The last few weeks, I've been spending a lot of time sewing new summer dresses for my daughters in my new sewing room.
"Sewing room" is an exaggerated description. "Sewing corner" would be more adequate. But for years, my sewing machine has been in my sons' room. Not only was it inconveniently located, but I couldn't sew during nap time. I love having a new space, however small, just for sewing.
Last year when we added onto our house, we began using our new entrance as the main entrance into our house. The front door entrance was not used frequently and I wondered if the space could find a better use. With two electric outlets already there, a sewing corner was the perfect solution.
My ironing board fit along the wall between doorways.
A small typing table (discarded from my grandparents) just fit in the space behind the door beside the coat closet. Ed talks of sometime buying some stock cabinets and putting in some built in cabinets, but this is working well now.
I cleared the bottom shelf of the coat closet to hold my pattern boxes, sewing basket, sleeve ironing board, and containers with other sewing supplies. The closet is perfect for holding the hanging laundry awaiting the iron. When the ironing board is not in use, it also fits inside the closet.
I love the sunshine that streams into this east facing corner. When ironing, I can open the door. When sewing, I have to shut the door but light still comes in the side light.
Best of all, this corner is only steps from my kitchen. I find myself more willing to sew a few seams while waiting for a pot to boil since I'm not at the other end of the house. Because it is small and open to the rest of the house, I'm encouraged to keep the area tidy, which in turn, inspires me to sew more often.
I'm not sharing these photos to persuade you to turn your front entry into a sewing room. I want to encourage you to use your house in a way that makes sense for you and your family - even if you use a space for a completely different purpose than designed.
Have you found a creative use for unused space in your home?