As I mentioned in my Big Move post, we are working hard to renovate and create a cozy space in our new-to-us 512 square foot cottage. One of the challenges of a smaller space is making sure that everything has its place and that the overall effect leaves it feeling as large and open as possible. Before we moved, we created many different floor plans, and the trickiest part of my sewing space to place was always the ironing board. I love my large quilters ironing board that we made years ago, so we kept brainstorming ways to make it work in our new home. We considered mounting it to the wall in a flip up / flip down method, and that was the plan for a long time.
Then, when I began boxing up my sewing room, it was time to really consider what I was taking and why. When I boxed up my travel sewing machine, I started looking at the table it was sitting on with a very critical eye. The table is a purchased wheeled TV table with storage* that I picked up from Wayfair, and the more I thought about it, the more I was convinced it could be the perfect solution to my ironing board needs.
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And boy am I tickled with that choice! We unbolted the custom ironing table top from the traditional scissor leg base and brought just the ironing top and the wheeled table. Because I like to be able to sit or stand when I am sewing, the top of my combination cutting/sewing table is 36″ above the floor (I sit on the edge of a bar stool height chair when sitting at my machine). I adjusted the height of the rolling table to leave just a little bit of clearance above the top of the ironing board when nested / stored away under the table.
Another thing that I like about the table is that it has a few small shelves, which are perfect for storing my iron when it all gets tucked out of the way, too. I have had to replace quite a few irons over the years from accidentally dropping them on the floor. Knowing that the iron will be safely tucked away on a shelf when I need to move the ironing table gives me a lot of peace of mind and hope that this iron might last me a bit longer. We’ll see!
As you can see, the gap between the top of the ironing board and bottom of my sewing table is enough room that it also doubles as a great place to store a work in progress! In this case, when I was done cutting my fabrics for the Bokeh Quilt Along, I moved them to the ironing board and tucked it out of the way.
At this moment in time, the ironing board is not bolted to the top of the table, due to the fact that the sewing table is also still needing to double as our table top for meals as well. Once we get a table established, I can final adjust the position of the ironing board on the table top and bolt it down securely.
The table is a much sturdier base for the ironing board than the previous scissor leg base of a more traditional ironing board. I’m very pleased with the change and thought it might inspire someone else. And because I need to maximize my use of space, I’d love to know: have you found any unique storage solutions for any of your quilting supplies?