using melamine base and mdf door/drawer fronts and this type of set of was 2500 (compared to 5000 from ikea) - I think I will be able to make it for less than 1000 - which although a lot of money to me it's not as much as what they are asking for most sewing cabinets.

I really am wondering about storage options especially for pegboard - has anyone seen anything?

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Date: 3/2/13 4:15 PM

I suggest that the island should be longer and if you can accommodate it, 5' wide. This way you can easily do a single lay out of 60" wide fabric. I have a cutting table that is 5x8" and I can fit the largest rotary cutting mat available, which is really wonderful. It's much easier to match a print or plaid on a single layer. Make sure that some of your drawers are the right size to store pattern envelopes. I would also leave some open shelving for rolls of paper and interfacing. I buy interfacing that is 60" wide so to keep it all neat I roll it on pvc pipe. My dh hung plastic drain pipe that is 6" in diameter from the bottom of a shelf that hold them up off the shelf below and gives me more usable space.
What are you doing for lighting?

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