Any sewing project is easier to tackle with the right tools and furniture for the job. And for many sewers, that means getting the perfect sewing table. But while we might all dream of a dedicated sewing room, the reality is that many of us end up using the kitchen table.

Folding and portable sewing tables are ideal when you’re short of space or want to travel with your machine. We’ve taken a look at why you need a sewing table and whether portable or foldable is best for your needs.

Why do I need a sewing table?

Is your family sick of having nowhere to eat their meals? Then you probably need a sewing table. Having a dedicated space for your projects will get you in the zone. In addition, you’ll be happier and more comfortable when you’re working on a stable surface at the right height.

But what should you look out for in a sewing table? The five S’s will give you all the functionality you need:

Stability: A sturdy, high-quality build should be top of your list. A robust table with a durable top prevents everything from swaying and juddering with the vibrations from your sewing machine.

Storage: Minimalism is cool, but not when you need to store tools, patterns and accessories. If you opt for a streamlined table, make sure you can create storage elsewhere.

Surface area: Any table should obviously be big enough to hold your machine. But you also need to consider your sewing style and whether you’ll use the tabletop for cutting and pinning.

Style: If your sewing cabinet is on permanent display, make sure it matches the decor of your room. Fortunately, there are plenty of options from streamlined contemporary to more classic models available.

Simplicity: No one wants to waste valuable sewing time putting together their table. Choose a piece of furniture that is easy to assemble and compatible with your machine.

What’s a folding sewing table, and why do I need one?

We’ve explored what you might want from a generic sewing table. But not everyone has the budget and floor space for that dream sewing cabinet. Sometimes, in fact, a folding table is more than a match for your needs.

Folding tables can be collapsed down and stored when not in use, making them ideal for occasional sewers or those short on space. They’re also easier to reposition for cleaning or to make the most of your available space and natural light.

However, folding sewing machine tables are less robust than regular tables. In addition, they may be more affected by the vibrations of your machine. And if you opt for a very basic model, you’ll have nowhere to store your projects, tools and accessories.

Another option could be a foldaway sewing cabinet. Choose one that suits your decor and sits discreetly in a corner when it’s folded away. The incredibly versatile TWIN fold table can be configured for quilting, free-arm sewing or embroidery and features a lift mechanism for easy sewing machine storage. The doors even slide back into the table to minimise their footprint. And the choice of white or oak finish means this folding cabinet will adapt to most interiors.

What’s a portable sewing table, and why do I need one?

If you love to sew anywhere and everywhere, consider getting a portable sewing table. Unlike a folding table, portable options can take your sewing to craft fairs, classes, on holiday or just from room to room with ease.

There are some obvious things you’ll need to check with a portable table, including:

  • Does it have castors that move smoothly and are lockable for safety?
  • Can it fold away for storage?
  • Will it fit in your car for portability?

A portable sewing table is an excellent choice if you regularly attend car boot sales and craft fairs. Whether you need to make an on the spot repair or alteration, or you simply want to look more professional, a top-quality portable table gives your stall the edge.

But even if you don’t intend to travel with your table, portables are a great idea when you want to make the most of your space. For extra versatility, start with a modular sewing cupboard with high-quality, lockable furniture casters that can form the basis of your ideal sewing room setup.

Try our BASE machine cabinets with a range of different finishes and featuring the Easy-Softtech Lift as your first portable sewing unit. Then build on extra cabinets in future when you have a sewing room to call your own.

The best sewing furniture from RMF

Whether you’re looking for a compact folding or portable sewing table or the sewing cabinet of your dreams, RMF can help you create your space. Download our brochure, print off our room planner or get in touch to find out more.