Do you love sewing or drawing? Quilting or paper crafting? Once you find your craft niche, it’s time to think about setting up your home craft room. Start by finding the perfect table to meet your needs.
Drafting & Drawing
These two table types are often confused because their names are used interchangeably. Both have ergonomic designs to relieve pressure on your wrists and back. Both also have an angled, tiltable surface. However, they have subtle differences you should know about.
- Drafting Tables: Designed with engineers and mechanical-drawers in mind, drafting tables have a fully adjustable head. This piece moves to any angle or position to make scaling and precision work easy and more accurate.
- Drawing Tables: Drawing tables have a horizontal ruler that slides parallel up and down the table surface. With this built-in ruler, set squares, and protractors, artists are able to draw or paint detailed work.
Choose a drawing or drafting table with a surface that can fit the largest canvas you would work with. The tabletop is normally set at 36” from the floor (a normal office table is 30”) so that your feet rest on your chair’s footrest and you can swivel. Remember that the tabletop is a lot wider and deeper than the legs.
Sewing and Cutting
You need a table compatible to your sewing machine with enough legroom for a foot pedal and space for cutting fabric. As you decide what to get, think about these things:
- Size: Sewing requires a lot of materials that take up a lot of space. Ideally, you want two separate tables for sewing and cutting, but that’s not always possible. Whether it’s two tables or one, go with the largest you can find if your space allows for it.
- Height: Based on OSHA sewing workplace standards, your sewing table “should keep your work at elbow height and your wrists straight.” Cutting tables should be taller than your hips, but not higher than your elbows. Follow these guidelines to avoid a lot of wrist, neck, back, and shoulder strain.
- Tabletop Material: Typical sewing and cutting tables are made from laminate, melamine, or wood. Melamine and laminate surfaces are smooth and often resistant to nicks and scrapes. Still, cutting fabric and using sewing pins can do some damage to a tabletop. Either accept signs of wear on your table surface or purchase a cutting mat to cover it.
- Lifting: Lots of sewing tables have built-in lifts to adjust the height of the sewing machine itself so you can do things like flatbed sewing. The lift also lets you store the machine under the surface to keep your craft area looking neat.
- Portability: Do you need to move your sewing table? Consider a folding sewing table on wheels for easy storage and transport.
- A quilting table has space to lay out your quilt as you piece and attach it together. This puts less strain on your fingers and makes the quilt easier to move and manipulate. The table’s gridlines help keep cutting, piecing, and final alignment straight. Avoid fabric snags by choosing one with beveled edges.
Craft and Hobby
For those who have wider craft interests or just want a general table, a hobby and craft table is the best choice. They work great for scrapbooking, stamping, and more.
- Style: These tables have a flat or angled surface and are circular or rectangular with sturdy legs. For easy storage and transport, you might want a hobby table with wheels. Choose a material and color that’ll best complement your space.
- Height: Choose a table that meets the height of your elbows when you’re seated or your hips when standing. To make deciding easier, many of our craft and hobby tables have adjustable heights.
- Storage: Do you want your supplies within reach? If so, choose a craft table with storage. These have drawers, shelves, or both.
Kids need a table for their messy kids’ crafts that’s easy to clean. That’s why so many kids’ craft tables are made of hard, smooth plastic. They’re impossible to stain, durable, and stable. Get a height-adjustable table that you can make taller as your kid gets taller.
So, is it time to buy a craft table? We’d love to help!
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