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pjhamel
« on: September 03, 2009 06:17:05 PM »

I have been living with my parents while going to college(The university I go to is only twenty minutes away. Why waste money on a dorm?). I was going to transfer, but then decided to wait until after I get my B.A. So now I am stuck in my 11x13 room for another year and a half.
I've been wanting to redecorate for a while. Actually needing to, because I am starting a hand bag business and my mom is sick of me turning the dining room table into a work table every weekend.
So here is my problem: How do I make my room function as a bedroom, a study room, and a sewing room at the same time?
Any ideas would be great, as I am probably going to work on it some this weekend.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009 08:03:48 PM »

I'm in the same situation as you! My room is only slightly bigger, though, but still, same problem.

What I've thought of doing is diving my room up, literally. Not with an actual divider, but literally putting all my school and sleep furniture and necessities on one side of the room, and all my creative crafting things on the other side of the room, making the two sides VERY obviously defined.

You could also stick your bed in the middle of the room and put all your crafty stuff on the side that you wouldn't normally go towards (like if you have a closet on one wall, don't set up your sewing machine against that wall, but on the wall opposite it). Make sure you have a desk dedicated solely to studying. Put it right next to your bed if you have to, just to make sure it's craft free.

I'm going the glass and plastic jars, bookcases, wall shelves, and decorated shoe boxes storage route. Wrap your fabrics around cardboard or some uniform square/rectangle shaper and stick them, by color or thickness etc, in your bookshelves. Place your little things like buttons, clasps, and zipper attachments in jars. Use shoe boxes for actual zippers, handles, or interfacing. Line ribbon on a dowel or buy a ribbon dispenser (or make one--there's a good one on this website, I think) and invest in a thread stand. It has little dowels you can store anywhere from 25 to 180 spools of thread on. Mine is a 60 spool one, and it takes up maybe a foot of width and three inches of depth.

Or if you don't think you could handle an obvious division of your room, you could add a divider. I don't think they cost much to make, or even to buy. You could go the simple way and screw a few hooks on the ceiling around your sewing area to close it into a corner, and hang fabric (a sheet or something else lightweight that you won't be tempted to make into a bag Wink ).

I'll give you a lot more suggestions once I get all of my things organized. I've been working on my room off and on for a week now, and I have a 4 day weekend from college starting tomorrow so I'll be aiming to finish my room by Tuesday when classes resume. I have to paint the second layer of my ceiling, paint the trim, and then clean up. I can wait to make my bed some other time (I'm making a zen bed so it acts as a neutral part of the room), so long as the painting is done I can begin the real organization of my things Cheesy. I'll let you know if something didn't work out for me in case you want to do something I've done, so you know what to avoid so you don't make the same mistake.

Here's my board post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319841.0

I'd look into using picture frames to store things, too. Ribbon or jewelry. You could make them into a shelf and put jars of pencils and schools things on it.

Best of luck!
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tomico
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2009 11:14:20 AM »

   I've been working on a sewing / craft / studio space since February. A few things I did was use space that seems like dead space. I have built a jar knook shelf behind the door. The space was the thickness of the frame around the door. The jars aren't any larger and it works out perfectly. I also found out the depth and hieght is perfect for paperbacks as well.
   I also have shelves that are 1' from the ceiling and come down 1' each. There are 3 that are 10' long and 3 that are 8' long. I would have had 4 shelves down but they seemed to get too close to the work tables underneath. When I bought a rolling flatfold drawer set I made sure that it would fit under the tables. I turned one table into a standing or barstool hight so I could add a space under for storage of tools and such.

   I'm still working on my space and probably have to go back a few steps because my husband has agreed to rewire the room. Why after I had painted, I don't really understand.

   I hope some of the things I've suggested help to inspire.

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Gregdill
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009 04:16:15 AM »

I don't know a new style about decorating. I know some general tips. But you want information about decorative in a new style? So plz meet interior designer. Its suggested to you.           
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