Thread your needles and fill your bobbins in these outstanding sewing rooms.
Your sewing room is your little escape from the world. It’s your creative space where you can design, create, and bring your latest sewing project to life. But you can’t create anything if you can’t find the tools that you need or the fabric scraps you want to work with.
These sewing room ideas will help inspire you to create the ultimate sewing space, from table to storage, to the decor. We’ll help you come up with the perfect storage solution while also creating a functional and beautiful space.
1. Small Space Sewing Room Ideas
When your small sewing room looks more like a sewing closet, room organization is key to creating a functional sewing station. Start with a sewing table for cutting fabric and for using your sewing machine. Then look for ways to utilize the wall space above and below your table.
You can place a cabinet or shelving unit with cubbies under or above your table to store your sewing supplies or fabric stash. Another option is to mount racks to hold your thread bobbins, ribbon spools, or sewing notions.
Consider hanging a pegboard on the wall above your sewing machine. Then you can use it to hang all of your tools easily within reach. This includes your rotary cutter, scissors, thread, paper, or anything else you use a lot.
The final touch is to choose a chair that you can tuck under the table. This will keep everything contained and out of the way.
2. Sewing Room Pegboard Ideas
You don’t have to have a small sewing room to use a pegboard. You can cut pegboard to fit any size wall, accommodating small items you want to keep within reach. There are a few different styles of pegboard to choose from.
One option is to pick the basic form of pegboard that’s made out of pressed fiber and has several evenly spaced holes throughout. Another option is to buy a pegboard with specially shaped holes and a dedicated hook system.
Whatever style pegboard you choose, make it your own. This is your sewing studio or craft room: It should represent who you are and inspire creativity. A simple treatment would be to paint your pegboard the same color as your wall so that it blends in. Or go bold and paint it a few bright colors.
Use some wood trim to create a picture frame effect around the outside of it. Or you could hang some micro string lights around it and give it a whimsical touch.
3. Sewing Room Organization Ideas
How you organize your sewing room will depend on what you like to do most and the sewing materials required. If you love to quilt, then you probably have a lot of different fabrics. For those that love to embroider, you must have a collection of colored threads that mirror the rainbow. Maybe you like to embellish your creations, and you have countless notions cluttering up your sewing space.
The right sewing room organization will keep your whole room neat and clutter-free. This will give you more room to work on your current sewing project and cut down on the time you spend hunting around for the tool, fabric, or notion that you need.
The right shelving unit or BILLY Bookcase can help almost anyone. They’re great for keeping fabric organized, holding bins, or stacking thread. If the idea of seeing everything on the shelf sounds messy, consider choosing a unit that has drawers, doors, or boxes that can hide your sewing materials and tools.
For some sewing supplies, there are specialty organizational tools you can use. There are bobbin and thread racks that have several posts for you to slide thread onto. You could put them on in order of thread type or by color.
4. Sewing Room Decor Ideas
You don’t have to stop with your sewing table, cutting surface, and storage cabinet when it comes to your sewing room decor. Consider adding some additional touches to finish the room and make it feel homier and less like a workroom.
If you have a window, consider adding a potted plant or two. The greenery will help brighten the room, bring a bit of nature indoors, and freshen the air. If you don’t have a green thumb, go with something safe like an air plant or succulent.
Hang art on the walls to brighten up the room. You could hang pieces that you’ve created that you’re especially proud of. Or hang inspiration on the walls that you aspire to emulate. Another option is to hang a beautiful painting or other artwork that you just like looking at.
5. Craft Room Ideas
If you love to sew and craft, then create a space you can do both in. Create a storage solution that keeps your sewing tools together and another storage area for your other crafting supplies. That way, you can have one workspace where you do both that remains clutter-free.
Keep your crafting items organized by color or by activity. Take inspiration from your local craft store when deciding how to organize your supplies. You could get a paper rack to display your varied crafting paper the same way you’d see it in the store. This lets you see all of the different colors and patterns at once.
Or you could look at the spice and other kitchen storage solutions for creative ways to store small notions like charms, glitter, and buttons. Divide them by color and create a beautiful display by lining the many jars up on a shelf on your wall. Organize your crafting tools in drawers with dividers or in compartmentalized boxes.
6. Sewing Room Storage Ideas
If you have an entire sewing room, then consider making one wall your storage area. You can build a storage unit that has several shelves and cubbies. That way, you can use some for storing fabric and others for storing boxes of notions. Another option is to mount shelves on the wall, and then set boxes or bins on the shelves. This lets you install the shelves at varying heights.
