Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sewing Room Goes Guest Room

Phew! My husband and I rented out our house for the SXSW festival in Austin and visited our parents in Louisiana for a week. Turning your house into a hotel is no easy task. A lot of clutter was stowed. We even threw some things in the attic temporarily. 

With guests on the way, I knew I had to transform my sewing room (aka, The Clubhouse) back into a guest room. These are some of the tricks I used to make the switch as smooth as possible.

1) We sold the bed last summer, so our guests knew to expect an air mattress.

2) I have a gate leg cutting table that can fold into a console table if necessary.

3) While my tools are usually spread out around the room, they all have a place in a drawer where I can put them away.

4) The sewing furniture I use was relocated here from my parents's house. It has a door and drop-in piece to conceal the opening for your knees and feet and the space for the sewing machine.

5) Over the door ironing board storage disappears into the closet.

6) Rulers hang on 3M hooks under the desk.

7) Bins can hide your WIPs.

8) Keeping small projects on trays prevents losing pieces, and the trays can be stacked away.

9) Generally try to clear away clutter before your guests arrive.

10) Sewing-related decor can still look nice in a guest room.

The Clubhouse worked well as a guest room for this little adventure, but I'm glad to be moving back in!

Does your sewing room have to serve dual purposes? Do you use any of these tricks or have some to share? I'd love to know!


  1. I love your little sewing and guest room! Where did you get that table? Its perfect for a cutting space, but it folds up and out of the way, when not in use. LOVE IT!

    1. Thanks! I got the table at Hancock's in the fall. I don't see this table on their website, but their search interface is kind of lame. This one is particleboard with a blonde veneer. They had wheels I could buy for it, but I opted not to. I thought about getting a gate leg dining table from Ikea or Crate and Barrel, but in the end the height of this particleboard table made all the difference.

  2. My sewing room is an Office/Sewing Room, very small. I use my dining room table to cut fabric and as my "design wall".

  3. Our guest room is my seeing room. Technically i habe a sewing closet. I habe a desk with my machine on it and closet swrater hangers and dresser for fabric and wips. I need a design wall and have to cut in the kiychen. I lovr my little closet though