I am limited in space, but I was left a dresser by the youngest. I've stashed craft supplies in it and it holds the tv that Chef bought me for the room. Beside the dresser and the window wall, I stash batting, pillow forms and the like.
Here is a shot of the corner when you enter:
The table that my sewing machine fits on is a computer desk that I found at Liquidation World for $30. It has heavy cast legs. The top has two flip up drawers that I can stuff things in.
When the tops are down, it still gives me a great deal of surface space to work with.
My eldest made the great pottery holder. It was for kitchen utensils, but I found it was great for scissors! You'll note that I have fabric strips on some of the scissors -- those are for FABRIC only. I think everyone in my house learned that in a hurry! I've seen some bloggers put a lock on the handles. My kids complained that they didn't know which ones were for fabric and which ones were for paper. Solved that don't you think?
Right behind the chair is one of my cupboards that holds thread. Maybe they call it a Jam cupboard? I found this little cupboard along with the other one behind the wicker chair for $20. Works for me! The little corner is where I store my Accuquilt Go and templates, and the shelf holds scrap fabric waiting to be cut into precuts.
My fat quarters I've tried to sort into colors. I'm learning and I am not an expert by any means. To give you an idea, I use my smaller 6" wide ruler as a guide for folding them. Take a look at your stash before you plan on heading out to browse. That way you will know what colors you are short of. I have plenty to keep me busy!
Can you see that I love Ikea? The drawer unit to the right of the bookshelf came from Ikea. It was in the "As Is" section for $25. It had a top drawer that was stuck and not sliding properly so anyone who tried it walked by it. I rolled that little thing to the customer service desk and asked if someone could take a look at the drawer. The guy looked at it and said "No problem!" and fixed it within seconds! It holds my thread specific to quilting as well as all the feet and accessories for my Baby Lock! The basket on the floor beside it is another garage sale find for $2. It holds odd pieces of ribbon, lace and my zippers.
I've set up my machine so my back isn't towards the door. I am focused when I am sewing and want to know when someone is coming in. I am limited with space, so I wanted to set it up so I could glance outside at the weather, but then watch the tv without craning my neck around. My ironing board is set up against the window because it forces me to get up and walk over there. I get to look out and see the world, besides taking a break from sitting. Movement is good! Having a pressing station next to your sewing machine causes you to twist your body in your chair. Although handy for sewing, repetitive motion like this is not great for your body! Take it from my physiotherapist who gave me some pointers on sitting and movement during a sewing marathon!
There are a number of things that you need to consider when you are setting up your studio/sewing room:
1. Lighting - natural light is great, but if you put your sewing table in front of the window, you may be blinded by the sun streaming through at certain times of the day. Realize the elements as well. You can either roast like a tomato in a greenhouse or have things blowing around on your sewing table. The lighting in the room needs to be adjustable, depending on where you are setting up your cutting table and sewing area. Spend the extra dollars when you buy bulbs. A good daylight bulb may be more expensive, but it doesn't change colors on your fabrics. We bought the figure below for $15 from Home Depot. I have one of the bulbs aimed at the design wall, one on the cutting table and one over the sewing machine.