As some of you know, I've been sharing progress about making the larger of our two guest bedrooms into a sewing room. We've been in our house seven weeks now and progress seems slow to me. However, this past week I made great headway when, in about 45 minutes, the closet was customized. I spent the better part of Thursday re-re-organizing my sewing supplies. I think pictures will give you a good idea of the transformation.
Three before pictures.
Three, after installation pictures.
Three, fully loaded pictures.
As you can see, I have made pretty good use of all the space, but I still have a few problem areas.
1) In the closet... see those big bins in the middle, on the floor? Though I can close the closet doors in front of them, I can't pull out any small bins on the left side because the big bins are in the way. And, the big bins can't be turned sideways because they're 23" and the opening is 21-1/2" wide! I need to invest in some smaller bins.
2) Those lagoon blue canvas bins stacked on the floor are full of fabric scraps. I'd like to sit them on shelves.
3) None of my fabric is in the closet. It's still on wire racks, exposed to dust and UV rays. I would much prefer to have it in cabinets behind doors, even glass ones if it comes to that.
So this is what's left to organize. I've been seriously looking at Ikea's Billy series, bookcases with glass/panel doors, and extension shelves at the top. If I put a combination of units on the left wall, where the design wall is now, the big back wall will easily accommodate our 26" wall-mounted TV, and a larger design wall. Though the flannel wall is working okay, I discovered I cannot put a finished quilt on it for photo-taking without the whole thing pulling down - those magnets aren't that strong. It's likely I'll be recreating a flannel design wall with an insulation backing so I can pin to it.
Thus far, organizing this room has cost $865 of my $2,000 budget. A purchase of Ikea cabinets will be the biggest investment.
Too much indecision surrounds putting this room together - and the rest of the house too, for that matter. As much fun as it sounds to be able to shop for everything new, doing so requires much more time and effort than I would ever have imagined. Linda