Your workroom can help optimize your workflow and overall productivity more than you know. Especially for a sewer, a well-decorated and organized sewing room can improve your sewing results and experience greatly. As a long time “organized- chaos” person, I can admit, something is relaxing and rewarding about a clean and decorated sewing room for me to work and focus in.
The potential for your sewing space is endless- you can devise a theme, focus on creative storage ideas, or make it “home” and comfortable. This room is for you, and should cater to your style, and how you function best. Get expressive with your sewing room decor – make a special area for your fabric scraps and hang measuring tape within arm’s length of your chair and sewing table. Your sewing room, your rules.
If you haven’t picked it up on it yet, I dig a clean, organized space for sewing. But more important than that, it needs to function and be easy to keep up with and keep clean. Below, we’re going to explore the best ways to optimize your productivity as well as share some inspiration.
Quickly, let’s cover a few must-have items for your sewing room:
- A Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine: You can check out a large number of reviews on heavy-duty sewing machines over here.
- A Reliable Iron: During my research for heavy-duty sewing machines, I wrote a few articles in which I explored the best iron options for quilting and sewing as well. You may need a professional, heavy iron or a light, compact travel iron.
- A Tack/ Whiteboard: Aside from offering a quick place for notes, I find these to be a must-have for any sewing room because they are great for hanging additional cloth and measuring tape in an easy to access area.
- Drawers Or Baskets For Loose Fabric: An easy way to keep the clutter down and to keep easy inventory on your fabrics is by making sure to have a designated drawer or basket to hold certain fabrics.
- Sewing Table: Having ample space to layout your fabrics is essential. The key to finding a sewing table that is large enough for the type of projects you work on as well as sturdy.
- Excellent lighting. Especially when working with more complicated stitches, you want to be able to see what you’re doing easily. Make sure to set aside some of your decorating budgets for proper lighting for safety and practical needs.
Optimize Your Productivity
Having a clean and organized space makes you feel good and keeps you mentally productive. I’m not saying you have to go nuts with labeling everything and can’t leave things outs, but having your sewing room set up nicely will go a long way to keeping you focused.
Keep Things Easily Accessible – Being organized is excellent, but be smart about it — plan and store things you use a lot within arm’s reach. You don’t want to be constantly getting up and down from your chair while working.
Create A Lot Of Storage Opportunities – You will have so much fabric between current projects, leftovers from past creative works, and “I don’t know what to use this for yet buts it’s such a great deal” fabric that a mess will quickly ensue if you don’t prepare some storage. Open bins or baskets are inexpensive and look nice while giving you a place to throw your fabrics in quickly but their many options.
Decrease The Clutter – Most office and workstation clutter are caused by paper, writing tools, and other office small office supplies. Decrease the amount of paper you use by using electronics to keep track of your notes and purchases. If you need physical papers, and receipts, getting a filing cabinet or a desk organizer will help greatly.
Be Comfortable – Decorate your sewing room in a way that makes you feel comfortable, happy, and inspired. You want your sewing room to be inviting so that you look forward to spending time in it. Look for and include items in your sewing room that not only organize but add some of your personality and good memories- photos of family and friends, items in your favorite color, etc. Beyond this, remember to decorate with your physical comfort in mind too- if your lower back tends to get sore, include extra pillows or a well-supported chair.
When a sewing room is decorated with keeping accessibility, storage, clutter, and comfortability in mind, you can optimize your productivity and, more importantly, your happiness while working on your sewing projects.
Finding the perfect organizational items and coming up with exciting decorating ideas for your sewing room is not always easy. Don’t be afraid to look for inspiration or ask for opinions.
Where To Get Inspiration From:
- You don’t have to make your boards, but at least scrolling through a few other boards of sewing room decorations can offer some great ideas. Offering inspiration from all over the world at your fingertips, Pinterest can be a great ally when looking for creative organizing ideas.
- Numerous magazines, like Real Simple, and Elle Decor, that focus on home decoration, offer great references. I even used some magazine images to create a collage of ideas I liked or wanted to replicate.
- Life experiences. Include personal items that inspire you to create and make you happy- i.e., vacation/ family photos.
Decorating your sewing room should be fun and exciting. Your sewing room is your unique workspace, give it the thought it deserves. From including your must-have sewing room items to optimize your workspace for productivity, We hope this article could provide you some useful sewing tips and tricks that you will love.