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Date: 2/23/14 4:25 AM

I personally have my sewing space in the corner of my bedroom.......that is until one of my darling children move out..then I will have a sewing room set up as they are still packing their stuff into their car..

I have noticed that several people on this site have a sewing corner in the " guest room" I don't get why people who don't live in the house should get a whole room while you get shoved in the corner..I can understand a pull out sofa bed for the occasional visitor, it can be used to sit and do hand work ,read ,but I truly don't understand the need to dedicate and decorate for occasional visits when you live there full time

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Date: 2/23/14 7:03 AM

Exactly. Unless guests are a weekly event, use that room! I just need to unpile the guest twin bed and tidy up the sewing area. Maybe we have a guest once a year.

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Date: 2/23/14 7:09 AM

When I first moved into my house, I was one of those people who combined a sewing room and a guest room. I said I didn't want my guests to feel like they were sleeping in a sewing room. But Geejay is absolutely right. I had guests, usually family, no more than five days a year. I sewed the other 360 days. When my daughter was born, the smallest bedroom became the sewing room (with a twin bed) and my former guest/sewing room became her room. When she got a job after college, I was still reluctant to give my sewing the space it deserved. My daughter had to convince me to convert her bedroom into my sewing room. Now the room is unashamedly the sewing room. I still have an extra bed in the room, but my quests have no doubt they are sleeping in the sewing room. Anyone who knows me well enough to stay in my house knows how important sewing is to me and they don't mind all the sewing equipment. If they do mind, there are plenty of hotels in the area.
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Date: 2/23/14 8:32 AM

Good on your daughter to convince you to make your own space.

Last year hubby and I stayed with relo's and we had a comfortable air mattress made up with lovely doona's and pillows. We were there for a couple of weeks in between travelling. I was grateful that they carved out space for us to stay,if I want to stay in a dedicated guest room,I'll go to a hotel.

I don't think true friends mind where they sleep, it's all about the company and friendly hospitality.

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Date: 2/23/14 8:55 AM

I used to have a combination guest room/sewing room. Then I realized that we hadn't had guests in years, so I got rid of the double bed and bought a table.

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Date: 2/23/14 8:56 AM

I would love to be a guest in someone's sewing room, especially if they let me sew!

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Date: 2/23/14 9:09 AM

I took one of the Kids bedrooms and slowly switched it to a sewing room. First I took over the closet. Then I stored some other important items in the alcove of the room. Then I started swinging it. Put up a temporary sewing work table. I finally convinced my DH that the bed (a twin sleigh be that was really nice) had to go to my moms who really did have people sleeping at her house more regularly.
Now I have my sewing room, my kids are happy about it. I spent several hundred on a queen size deluxe air mattress. There is just enough floor space in the room to set it up.
Or a crib.
I do have guests my house is not large but comfortable and for the weekends that we are full its family and we find a way.
I love my sewing room it makes me so happy to have a place to call my own.

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Date: 2/23/14 9:22 AM

I have a 4 bedroom house. The largest is our room, of course. One is an office, one is a sewing room and the third does have a bed but is sewing room spillover. I am slowly taking over the whole house.

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Date: 2/23/14 9:24 AM

Kathy,
I can imagine what you'd do with a 6-Br house!!

When we down-sized to a villa with 2 Br + den, I claimed the 2nd BR.
Not big enough for a double bed + sewing desk and dresser, so we got an adult-looking Trundle bed Online. It works fine for only a couple guest visits a year, letting a GK and the dog nap, and more comfortable than pull-out sofas for them.

I can stretch out with the seam ripper on it too or read in quiet! A daybed would work the same. There are tips where you can covert your kid's twin bed to a daybed by attaching some type of headboard/support to one long side to make it into a couch-type.

H. added shelves to half the closet too, as I didn't need the whole length for extra clothes hanging. Some with less room but a nice-sized closet convert it into a sewing space by building or buying desk/shelf units. You can leave the doors on or off. Paint the inside fun colors for inspiration and an artistic statement!

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Date: 2/23/14 9:39 AM

I have always wanted a Murphy Bed. That is my ideal setup for a spare room.

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