20 January 2015

Cutting Table Hack



Since sharing a tour of the T&TB studio, I’ve had a few questions about my cutting table – so I thought I’d tell you a bit more about it. Calling it a "hack" is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, as you'll see it didn't take much work to convert it from its original function into a cutting table...



I started with the Stenstorp kitchen island, bought from Ikea (of course). I wanted a table high enough for cutting patterns and fabric while standing up - this one is 90cm high, which is perfect for me. FYI the surface is 126cm x 79cm. It's nice and sturdy, with a gorgeous oak top - so great for leaning on - but on the downside it's seriously heavy. I wanted to be able to move it around the studio - we move furniture around when we have workshops on, and I love moving the table to face the amazing city view out the window when I'm working on it. So (with help from my guy) we sawed off the ends of the legs and replaced them with castors. Wheeeee!


The other great thing about this table is that it comes with storage solutions! It has two long shelves down one side, the ideal size for stashing drafting and cutting supplies - pattern blocks, paper rolls and long rulers. The other side has space for a high stool underneath. This is just a plain wooden stool that I painted banana yellow.



I love my cutting table!

25 comments:

  1. Wow, that table is very useful. I wish I had a bigger space to fit a cutting table :)

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  2. I love your cutting table too and since seeing your original post, it's been on my want/need/must have list. Thanks for the 'heads up' about needing the castors; my studio is carpetted unfortunately, so this will definitely be something I'll keep in mind. Now I have to be a pain and ask where you got that cutting mat please? I only have green Prym ones and I can't stand dark green! Yours seems to cover the top really well which is exactly what I want it to be i.e large! :-)

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    1. Don't worry, just found out that John Lewis sell them - sorry to be a bother x

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    2. No bother at all! It's the A1 version of this Fiskars cutting mat - light green on one side, yellow on the other :)

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    3. Thanks xx I've since seen a purple one but of course you can only get it from America :-(

      Colour important to me?!! Oh yes, rather! :-)

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    4. Do you tend to use a rotary cutter or scissors for your cutting out please?x

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  3. When we "downsized" last year the thing I missed the most about my old kitchen was the oversized peninsular unit which was perfect for cutting out fabric. I could get round three sides and it was at worktop height - much better than getting backache leaning over the dining table.
    This looks like a great idea, perfect for the job.

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  4. As much as I hack their other materials, I never think to look in the kitchen department of IKEA. I have to replace my worktable base, and this timely reminder from the original post is an excellent kick in the pants.

    I'm moving to a room with carpet, so I will need bigger castors (therefore a wider base) if I'm going to move like I do now. Which makes me think I need to look at a static layout; considering kitchen remodeling layout advice as well (what is my work triangle? Iron, machine, board?)

    All good stuff. Thanks as always!

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  6. I have a foldable cutting table by Sullivans I bought about seven years ago. It's great because I can have it full sized (36" x 60"), half size or all the way folded and out of the way which is ideal for my smaller space. It's a great height for most people. I wish I had two extra inches on it but it works. I have two cutting mats (36" x 24" ) that I lay side by side on top now that I do most of my cutting with rotary cutters.

    It's a bit out of alignment from many apartment moves but I think I can fix that fairly easily.

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  7. I love the crafting tables that appear to be a cupboard and fold down into a table to reveil little shelves where you can store all your craft bits! :D x

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  8. Ikea is a sewist's friend! I've just recently put up a series of 4 Ivar units, complete with cupboards. Now my stash is finally stored in one location, and I have scores of shelves to load up with all my patterns, sewing magazines and books!

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  9. I love that you can spin the table to have the storage area facing the wall... then it looks like a regular (tall) desk! I have to use my dining table for the time being - can't wait to have an appropriately tall cutting table some day!

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  10. I think Ikea is on to the crafting community/Ikea hackers. The last time we were there, they had a sample sewing studio made up of free-standing kitchen cabinetry. One had those great big, deep drawers, had some trays with cutting implements, a spare sewing machine, and some notions. They also had that green rolling cart of yours filled with other craft supplies and tall stools.

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  11. Oh Tilly I think this cutting table is wonderful! I'm not sure if we have an Ikea anywhere in this area. One time Ann, Mrs. Depew, when she was living in Norway(?) went to an Ikea and bought this amazing black and white fabric. She said she merely went there, cut the amount she needed herself from the bolt or roll, entered it on the self-serve station and paid for it and left. Those day in this country, USA, are gone I'm afraid. Anyway, that's an amazing hack. This may be a silly question, but how do you determine how tall your cutting table should be? Thank you so much for posting this and for your continued work! Kathy from Arizona

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  12. I need a table like this!! Check out my blog www.hollysway.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. This looks great :)) Would love to have one like this! www.littlesewingmachine.blogspot.de

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  14. I love your table!! And your thread rack, mmmm. So much better than crawling around the floor.

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  15. Fantastic table and love the tread rack

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  16. Fantastic table and love the tread rack

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  17. I love your cutting table! : D xx

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  18. I really like your idea. It is high enough to work and with storage space. Where did you get the cutting mat? Its marvelously yellow :)

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  19. I just bought the same thing for my quilting studio that I am putting together. I LOVE the idea of the castors! Sawed off the ends though? eep!

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  20. Where are those yellow stools from?? :)

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