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The effect of workspace design had a major effect on productivity, as noted in a recent study published by the Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research. When sewing is a serious hobby, of course, you can spend various hours straight perfecting your stitches, beading, or sequential art. A functional and comfortable environment will help you enjoy your hobby, de-stress, and get more done in the same amount of time. How can you create an ideal space for sewing to call your own for a few treasured hours?
Lighting is Key
When completing embroidery or other artistic sewing projects, optimal lighting is vital. Try to ensure the space you use for sewing has plenty of natural light, by placing your main work station as close as possible to windows or sliding glass doors. For extra lighting, use white light, since yellow light can cause eyestrain.
For detailed work, invest in a quality lamp that can be moved into the precise angle you need. Opt for a lamp that comes with its own magnifier. If you live in a very sunny area and your sewing room is adjacent to your terrace or garden, remote control louvers will allow you to let in as much or as little sun as you need. Some louvers move at a 360º angle, allowing you to really personalize your lighting experience.
Nature Never Fails
Many studies have shown that working amidst greenery can boost productivity and focus. If you have a large garden and all rooms inside your home are already taken, creating an outdoor space just for yourself is a wonderful way to sew closer to nature. If you have an atrium, this is the perfect place to set up your work desk and task lighting. Natural wood log cabin kits are also easy to put together and can really create a natural, eco-friendly environment in which to turn your designs into reality. Try to bring nature inside as well, filling your workspace with pots and plants, or even using nature imagery for your wallpaper or décor pieces.
Space for Storage
One of the most important elements of a sewing room is organization and storage. When buying larger pieces for your room such as your work desk, opt for pieces that contain ‘hidden’ drawers and cabinets. Wall shelves for thread, ribbons, beads, etc. work perfectly for smaller rooms. If budget permits, bespoke wall storage that runs from one side of the longest wall to the other is the perfect way to keep your working gear hidden. This type of furniture will allow your room to serve more than one function.
For instance, it serve as a tea or visiting room during moments in which you are not working. Modular storage (comprising different sizes of open boxes you can stack to create a beautiful shape) works particularly well for smaller items like needles, thread, and smaller pieces of material. For long rolls of materials, stacked wall shelves will make for a beautiful, colorful display that adds a professional touch to your sewing space. For a budget solution, hang a curtain rod into wall studs and fold your fabric vertically, hanging each cloth on a separate material ring with clips.
In order to feel relaxed and content while you sew, building a comfortable and functional room is important. Keep materials well stored so you can easily access everything you need. Ensure you have great lighting and if possible, rely on natural outdoor lighting. Finally, remember that your sewing room can be as beautiful as it is practical. Think up a theme – be it Eastern, rural, or minimalistic – and be consistent with everything from flooring to decorative touches.