No Thanks
Let

Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Project

Sewing Room in a Closet

Introduction

Just because you can't devote an entire room to a hobby doesn't mean you can't create a well-organized space to suit your purpose perfectly. A "room" in a closet provides storage for equipment and materials, and, with fixtures like a pull-out table, becomes a comfortable, convenient work area as well. Another advantage: When you're finished working on a project, you can simply close the closet door or doors -- with no visible clutter remaining to detract from the furnishings in your room.

Martha was so happy with the office in a closet constructed previously in her television studio library that she decided to create a similar space for sewing. For the sewing machine, carpenter Jim Comstock designed an extendable work surface with slides strong enough to support up to five hundred pounds of weight. This sounds like a lot, but it assures that the surface won't slip or sag over time.

The table has a drop leaf to provide plenty of space for working with fabric; the leaf is permanently covered with a self-healing mat, which retains no trace of nicks or cuts. The sewing machine sits on the portion of the table that is always flat, so it never has to be moved. Directly underneath the drop-leaf table, Jim installed a separate sliding support shelf. This additional support eliminates the need for a leg to hold up the outermost edge of the table when the leaf is folded out. Martha will be able to place a chair wherever it best suits her task on any of the three unattached sides of the table.

Jim also affixed a thread rack and magnetic bobbin holder to a vertical panel that slides out behind the sewing machine. Directly above are three drawers with shallow sides for an array of sewing supplies such as thimbles, scissors, pin cushions, glue, machine feet, spray bottles, jars of buttons, embroidery hoops, a calculator, and a magnet for picking up spilled pins.

These drawers are lined with felt, so tools will be less likely to shift and scratch each other. Above, a stationary shelf holds books, large jars, and other bulky items. At the very bottom of the closet, a sliding shelf provides easy access to a wastebasket and plastic storage boxes for fabric. The doors of the closet are lined with cork, creating handy bulletin boards for lists, ideas, swatches, and photos.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (10)

  • ajohnson09 24 Nov, 2012

    Where can I find the plans for this project?

  • sewingwithmartha 6 Mar, 2011

    how much would it cost to do all that

  • sewingwithmartha 5 Mar, 2011

    i wish i could do this. im thinkin about asking my dad if we can:)

  • KarenGuglielmo 23 Apr, 2009

    Again, I am really interested in doing this project but would like some additional instructions. Help us out, Martha People!!!

  • BetsyRoss 18 Apr, 2009

    Hi- Love this idea, along with just about everything else Martha does. For us DIY-ers, though, I didn't see any directions for this specific project. I know each space has different requirements, but how about either a) something generic or b) be specific with the completed sewing space above so we can at least have a base from which we can customize? Thanks.

  • BetsyRoss 18 Apr, 2009

    Hi- Love this idea, along with just about everything else Martha does. For us DIY-ers, though, I didn't see any directions for this specific project. I know each space has different requirements, but how about either a) something generic or b) be specific with the completed sewing space above so we can at least have a base from which we can customize? Thanks.

  • lbuser 25 Mar, 2009

    There is enough of a description provided that you can print it and hand it to a carpenter and he can develop the necessary plans to create this. This format isn't really designed to provide these kinds of plans. But with the description provided along with the picture I can see how this will work. If I change the sliding closet doors in my office/work room to swing doors then I can do this. This is an exciting idea.

  • lilysnana55 30 Dec, 2008

    I've moved into a new home and now wanted to implement this idea. I was disappointed to see any real detailed instructions. I'm still going to try this, however, with some of the ideas the article used.

  • lilysnana55 30 Dec, 2008

    I've moved into a new home and now wanted to implement this idea. I was disappointed to see any real detailed instructions. I'm still going to try this, however, with some of the ideas the article used.

  • Lidarose 15 Jul, 2008

    Has anyone done this - besides Martha? Looks like a great idea. I'm wondering how expensive it would be to hire it done.