Not just any surface will do for sewing—above all else, you’ll want a table that’s sturdy, since a wobbly station while stitching can spell disaster. While it’s not essential, a table that has a big surface area is handy for cutting fabric and so on. Being able to lower the machine for a flat sewing surface is quite convenient. And, plenty of drawers and storage space can be helpful if you’re looking to have needles, thread, and other notions close at hand while you work. Of course, your needs depend somewhat on your available space as well as your sewing preferences and experience.
Ron Linhart, owner of Above and Beyond Creative Sewing in Nanuet, NY, says that two things happen when you create the perfect sewing area with the right table for you. "You're going to use it much more often," he says, "but also the quality of your sewing will improve since you're more comfortable and you're not struggling," he says.
Here, the best tables to transform your sewing space.
Best Overall: Better Homes & Gardens Modern Farmhouse Wood Sewing Table
Doubles as a workspace
Plenty of storage space
Difficult to assemble
One of the most appealing aspects of this cabinet-turned-table is its versatility: If you want to close up the cabinet and use the entire surface for other projects, you can choose to place your sewing machine on a shelf. A drop-leaf table expands to provide you with extra space, while bins and a cart offer plenty of storage for notions. The entire unit is on wheels so that you can move it as needed, and its rustic white appearance is neutral enough to complement all sorts of decor.
Dimensions: 40.08 x 19.45 x 28.5 inches | Weight Capacity: Not Listed | Warranty: 1 year
Best Budget: Sew Ready Sewing Table
Can doubles as a desk
Large working surface
Some users found this table bulkier than expected
This wallet-friendly sewing table is ideal for sewing but can also be used for a computer. You can keep the work surface flat, or drop down a platform and use it to hold a sewing machine or keyboard. Conveniently, that droppable platform can be adjusted to several heights, so you can find the one that’s most comfortable for you.
While this table is sturdy and up for the task of supporting even a hefty sewing machine’s weight, you can opt to fold it up and stash it away if you’d desire. You’ll find assembly simple and speedy.
Best for Beginners: Sewingrite Sewing Table
Easy to fold and unfold for storage
No assembly required
Some users found the table to shake while sewing
If you’re new to sewing, you’ll want a table that allows you to get comfortable with your craft. But budget and versatility may also be on your mind: After all, you may have just recently purchased a sewing machine and may also be unsure how much time you’ll devote to using it.
This wallet-friendly multipurpose desk is a good option for beginners: It folds up so you can easily store it away and has an adjustable shelf so that you can secure your sewing machine in place. When the table is flat, it can be used for crafting or covered in a tablecloth and used for dining. No assembly is required, and once it’s unfolded, the table is quite sturdy.
Best Splurge: Kangaroo Cabinets Sewing Table
Expandable table top
Airlift with three positions
Easily movable with wheels attached
Long assembly time
Both looks and functionality matter if you’re going to be spending a lot of time at your sewing table. Available in two different colors, this option from Kangaroo allows you to expand your workspace as needed and includes drawers to store tools and supplies. It has an airlift specifically reserved for your sewing machine, with three different positions so you can opt for the one that’s most comfortable. Wheels at the bottom of the table mean you can roll it around as needed.
This sewing table is made from manufactured wood and has a sturdy, attractive appearance. There are many pieces to this desk, so assembly will take some time. Two people may be required for the process.
Best for Small Spaces: Costway Home Furniture Sewing Table
Perfect for small spaces
Doubles as a side table
Some users found parts to be flimsy
If you don’t have a ton of space in your home, you can easily find your kitchen table doing double-duty. But even in a small space, it’s possible to have a devoted space to hold your sewing machine.
Just a bit larger than your sewing machine, this expandable craft station is a great solution. It comes with lockable wheels so you can easily move it around in your space, and when the drop leaf is tucked down, it’s only 31.5 inches long and 19 inches deep. Along with the fold-down leaf, you'll get four side shelves for extra storage. Underneath the table, there’s also a shelf for storing your sewing machine when it’s not in use.
