Quilting takes up a lot of space, between the sewing cabinet for the quilting machine and the other helpful cabinets and workstations that make the different steps in the process easier.
Unfortunately, not all of us have a whole spare room to dedicate to our quilting hobby and many of us are forced to work with much smaller areas using smaller cabinets and workspaces set up in a shared room like the living room or an infrequently-used dining room.
If this sounds familiar, then good organization is essential and here are some great organizational tips to help get the most from any small quilting space!
1. Storage Furniture
Storage is one of the biggest space issues that quilters face so when choosing a sewing cabinet, buy one with a lot of usable inside storage space for machine parts, accessories, and other frequently used items.
To make good use of that space, consider available floor space and then choose a larger cabinet to fit any available floor space since it will give the added benefit of a larger tabletop are for working.
A cabinet with a collapsible table is another option to temporarily expanding space when needed without taking up the whole room.
2. Rolling Carts
Rolling craft carts make a useful accessory when dealing with a very limited quilting workspace.
Available at most craft and sewing shops, they can filled with important needs, then rolled around wherever it is needed.
Smaller, inexpensive versions have deep bins while some larger ones have shelves and a flat workspace on top.
When done working with your quilting machine, either tuck it away under the cabinet, roll it into a corner, or hide it in a closet if that space is available
3. Use Wall Space
Wall space is a highly valuable and seldom used real estate in any sewing space, so be sure to use it.
Setting up in a corner offers two walls to mount shelves, cubbies, and racks of all sorts for storing all quilting needs, fabric stacks, and more.
Hangers, pegboards with bins, mounted thread spool racks can all be mounted lower on the wall with shelving mounted higher.
Put that wall space to use!
4. Stay Minimalistic
Common sense says that when there isn't a lot of room, keep things minimal.
Buy the accessories and supplies really needed to do your quilting but avoid the extras wanta-haves that really aren't needed that often.
Limit supplies and other needs to what can be stores in a well-organized sewing cabinet, rolling cart, and wall units so it will stay orderly and actually give you some space to spread out while sewing.
5. Clean and Declutter Often
The biggest waste of valuable storage and workspace is clutter, from things being out everywhere and filling up storage space to things you no longer can or plan on using.
Keep small quilting workspaces clutter-free and organized by cleaning them often.
Put everything back in its rightful place after using it so all flat surfaces remain usable.
Go through all storage spaces, bins, and shelves and pull out things that are just wasting space and either get rid of them or consolidate them in a box to store elsewhere for those “just in case” needs that do happen.
Just remember that it’s there when you have one of those “just in case” moments!
Organize Small Quilting Spaces
When you love to quilt but space is an issue, efficient organization is a great solution.
The right sewing cabinet and chair with storage and expandable workspaces is the perfect start for setting up a quilting machine.
Add to it various types of wall storage and a handy rolling cabinet or cart and you’ll be amazed at how useful that small space can be.
It may not be a whole room for cabinets and other workstations; however, it will still be a personal space set up just the way you need it!