Prepare to lose all respect for me. This was my office/sewing studio/school room. It was a mess. (It’s a different kind of mess now.)
I forget the actual measurements of the room, but it’s something like 20 feet by 17 feet. If I wanted to get nothing accomplished today I would go measure it for you to be sure. But then I would start sewing, or cleaning and forget the whole reason why I was in there.
The ceiling has a good pitch and the side walls are barely over 2 feet high. Which doesn’t make much useable wall space. But after taking this picture, I realized that I wasn’t fully using the wall space I did have.
So I hired a friend to build plywood shelves on two sides of the room. He bought the wood for me and I painted them. 2 coats of primer and then 2 coats of paint (We used both rollers and paint brushes. We also purchased a paint sprayer for the project which was a waste of time and money. It just spit out paint in weird drips and we had to use a roller over it anyway.) Painting all this wood took 2 days. (Not steady work, including dry time. But our backs, shoulders and arms were sore.)
I had visions of floor to ceiling Billy bookcases in my office, inspired by too many hours spent on Pinterest. But the nearest Ikea is in the Chicago area–not even sure how far that is. And I have wonky angles in my room that Billy’s really weren’t prepared to handle. Custom was the only way for me.
We moved everything to the other side of the room so Mark could work.
And work he did!
I went through my fabric and got rid of at least 4 bins, leaving me way too much. And I ordered comic-book card boards from Amazon.com to make mini-bolts of the fabric I had left.
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They went on the short shelves along the side of the room.
I love that I can see my stash fabric at a glance. I buy a lot less this way. I worry that the fabric will get damaged from the lights in the room. (There isn’t much direct sunlight, but there is lots of florescents.) My plan right now is to cut around the light mark if that happens. I should sew more stuff and use it up before light damage can happen .
Then I bought a couch on Craigslist and put that on the other side of the room and shoved all the rest of my stuff that I didn’t know what to do with behind it, bwa ha ha. Look in the corners of the pic and you will see it .
I also purchased a desk on Craigslist and a white bookcase from Target.com. I’m waiting for a tabletop from Target to come and have boxes of closetmaid 9 cube shelves to put together to build this:
I’m scared about this, because I haven’t figured out the furniture arrangement of it all. Nothing is returnable once I assemble it….and it was $190 for the set. (But from pottery barn it would have been $1100!) Right now my sewing machine is taking up precious wall space that I thought might free up with this table. And I might be able to stand and sew–which would save my back and help me get a lot more done. I’ll keep you posted with updated pictures when I get some stuff figured out.
If you need more ideas, check out my Pinterest page on the subject:
especially this one:
What kind of projects are on your office or craft room to do list? Any tips for me?