All I want for Christmas is a good sewing table. Well, truthfully that's not all I want. I still want world peace and Ann Demeulemeester boots. But a decent, counter-height sewing table is pretty high on my list, which is why I squealed out loud when I saw this DIY version on IKEA Hackers.Cutting fabric on the floor is awkward, painful on the back, and no matter how much I sweep and Swiffer, little bits of floor dust always wind up all over my project. I've looked around for cutting tables before, but they were always too expensive, and DIY versions almost always required a full carpentry skill set.
This version started out as a pair of Expedit bookshelves. Now it has a padded, covered surface that can be ironed on and pinned into for cutting, and the shelves underneath are perfect for fabric storage. The key to this project was the addition of Besta legs to the Expedit to make it a few inches taller, which means it's a good height for cutting without having to stoop over.
To see all the details on pulling off this hack for yourself, check out IKEA Hackers.
(Image: Summer Frace via IKEA Hackers)