How To Plan A Sewing Room (With 5 Software Apps To Try)

Are you struggling with figuring out how to plan a sewing room?  Trust us, we get it.

Heres the thing:

Setting up a sewing room from scratch is pretty challenging, especially when you don't know where to start.  

If you’re serious about sewing, and want to create a productive and inspiring space that helps you get into your creative zone, proper planning is key. the best thing you can do is learn how to plan a sewing room. 

With the right setup, your creative juices flow even more when you have time and space to do what makes you happy.

To help you plan out an awesome sewing space, we have rounded up a list of software apps that you can use to make this process easier.  

We have also included a list of a few things you need to know so you can make practical decisions along the way.

Because believe us....

Getting it right the first time saves you time and money in the future.

Okay, so lets dive on off into the post!

Practical Tips On How To Plan A Sewing Room

1. Think of space and storage

Sewing rooms don't have to be huge to be functional.  However, your sewing room should have enough space for a sewing table. There should also be enough space to store your cloth, threads, and other sewing materials.

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can buy a foldable table and add it to your sewing room. Folding tables are easy to fold, carry, move around and setup as needed for sewing projects. 

You will also want to consider storing your fabric in places like file cabinets and storage bins with labels on them for organization.

This will make it easier for you to access sewing accessories as needed in your room.

2. Know what you're going to sew

As they say, in order to do a job right, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job.  In the case of sewing, when planning out your room, make sure that you choose the right sewing machine for the type of sewing projects you plan to sew.

Serious crafters like to have more than one machine in case they run into issues with their main sewing machine.  

3. Organize and create a floor plan

There are four spaces you need to create a floor plan for, and these are the following: sewing space, cutting space, ironing space, and storage space.

Sewing Space

Your sewing space will include things like a sturdy sewing desk and a great sewing chair. These furniture pieces are staples for this area since you will need a solid surface to place your sewing machine on.  

Cutting Space

Your cutting space is where you will cut a lot of fabric and etc for your sewing projects. It's a great idea to add a good cutting table to this space right next to your sewing machine.

Ironing Space

The ironing space is where your ironing board and a great iron will go so that you can iron out fabrics for your sewing projects.

Storage Space

In your storage space, be sure to add plenty of storage bins, open shelving, wall shelves... practically anything that will help you store fabrics and accessories.

This way, when you need can easily access these items.  Oh and as a tip, be sure add labels to all of your storage bins and boxes to keep things organized.

Bottom Line

Put your thoughts on paper. Draw the layout of the room that you have in mind, then add other areas to your rooms plan as space allows.

Or, you can use apps like Evernote or ToDoist to plan out your room and access them later if you need to.

Helpful Apps You Can Use To Plan A Sewing Room

Coming up with a sewing room plan from scratch can be overwhelming.  Fortunately for you, there are some great software apps that can help you overcome this dilemma.

To help you plan your sewing room out, we've rounded up a list of 5 helpful software apps that you can use.  

Here they are:


Floorplanner is an app that’s free and great for making 2D or 3D floor plans. What makes it cool to use this is that you can even furnish the room. This app will make your concept for your sewing room pop.

You can get this app for free, and if you want to use more features, you’ll have to pay. You can always use the free version since all you’re planning to do is your sewing room.


The 3Dream program is excellent for people who work in interior design. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use it yourself to plan out your sewing room.

Creating a floor plan in 2D or 3D is easy, and you can take a snapshot of your sewing room plan to print or share with friends.

Nothing beats having a virtual image of your sewing room complete with furnishings. You can easily imagine how you want your sewing room to look. That’s why interior designers love this app.

Plan Your Room

Another free online app is the Plan Your Room. It’s a very simple and straightforward app that allows you to drag walls and use objects neatly located to the left. 

It’s not as grand as the other apps, but it gets the job done quite fast.

Room Styler 3D

The RoomStyler 3D Room Planner is a design app that is so easy to use you’ll have a room design in a matter of minutes. 

With this app, you can work with a large canvas to draw your walls or drag shapes. People love using this app to redesign the rooms in their houses.


The RoomSketcher app is so user-friendly that even people with no 2D or 3D design experience can create virtual and furnished rooms in 3D. 

Your projects will be stored in the Cloud so you can access them anywhere and anytime.

Other Factors To Consider In Planning A Sewing Room

Now that you’ve had recieved some tips on how to plan your sewing room and a list of helpful apps that make the planning process easier, here are a few additional things to consider:


To prevent eye strain, lighting is an essential factor in any craft area.  If you have a spare room in your home with lots of natural light, consider using that room. You’ll want to have lots of natural light for your sewing room. 

If your sewing room doesn't get lots of natural light, definitely invest in some great floor lamps or desk lamps these for your sewing room.

Color Scheme

The color of your walls will also have an impact on your creativity. The right color could either relax your mind or induce creativity. Green, blue, and purple have a calming effect, while orange and red have a more creative effect. 

Mood Boards

If you’re super creative kind, you may want to have wall space for your idea board, also known as a mood board. Designers often have an inspiration board where they put together pictures and fabrics when they conceptualize.


While carpet may be quite comfortable, you'll need to remember that when youre sewing a lot of stuff will fall on the floor. 

So be sure to have a good vaccum cleaner handy.  if you have hardwood flooring, consider adding a nice area rug to your floors to protect your hardwoods.

Electrical Outlets

When picking out the room you’re going to use as your sewing room, make sure that it has enough electrical sockets to power all of your sewing equipment.

Laptop and Internet Connection

To gather inspiration for your sewing projects and more consider having a space for your laptop and a good internet connection to go with it.


For furniture, definitely invest in some great pieces of sturdy and comfortable sewing furniture.  As we mentioned previously, a great sewing desk and chair will definitely come in handy.

Wrapping Things Up

Planning a sewing room and setting it up can be very rewarding.  No matter what budget you have, or even if you have space limitations, we hope that these tips will help you plan out the perfect sewing and craft space for your sewing projects.

Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!


Shelly is the main editor and author of this website. She is passionate about helping fellow sewing enthusiasts find the right sewing machine for your sewing projects plus design beautiful sewing spaces that inspire your creativity. If you're ready to DIY a stunning sewing room (on a budget), be sure to check out the Sewing Room that Sizzles Workbook bundle (complete with a 50+ page workbook) and two Bonus Guides that will put you on the fast track to setting up, designing and organizing a sewing room that is TOTALLY you (on a shoestring budget).