This table requires a bit of assembly before use—expect it to take at least an hour. But once complete, it's reasonably sturdy, and a great option for small space sewing.
Best Portable: Arrow 601 Gidget Sewing Table
Folds up for easy storage and traveling
Compact, yet durable
Some users found the lowering and raising of the table not very sturdy
This adjustable option lets you have both a flat table, which is handy for all sorts of crafting, as well as lowering a portion of the table, so that a sewing machine can fit snugly in place.
The table is sturdy, which means it won’t shake once the machine is whirring along. But the table folds down flat and weighs just 35 pounds, making it light enough that if you need to move it to another room, or shlep it to another location, it can be lifted easily enough. And, when it’s folded up, it’s small enough to be easily stored under a bed, in a closet, or leaning discretely against the side of a room.
Best for Quilting: Arrow 901 Auntie Sewing, Cutting, Quilting, and Crafting Portable Sewing Table with Wheels and Airlift
High quality materials
Long assembly time
This attractive, antique-style sewing cabinet has a mechanism to raise and lower your sewing machine, so you can store it, have it flat on top of the cabinet, or have it slightly recessed.
Prepare to spend a bit of time assembling this sewing table—that airlift that lowers and raises the sewing machine is particularly tricky to get in place. You’ll need some basic tools (a hammer, an electric screwdriver, and wrench) to complete the assembly.
Once that task is complete, you’ll find this a convenient addition to your sewing space. The cabinet has four drawers for storage, as well as fold-out leaves that expand the available space. That’s handy for quilters, who need to swivel between tasks frequently and can use space for cutting out fabric.
We think most sewers will appreciate the budget-friendly price of the Better Homes & Gardens Modern Farmhouse Wood Sewing Table (view at Walmart), along with its appearance, ample storage space, and helpful functionality. But if you’re prepared to splurge, go for the Kangaroo Cabinets Sewing Table (view at Wayfair), which marries form and function, and has a sophisticated appearance.
What to Look for in a Sewing Table
The size of your space is going to determine the dimensions of the sewing table that is perfect for you. For someone with more available space, a large cabinet sewing table might be a great fit with a lot of storage space and room to work. But for those looking to create makeshift sewing stations in a basement or living room may opt for a table that folds away and doubles as decor.
Consider the space your new sewing station will be. Different rooms may require different features from your perfect sewing table. Also, if you plan to bring this table from room to room, you can choose a lightweight and portable option.
"If you have a guest room with a table you are using semi-frequently, but you have grandkids coming over every weekend, you'll want something that will close up and lock," says Linhart. "That way, they can't get in and mess around with any of your stuff. If you have a sewing dedicated room, you may not need as many locking and hiding features."
Sewing machines and tables come in a variety of prices, so you will have to find the one that fits within your budget. Luckily, there are many different options for more affordable tables, but you may not get the size and features available in more expensive options.
What is the best height for a sewing table?
Linhart says the best height for a sewing table is 29.25 inches tall. This is the traditional height of a sewing table if you are going to recess the machine into it. However, if you are shorter or taller, you may need different accommodations so that you can sew comfortable at your table.
Why do sewing tables have a drop down?
Sewing machines recess into the tables to create a flat and comfortable working area. This way, your fabric can go flat across your table without moving up and down, according to Linhart.
"When you put the machine on a kitchen table, the machine is higher than the standard and what happens is your arms are up and your shoulders get achy after extended periods of sewing because you're not sitting comfortably," he says.
What is the proper way to sit at a sewing machine?
"You want it be ergonomic for you," Linhart says. This means finding the right height of table so that you are not straining your arms, neck, or lower back when sewing.
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Madeleine Burry is a dedicated crafter. She’s written for the Spruce since 2019, covering crafts, pets, kitchenware, and home furnishings. You’ll find her writing on a wide array of sites, including Apartment Therapy, the Kitchn, Women’s Health, Livestrong, and others. Additional reporting was done by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.
Expert advice was provided by Ron Linhart, owner of Above and Beyond Creative Sewing in Nanuet, NY.