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The Perfect Size Work Table

corkboard table

Corkboard Table

In this post, I’m talking about work tables that you do your cutting out, pattern alterations, etc. on, not the actual table that your sewing machine sits on.

Pictured is my “work” table. I have it covered with a 1/4″ thick layer of cork board (purchased at the hardware store) so I can pin right into the table top.

The table measures about 48″ long and about 36″ wide. The height is about 36″ as well.

Sewing Studio

Sewing Studio

Now here is how it fits into my sewing room. It’s a little bit too big for the area I have for it and I’m constantly bumping a hip into the corner of the table every time I go around it to get to the laundry area. I have been talking with my oh-so-handy hubby about lowering the table about 6″ because I’m rather short and tend to do most of my work sitting down at the table. I’ve read that the ideal height for a cutting table is actually only 30″ anyway and, for us vertically challenged people, it’s even lower.

As is, I can only reach about 1/2 way across the width of the table while seated. That means most of the table is pretty inaccessible.

The only disadvantage of a smaller table top is that it wouldn’t be as easy to use for cutting out pieces because the fabric yardage would be falling off the side or end as I cut. Of course, I could use the kitchen table for cutting out – but I probably wouldn’t.

What do you find is the perfect size for a work table in the sewing room?


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