I said a few days ago that while I’m excited to get started building my studio cabinets, the two priorities for me were (1) building a desk, and (2) building my workroom table.
The desk is done. And oh my gosh, I love it! It’s amazing how much more productive a person can be sitting at a proper desk as opposed to a piece of plywood sitting atop two saw horses. 😀 If you missed the very simple writing desk that I built, you can see how I built it here…
And you can see how I finished the desktop and painted the base here…
But there is no question that the most important thing going into my studio is my large workroom table. And those of you who have (or have dreamed about having) a huge craft room/sewing room/art studio/drapery workroom know exactly what I’m talking about. I dream about workroom tables.
For years now, every time I’ve wanted to sew draperies, I’ve either had to spread out the fabric on the floor, or I’ve set up a full 4′ x 8′ sheet of MDF on saw horses to use as my work table. For years and years, it has been my dream to have a space all my own that will accommodate a HUGE workroom table that can hold one full length and width of fabric for a standard drapery panel. That means the table needs to be at least 60 inches wide and 110 inches long. Bigger would be better, but those measurements are the minimum.
That’s a HUGE table!! The good news is that I have plenty of space in my studio for a table like that. The bad news is that I’ve been looking at inspiration and trying to plan this table for so long now, and I’m no closer today to deciding what I want than I was two years ago.
This decision seems so daunting to me that I’ve been kind of paralyzed with fear of making the wrong decision. I mean, this workroom table is literally the entire reason for my studio to even exist. If it weren’t for this workroom table, I could have gone on using one of the spare bedrooms as my office/work space.
I could make a very basic table, like the one pictured above. I’d want to dress it up a bit so that it’s not just rough lumber showing. I could take that basic design and Kristi-fy it a bit with some pretty molding and paint.
But then I’ve had this big craft room table from Infarrantly Creative saved in my inspiration pictures ever since she shared it a few years ago…
The main difference is that the first one would only allow standing since there’s no place to pull up a chair. That’s generally how tables in drapery workrooms are designed. But I’m not running a full-on drapery workroom here, and my table will be used for far more than just sewing draperies. So perhaps I need to make room for some bar stools as well. And maybe add some cubbies for baskets.
I do know for sure that I want mine to be on wheels so that I can move it around, which would obviously be easier with the first design. But the second design could be modified for that as well, like this one from Family Handyman. I could still have cubbies on a rolling platform, and have the countertop extend more to allow for leg room if I want to pull up a barstool and sit.
So I’d love to hear from those of you who either have a large workroom table, or who have been dreaming about and planning for a large workroom table. What are the most important features for you, other than the large, unobstructed work surface?
In other news, tomorrow is my birthday, and I probably won’t get much work done today or tomorrow. I thought I might do a Q & A post, if y’all are interested in that type of thing — something like a Reddit AMA, but not slimy or weird. 😀 It would just be a post where I answer questions like, “How did you and Matt meet?” or “What’s your favorite country that you’ve traveled to?” Or you can ask home-related and DIY-related questions as well. Pretty much, anything goes (except politics — I try to keep that junk far away from my blog).
So if you’re interested in that, and you have a question you’ve been wondering about, ask away! If there are enough of them, I’ll do a Q & A post and give you a glimpse beyond the DIY.