In the next coupla months, I’m going to redesign my scrapping/quilting space. Which may involve trading spaces with Jerry, so that he won’t be in the Goldfish bowl of the New Room anymore, since it wouldn’t bother me to be in there (provided I have appropriate storage so I can put things away and have it look nice when people come over).
In my quest for Storage Supplies, I have found quite a few things I like. This is one of them, made by Ikea. It’s part of their Varda Free Standing Kitchen series, and it would be PERFECT as a cutting table.
I like this one, too, but it’s a foot shorter and about $140 more:
This shelf system would fit PERFECTLY on the North wall of the room, and based on the cubes I’m currently using upstairs, would more than house my scrapbooking stuff (except for the Iris cart, which I am NOT giving up. I love that thing). It would probably also house my thread boxes and most (if not all) of my fabric stash as well.
And these boxes would fit in those shelves if I wanted to obscure the contents of the shelves. Can’t buy the boxes online, though; I’d have to go to an Ikea (closest one is in Atlanta, I think) and buy them there:
Or plastic boxes, which CAN be bought online:
Or possibly even baskets for the fabric stash to contain (and color-code) it a bit…(Guess which possibility is my favorite??? Oh, look! They have ORANGE. Of course, they don’t sell these online either. Bunch of meanies…):
I could buy those cubes one at a time with 40% off coupons from Michael’s (assuming our Michael’s actually HAS them, which they may not)… Not sure I like the idea of white stuff, though
Elfa stuff is also the #1 recommended storage solution by Alex Anderson, a nationally known quilt teacher. It’s VERY expensive, but apparently fantastic. I know my mom has some (or at least a similar type of system), and has really liked it. And the mesh keeps the fabric from getting musty, which is good.
I think it’s a little too utilitarian, though…
What I like about the Ikea stuff (as opposed to the Store-in-Style cubes or the Elfa) is that it doesn’t scream “HOBBY STORAGE” as much.
So now the quest is to see what to do about tables/workspaces… And to be honest with myself about how much room I really need. Never easy.