I am going to take 1/2 of a 2 car garage and making it a sewing room for my quilt making. The garage is a standard garage. I will use the other half for all our storage needs. I can't secure the roll up doors since I am thinking we will still use it for going in and out occasionally.
I am thinking of putting down some sort of carpet for my little area. I have plenty of cabinets/shelves/plastic boxes for the material.. as well as TV, lamps, floor heater, fans, sewing tables - etc.
The "garage" will get a thorough cleaning before I set it up...Has anyone ever done this? We live in San Diego, CA so weather is not a huge factor.
Welcome to QCA, Sandy! And good luck in your new sewing room! My only suggestion is that you make sure you have good lighting. I converted my basement family room to a sewing room so I have lots of space but the lighting is terrible! I have to use a couple Ott floor lamps and the overhead lights on my longarm to be able to see what I'm doing. Someday I'll get more / better ceiling lights put in. It might be nice to be able to open the garage door while you're working in there. It'll be like sewing outdoors!
Please share the before and after photos of your journey. I may have to do the same thing.
I will. This should be interesting.
We are fairly certain I won't have a problem with rodents... but spiders may be an issue. I just realized that as I saw a spider in my closet as I was packing up yet more craft things shoved in a corner!
Lights have always been a huge issue for my old eyes! Luckily I noticed a "work bench" hanging light over the "work table" with will most likely be a good place put the things I need good light seeing: maybe a cutting board, a place for thread / rulers....
First I just have to see how smooth that table is.... I already know I will be scrubbing it down!
Sounds like a great plan. The garage will offer a lot of space for you.It sounds like you have all the things you need with cabinets and storage. It'll be your own little oasis.
You can always use a bug bomb before you get started to purge and spiders, etc. I think my biggest concern would be humidity. I live in Florida, though. Before I put my garage under a/c I had some boxes of books that mildewed in the garage from the humidity. This may not be a factor for you. And you could always buy a dehumidifier, or one of those a/c units that vents with a hose instead of having to be mounted.
Look forward to seeing pic's of your progress....
Lighting has been mentioned. I have found that to make the the biggest improvement and easiest solution in lighting is change any bulbs to daylight. Different companies use different terminology. I have a box right now that are 5000 lumen. The higher the number the brighter, whiter the light it casts. When I moved into this apartment most of the bulbs, though CFLs, had a distinct yellow glow. Not anymore and everything is so much brighter. If that doesn't give you the amount of light you need replace some of the ceiling fixtures with 4 foot florescent units and the daylight bulbs. You'll always think it is daylight.
Agnes in NW Ontario
Agnes, I have changed to daylight bulbs too and I find it most helpful. I also have several lamp stands that I have been able to find when they are on sale that give off daylight that I found helpful.
A cute link to some sewing room suggestions is on Erica's Blog.
On the spiders, I agree about "bombing" it before you move in. Then my pest control man puts down these little traps by the outside doors that seem to catch quite a few spiders as well. You can get them at the Hardware store (I think).
Humidity would be a problem in Arkansas if the garage is not air conditioned in the remodel process so think about that.
Reading Erica's tips that Roxana linked to I have another suggestion. My design wall is a flannel backed tablecloth. I spray the flannel lightly with spray basting and that keeps the blocks from falling down. It will not stretch like batting will after a while.
I keep my projects and fabrics in clear Rubbermaid bins. Lids on keeps them dust proof.
Sandy--How nice to have it all in one space. I live in a small apartment and I am using zones in my two main rooms. Even when I had a sewing room I would divide it into zones. It's amazing how little space I need because I always clean up and put unused things back in place. No matter how you set it up organization is the key.
I'm still hoping for a larger sewing room like a family room or dining room its on the some day list.
Quilting My Rainbow
My husband made my design wall from 2 pieces of sound board that I covered with flannel. It is the only thing that I have a set place for!