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!