Sewing Room Ideas

What Are The Best Sewing Room Ideas?

For anyone who sews, the possibility of having an entire room dedicated to your craft is a dream come true. However, sewing rooms can quickly turn into a mess without room for proper organisation. There are many little parts, like thread bobbins and needles and pins, and all of the waiting projects and their pieces. Trying to cram everything into the corner of a room or a closet can create a cluttered area that makes you want to avoid going anywhere near your beloved sewing machine.

Now you have the opportunity to create an area where there’s a place for everything, which is very exciting. You’ll want to look at lots of photos of existing sewing rooms and pull out ideas that you can incorporate into your room. But remember that you want to design a room that truly supports your needs and the work you do at the end of the day. If you’re a quilter, your needs will differ from a garment sewist. So, grab a cup of tea and read on for lots of ideas for designing the sewing room of your dreams.

Whether you’re a professional designer looking for organisation and decorating ideas or just got your first sewing machine yesterday, these sewing room ideas will help you create a space that boosts your productivity and stimulates creativity. You’ll probably want to keep these in mind if you’re a creative—like a crafter, scrapbooker, weaver, or artist—who works from a home studio. From wall display examples to storage hacks, check out these sewing room ideas and style tips for non-stop inspiration while you work.

Sewing is a creative pursuit, and the sky’s the limit when designing a room that brings out your creativity. One of the biggest challenges is configuring your storage, especially all of the ancillary tools and supplies. When brainstorming ideas, it’s good to list everything that needs a place.

Every sewer has a stash of fabric, probably a pretty large one, waiting in the wings for an inspired project. A wall of cubbies or a chest of drawers is a great way to store folded fabrics organised to make sense to you — by designer, colour, fabric type, or project.

Clear glass jars arranged on a hanging shelf are a perfect solution to store buttons, extra thread, ribbon and elastic, keeping them handy and visible. Pegboard is a great place to organise and hang tools that need to be accessed regularly, and the empty spaces ensure that they get put back when not in use, so you don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt next time you need it. To dress up the pegboard, paint it in a complementary colour to the wall, and frame it like a piece of art.

And don’t forget your sewing books and magazines that need homes, too, so be sure to add plenty of shelving to accommodate. Finally, it might not be bad to pick a time of year to weed out publications that are no longer relative to your work.

Sewing Room Décor

Your room doesn’t need to be a useful workspace that holds all your stuff. Instead, you’ll want to decorate it to keep you and your work fresh and inspired. White walls are for museums, so pick a paint colour you love that accents the room’s features. Blues and greens are cool colours, which could be a good choice if you want to inspire some calm during your sewing hours. They also make the walls appear to recede, which is helpful in small rooms. Reds, oranges and yellows are warm colours that can make a larger room feel cosy and comfy.

You can always decorate with art you like; buying sewing supplies lends enough colour and texture to a room that you may not even have to bring in extra decorations. If you have a colourful collection of fabrics you love, don’t tuck them away behind closed doors; store them on open shelves to become part of the décor.

Decorate the room with your sewing creations by sewing slipcovers for chairs, valances or drapes for the windows and cushions for benches. Dress forms and mannequins are good sewing décor, even if you don’t sew clothes.

Carpets may be preferred from a comfort factor, but remember that you’ll have tons of little scraps of fabric and snips of thread to clean up regularly, so it may be easier to use a broom and dustpan on bare wood floors than to drag out the vacuum.

Setting Up A Sewing Room

Coming up with a room organisation scheme can be a little stressful because this is your opportunity to put your ideal workflow into action. Every sewing room has one sewing machine, natch, so first up is your sewing station. The number of machines you have plus the shape of your room may dictate how to set them up. U-shape is ideal, but if the room is long and narrow, a long straight line or an L-shape may be the best way to go.

Close by; you’ll also need your cutting table and pressing area. Ideally, your cutting table should be a sizable table at a counter height to accommodate the full width of fabric you usually use. Still, your pressing station can be as simple as an ironing board.