If your sewing area is an open space or shared room, consider a storage solution that has doors. Then you can close everything up and hide away your clutter. This is an excellent idea if you struggle to keep everything neat and orderly while you’re in the middle of a project.
Another option is to go the vintage route. Instead of buying a brand new modular shelving unit, why not look for a vintage piece of furniture? You can find several sturdy and beautifully made wood furniture that you can repurpose for your sewing room. Keep an eye out for vintage printer’s or dentist’s cabinets, then have several shallow drawers that are perfect for storing sewing tools and notions.
Try to match your storage boxes with the size of the items you’re storing in them. For instance, you could use mason jars to organize your buttons by size or color. Use spice jars to hold fasteners or pins. Office desk containers meant for holding paper clips can work to hold notions. Appropriately sized containers reduce wasted space.
7. Sewing Room Furniture Ideas
When choosing the furniture for your sewing room, you can choose a traditional route for selecting a table or desk that’s specifically meant for sewing. These furniture pieces have a specific place where your sewing machine is intended to sit. There will either be a sunken portion of the tabletop or a removable section of the top that allows the sewing machine to sit under it.
These tables make sewing easier with your machine because your fabric will sit flat across the table. This creates less pull on your sewing needles, so you get a smoother and more even line of stitching.
For more functionality out of your desk, look for one with drawers or cabinets that you can store your most-used sewing machine accessories in. This will make it easy to switch the foot or to pin a stubborn piece of material.
8. Sewing Room Desk Ideas
Your sewing desk needs to work with your working style. You can pick a typical desk, but it may not give you the maneuverability that you need to sew. It also may not give you enough flat surface workspace.
Another smart option is to use a large table or desk with a minimalist design. That way, you don’t have anything blocking your movement under the table because the legs supporting it are on the outside of your leg space.
You can build your own if you need more sewing area than what a premade desk can provide. A great DIY option is to set up two sawhorses and then place a large pane of glass or wood on top of them. You can even find sawhorses that are designed for building a table out of.
When choosing your desk, think about where in the room you plan to put it. You need to be able to freely move around the room with the desk in it. When your room is too small for the desk you need, look at a convertible option. You can bring up the tabletop when you are working at your desk, then fold a portion of it down and away when not using it.
9. Ironing Board Ideas
There will come a time when you need to iron your material. Having a stable space to iron will make quick work of this tedious task. If you don’t have a lot of space, then you can use a folding ironing board. That way, you can tuck it away when you’re not using it.
Since you know how to sew, you can breathe life into your ironing board by sewing a new cover. Choose a material that’s brightly colored and has a fun pattern on it. Or choose a material that complements the rest of your sewing room.
There’s one downside to a folding ironing board; they’re skinny and small. You can fix this by creating an ironing pad for your cutting table. You can place the ironing pad on top of your cutting mat and then tuck it away when you’re ready to cut again. If you don’t have a dedicated cutting table, you can place your ironing pad on your dining room or kitchen table.
9. Sewing Machine Ideas
How many sewing machines do you own? Are you like most sewing enthusiasts and own more than one? Maybe you have a flashy new machine with all of the latest bells and whistles. Does it more closely resemble a computer than it does a sewing machine?
If you’re a sewing purist, you may want to participate in the growing trend of using vintage sewing machines. These are the first Singer sewing machines on the market and do the bare basics.
For the hardcore sewing enthusiast, one machine isn’t enough. Then you need space for your sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine, and double-needle machine. Keep your main machine on your sewing table, and then keep your other tools safely stored away.
Modern sewing machines tend to look dull and all white. Why not jazz yours up with some custom decals? You could add some flowers or decoration to your machine.
Sewing Room FAQs
No! You can apply these ideas for furniture, decor, and organization to any space that you use for sewing. This could be an entire dedicated room, a corner of your living room, or a flexible use space within your home. These ideas are meant to help you maximize whatever space you have available.
You can find systems for organization at your local home goods or retail store. Another option is to look at Ikea’s storage solutions. Many of their systems can be converted to work for organizing your sewing tools and notions.
Whether it takes you a day, a week, or a month, don’t rush the process. The time it will take to get your room organized will depend on the size of the space and how much you need to organize. The more cluttered and disorganized you are, the longer it will take to sort through everything.