Before & After: IKEA Norden Table To Portable Dressmaking Station

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For anyone who sews, a good table for cutting fabric is the Holy Grail of craft supplies. But it often seems basically impossible to find something tall enough to stand at and cut fabric that is not wildly expensive and fits in an apartment or sewing room.

Ikea’s Norden dining table is almost a perfect sewing table right out of the box. The table is 31.5 inches wide, and in its folded-up mode, it is just 10 inches long, which is small enough that even many apartment dwellers can find space for it. With its leaves extended, it rings in at five feet long. It’s only 29 inches tall, though, which makes it too short for a person to comfortably cut at.

But over at Ikea Hackers, user Adam M. Lewis solved that problem and improved the table by adding height-boosting legs with casters, and now it’s basically perfect.

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Putting the table on casters makes it mobile, which makes it much easier to use in a small space. Butt it up against a wall while not in use, then just roll it out and extend the sides when you want to cut on it. This is a great way to fit a cutting table into a small space, and it solves a problem many home sewers thought would never have a solution. Now no one will ever have to cut hunched over a dusty floor again.

The Norden table costs $179 or $199, depending on finish, and it even has convenient drawers for storage. A person who sews can never have too many tiny drawers. I definitely plan on adding one of these to my house as soon as possible.

See the full transformation at Ikea Hackers.