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For those who spend many hours behind their sewing machines making beautiful garments and other useful items, it is important to have a well-equipped workspace. Cutting tables and sewing cabinets, like Arrow cabinets are essential furnishings for sewists. Yet there is one more thing necessary for every sewing room, a pressing station. By using the easy instructions listed below, most any cabinet or low piece of furniture can be converted into a pressing station by simply adding a pressing top.

Different Options In Pressing Stations

Pressing stations can be set up in a number of ways. Ironing boards make inexpensive, temporary setups that can be stored away after use. Another option is to use pressing pads on top of cutting tables or other surfaces, although that may not be convenient for pressing large pieces of fabric. A third and more desirable option for busy sewists is to make cute pressing stations out of sewing cabinets, low bookcases, or similar furnishings. With the right top, Arrow cabinets make great pressing stations while providing more storage for fabric and sewing supplies at the same time.

Convert A Cabinet with A DIY Pressing Top

A converted cabinet, bookcase, or even a low chest of drawers is a great choice for making a pressing station. The conversion process is also easy, involving little more than a sheet of wood, wood trim, and some fabric and batting to add a padded top to an existing furniture top. The top does not permanently change the cabinet and can be easily removed at any time. By using the following method, a temporary pressing board top can be made for any cabinet. This lets sewists keep the station set up, which makes working on their sewing machines easier and more convenient:

  • Step 1 - Build the Cabinet Top - Start off by building a new, false pressing board top for the sewing cabinet or table using a sheet of ½ to ⅝-inch thick wood like pine or birch. Cut the wood to the desired size, making it large enough to offer ample space for pressing, even if this means it is larger than the actual top of the cabinet.
  • Step 2 - Build the Frame - Once the pressing board top has been cut, build a frame underneath from strips of ½-inch or similar sized wood trim. With the top positioned in place on the cabinet, mark the edges on the underside to act as a guide for where the trim should be affixed. Turn the top over and measure the size on the underside. Next glue or screw on lengths of trim to create brackets to hold the top in place on the cabinet. If screws are used, bec sure they are short enough to not go through the top of the pressing board.
  • Step 3 - Pad the Top - Once the pressing board top has been assembled and you are sure the cabinet top with the trim strips holding it in place fit properly, a pad should be added to the top for pressing. Use a few layers of heat-resistant batting, laying it on smoothly and then folding it over the edges of the top. Staple the batting on by using a heavy-duty staple gun.
  • Step 4 - Add A Cover - Use a sewing machine to create a cover for the padded pressing top. Sew a drawstring cover that can be easily put on and removed. Size the cover to fit snuggly once the drawstring is tied. The DIY pressing station is now done.

By using the directions referenced above, a person can invest a few dollars and easily turn Arrow cabinets, bookcases, or any other unused piece of furniture into a great pressing station. Pressing board tops can be custom designed to any size and these temporary tops are easily removed without permanently modifying the cabinet. Along with cutting tables and sewing cabinets for sewing machines, a cute DIY pressing station will complete any sewing room!

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