One day I was scrolling Instagram and saw a photo on @patterndrop with @swimbikequilt standing at her cutting table. I investigated more and she has a blog post called New Cutting Table/Favorite Things where she talks about the table and how great it was. Needless to say it didn't take much for me to start dreaming about a taller cutting table.
When I stated quilting I pulled out an old drafting table to use for cutting. It worked great. It was a good size and not too low, but low enough that leaning over it caused me more than a few neck and back aches.
So I decided I would give myself permission to follow the lead of @swimbikequilt and get an Ikea table with adjustable legs. Here is the final result!
As you can see I chose the bamboo top. The reason: it fit my space and cost $9 to ship vs. the $50 shipping cost for the lower cost but heavier tables. So I got this nice top at essentially the same prices as some of the other options. It is longer and narrower than my old table but it fits my space a lot better. I added the shelves underneath for additional storage. Since the window is there I might need to use this space for something else so my fabric doesn't fade, but for the purposes of this post I liked the look of the fabric and colors there.
I'm so grateful that other quilters share their experiences so I can learn from them. I would have kept hunched over my table if I hadn't seen this photo on Instagram. The money I'll save in chiropractic costs will definitely pay for the table! I've only used it a few times but it is so helpful.
Let me know if you have any other helpful tools I should try!