Published on August 13th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A craft pod that hides a sewing machine

Liz hacks a craft pod with 2 Billy bookcases. Open to craft. Close to hide the clutter. Perfect.

She says, “I used two Billy bookcases, a piano hinge, two hinges for the sewing machine fold out shelf and 8 wheels also from Ikea. The piano hinge holds the two Billy bookcases together, and the sewing machine shelf has two 5.5cm hinges to hold the fold out shelf. I also screwed the sewing machine shelf on the sides to the bookcase for extra support. Not quite sure about the weight you can put on it but it’s been holding on pretty strong and my sewing machine is pretty heavy.”

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21 Responses to A craft pod that hides a sewing machine

  1. Sewing machine is very useful, but we must admit it takes a lot of space. This is a really neat idea of solving the problem!

  2. DD says:

    too little space for serious sewing

  3. Anonymous says:

    +1 on Flarke.

    Billy panels are much thicker with bottom skirt, also much deeper.

  4. Viagra Generico says:

    Genius…I really like your ideas….

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you could do this with a lack shelf. Just add some kind of back panel to stiffen it.

  6. Start MLM Business says:

    Great looking dresser, where did you buy it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t mzde from Billy’s. They are Flarke bookcase(now discontinued). They are much lighter. It would be much heavier and less sturdy on the castors if you used a Billy.

  8. Caroline says:

    so wonderful!

  9. Anonymous says:

    this is wonderful! I keep eyeballing that $3000 steamtrunk closet on Restoration Hardware, and could do this and mod it like mad, using two Billy’s I already own! Merci!

  10. Anonymous says:

    gotta get me one!

  11. majeral says:

    This gets my vote. Being a crafter I woud love this in my little apartment I could close it up when someone came. I could make this with out any help.
    (senior citzen)

  12. joana says:

    a famous german kitchen brand, classy, high standard and really expensive (bau sth, i dont remember), has one double closet like that for the kitchen. i was thinking how to hack some ikea to have one in my kitchen too, without spending thounsands of euros. you have been faster than me ;) )

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sweet genius!

  14. Kelley says:

    I have serious lust in my heart for that awesome hack. Great job!

  15. Brandi says:

    Well that is just awesome!

  16. Robj98168 says:

    Cool use of space. Way to hisde the clutter!

  17. gilliebean says:

    That is pretty flippin’ awesome!

  18. T. says:

    That’s utterly brilliant!

  19. Genius. I guess it would have to be the kind of Billy that doesn’t have the two panels for the back. Also, do you attach it to the wall?

  20. Lusi says:

    Es genial! y tu blog también ;)
    saludos bloggeros

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