Here are the storage solutions I use in my craft room which work well for me. All your supplies need to be easily accessible and functional as well as looking pretty. Keep unsightly items hidden behind closed doors as if your room feels messy or untidy you are far more likely to feel the need to tidy when you are in it rather than craft.
Find practical solutions that work for your supplies. Make sure you have room to grow your collection and choose it because it compliments how you work rather than because it looks pretty. Tubs, baskets and containers work great as they can be portable when needed. As you can see in the image above, I have all similar items stored in boxes and containers in a draw. They are easy to see, reach and take out and zoned together so if I need a small punch for example, I know if I have it, it will be in the box in this draw. No more hide and seek with your supplies!
Storage doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I made a note of my area I needed storage for and took it with me when I went shopping. I went to IKEA, Wilko’s, B&M and HomeSense to find reasonable priced containers.
I have listed the items I use in my craft space below . You don’t need to invest heavily to find the right solution for you. Shop around and if you cannot find what you need for you space then consider making it bespoke. It is amazing what you can do with some pdf and a lick of paint.
I used two Kallax Shelf units which were wall mounted and house the inserts which fit Stampin’ Up ink, refills etc and A4 and 12×12 card. The inserts are from Creations by Rod who has many solutions for a wide variety of craft products.
I had my joiner make two shelves to fit the expanse under the Kallax to house my punches and my ribbon. He added a little lip of wood on the ribbon shelf to hold the ribbon spools in place.
The lovely bamboo boxes are BULLIG from IKEA and just fit into the bespoke cubby holes created by my joiner to make the units be flush to the ceiling.
The unit below this is BESTA from IKEA and has two drawers on top and two cupboards below. The cupboards are deep so are good for housing deep items such as 12×12 or A4 card stock. I used a plastic storage bin from the Kitchen department in IKEA to store my glue on the higher shelf. I also used clear fridge storage which is long and can be easily slid out to gain access.
Here are photos of what is stored inside the BESTA unit. The photo at the top of this post is what is inside the draw on the left. I use the other draw (shown below) to store my dies. I have two sizes and use a fridge storage container for the larger dies and a wooden box from IKEA for the smaller dies. I also shoehorned my spare Blends and some Big Dies in the draw too.
I have one shelf in a cupboard below the drawers which keeps my supplies neat and tidy. I make sure I store larger items in these cupboards as they are long and deep. I keep items in there that I don’t use too often.
I have some magazine file folders and I store my cardstock scraps in these. Any cardstock that has been cut down is stored in here together by colour and then colour family. When I am crafting, its so easy for me to grab the corresponding file folder to keep on my craft table to use the scraps rather than reach for a brand new piece of cardstock. All my boxes from Stampin’ Up! are stored next to these in their bags so I know their name etc.
All items are grouped together so I know that all I have is one place and I don’t need to hunt elsewhere for more of the same. I use the IKEA storage boxes and fridge storage to house my adhesives as they are super easy to pull out without everything falling down.
When we designed my craft space, we found that the BESTA unit wasn’t as wide as the KALLAX unit so we asked our joiner to make some longer/deeper storage either side of the BESTA which is perfect for housing my grid paper and my photography backgrounds.
We used GNEDBY from IKEA which are DVD storage units to house my stamp sets. The shelves are adjustable. And we used three slim BESTA units stacked on top of one another with doors to house all my smaller items, embellishments, embossing powders etc. I used the tins from our Stampin’ Up! kits and Sale-a-bration to segment items on the shelves and made sure to label them.
Here is a photo of the stacked BESTA units with the doors closed. Tidy and clutter free!
I wheel my trusty RASKOG from IKEA to me when I am sitting crafting as it has all my basic essentials on hand. I can store lots of items in this trolley which saves cluttering up my desk whilst I craft. I have the chopping board which nests on top to hide all the messy supplies but to also give me another surface to store my die cutting machine.
I use two tables LANEBERG from IKEA pushed together for my craft desk. They extend if needed and can be moved around to suit my needs or more people as needed. They are easy to wipe clean too.
And to finish off my craft area organisation, last but not least, my carousel and clear blocks. These stay on my desk all the time and I simply move them to where I am seated. The carousel could do with a re-spray to make it fresher but it works so well and I store all my tools and crafting essentials in there. A selection of clear blocks are in the MDF tray so I can easily mount my stamps from where I am seated.
If you have not seen my other blogs posts sharing a video tour of my craft space and also how to zone your craft room, be sure to check them out. I will be back tomorrow sharing more storage solutions for the other areas of my craft room so be sure to pop back.
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