More storage will probably take up every extra bit of wall space. Drawers, cubbies, shelving — whatever you need to put everything in its right place. And don’t forget to leave space for an inspiration board or even a design wall if you have room.

Don’t skimp on lighting. Natural light is great if your room has a lot of windows, but you’ll also need a good overhead lighting source and plenty of task lights at each workstation. Last but not least, be sure to invest in a comfortable chair, since you’ll hopefully be spending many hours a day in your new favourite room.

Make Your Furniture Work For You

Buy furniture designed to host everything you need—from thread and fabrics to your machine and other tools. This DreamBox shelving system offers an endless arrangement of compartments, and you can fold it up into a compact piece when you’re not using it.

Use A Modular Shelving Unit

If you do some weaving, knitting, or needlepoint work in addition to sewing, this tip will also apply to your workshop: Keep all your things easy to access with a modular wall shelving unit. For example, artist Lindsey Campbell, who runs the weaving-centric blog Hello Hydrangea, keeps her crafting materials (yarn, rope, winders, and more) on display with an open bookshelf. Glass jars host remnants for recycling and baskets assist with organisation.

Make It Feel Like A Showroom

Plenty of natural light, a sitting area, and a rack to display your latest creations—like in this space by Leanne Ford—will make your sewing area feel like a bona fide showroom. A small closet will come in handy, too, if you ever have models or customers come in for fittings.

Repurpose Unused Materials

What do you do with leftover fabrics you don’t want to toss? Hang them on the wall for an on-theme display. Another idea: Frame your favourites and create a gallery wall.

Keep Surface Clutter To A Minimum

If you like to brainstorm by hand and tend to accumulate a bunch of loose papers during your creative process, come up with a system that keeps clutter at bay. Whether using your walls or drawers, it’s always best to keep your surfaces clean and clear in a sewing room (particularly small ones).

Sewing Room Ideas

Make L-Shaped Sewing Room – Enhance Efficiency

The L-shape Sewing workstation is best to save space and increase productivity. You don’t need to move around too much when creating a workspace with your sewing station and ironing board.

When you are alone in your sewing room, this arrangement gives you ample legroom; at other times, this arrangement allows you social space with other people in the room.

You can easily spread your fabrics over the front of the table while sewing.

Using an L-shape workstation setup, you can also make the most of the wall space using a pegboard and wall-mounted shelves. In addition, you can use baskets, shelves, hooks, etc., to store your sewing supplies.

Create I-Shaped Sewing Room – Super Space Saving

Make use of every inch of your space. For example, if you have a very small space, you can use that for an “I-Shaped” sewing space. 

You will have only one long workstation to sew, but you can hand your sewing supplies on the sidewall. 

There are many container ideas that you can use to store your fabric pieces overhead or under your sewing machine table. 

I liked the dummy set in a corner and the thread spool holder on the left side in this picture. It makes it pretty easy to change threads when they are in front of your eyes; well organised. 

The sewing machine placed on the front wall is fascinating because it saves enough space on the actual sewing workstation.

Staircase Sewing Room – Beautiful And Modern

Who doesn’t want extra space in the house? But, of course, I love some more space, and I am sure you also want to stretch your home on the sides.

The under staircase sewing room idea is for people like you and me, who want to make the best use of every possible corner in the house.

And it is pretty easy to set up this kind of sewing room. You can fix some wooden pieces or boards on the walls if you have some wooden pieces or boards. 

A curtain rod will add utility to hold the embroidery frames and ribbon rolls. I can rather keep my buckram rolls hanging there. 

I particularly loved those tiny coloured boxes to hold the tiny sewing pieces and the huge cabinet under the work table to store my sewing supplies and Janome Sewing Machine.

Minimalistic Sewing Table – Well-Lit Space

Sewing strains your eyes because you have to focus in one direction (mostly) for a longer period. 

It is advisable to have a properly lit room while reading, writing or sewing; to save your eyes and brain from straining.

I have my sewing machine set in front of a window, and it gives me a refreshing feeling while I work. 

