My sewing/computer room is a smallish bedroom, so by the time I have my computer desk, my sewing table, a rocking chair for handwork, and a few little extras, there's very little space left over. I posted a few photos in an early blog post.
One of the problems I ran into was that there was literally no space for a design wall. My solution was to put Command hooks over the closet doors and hang a piece of flannel from them. It worked, but it was awkward and inconvenient. If I needed to get into the closet, where I keep my quilting supplies and stash, I had to either roll up the flannel and clip it out of the way, taking the chance of disturbing whatever was on the flannel at the time, or I had to duck under the flannel and hope not to disturb anything. There had to be a better way!
Then I saw a fancy-dancy roll-up design wall advertised in a magazine. It's gorgeous -- there's no doubt about it -- but it cost way
more than I wanted to spend. However, it gave me an idea. I found a vinyl roll-up shade at Penney's (on sale!) and convinced a friend to help me spray glue flannel to one side of it. So far, so good. Then the roll-up shade stood in a corner for several weeks until my husband had a little time and no particular project in mind. I think I'm going to love having this! When I roll it up, the vinyl backing will prevent the things on the front from shifting, and I'll be able to get into my closet with no trouble at all! :) In this photo, I only have the shade rolled partially down; it will go all the way to the floor.