I am absolutely delighted by the number of people joining me in this year's studio clean-up. I get so excited each time I get an e-mail update from a reader. Keep the pics and stories coming!
I've had a bunch of people ask me for suggestions on work tables. This is a tough one, since I'm not particularly thrilled with my current table:
At the time, it was cheap (around $80), sturdy, and I knew it would hold up to years of abuse as it was the exact same table I had seen in every rubber stamp store workshop in our area. I love the fact that I can really spread out and work on several projects at the same time. But, good gravy, it is an eyesore.
I've pondered this beauty from IKEA:
I love the fact that it is counter-height. I work best when standing up and I would love to not have to lean over my table. Unfortunately, I would need two back to back and these bad-boys are $499 each. I can take my family to Disneyworld for a week for that. But, oh, can you imagine having all of that storage space????
I'm currently contemplating buying a laminate countertop and placing it on top of two of these (one at each end):
These are only $44.99 each at Target. I would have additional storage and I could build it to 36" high (standard counter height). I could probably store all of my idea books in the cubes and free up my primary bookshelf for pretty things! The countertop would be a nice firm surface for stamping and it wouldn't be yucky brown. Hubby suggested a hollow door from Lowes that I could paint any color (hello, pink!) as the topper, but I don't think it would have a firm enough surface. One mishap with the eyelet hammer and I would have a hole through my work space. What do you think?
My girlfriend Jenny is getting one of these for her studio:
Again, great storage! The drawers on the right are perfect for rubber stamps! Unfortunately, this is only half of my current workspace and at $479.69 each (Jenny found hers used, clever girl!), I'm right back at Disneyworld vs. table. Disneyworld wins each time.
I've also heard from a number of people that scrap in their dining room. They store their stuff in there, but the dining room table must be kept clear when they are not working. I wanted to mention this great product:
It is called the "F.R.E.D." and it is a portable desktop that allows you to hold your work with magnets. Need to move your stuff quickly? Just fold the legs and stack your work. Done! I've had these on my wish list for a while. Even though I have my own workspace, I often need to switch from personal scrapbooking to other projects. I'd love to be able to switch my work space out quickly! Each $44.99 "F.R.E.D." contains one 15"x15" table, one 14"x14" removable mat and eight magnets.
If you have some space in your home, but not an entire room, you might consider the ScrapBox:
I couldn't handle such a small work table, but look at how much you can cram into such a small space. The price tag on this beauty is a whopping $1,495! There are cheaper models, but seriously, that's a plane ticket to Paris and four nights in a great hotel!
So, tell me, what is your primary work space?
I'll be back on Wednesday with photos of my own clean-up and some links and photos from readers. Keep the e-mails and comments coming!