Some of your will already know that I've been having work done at home. It's now at the stage that I have had to make some decisions about my new workroom. It got me thinking about what's vital, unessential and nice to have if possible. I also guess this will differ for everyone - I may think a music system is vital, but you may prefer to work in silence.
The first thing I noticed about my allotted room was that there was a lack of lighting (just one wall light and nothing else). That has to come under the essential heading unless a miners head lantern is to be employed at all times. Probably spotlights to position as and where needed would be a plan. Next thing was flooring: carpet is not a practical item unless you're a very careful sewer and always pick up your stray cottons immediately (I'm not!!). Maybe a vinyl or laminate floor could be the answer. It's an area where we spend a lot of time, so being warm and comfortable are also important, as is good storage and lots of worktop space.
I could go on, but at this point I wondered if anyone had every devised a checklist for an 'ideal' workspace for those using a machine? If you have or know of one, let me know. I'd love to pass it on to others. To start everyone off, I found an interesting blog about it at http://media.blurgroup.com/blog/featured/5-tips-for-designing-your-perfect-home-workspace/