Tutorial - How to Make Your Ideal Sewing Table to Alleviate Back, Neck and Shoulder Issues

I don't know about you, but I could never find the perfect table for my sewing machine so I ended up making one!!!

I was on a limited budget and just couldn't afford a nice expensive table!!!  I was tired of my plastic white table that bounced around when I put the pedal to the medal if you know what I mean!!!  I was also tired of standing at my bar height counter which worked for my back, but my feet got tired.  Every table that I could afford was 30" high and when I sat my machine on it I was sewing at a 34" height and with me being 5' 3" it was too high for me and caused back/neck/shoulder issues.  This also caused issues with my machine quilting because no matter what I butted up to my table - my machine was at 34" and whatever I butted up was 30" which was causing drag issues.

Therefore, I decided to solicit the help of my husband and dad and had them make me a table/desk.  We used a 4 x 8 melamine board cut to size as the table top and 4 x 4 posts which I painted white as the legs.  We also used 2 x 4's to rest the top on and little L brackets to secure the legs and top.  We also used corner round (I think that's what its called) on the front of the melamine top which I simply super glued in place!!!  

I think the thing I like most about my table is that it's 26" high (ergonomic) so I can sew all day without back/neck/shoulder pain!!!  Also, when I add my sew steady table, the sewing height is 30" which is just right for me and it also butts up perfectly to my drop leaf table which I love to keep my quilts from dragging or simply use my table to lay out pieces, quick cuts, ironing, etc.  I also added a little drawer under the table for scissors, jack the ripper, screwdriver, needles, etc.!!!

I must say I'm in love with my sewing room - it's my happy place!!!
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  1. What a great idea! I'm adding a link to this post in my newsletter. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

    1. Thanks Becca! That is very kind of you! Mom (Karen) loves and lives in her sewing room! The thought process behind the layout hopefully can help others!


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