A sewing table or cabinet can radically change your sewing experience. So if you're in the market, why not have the best sewing table? Think about this scenario...
...You’re in the middle of organizing all of your fabric pieces and supplies on the dining room table for a sewing project. You’re extra proud of how it's looking, when the doorbell rings.
It’s UPS, delivering a box of gorgeous new fabric! Awesome! When you return to the dining room, you find your worst nightmare:
Choose Your Own Nightmare (It's like a choose your own adventure book all about quilting drama):
- The cat has jumped onto the table and vigorously rolled all over your pieces – tumbling blocks to the floor and getting everything out of order.
- Your toddler has decided to “finish your sewing for you” and has mashed all of your supplies into a ball and stuck needles in it in random places.
- Your significant other placed a piping hot… greasy… pizza box right on top of your fabric, and then opened a bottle of shaken soda, which sprayed all over your sewing machine.
- You left the window open and a powerful gust of wind blew everything onto the floor just in time for your new puppy to gleefully bound over every single piece of fabric.
If ANY of the above have ever happened to you, then listen to me. I mean this in the nicest, I-love-you-and-I-care-about-your-future-quits way: You need a sewing table. And possibly a design wall (which is much easier to create than you think.)
A sewing table is your own cat and pizza free sanctuary where your projects can be safe and protected. It’s also a place to spread out, get organized, and sew with stability and confidence. If you don’t have one, you need one. Or at least, you deserve one.
When Considering the Best Sewing Table for You: Remember the 3 S’s:
Sewing tables have a number of key features you can look out for when you’re on the hunt for the perfect new sewing space.
- Stability. You may be able to type, write, or eat at a moderately shaky table, but when you’re sewing, you need serious stability. When your sewing machine is charging ahead at full-speed, you know a shaky table is going to shake. Look for a sturdy, quality sewing table that can handle the stress and power of your machine.
- Storage. Minimalist sewing tables are gorgeous sometimes, but at the end of the day, I want a place to put my half-finished project, and my embarrassingly extensive (AKA awesome) notions collection. Some sewing tables have built-in shelves or drawers that are perfect for the sewist/hoarder like me.
- Surface Area. You know for sure that your sewing table needs to have enough room for your sewing machine… but consider all of the cutting, ironing, and piecing you do on a regular basis. It might be totally awesome to have space for that, right? I actually have my computer set up on mine – which then doubles as a TV so I can Netflix and sew on glorious Friday nights. (I live a rocker lifestyle. Don't even try to keep up.)
The Best Sewing Tables in the Universe
Arrow Sew Cabinets
Whether you’re looking for super-storage, extensive surface area, or just a splash of color, Arrow Sewing Cabinets have a huge selection. I love the simplicity and sewist-specific designs of a lot of their spaces. I also think I’m going to cram all the S’s into this post as I can. Don’t try to stop me.
If you are able to pay a little more money to sew in the land of luxury, check out the tables and cabinets at Kangaroo Kabinets. Each “studio” is equipped with storage and usability that only sewists can appreciate. A cool feature about these is that you can invest gradually by adding extenstions later.
If a new table isn’t exactly in your budget, check out Sew Stead. They sell smart sewing machine add-ons that can help you organize your supplies, and extend your space a bit, on a lower budget. The Large Deluxe table has a table, drawer tray and centering ruler that gives you just enough extra features to make you a sewing superstar. (These tables are great for sergers, too!)
TDM Sewing Craft Center Folding Table
If you have less space, like a low-profile, or have house mates that need you to hide your sewing stuff when they’re trying to impress new people, check out folding tables like this sewing/craft center from TDM. It’s a sewing table! No! It’s a totally normal cabinet! This baby can change hide your stash within seconds, if that’s what you’re into!
Sewing tables are seriously game-changers for quilters, and all crafticians alike. They save your sewing projects, and your sanity, and possibly even some of your relationships. Anyone have an awesome sewing set-up they want to share? Send it my way! I’m always looking for new ways to organize!
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59 thoughts on “The Best Sewing Table: Take Your Sewing Studio to the Next Level”
So, where did you happen to find the beautiful table in the photo?
IKEA! 🙂 http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30299070/
Is that a comfortable table to sew at? Is it big enough, I am just getting started
It has worked great for me over the last few years! I’m currently in the process of refinishing my attic space for a new sewing studio and will upgrade to a sewing cabinet. It’s also really nice to have a table that allows for your machine to sit inside so the sewing surface and the table are flush. I’ll post about it once I have it finished 🙂
What Katy said… or really- I want that machine in the picture!! 😉 Did I miss it or did you not say what you use?
I was having a really hard time getting a good photo of an actual sewing cabinet so this is a cute little vintage sewing machine on an IKEA table. haha. It doesn’t completely make sense, but I’ve always been one to picked form over function. 😉
Please tell what machine is this cutie? Love it! Who cares if you can actually use it when it brightens up the space so well! It would find a permanent home in my sewing area!
The sewing machine in the main photo? It’s a retro machine…I don’t even know the brand. haha! I’d say to keep an eye out at antique markets or Ebay. I bet you’ll find a similar one.
I think it’s a Zundapp – a German made machine. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/s~AAAOSwAHZUMFhT/s-l400.jpg
Ladies, this is a Zundapp Sewing machine. Zundapp made sewing machines between 1948 – 1960 in Germany (I’m from Germany) but the brand is more known for its Mopeds. Website is German -so ignore- but the photos are cute: http://www.unicumf.de/Zuendapp.html
I recently bought a new sewing table. I absolutely love it. It is electronic height adjustable. I can either sit or stand at my machine. I have my small pressing surface at the end (30″x60″ table), and also a cutting area. I simply push a button to move it up or down depending on the task that needs to be completed. So very happy with it.
