Home Sewing Space
I have been lucky enough to have a spare bedroom to sew in for many years. Unfortunately, as other sewists can relate to, I ran out of space. I knew I could move to the basement, but was hesitant to do so. I felt that being down there would cut me off from everyone. I thought I would give it a try though. My husband helped me paint the dark wood paneling in dove gray with white trim. I swapped out all of the lighting for “soft” daytime bulbs. I covered the pool table with a flat hard surface (portable ping pong table) and covered that with several cutting mats. I went to Ikea and purchased some white cubbies for patterns and other smaller items. I then arranged my stash in numbered containers and made a binder with swatches of what was in each container. I stacked the containers at one end of the basement and hid them behind a curtain. I am insanely happy with how this turned out. Especially, using the pool table as my cutting and project surface. Although I have no windows, the light walls and bright lighting make it feel as if I am upstairs. I would highly recommend anyone who is contemplating using their basement to just dive in to the project! Just make sure that you paint the walls in a light color and use bright lighting – it makes all the difference.