Sewing Room Design Tips

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All Koala Studios are designed to work together, both side-by-side or back-to-back. These tips will help you plan out your space and allow you to consider things that you may not think about when designing a room.

"Work Triangle"

  • Try creating a corner unit centered on a RollAbout with Corner Top, or an island with a Treasure Chest and StorageCenter.  
  • Create work stations for sewing, cutting and pressing.  Consider using the “work triangle” layout popular in kitchen design.  Or, borrow another idea from the kitchen and create an island.  By placing your studio in the center of the room, you can work at all sides. 
  • First, select the Studio that will be your primary sewing area.  Decide if you need a 35 ¼”, 53” or 70” wide base model.  Position your sewing area to take advantage of the best light and view in the room.
  • Then, plan areas for cutting and pressing.  This can be accomplished by adding companion pieces like Storage Centers or RollAbouts.  Or, use Koala’s Outback Leaf Extension and Fabric palette  accomplish all three tasks on one Studio.  Keep in mind, you can use your Electric Glide lift to quickly and easily store your machine when you need to utilize your entire Studio surface. 
  • The correct height of your Studios is a personal choice.  Consider whether you like to create sitting or standing (or both), and select the height that is comfortable for you.  Koala Studios are available in 29 ¼”, 32 ¼”, 35 ¼” and 38 ¼” heights.  Adjustable SewComfort chairs and foot control platforms make the taller heights comfortable for sewing enthusiasts of all sizes.
  • Don’t forget storage!  Add door shelves, Outback shelves, thread and notions boxes, and drawer bins to keep your supplies organized.
  • Select a comfortable chair with adjustable height and back support.  Koala SewComfort Chairs have 6-way adjustments, work with all Studio heights, and allow you to swivel and roll easily.
  • Designate a space in your home for your passion.  Half of a guest room, a seldom-used dining room, a corner of a laundry room, or even a remodeled attic or sunroom can become your creative retreat.
  • Incorporate both overhead and task lighting to reduce eye strain and aid in detail work.  Try a variety of spectrums including “daylight” (lamps or the real thing) to aid in matching colors.
  • Selecting flooring?  While carpeting is good for muffling sounds, many sewers agree that hard floors are easier for rolling chairs and cleaning (plus finding those dropped pins and needles.)
  • Choose soft wall colors in a matte or eggshell finish.  Avoid dark colors, which absorb light, and glossy finishes, which can cast a glare.
  • Plan where you’ll plug in your sewing machine(s) and iron or press.  Grounded outlets and serge protectors are recommended. 
  • Garment sewing? Mirror, dressform, screen for changing area

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. avatar Nicole Bardowell
    Dec 04, 2016 @ 21:23:25

    I would like to get a studio suitable for sitting and standing. How do I determine the right height, at elbows or somethung else? Also hoe do the adjustable floors work?

    Thanks!

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    • avatar Erika
      Dec 09, 2016 @ 14:05:04

      Hi Nicole! We recommend reaching out to your local Koala retailer to see what options are available to fit your needs. They can also discuss the customization options. Here is a link to find the nearest Koala Retailer to you: http://www.sewingandcraftclub.com/koala-dealers/ Thank you!

      Reply

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. avatar Nicole Bardowell
    Dec 04, 2016 @ 21:23:25

    I would like to get a studio suitable for sitting and standing. How do I determine the right height, at elbows or somethung else? Also hoe do the adjustable floors work?

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • avatar Erika
      Dec 09, 2016 @ 14:05:04

      Hi Nicole! We recommend reaching out to your local Koala retailer to see what options are available to fit your needs. They can also discuss the customization options. Here is a link to find the nearest Koala Retailer to you: http://www.sewingandcraftclub.com/koala-dealers/ Thank you!

      Reply

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