The bigger problem: I fussed, and I fiddled, I measured and cut quad-squares to fit my measurements, but cannot find a better layout given the size of the room, the furnishings I have and still have ease of flow into the room and to the stash closet, and to sit in my chair.
This is my current layout, designed to scale. Each square equals 6". It works, but it's tight to move around in.
- The ironing board is shown there on the left. It's always up and that wall is my design wall.
- In that lower left corner is 2-dr filing cabinet upon which sits my TV.
- Next to the filing cabinet is a plant stand that has a box on it for the kitties to keep me company. The stand actually belongs in the guest room and I'd like it to go back eventually.
- To the right of the plant stand, is my sewing cabinet.
How it would look with the machine. This is how the cabinet is positioned in the room.
- I have my portable Sew-Ezi sewing table set up.
Taken before the sewing cabinet came home - things were situated differently then.
- The retained 30" x 60" formica top from my old desk. It sits atop two more 2-dr filing cabinets of which one is pretty much inaccessible because of the legs of the sewing table. This serves as my large cutting table with large mat. There is just enough clearance for the sewing table to slide about 8" underneath it when I do get into the drawers of the sewing cabinet. Atop this also are a) another larger box for the kitties - they often are both in here but don't lay together, b) my pressing mat which is on the cutting mat, c) a lamp, d) an 8-tier file organizer (more is done in this room than quilting), e) our printer, along with an assortment of whatever may not have been put away or is being worked on. All of these items abut the south wall which is the only wall with a window which measures 71" wide.
- Turning the corner, proceeding onto the east wall, with the longer side of the cutting table taking up most of the space, there is a 'free-floating' student desk on wheels, my perfect sit at height but not used for anything other than storage at present.
Little desk still at the neighbor's garage sale before coming home with me.
- The two, wheeled carts in the closet where they belong.
- Between the two doors (entry and closet) is the perfect width space for the bookcase.
My helper when I first put the books back on the shelves.
I've thought about cutting the cutting table down to 48". If I were to get the insert for the sewing cabinet, I could store the portable sewing table opening up a little bit of space. It would cost a couple hundred to get the insert. Not presently in the budget.
Off to the side I show what would have been the projected cabinets for that east wall. With those in place, much of the clutter-stuff would be behind cupboard doors. The hutch shelf would be gone, but I'm not sure at this point how I could arrange to incorporate the cabinets. My thoughts were to have the cutting table under the window possibly still utilizing the file cabinets but I'd want spacers to bring to a height I could stand at. The small desk would also be gone. The sewing cabinet would parallel the cutting table, but then I'd be back to only 24" chair space between the two. I could only gain 4" if I narrowed the depth of the cutting table to fit the large mat. If I put wheels additional wheels on the center section (it's 3 sections screwed together) of the sewing cabinet, the right end could be placed elsewhere - I only use the drawer with the cupboard area just for some stored stuff.
The reality is, I