This is the best change in my sewing room yet.
Last year, I re-painted, moved things around,
optimized space/storage and added a nifty shelf
with lots of organizing options.
I'm a person who needs space,
and I just wasn't feeling it.
I decided it was finally time to chuck
the ironing board for something like this:
I use our old kitchen table as my cutting table
and, not in the picture below, a matching
baker's rack provides great storage.
The breakfast bar was just an extra surface
for things like my computer & embroidery machine.
I found a small piece of aspen for about $10.
(I think it was 3X3?)
I also saved some time by having Lowes
cut it to size for me.
The simple directions can be found here.
(The Insul-Brite I had, but I did want fabric that coordinated with the room.
Buying just fabric and the board, the cost for all was under $20!)
I chose to use a staple gun instead of tacks.
I also put non-skid pads on the bottom;
these do a great job of holding the board in place.
(Hard to see in pic but marked with the arrows--I ran out of them
so I didn't get one in the middle-front.
So far, I don't notice so I may not bother to buy more)
My cutting mat fits perfectly on one side.
In working on these flying geese that required a
lot of piecing, ironing, cutting and piecing again,
this option is ideal! So handy!
(As long as you don't try to, ahem, iron on your cutting board!)
The breakfast bar is a little higher than a regular
table or ironing board and therefore much easier
on one's back! If you find one of these at a garage sale
or thrift shop, grab it for your sewing room!
Wider and more stable work surface.
(I have a small cutting mat that has an ironing surface on the other
side but I never use it! Just doesn't seem to be functional enough.)
The things I used to keep on here?
My new MacBookPro is so
compact it can hang out anywhere.
The embroidery machine & my Cricut are now
on the shelf below. The ironing board can be taken
off and slid along side the table whenever I need the
surface for something else.
My old "real" ironing board? It's back in
the laundry room where it belongs!
Thanks to Pleasant Home for such a great idea!