Building A Sewing Cabinet

If you sew using a machine, a sewing cabinet may be better for you than just a nice piece of furniture. A sewing cabinet gives the machine a firm base so that it will not bounce and create crooked sewing lines. It is also used to store your thread, material and other tools.

You can buy a pre-made sewing cabinet or build one according to your own customizations. A tailored workstation will make your sewing more comfortable and convenient.

Materials Needed

Building a sewing cabinet requires the use of basic woodworking and hand tools. You will also need door hinges, drawer slides and locking casters.

Getting Started

Make a building plan according to your own specifications. Determine the appropriate height and what sort of storage you want. Keep in mind that there are many styles and options for storage:

  • A two-door cabinet
  • One desk-type side for the sewing machine (and your legs) and the other side or stoage and shelves
  • A leaf-style top for the sewing machine that can be folded away when not in use
  • A swinging top that will cover the entire cabinet top and hide the machine when not in
  • Other side leafs that can be opened when needed or stored away

Start with Basic Cabinet Frame

Build a basic frame. Cut the sides and back to size and join with screws, glue and basic joinery.

Add Shelves

Cut shelves to size and install inside the cabinet frame. If you would like sliding shelves, which would make it easy to reach items in the back, you can install them using drawer slides.

Construct Cabinet Top and Sewing Machine Mount

Place a plywood top over the cabinet and secure with screws and glue. Locate the sewing machine mount and where you want the machine to swing into the cabinet. Cut the hole with a jigsaw and install hinges to the underside of the top and the piece you just cut out. Mount the machine with a bolt and test to see if everything holds.

Doors and Final Top

Build your doors and attach them to the cabinet with door hinges. Cut out another top that can swing and sit on top of the other cabinet platform. Attach with hinges, and then add a support system to keep it from swinging all the way around. This will create another level workspace.

Sand and Finish

Sand the entire cabinet smooth and finish off with your favorite varnish and sealer or paint.