My Extra-Long Sewing Desk is in the Works! {IKEA hack}

Check this out… I’m building the longest sewing desk ever! Okay, probably not, I imagine somewhere in the world someone probably has a longer sewing desk than me. 

I just have this really long wall (36 1/2 feet to be exact) in my new sewing studio and I think it would be perfect for a loooooong sewing desk to hold my 5 machines (the Juki TL2010Q, Bernina 1530, Juki MO-1000 serger, and Janome 900-CPX Coverstitch, whew!).

Plus I often have visitors to my studio who need to do homework and other, ahem, projects, so it will be great to have extra desk space.

You can see my previous sewing desk behind them in the picture above. ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspiration for my long sewing desk came from this picture that I saw on Pinterest.

I sketched out some plans on graph paper, using the Klimpen desk system from Ikea (instead of the Besta system in this picture). I had originally planned to buy and stain 3 boards just like she did.

But when we got to the Orlando Ikea store, I found these gorgeous butcher block countertops on clearance for 50% off. Seriously, they were $80 for the long ones (98”) and $60 for the short ones (74”). How could I spend the same amount of money (or maybe a little bit less) for raw wood that I would have to work so hard to put together?

I am a sewer, not a woodworker, lol. So I splurged on the butcher block tops and I love them so much.

Right now all my fabric stash and other sewing stuff is pushed in one corner of the room (it’s a huge pile!), but I have something in mind that will launch that inspiration desk to the next level. I can’t wait to put it together and show you!

In the meantime. follow my Sewing Studio Makeover Pinterest board to see all my inspiration ideas.


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  1. This is going to be the most amazing space! I have the same butcher block for my cutting table (shorter one). It’s so heavy duty – I know you love the weight and sturdiness. Your machines will be so steady on these tables.

    1. Hi Jeanne! The little cabinets with drawers are from Ikea and are called Alex. They are 27 1/2" tall, just like the little bookshelves. The name of the entire system is Klimpen. See the link above, and thanks for asking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What an awesome idea, I used those big long tables and cannot put cupboards or cabinets underneath. Only those plastic tubs and not many fit! Hope you continue to show pictures as you go! Peg

  3. Lesley Gilbert says:

    It will be interesting to see how you joined all the long ends together, to look seamless. Coming along nicely now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Annie Dee says:

    Excellent find! It’s going to be very exciting to have that much counter space! Can’t wait to see it!

  5. It is so great to see how you are finding these wonderful ways of making your sewing room yours….and at such a bargain!!!!

  6. Toni Stolich says:

    Where did you find those white storage cabinets? Those would be great for storing all kinds of sewing stuff. My sewing stuff is all packeded away out of site in different rooms and I am envious you have suck a large space to display all your sewing stuff. Its a real chore to sew when you have to take an hour just to pull stuff out. Half the time I have bought things forgotten that I bought it because it was packed neatly away somewhere and end up buying it again cause I need it…. Your a lucky lade to have such a nice sewing room.

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