Can you provide info on this? Or a link?
Which Table did you Buy. Im looking for this type of table.
I actually just got a standing table. It’s really cool! You can read more about it here – https://suzyquilts.com/standing-desk-sewing-studio/
What is the brand? Pic?
Okay. All of this is swell, but what did YOU end up buying??? Gah Lee, that Kangaroo cabinet you posted looks dreamy! I am also in the market for an entirely new set up since moving. But I don’t sew for a living like you, so it’s going to be a while until I circle back around to a good solution.
I’m currently using a table that was given to me and haven’t decided yet what to get. Jury is still out! 😉
Oh! Also! A lot of ladies at my retreats have this:
Sullivans Sew & Go Adjustable Height Foldable Sewing Table, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011Q0LVXM/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_KpWozbRGSN46H
It may not look all that exciting, but it’s pretty slick! I have been thinking about getting one for the same reason, but also to use at home instead of taking up a common areas surface.
Is there a blog post on creating this design wall that you speak of!!?
Oh I totally forgot to follow up on that tease. Oops! Simply stick a piece of batting to a wall with Command strips. If you don’t have a set sewing room, you can get large pieces of cardboard that fold – staple batting to that.
I have a Koala sewing cabinet after tons of research. The deal breaker—all wood and no partical board. Finish makes it look like fine furniture, electronic adjustment, and large work space. It is great and deserves a look.
I’ve heard really great things about Koala! Thanks for the review.
A few other things to consider is leg room and “dropping your machine so it’s level with your table top”. I purchased the Sew Perfect Quilt Professional table and it is AMAZING!!! It has 2 small drawers for some “basic stuff” and I have other storage for fabric, WIP’s, notions, etc.. Having the machine level with the top increases your surface area.
I have to ask as I’m very curious. Do you personally check out (or test drive) all these BEST products prior to making a recommendation or are these lists made from just internet research and customer reviews. I find some of your picks interesting.
Sounds amazing! Some of the products I have or have tried, but most of the machines from the “best of sewing machines” lists come from research of products reviews.
Check out office furniture. Often a great size “office desk” is a lot less cost and better made than a specially named “sewing table”. The height is good, they are sturdy and if you can get one with the return, it’s even more functional. (A return is the small desktop set at right angles to the main desk – you usually can decide which side you want it on.) Add in a couple of sets of drawers on castors to sit neatly under the desks and you are set to go. I managed to find my perfect desk set-up in the Used section of the office furniture store. It was a bargain!
I think the SewEzi should be included in your list. Doesn’t have storage but it is fantastic. I have 3, one for each of my machines!
I have the same units, 2 of the grande tables. Love them. Also I purchased the quilter’s version of a Koala unit. Pricey but I love it.
I have a sturdy kitchen table from our previous home that I had refinished and wanted to keep (but didn’t want to use for my new house). It works great. Currently, I am looking to buy or build (my dad is quite the carpenter) a cutting table for my craft room. My back has been killing me bending over the plastic folding table I have used AND there is just the slightest sag that seems to make my cuts just a tad bit off even with my templates. I have been looking for a while and may be going with buying counter height cabinets and a countertop (butcher block or formica) to make it work. I want that storage underneath and I want to use all the space in the nook I have available in case I ever get to upgrade my 24×36″ cutting mat to something larger. 😉
I’m getting a Pfaff Icon and want to know what tables other Icon owners are using.
Hi, interesting thread. I’m interested in sewing table, not big, but to hold my beasty Janome. Kitchen table does not offer storage below, so..thought I’d look into something designed for the heavy machines. Possibly, the drop kind, but, want to use the great table that came with machine. Also, storage for a bit of fabric. Love the wire drawer type, as you can see the items. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, for any clues to my new sewing room furniture/storage?!
You might need to get two separate things – a sewing cabinet and wire basket storage. I don’t know of any sewing tables that also have that kind of storage. My thought is that it wouldn’t be sturdy enough to hold your machine without it shaking.
I purchased several of these https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-62-in-Adjustable-Height-Work-Table-HOLT62XDB12/301810799. I bought the 62 inch but it also comes in 52 or 42 inch. They are super sturdy, you can sew as fast as you want and they are rock solid. There is a crank to raise and lower as low as 26″ without the casters and as high as 42″. The crank works smoothly and is easy to use. I can rearrange the tables to suit the project I’m working on. You can’t really do a cutout but I use an extension table as well as a Sew Steady and that works for me. They go on sale from time to time – I got the 62″ on sale for $199.
“Choose Your Own Nightmare (It’s like a choose your own adventure book all about quilting drama):“ 😂
Hi thanks for all the great tips! Where is that chair from in the pic for the bow and arrows quilt pattern signup?
Room and Board 😉
some good info….
Thanks Suzy, you’re pretty thorough with all the different items you cover. I’m a 66 yo male, I broke my back and am going stir crazy. I had someone give me a sewing machine. I really am a beginners beginner. Anyway, I bought a 2’x5′ collapsible table. Built a stabilizing brace to put between the legs for stability. My Biggest investment was for an 18×24″ clear machine table extension. My sister gave me her old rotary cutting mat. I made a real simple hanger system to hang the mat off the back of the table when I’m not using it. To find that they need to be moistened is a new/good thing.
Anyway, thanks again for the variety of postings. It gives me a lot to read and learn by.
Hey Suzy, btw: if you are interested, against my first impression, your gorgeous vintage machine is not a Zuendapp, it is actually a russian Tula machine. I found this while I was searching for a similar vintage machines to purchase.