Are you looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?
A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?
Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?
Well, we’ve got more!
We’re sharing more non-traditional storage solutions, all in an effort to help you love your space and make you more productive when you’re in it.
How do great storage ideas help with productivity?
Well, when you love your space, you want to be in it, right?
And when you can easily find – and put away – your tools and supplies, you have more time for creating!
The following items were spotted at a Minnesota Hobby Lobby I visited during my travels and I thought you might like to check them out.
Perhaps they’re just what you’re looking for and you can find them at your local store.
Or, maybe they’ll spark an idea – perhaps a way to re-purpose something you have on hand, or to inspire you to start hunting for a similar solution, one that’s ideal for what you need to organize and store!
Now again, 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.
We’re sharing these simply to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craft room and/or crafting supply organization, items that could liven up your space, give it a little pizzazz!
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!
Along with each item, I’ve again shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).
I’ve also shared potential “cons” to using this type of unit for particular items, if there are any.
And, because we had a request from one of our readers (that’s YOU!) to include the prices when we share items such as these, the prices are also included.
Yup, we listen!
And now, let’s take a look at each storage idea and chat about how it could be used…
Option One: Wooden Storage Bench
This unit is ideal for storing lots of different items, and providing seating, or a storage platform for crafting machines and tools (die cutting machines, cutters, sewing machines, etc.).
The drawers are quite large and would be great for the following: folded fabrics and sewing or quilting patterns; idea or pattern books; tall stamp sets, embossing folders or die sets; small paper pads; jewelry findings in clear plasic containers; fibers and yarn; and, so much more!
If you’re limited on space in your craft room and need to “spread out” beyond your craft room walls, or you don’t have a dedicated craft space and you have to find a way to incorporate your stash into your living space, this could be great for stashing the goods in other areas of your home.
Now I will share that the drawers are a bit rough inside, so you’ll need to line them if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.
And if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then you’ll want to avoid storing your papers in wooden storage.
Price: $181.99 (That’s a bit steep in my book – you may be able to find a similar unit for less.)
Option Two: White Shabby Chic Wooden Drawer Unit
This is another unit that provides quite a bit of storage – and it’d look great in a shabby chic room!
My first thought was to use this for dies and embossing folders, or small pads of paper, for papercrafting.
But it’d also be great for: fat quarters; jewelry-making supplies; supplies and tools for embroidery, cross-stitch or needlepoint; paints and the associated supplies and papers; drawing tools and supplies; and, even your photos, stored in sleeves or containers.
Of course you could also change up the look of this unit with a quick coat of paint – white’s easy to cover and the drawers slide out, providing you easy access to all sides of the drawers and the frame they slide into!
Potential Cons: Just like with the bench unit above, you may need to line the drawers if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.
And again, if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then this isn’t the best solution for storing your papers.
Price: $209.99 (In person, this is a really nice piece and it could be re-purposed as a dresser or used as storage for linens if and when you no longer need it for your crafting supplies).
Option Three: Multi-Tier Basket Tower
The great thing about this unit is that it’s quite narrow, but could hold quite a lot!
Think about narrow, unused space that could house a unit like this – the fact that it’s mostly a metal frame means it won’t overpower a crowded space.
And, the front cross-bars could provide additional storage – simply use metal curtain rings to hang supplies for easy access.
The way this is constructed means you can easily see what’s inside each basket, which is perfect for those who need to see what they have in order to recall what they own and easily find it.
I can see fibers and yarn, rubber stamps and large ink pads, and cardmaking paper goods fitting nicely in these baskets.
What would you store in here?
We’d love to hear YOUR ideas!
I wouldn’t recommend storing items that would be harmed by light or dust in this type of unit, and I wouldn’t recommend this type of unit if you have small kids or pets – the easy access you’re attracted to is also attractive to little fingers, curious kitties and mischievous puppies!
Price: $83.99 (This unit appears to be very well made and I think the price is reasonable – what do you think?)
Option Four: Wooden Unit With Baskets
This unit won my heart!
I love the size of it and the shape of the baskets – my papercrafting supplies would love to live in here!
I can imagine this as a die-cutting station, with the machine(s) living on top, the mats hung from the sides, and the dies, embossing folders and machine supplies stored inside the basket drawers – the drawers are the perfect height for most embossing folders and dies.
Into sewing or quilting?
Place your machine on top; scissors, rotary cutters and notions in the smaller drawers; folded fabrics or fat quarters in the larger drawers; and, cutting mats or quilting templates on hooks on the sides. Voila!
Creating “stations” for your crafting endeavors means everything you need for a particular type of project is all in one place – again, making you more productive!
I wouldn’t store paper in fiber baskets – it’s not “safe” (if you’re concerned about the longevity of your papercrafted projects).
Nor would I store fibers, yarns or delicate fabrics in them (they could easily snag your beloved treasures, making them unusable).