However, I sometimes cannot use the window space behind the sewing machine.

But in reality, I realise that being healthy is more important than creating space.

Full Usage Sewing Room – Fully Optimised

Having the advantage of walls in front of you and on the side, this is another L-shaped sewing table.

If you plan well, you can use every nook and corner by placing storage chests, drawers and pegs for sewing needs.

The one thing that I loved most in this sewing room was the idea board behind the sewing machine and side space for iron.

Though, I think if I am working on this sewing station, I’ll make some more space for myself. It is good to keep the serger on the side while sewing.

I liked the idea of a lively sewing space in the corner of any room.

Spacious Sewing Room – Relaxed And Organised

A spacious, clutter-free sewing room organisation adds efficiency and speed to your sewing.

And that is the best thing about this one from the sewing room ideas.

You feel like getting attracted to the neatly organised space and working there is smooth.

You would agree that the storage on the left side with properly labelled containers, a well-lit room, enough space for making drafts, ironing and spreading the fabric; adds joy to your sewing experience.

Even the fabrics are placed so nicely in the mesh or plastic tray under the table that this sewing space is a delight to look at and inspire anything.

A Beautiful Sewing Room – Cosy And Colourful

And the beautiful colour coordination goes so well with the artistically done small space.

The choice of maroon, black and white colours adds the modern factor to this sewing room.

The scissions holders are well placed behind the sewing machine. And I also loved the rotary cutter on the table and a computer there to check on the designs. 

Not only that, this kind of sewing room makes a place for a music system, but I think I can do without it. I can use my phone for music.

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One Corner Sewing Room – Neat And Tidy

I would love to create a sewing room space like this for quick mending and occasional sewing work. 

Though this is one of the compact designs in our choice of sewing room ideas, it gives ample space for sewing supplies in the wall cabinets and side bookshelf.

You can store the fabric and scraps on the box above. But I feel that I can’t get there. And if you are lazy (like me), you will not be motivated to put extra effort to take the box down and then plan your sewing day.

The one thing that I loved most in this sewing room idea was the pegs for thread spools. 

And this type of sewing space is easy to set up on a budget.

Reupholster Your Ironing Board

To give your ironing board a little style, upholster it with a piece of eye-catching fabric. It is a great way to inject personal style into your sewing studio without bringing in extra decor that’ll take up usable space.

Use Your Wall Space

Hangers and wall storage hacks like floating shelves are your best friends in a sewing room. It will clear up the floor so you can block things out without tripping over something every time you turn around.

Opt For A Large Table

When choosing a table for your workstation, consider one with plenty of surface space that allows you to spread out. An industrial one like this makes a modern statement while still functional and practical. Task lighting is another must.


While there are many different ways to design and organise a sewing room, these five ideas should provide a good starting point. If you’re looking for more specific help or want to see how other sewers have designed their rooms, check out the resources section below. And finally, don’t forget to share pictures of your finished sewing room with us – we can’t wait to see it!

FAQs About Builders Melbourne

How Big Should A Sewing Room Be?

Depending on the room size and orientation, try to find space for a dedicated cutting area. For example, a garment sewer should be large enough to allow for a folded 60″ fabric width; if you’re a quilter, a 45″ fabric width is sufficient; length depends on the available space.

What Is A Needlework Room?

A Sewing Room is a space dedicated to sewing and sewing-related hobbies. So often, a dream comes true, and a sewing room is where you can leave your machine set up and your supplies laid out and a place to store fabric and other items.

How Do You Store Quilt Projects?

If you have a finished quilt top, blocks, or rows, hang them from a hanger in your closet to keep wrinkles at bay and free up space on your design wall.

What Is The Best Height For A Cutting Table?

Depending on how tall you are, the average height of a cutting table should be between 36 and 40 inches high, but you may want to lower it for children.

What Is The Best Height For A Sewing Table?

The standard height for a sewing table is 28 inches to 30 inches. Keep in mind that the table should have an adjustable shelf for the sewing machine to lower it to various heights for ease of use.

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