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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Table Shopping!





The cabin needs a sturdy sewing table – so where do I come where there are lots of options to choose from? IKEA!



Maybe this one?


But this one is solid oak, not veneer and has an easy extension!


I really like this one – but of course it was the most expensive of all!



Maybe too many tables is too much of a good thing?

I just know that I want a solid table that does not bounce while three or four busy quilters are sewing away at break neck speed! The folding plastic tables I have just will not do the trick without machines and projects skittering off the table top and onto the floor.

I guess I will keep shopping! :-)



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30 comments:

Tami C said...

That first one looked good and study. Have you tried any used furniture stores? An old table that's nice and study would work good and is less expensive.

Caro said...

How about using a door? Ikea also has adjustable table legs that you can add to any top. They also sell butcher block countertops in several sizes, I believe

la crispedeuse said...

second hand office furniture might do. these old conference tables are nice and sturdy and are built to last.

YankeeQuilter said...

If you get one from a used furniture store you can trim the legs down a bit so the machines aren't so high up...

Sandra Rocco said...

I had a similar problem in my sewing room. I bought the solid wood worktop and two kitchen trollies. This gave me the right height for cutting, with storage underneath.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

The first and third ones look like the most likely candidates but you have to make sure when you're seated that you're not sitting "too low" for the sewing machine ... unless you plan on collecting office chairs that have a height adjustment ....

Deb said...

I have the first table you showed in my sewing room but I don't use it as a sewing table. It olds my Accu-quilt Studio cutter. I LOVE IKEA.

Maree in NC ☺ said...

Good luck with your table search! Too bad you weren't at Ikea this past Friday when we were there. ;-) They had "our" lights on sale for $4.99. :-D Have some frozen yogurt for us!

Allison in Plano said...

Interim solution? Because every retreat I go on has these plastic tables, I take adjustable curtain rods or shower rods with the rubber tips on each end. I wedge them (usually two or three) underneath the table where my machine sits and where my cutting mat sits. I also take batting scraps to put under the table legs to act as shock absorbers since most are on slab foundations. Has worked well for me so far. Hugs, Allison in North Texas

Julia, in Virginia said...

The "Galant" office table from Ikea is perfect for the sewing studio. It comes in various sizes and the height is adjustable. I use two in my studio, in a L-configuration, and they are great, and very stable.

Gretchen Mcroberts said...

Just choose the one you like best...even if it is the most expensive! You will never regret your choice of a higher quality one!

Angela said...

I have used the waffle shelf liner made to cushion glasses or dishes in the kitchen. It is easily cut and comes in different width rolls. It keeps the machine in place and cuts down on vibration. I use the same stuff to stabilize the embroidery hoop when hooping. My embroidery machine is on a 4ft plastic folding table right now. Wish I were close enough to shop at IKEA.

jackie said...

Did you bring a machine along to test drive the tables?

Donana said...

I bought my table from Ikea. I don't remember the name but it is the sturdiest table I have ever seen. It's white metal legs and I'm not sure what the top is made of but it wipes clean so easy. I once saw a metal one but I wanted something more stylish. Keep looking. Maybe you can find something at a flea market or antique store.

daveandlo said...

Could you find a table at a yard sale? Lois

QltnRobin said...

Bonnie, go to your most favorite antique shop and buy a real wood table that has been around for a while. Sturdy, heavy, solid, not going to bounce and often has leaves to extend! Go with one with some scratches, lower price and resurface it the way you want it done, or go with a mint condition, pay well for it and be happy with a beautiful piece!
Robin in Bellingham

miss jamee said...

i would check cl for an old library table or sum such..

bonnie dav ia said...

I have a old shop table bought at school auction. Works great.

Luann said...

Banquet table. Cheap, yet sturdy. I have several for work tables in my sewing room.

Angie said...

Eleanor Burns has a great video demonstration of converting a used kitchen-type table to a sewing table - making a cut-out for the sewing machine to fit into. Hmm, I swear I saw a video demonstration, but now I can't find it. I did find instructions here: http://www.quiltinaday.com/freepattern/
Scroll down to the last item under Additional Patterns.

Kelly said...

Genius!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Thank you thank you thank you!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

You aren't serious, are you??

Shelley said...

Bonnie,

The third one in your pictures (the one with the candles) has been my dining room table for nearly 12 years. It's lasted through family gatherings, homework, Girl Scout projects, Boy Scout derby cars and, yes, sewing with friends when we have too much stuff to stay in the sewing room. It's solid as the day we got it. It's totally worth the money.

suz said...

my son got me a large table top and the sawhorse type legs at Ikea - I love it because I can easily adjust the height and easily move it around the house and put it where it's needed or best works

colleen said...

I have the plastic folding banquet table it over time has kind of gotten dips and bumps so I bought a pre cut piece of finished with (?) melamine the same size as my table. Now my cuts are completely through all the layers for the whole cut.
I am with the people who say spend the amount of money you need to to get what you know will work. Penny wise pound foolish. Of course if you can afford it if not save up your pennies until you can buy the proper tools

Kim Andrews said...

How about an old library table? Those are really sturdy.

cityquilter grace said...

oohh what fun, ikea shopping! lucky you!

Jantine said...

The big table with two extensions which you mention you like best is really a great sewing table! At the shop where I teach we have two and they are really sturdy and easy to put lots of quilters at with not many trouble with the legs!

Skipp said...

I second the suggestions of putting your own table together. IKEA and many other places offer adjustable table legs. That way you get everything you would want and nothing you don't such as size, material, sturdiness...
A good source to read up on some adjustable table legs is this site on all about adjustable table legs

-Skipp

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