That said, you could line the baskets, or use plastic containers within them, to safely house your crafting supplies.
Price: $139.99 (This unit is well made and I think it’s a reasonable price – do you?)
Option Five: Wooden 11-Drawer Unit (w/Chalk-Front Drawers)
O.k., first let me apologize for the bad lighting on this picture – yikes!
The sun was screaming through the store window and, after several attempts at re-positioning this unit, this is as good as it got!
Shameful photography and editing, but I had to share it with you nonetheless.
What I love about this unit is that it’d be perfect as a Project Life® station!
The upper drawers are sized well for the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ journaling cards, washi tape rolls (organized in narrow drawer dividers) and/or photos and smaller bits of memorabilia; the lower, larger drawers could easily hold additional PL-project supplies (journaling stamps and acrylic blocks, stamp pads, cutting tools, sticky notes, paper pads, etc.); and, the top is a great size for laying open a 12″ x 12″ album so you can easily work on your PL project whenever you have a free moment.
Plus, the chalkboard drawer fronts can be easily labeled, and re-labeled as your needs change.
Have quite a collection of stamping supplies?
These drawers would hold a lot of inks pads, rubber stamps and/or small stamps and stamp sets.
I can also see this making sense in a sewing room – great storage for all those notions!
Again, the wooden drawers could damage paper goods over time.
And, drawer labeling done with actual chalk (rather than chalk markers) could be accidentally erased.
Price: $118.99 (This is quite possibly the best bargain in the bunch!)
Option Six: Wooden 18-Drawer Unit
If you’ve long been lusting after a vintage library cabinet and it’s just not in the budget (they can be pricey!), then this just might suffice.
Like the unit above, this unit could be great for papercrafting projects like Project Life® and stamping, as well as for sewing notions.
But, it could also be a great place to store jewelry-making supplies, stored by type, size, style, color, price or manufacturer, and easily labeled using the nice metal frames on the fronts of the drawers.
I have a similar unit in which I store office supplies, business cards, small empty tins, zip-top baggies and metal findings (my Tim Holtz findings enjoy a dedicated row of drawers!).
What do ya think – is this one for you? And if so, how would you use it?
Don’t forget: a quick coat of paint could completely change the look of this little baby!
The drawers on this particular unit were a bit wonky – you’d want to check all the drawers in a similar unit to make sure they slide in and out easily.
I swapped a few around and was able to get a good fit on each drawer – an easy fix!
Price: $139.99 (Again, reasonable, but I would want a little bit better finish for the price, or lower price for the level of finish.)
Option Seven: Wooden 5-Drawer Unit on Casters
I would love a unit like this for my adhesives!
I have quite a collection of different types stored in a similar unit, but my unit isn’t mobile so I end up running back and forth a lot during project creation (not efficient use of my creative time!).
Idea Time: I may just add casters to mine!
This unit would work well for anything short and/or that can be laid on its side, as long as you can quickly and easily see what’s in the drawer without a bunch of shuffling of items.
After all, we want to make it easy on ourselves and spend our time creating, not searching or rearranging, right?
These drawers could work well for supplies for embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint; or quilling; or, for pens, pencils and art markers used for art journaling and/or drawing.
They’d also be ideal for jewelry-making tools and beads and findings, as well as your finished creations and the supplies to price and display them.
How would you use this type of unit?
Because of the way the drawers slide into the frame, you’d need to make sure your stored items lie flat and clear the upper edge of the frame so they don’t get caught when you push the drawers in and pull them out – not a problem, just a consideration if you’re not neat in the way you replace items after using them.
Price: $97.99 (Reasonable considering the quality – comparable units may be available for less. What do you think?)
Option Eight: Multi-Colored Thin-Drawer Unit
Oh be still my heart…again! I so wanted to take this home with me!
It’s a good thing I’m traveling (and it wouldn’t make sense to pay to ship this) ’cause I’m a sucker for this type of drawer unit – you too?
I must have owned a print shop at one time because I love printers trays and blocks and this type of drawer unit.
This would be perfect for setting up “color drawers,” drawers in which papercrafting embellishments of all types are sorted by color, making it easy to see at a glance every type of embellishment you own in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, etc.
This would also work for storing: wood-mounted stamps and ink pads; sheets of specialty papers; knitting needles and crochet hooks and the accompanying accessories (stitch counters, etc.); paint brushes; art pens, pencils and markers and accompanying supplies (erasers, sharpeners, stubs, etc.); tubes of liquid adhesive; adhesive runners and refills; spools or bobbins of thread (organized in drawer dividers or baggies); and, anything else that doesn’t require much drawer height.
And finally, how cool would this be for jewelry-making supplies and finished pieces? PER-FECT!
Wjat do you think – is this the type of craft storage unit you’d immediately fall head over heals in love with, just like I did?
How would you use this drawer unit if you had one?
Well, that’s it for another round of unique 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.