We’ve moved a lot. I’m pretty good at it. I have a system and the system works well for me.
I remember once years ago, when I commented (or more likely complained) about how much work it was to move, my husband said, “It’s not that bad, it’s just a couple of big days.” What?!? I pointed out that I spend a month before moving day packing and 6 months after putting things away and then not liking where they are and moving them to a different spot until I finally get it right.
Well, that’s what happened with my sewing room in the new apartment. We moved the end of August and I shared with you my sewing space – I love it – it’s a bedroom that we have as a dedicated sewing space. We seldom have overnight company so the bed is mostly a place to store quilts. You can read my blog post here to see photos of the first attempt at organizing my sewing room.
Several things didn’t work well. I couldn’t get to the design wall, I didn’t like the ironing board in the middle of what little floor space there was and it was too dark to sew at night. There is just one little light fixture in the room and it’s more for mood lighting than for actually being able to see.
I don’t have photos of the next step. I slid the armoire closer to the shelf unit and turned the bed 90° so I could hang my design wall (flannel fabric hung from a curtain rod). I put the ironing board in front of the design wall. The design wall fell after only a few days. That wall is a block wall and for some reason the hooks for the curtain rod wouldn’t stay up. And I added two lamps so I could see.
Then, for weeks, since there was no design wall, I just used the bed when I needed to lay something out. It didn’t work well because our dog (a Jack Russell terrier mix) likes to “help” when I’m sewing so she would jump in the middle of whatever I’d laid out.
Last weekend one of our sons took us to Home Depot in his pickup so we could get what we needed for my new design wall. We bought 2 sheets of foam board 2” x 4’ x 8’. Yesterday, we hung them up and moved the furniture again and I think we may finally have it. I’ll have to sew in my space a couple of times to see how it works.
I know that designers tell you to distribute the furniture so all the heavy pieces are not on one wall and I know that makes it more visually appealing but my room just didn’t work that way. So now we have all the furniture on one wall. I can use the surface of the bed as an extension to my sewing surface when I am working on big quilts. And I can easily get to my design wall – all of it. It looks a little strange but it is more important to me that it be a usable space than a beautiful space. And I think when I have projects on the design wall; it will create the illusion of “weight” to balance the opposite wall.
Here’s the west wall of the room.
This is the north wall.
And here is the east wall.
The south wall is a closet and the door to the hall. There’s nothing interesting there.
I can’t wait for this evening so I can sew in my sewing room and see if it works well.