High & Low: Craft & Sewing Cabinets
Dec 09, 2009
Are you big into beading? Scrapbooking? Or maybe, like me, addicted to sewing (and the inevitable collecting of fabric that goes along with it)? Whether or not you have a dedicated space for your hobby, you need a way to organize everything and keep it both accessible but easy to hide when needed. It's a tall order. I'm still in the process of creating the perfect organizational system in my sewing room.
As charming as my vintage Parisian hamper is, it's a really poor way to organize fabric. I'm going to start hanging fabric pieces with pants hangers so I can see what I have. As for the rest—sewing machine, serger, notions, scissors, thread, patterns— it all fits nicely in this Sauder craft armoire I bought a couple years ago.
For the price, this thing delivers. The quality is what you'd expect from Sauder: solid for the most part, but with a few chintzy-feeling components. The smaller shelves and backboard are made from that glorified cardboard stuff, and the casters are plastic. However, this piece has some surprisingly nice touches, such as the 270-degree hinges that allow the doors to swing almost flush with the outside of the armoire, the integrated triple electrical outlet, and the smart design of the slide-out desk.
I'm not fond of the country look of the doors or the distressed finish. I've been thinking about adding some sheet metal over the faux louvers on the doors where I can magnet some of my design ideas. But this piece changed the whole function of my sewing room, where formerly most tools and materials were stored in numerous boxes, stacked willy-nilly.
Here are a few more hobby storage solutions to put on your Christmas list! —Diane
Perfect for compact spaces.
Ideal for the occasional sewist or mender. Sewing machine lifts to free-arm height and lowers to store within the cabinet. The whole thing folds up to the size of a large bedside table.
If you have a hobby that involves many, many small pieces, this is your armoire!
DIY: Convert an old TV Armoire or wardrobe
What to do with that hulking TV armoire now that you have a sleek flat-screen? Don't bother hauling it to the consignment store— no one is buying entertainment centers anymore. So give it a new life as a hobby center! Here's an inspiring photo from DIY Ideas magazine. Find more specifics on how to do it yourself here.
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