I’m so excited that my craft studio is becoming a reality; it’s been a dream for over decade to build a studio in the basement.
My husband and I divvied up the space: a studio for me and a mancave for him. He just finished installing the shell of the Ikea Pax cabinets that I’ll be using to store all my sewing and craft goodies. Once all the interior fittings are in place, that means I’m one step closer to ‘moving in’. However that leads to another dilemma – the layout of the rest of the studio!
Here’s a sneak peak of the Ikea units my husband put together over the weekend:
My husband even managed to squeeze in some display space (in a niche he built to cover up the post supporting the upper stories of the house).
Ikea has a wonderful Pax planner that allows you to design everything; I think it’s awesome! You select the size of the units and door style, then just ‘drag and drop’ the interior fittings you want. It even provides an itemized shopping list so you can take it to the store and order what you need! How convenient is that?
Here’s how I’m thinking of arranging the inside of the Pax:
Once the Pax system is fully built and organized, I’ll update you with how the storage space turned out! By the way, My husband safely secured these units to the wall, which is a must!
Now, back to my layout dilemma for the rest of the studio. Below is an overview of the basement space we had to work with. I originally thought that my office/cutting room would share a space at the back where our laundry room is. The sewing room would be in the same room where the Ikea cabinets are installed.
Take a look at all three options I’ve come up with below and let me know what YOU would choose….or perhaps you’ll have some ideas I never even thought of!
Below is Option 1 of the layout I envisioned for the ‘sewing room’ and ‘cutting room’. I’m at odds over whether I should position my cutting table in the far room so I can access it on three sides or whether I should ‘hide’ it from view on the other side of the ‘window’ wall. I don’t think I want to see a potentially messy cutting table as my first line of sight as I enter the sewing room. But accessibility on 3 sides would be nice to have: if I put the table up against the window wall (on the opposite side of the sewing machine), I’ll only be able to access it from two sides.
Here’s another view of the cutting table; in this view, my office area has a corner desk area and I’ll be able to squeeze in another card catalogue at the end of the run (yes, I have TWO card catalogues – a makeover project that I’ll document in a future post!).
Overview of Option 1
This is how that line of sight would change from Option 1 above if the cutting table was not the first thing you see as you walk into the far room. It has been moved to the other side of the window wall.
Here’s another two views of how the far room would look if the table were tucked away out of sight. The first one is from the vantage point of looking into the sewing room, where the Ikea cabinets are installed.
The second view below shows how my office space would be arranged with the pattern table placed as shown above.
Overview of Option 2
Here’s the full layout of the basement again with an overhead view showing Option 2.
As if that wasn’t enough to think about, just to stir the pot a little, what if I switched the sewing room for the cutting room and put the table where the sewing machines were and vice versa?
In this 3rd option, the sewing machines would be arranged in an ‘L’ shape in the corner of the room shared by the laundry. The cutting table would be in the room with the Ikea cabinets (where the sewing machines were previously).
To me, Option 3 narrows the traffic flow and seems like it might feel a little claustrophobic with the cutting table taking up so much space.
Overview of Option 3
So what do you think? Where should the cutting table go? Let me know if you would choose Option 1, 2 or 3 (or leave me a comment with your questions/suggestions)!
UPDATE: To see the entire Making of a Craft Studio series, click the links below. You can also check out my new craft category, Birdz of a Feather~ Craft Rehab, to see what I’ve been up to in my new craft studio too!
- The Making of a Craft Studio (II)– Design Your Space Using Ikea’s Pax Planner!
- The Making of a Craft Studio (III) – If You Build It, She Will Come!
- The Making of a Craft Studio (IV) – Progress Report!
- Organize a Craft Room