Several years ago, we realized that we rarely used the dining room and my husband had the idea to convert it to a "craft" space for the kids and me. A few friends (including real estate agents) warned us not to do it, but we had no intentions of selling in the near future. We added some built-in cabinetry to house the supplies, as well as a pop-up mechanism for my sewing machine, so we can quickly hide it when we do use the room for dining. In theory, it would work as both a formal entertaining space and a sewing studio.
In practice, I have taken over the entire space with my various projects and the cabinets are over-flowing with fabrics and patterns and notions, and things are rarely put out-of-sight. Sometimes, I start a second (or fifth) project before cleaning up the previous project(s). I'm just not very organized.
|Fabric waiting to be sorted|
|Fabric Catalog (in Excel)|
I now have a lot more space for storage and I know where everything resides (or is supposed to reside). I even set myself up with a little system where I have a fabric storage bin to hold everything I need for the current project (assuming there is only one), and it's easily stored during any hiatus in sewing or for entertaining dinner guests. It sounds good, in theory.