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He's now considering a physical expansion
that would allow his shop to
take on more work.
" Demand is such that we could easily
expand if we had a larger space and
could fi nd more employees, " he says.
" But that's another challenge, and that
could lead to managing people more
than projects. I like the hands-on. "
Versatility is key
Keri
Ames,
owner of Yachtsman's
Canvas in North Wales, Pa., has dealt
with similar challenges. She operates in
a 1,200-square-foot shop supplemented
by 200 square feet of storage space
in her adjacent home.
" More space is always good, but I have
found with my business plan and goals
this size space is comfortable, " she says.
Building versatility into her shop features
and equipment has been one of
her key strategies.
For example, one table enables the
cutting of all kinds of fabrics, and the
surface can be removed and the table
pushed against another to facilitate bigger
projects. The same is true of a station
designed for pattern development
and fabric layout.
Similarly, Ames' sewing station optimizes
sewing machines attached at
each end of an 8-by-12-foot table to
maximize the work space between; the
same table can support an 18-inch radius
frame bender and a 10-inch radius
wall-mounted bender she can easily access
for design purposes.
Built-in mobility has also been crucial
to her success; for instance, two of
her four sewing machines and several
of her worktables are on wheels so they
can be moved on demand. Several are
also equipped with fold-down extensions
and/or leaves so surface space can
be adjusted as needed. Those strategies
give her access to a combined 14-by16-foot
table surface space if and when
she needs it.
Maintaining ample storage has also
been crucial, especially over the past
couple of years.
" The days of ordering goods a few
days before needed is no longer an option,
with some materials taking weeks
or more to be delivered, " Ames explains.
" Having to order that far in advance creates
challenges for small shops to store
until needed. Fortunately,
staying on
track of a well-planned schedule prevents
buildup and the need to store completed
customer projects. "
Solutions have included a small
wheeled tool cart that can be rolled between
stations; shelving and fi le cabinets
built above and beneath tables; a cutting
station that can accommodate large
rolls of fabric; the use of large cardboard
SMALL SPACE SMARTS
* " Organization is worth your time and is key to your success. Use your
creativity to attack your shop as a project that could teach you
something. Take your fl oor plan, make scale cutouts and use them
when deciding on layouts. Install wheels to move things around
easily, and look for things that can serve more than one role. Also,
networking can be huge. The MFA can help you not only meet other
suppliers, but also get their ideas. "
Shawn James, Back Creek Canvas
* " Multipurpose workstations with defi ned areas for specifi c tasks and
mobile, adaptable work spaces are key to a small shop. Design your
shop layout with purpose and intent, making the tools you need for
a task readily available and within arm's length reach. Maximize your
space by being creative with storage solutions, looking both high and
low. Keep a well-planned project schedule while staying fl uid to allow
projects to move in and out of the shop, reducing the need to store
for long periods of time. " Keri Ames, Yachtsman's Canvas
* " The important factor is having the proper shelving/bin space and
utilizing all empty space, especially under the working tables. "
Jamie Marozzi, BayView Canvas
" The days of ordering
goods a few days
before needed is no
longer an option.
Having to order far
in advance creates
challenges for small
shops to store [goods]
until needed. "
Keri Ames, Yachtsman's Canvas
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