A Unique Idea for Studio Storage and Utility

Julie Yonge © 2009

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Storage is always an issue for those who stitch, knit, crazy quilt, “sane” quilt and just plain create. I am lucky enough to have an area devoted to my creative musings, but as all crazy quilters come to understand, our chosen artistic venue leads us to dabble in many other areas. We collect not only fabrics, but buttons, lace, jewelry findings, threads, beads, stamps, fibers and more. Storage for all these “necessities” becomes quite an issue. The space, it seems, can never be large enough. I thought I would share with you a storage and utilitarian idea that my husband and I came up with for my sewing/media arts studio. It allows me to have a large work surface area, as well as much needed additional storage.

One of my main goals was to combine storage with utility. Thus, I needed drawers. Don’t we all! I also needed a large area to lay out fabrics, cut out patterns, paint and more. To accomplish the goal of more drawers, two inexpensive chest-of-drawers (each having six drawers) were purchased. This was great, but I didn’t want to take up more space in my sewing room than I had to. So, we made a decision to put the chest of drawer units back-to-back to take up less space and still be able to access all the drawers easily. To help with space issues, we also decided the new unit should be mobile to some degree; so it would be put on casters. To accomplish this, heavy-duty casters were put on a foundation piece of wood onto which the chest-of-drawers were put back-to-back on the outermost edges. In other words, a space of about 20" was left between the chest-of-drawers. This was done for a couple of reasons. I knew I wanted to be able to pull a chair up to the table on at least one side and have my knees comfortably fit underneath, and I wanted a larger work surface than the depth of the two chest-of-drawers provided. A niche was cut out from the foundation piece to accommodate the width of a chair; and the shelves that were put in the open area between the chest-of-drawers did not go completely from one end to the other to provide the needed “knee room” at one end. Several pieces of wood were glued together and framed to make a larger piece which serves as the top of the entire chest-of-drawer work table. The final size of my table is 4.5' by 5.5'.

I have included a couple of pictures which I hope will help you better understand the design of the table. I am really enjoying the extra storage and the large lay out area it provides. It is also really nice to be able to roll it to one side of the room to open up space as needed.

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