When I was planning the studio, I wanted to be sure to have plenty of space for my students. Having taken sewing classes, there are several things that I found that made the experience less than enjoyable.
- Too little space
- Uncomfortable chairs
- Chair/table height not good
- Poor lighting
- Waiting in long lines for iron/cutting tables
I planned my space and equipment with those things in mind:
- Each person has a 4 ft counter-top space
- I bought an office chair on wheels for easy move-ability
- The chairs are adjustable
- I had plenty of overhead lighting installed with extra lighting at each counter
- I have two ironing boards and 3 cutting stations so there is little or no waiting
Other things I have in place:
- Each counter-top is held up by filing cabinets (purchased used for $5.00).
- This provides a drawer for each student to keep their supplies, projects etc if they choose
- There is a trash receptacle, pin magnet and basic supplies between each station
- I have snack trays that can be set-up between stations for extra space if needed
- Extra machines for students to rent if desired
- Space if they choose to leave their own machines
The counters are set up along 3 of the walls in the room and while my equipment (fabrics, supplies….) also occupies some of the spaces, it is easily moved.The 4th wall has a design wall for anyone to use.
In recent months a Singer in a cabinet found its way home with me and provides a space for another student.
The set up is great and it gives me room to spread out between classes, which I do really well. 🙂 The space is nice but the friendships and fun that we have is much nicer. A side benefit that you can’t put a price tag on.
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie