Colder weather means more time spent inside and an urgent need for beautiful, warm quilts. Treat your body and creative mind to an ergonomic, innovative quilting space. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to quilting, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your at-home quilting room.
You want a table that’s stable and can support your quilt’s weight and size. A quilting design table offers just that. Plus, it has grids that keep your cutting, piecing, and alignment straight. Those with beveled edges, like our Sullivan’s Quilter’s Design Table, won’t cause fabric snags.
There are actually a few different types of tables to consider when quilting:
Quilting Cutting Table: Don’t cut right on top of a beautiful wooden crafting table. Instead, invest in a quilter’s cutting mat. These mats will protect your table, and they feature measurements for more accurate cutting.
Sewing Machine Tables for Quilting: Any sewing machine table will do. Just make sure you have enough space to the left of your machine for the quilt to lay on. Otherwise, it will hang onto the floor and pull while you’re sewing. Look for a large sewing machine table or add additional tables off to the side.
Ironing Space: Regular ironing boards can work, but remember, quilts are heavy. Opt for a more durable ironing solution like the Sullivans Ironing and Sewing Center with Storage. This quilter’s ironing board table has a spacious work surface and comes with a compatible cotton ironing cover.
Extra Space: Already have a nice table setup? For more space, just add an extension piece. The Sullivans Quilt & Sew Add-A-Table features flatbed sewing capabilities, a wide-ranging adjustable height, and a 35° tiltable surface. Plus, it folds flat, so you can easily store it away.
Your chair impacts how your body feels after long days spent cutting, sewing, and quilting. Ideally, you want these five characteristics in your quilting chair:
- Lumbar or ergonomic support to improve posture and minimize back pain
- Armless design (or movable armrests) for unhindered arm movements
- Cushioned seating for support and comfort
- Wheels with locking casters for easy movement between tables
- Adjustable height so that your elbows always remain at table height
Our Mesh Swivel Task Chair is a great example of an ideal quilting or sewing chair with back support. Always sit with your seat in front of the needle, your knees bent at 90°, and your feet flat on the floor.
If you prefer standing, add an anti-fatigue kitchen mat to your quilter’s room. Its cushioned design helps relieve pressure off of your feet and back. Plus, standing is better for your body.
Reduce eyestrain caused by long periods of focus and hand-eye coordination by adding adequate lighting. Try out a combination of natural light, overhead lighting, task lighting, and floor lamps. There’s no magic solution that works for everyone; it all depends on the room and your preference.
- Pegboard thread storage: Simply paint a pegboard, install it on the wall, insert straight hooks, and slide on your thread. This space-saving solution helps you easily see and access your collection.
- Fabric Drawer Storage: Find a portable storage cart like our 20-Drawer Multi-Colored Storage Cart. Then, neatly fold up your fabric and sort it by color or pattern. Cut off a little swatch and put it inside a nifty fabric brochure. This makes finding fabric and keeping inventory much easier.
You know the atmosphere that you work best in. Incorporate that into your new quilting room. Put in speakers or a TV if you like background noise and multitasking. Hang up family photos or completed quilts for motivation. Set up a candle warmer to create a relaxing vibe. Maybe even paint the walls your favorite color. Quilting room design possibilities are endless and completely up to you.
What is your quilting studio like? Do you have a favorite go-to piece of quilting room furniture? Let us know in the comments!
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