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Build a Sewing Station from an Entertainment Center

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Like many seamstresses, I want a room I can devote to my sewing machines and their mess.  Now I have the next best thing:  a piece of furniture that holds my machines and sewing supplies in one place.

 

This idea began with a beautiful office armoire on craigslist.  It had a table that folded out (unlike the newer ones with roll-out computer trays).  The price was right and it was sold immediately.  But I was inspired to have a sewing armoire of my own.

 

The beauty of this idea is that no one wants their huge armoires and entertainment centers with their flat screen tvs.  Craigslist is full of ads.


 
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Step 1: Materials and Supplies

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Materials needed.

  • An armoire or entertainment center.
  • A tabletop.
  • Table legs (The commercial legs I saw were 27 ½” tall). 
  • I used a drill, screwdriver, two small blocks of wood, glue and several wood screws.

 

I bought a used entertainment center at a local thrift shop.

 

My entertainment center has a 32” space for the tv.  This is perfect, since many 30” x 48” tables and table tops were available on Craigslist.  I bought one with 29½” legs for $15.00.

rosewood5132 years ago
Wow that is beautiful, I have one just like that but I also have a makeup "looks like a desk" table that I am going to sink my machine in, if it doesn't work I will do what you did I love it!!
Thanks for sharing,
cjraabe (author)  rosewood5132 years ago
Thanks, rosewood. Don't you love that armoire's can be had so reasonably these days. Good luck on your project.
Soose2 years ago
Super idea, thanks! I was looking on Craigslist for home office armoires with fold down desks, meaning also to use one as a sewing center. But this idea is so much better! The location of the flip out desktops is many times not ideal. There are so many entertainment centers, I am sure we'll find one in the style and format I'd prefer!

I'm going to start looking for one with upper doors that slide back into the sides so they don't interfere while in use. And with plenty of drawers for sewing notions, as well as a bay for the sewing machine. Even a spot for a second flip-down table for an ironing table -- always wanted to be able to iron without getting up from the sewing machine. I can dream! :)

If anyone has advice on different mechanisms for making the table flip-down or up, or finds a link showing something like that, please offer it. You can also make a desktop rotate out, with a front door below the desktop becoming the desk support, or casters. You've opened up a whole new set of possibilities!
cjraabe (author)  Soose2 years ago
Soose, you are my kind of person. Start with an idea and make it SO much better.
I was going to do more with mine, but then we downsized. I might incorporate your ideas into my new space though! Thanks for looking.
Skaiebird3 years ago
Love this idea! Another great place to find old furniture to repurpose is DiggersList.com...great pics, deals, and such!
cjraabe (author)  Skaiebird2 years ago
Thanks. I'm into repurposing and decorating for less.
cjraabe (author)  Skaiebird3 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion. "Reuse" is my favorite part of "reduce, reuse, recycle."
auntikays4 years ago
Found you on Craft Gossip.  I bought a really niced use ET center for a song and was wanting to revamp it somehow when I spied your idea.  I love the idea of the large opening holding a table.  Hopefully I can finagle mine to be able to flip up when not in use.  Great idea - very creative way to use what many now consider "junk"! 
cjraabe (author)  auntikays4 years ago
Thank you.  I intend to do more, too, in time, like adding doors and using baskets to make the whole thing look good when not in use!