Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby, Take III
Unique Storage Ideas – even more ideas for your craft room and craft supplies!
How many of you have enjoyed our Unique Storage Ideas posts?
How about our previous finds from field trips to Hobby Lobby?
Are you forever on the hunt for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?
Perhaps a single item to add character to your space, or a way to inspire you to want to spend more time there?
Or, maybe you’d like to add a special ‘collection’ that not only looks cool, but serves a purpose?
Well, we’ve got more craftroom organization ideas for you!
We’re sharing even more non-traditional craftroom organization and storage solutions, solutions that may just help you love your creative space even more and make you more productive when you’re in it.
How do great storage ideas help with productivity?
When you love your space, you want to be in it – it’s as simple as that!
And when you can easily find – and put away – your tools and supplies, you have more time for creating and will most certainly enjoy the process more.
The following craftroom organization items were spotted at several Austin, Texas Hobby Lobby stores I recently visited – we hope you enjoy checking them out!
Perhaps they’re just what you’re looking for and you can find them at your local store.
Or, maybe they’ll simply spark something in you, a way to re-purpose something you have on hand, or to motivate you to start hunting for a similar solution, one that’s ideal for what you need to organize and store!
Now we know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact items at your local store.
Please keep in mind that we’re sharing these simply to give you ideas about how you might be able to make use of unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craft room and/or crafting supply organization, items that could make organizing and storing your crafty stash more fun!
And if you do have a local store that carries one or more of these items, and it’d/they’d be ideal for your needs, well that’s even better.
One thing I do want to point out to those who DO have a Hobby Lobby near them is that many of these items have been marked WAY down since the day I took these photos.
Yes, that means they may be a bit harder to come by, but if your store does carry them, they’re likely also super reasonable now.
And that’s a good thing, right?
We sure love great deals!
Along with each craftroom organization and storage item, I’m sharing my thoughts on the best uses for that type of unit, as well as characteristics to look for in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).
I’ve also shared potential ‘cons,’ if any exist, to using these.
And, because we had a request from one of our readers to include the prices when we share items such as these, the prices are included when it was possible to include the price tag in the photo (enlarge the images to see the price tags more clearly).
Remember though that many of these prices have been recently reduced…some quite significantly!
And now, let’s take a look at each organizing and storage idea and chat about how YOU might put it to use in YOUR space…
Option One: White Desk
This unit may not be as unique as those that follow, but I love the frame and the built-in riser and cubbies.
This is ideal for someone who works from home and doesn’t need a lot of desk space, for cardmakers and scrapbookers, and also for us planner girls. 🙂
It appears to be well-built, and with that white finish, it’s sure to fit into most any decor.
If you’re into mixed-media and art journaling, then you’d definitely have to protect the surface when you’re creating (or perhaps add a glass top, but that would be pricey).
Price: $230.00 USD
Thoughts on this desk?
Option Two: Numbered Metal Drawers Unit
This unit is ideal for storing dies, embossing folders, small stamp sets, or even numbered items (such as chipboard or acrylic pieces) and the strong wooden top makes it ideal for hosting small machines like the Cuttlebug.
This would also be simple to alter if you wanted it all one color or wanted to paint the drawers various colors that match your creative space.
I don’t think I would store delicate items like ribbons or fabrics in this unit as the metal is distressed and could damage those items.
This unit might also rust over time (although you could apply a clear coat to it and that should prevent rusting).
Price: Unknown (I tried to capture the price tag, on the left, but it kept flipping off to the side – argh!)
Is this one for you –
why or why not?
Option Three: Colorful Metal Drawers Unit
This unit is ideal for crafters who like a lot of color or who want to be able to slide out a drawer and take it to where they’re creating.
Of course, just like with the last unit (above), it could easily be altered to match most any decor.
You could easily store fabrics and sewing or quilting supplies in the drawers, hang rulers and scissors from the sides and place a machine on the top so it’s always handy.
This would also work well for machines like the Cricut and Silhouette and Brother Scan’NCut, or the Cuttlebug or Spellbinders Platinum machine, with room in the drawers for most of the supplies that accompany those machines.
Mats could easily be hung from the sides, keeping them handy and flat.
Additionally, paper pads or alphabet sticker sheets could be easily and neatly stored in the bins.
And finally, you could store folded or rolled fabric in the drawers (as long as the unit was away from harsh light or pets).
Like with the previous unit (above), this unit is metal so rusting is a long-term possibility, but this unit appears to have a strong, clear coat over it so I don’t think you’d have to worry about it for some time.
You’d probably want to add something soft (like felt) to the bottoms of the legs as they are a bit rough.
Price: $125.00 USD
Who’s up for adding some color to their space?
Or, would you like to have this, but paint it?
Option Four: Locker Drawers & Basket Unit
This one’s a papercrafters dream!
Even if you had to paint and/or clear coat this unit, it’s got some pretty ideal storage.
That tall basket is perfect for rolls of specialty or decorative or flower-making paper; the smaller, upper bins would work well for small paper pads; and, the three lower, left-hand drawers would work well for storing misc. types of paper (watercolor pads, palette paper, etc.)
I don’t think I’d store fabrics in this unit, but notions, rulers, scissors and rotary cutters, cutting mats, etc. might fit well, with room on the top for a machine or two.
Same as with the previous two units, the metal may rust over time if not well coated.
Price: $147.00 USD
Any papercrafters drooling over this one?
Option Five: Multi-Colored Drawers w/ A Variety of Hardware Unit
This unit was calling my name – it looks almost exactly like one I have except that mine is all black rather than being multi-colored.
I love the quirkiness of this storage unit and could find a million things to store in those cute drawers!
In my unit, I’ve stored the following: small office supplies, binder rings of all sizes, jewelry findings (in tiny zipper bags), metal items for mixed media projects, sugar beads, iTop parts, rubber bands and large journal bands, empty tins and small containers, and extra zipper bags in various sizes.
This would be ideal for storing fabric squares and bundles, sewing and quilting notions, drawing tools, pens and pencils, clay and clay tools, jewelry-making supplies and tools, etc.
Some of the drawers were a bit tough to slide in and out.
Price: Unknown (again, the dang tag wouldn’t stay in place so I could capture the price, but I recall that it was around $125)
What do you think –
how would you use this?
Option Six: Lockers on Wheels Unit
This unit would work for so many applications!
I love that it looks a bit like old school lockers, provides a lot of storage space behind each door (and a label holder on the front of each one), has a large top that’s likely to hold up well and has wheels.
I can envision storing small bolts of fabric, paper pads, or containers of supplies for most any crafting endeavor in the ‘lockers.’
A couple of the doors were a tiny bit sticky (but use and/or a little WD40 would likely take care of that).
Price: $210.00 USD
Is this ‘industrial’ look more your style?
Option Seven: Industrial Shelving Unit
These also made me swoon!
I love the rivets and the styling of these, and they provide a lot of space for storing your most used (read: need to be readily accessible) supplies and tools.
I like how tall the open space is between the bottom shelf and the shelf above it – perfect for 12 x 12 scrapbooks!
Because of the coating that’s on them, you might not want to store ‘delicate’ items on these shelves without putting them in containers first.
Price: $84.00 USD
Another industrial-looking storage unit –
yay or nay?
Option Eight: Metal Stands
These three are equally attractive options for storing tools and supplies.
The outer two are ideal for smaller, lightweight items (preferably in clear containers) and the center tiered basket is sturdy enough to hold heavier items.
Any of these could be painted if you wanted a color other than black, and the outer two are perfect for making use of tall, narrow spaces in your craft room, spaces that are currently unused.
The unit on the left might tip over if loaded heavily on top and lighter on the bottom (especially if positioned on carpeting).
All three of these could damage delicate materials (think papers, fabrics, ribbons, etc.) if the items aren’t stored in containers that fit into these units.
Price: $59.00-$69.00 USD
I love all three of these, but the center is my favorite –
how about you, what’s your favorite of these three?
Option Nine: Chicken Wire Display Box
This unit is ideal for paints, mediums, embossing powders, adhesives or even wood-mounted stamps.
And it would make a nice display case for jars of ribbon, washi rolls, buttons, etc.
And most importantly, it could be locked on the side to keep little ones’ fingers out and off your precious (or dangerous) supplies.
It’s made to be hung on a wall and would require some anchoring. And unless you have a shabby-chic style creative space, you’d probably need to invest in painting it.
Price: Unknown (sadly, there was only one of these and it wasn’t marked)
Who’s fawning over this one?
Option Ten: Black, White & Gold Desk Organizer
O.K., I know this is quite a bit different from the previous units, but I fell in love and had to share it!
I’m totally loving black and white and gold and looked at this for storing my personal planner (also black and white and gold) and accompanying tools and supplies.
It was located in the stationery section, in case you go hunting for it.
The larger section (on the right) is perfect for holding one or more planners and/or a planner and paper pad; the front cubby could hold clips and other bits and bobs, or small acrylic or wood-mounted stamp sets; the center section on the left would be perfect for pens and pencils, or more stamp sets (I have acrylic sets that are tall and narrow); and, the back section on the left is ideal for rulers or narrow, acrylic stamp sets.
It is made of covered chipboard so it’s not likely to hold up a long time (but then, we’ll probably be on to a new, fun color scheme by the time it wears out, right? ;)).
Price: $20.00 USD
Any black, white and gold and/or planner peeps in the house?
Has this got your heart fluttering?
Option Eleven: Distressed Divided Box
This last unit is great on so many levels if you’re a lover of vintage items.
First, it looks vintage, but is quite sturdy.
Second, it’s a neutral color and would fit in most anywhere with or without any changes to the finish.
And third, it’s great hanging up or laying flat.
I’d love to see it used laying flat for sewing and quilting notions or for holding wood veneers or chipboard pieces for papercrafting, or hanging up and showing off a crafter’s collection…of anything!
Into painting, mixed media or art journaling?
Why not use it for your brushes, spatulas, paints and mediums?
The wood is a bit rough and may need a bit of sanding if what you store in it could be damaged.
Well, that wraps up yet another round of
unique craftroom organization and storage items.
We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.
Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.
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