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I used to use the towel racks from ikea and I absolutely loved that method. However, when we took them down they destroyed my walls. Now rhat I'm in a formal diningroom, my DH has requested not to use that method again.
I can't use the over the door method since my doors are glass French.
Oh, good idea, Mary. My punches are stacked in a plastic shoebox turned on its side and when I want to pull one out they fall all over each other. I keep telling myself I don't need a better way of storing punches since I am starting to grow my Nesties and other dies collection. But I also notice that I keep buying punches! Obviously one doesn't negate the need for the other.
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In my new craft room I plan on mounting my towel bars on a painted wood panel and then attach the panel to the wall....only four holes..two at the top and two at the bottom which will distribute the weight (I have a ton of punches).
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We also put my ikea bars on a piece of beadboard attached to a thicker piece of wood and only needed 4 screws to hold it on wall. I can take a picture later if you would like to see it. We still have the frame to put on but I love how it looks.
I recently set up my new craft space and I needed a different way to store my punches as my new place has wooden walls. I don't like to have them on display, and the tools come in all shapes and sizes and I wanted a system with uniformity. I needed to find a solution that would also fit in with my diecutting storage as I wanted all of that stuff together in one place.
Solution - I use a storage shelf with adjustable shelfs. I bought some cheap wooden trays to fit my shelf. Each shelf is set close together with just enough clearance to slide the tray in, so it is now like a drawer. One tray holds up to 7 of the large SU! punches, or a combo of other sizes. They are all stored as one layer, nothing lying on top of the other. This eliminates overfilling and overwieghing the trays. Those suckers can get heavy.
I have about 12 lg SU!, 4 MS and 20+ smaller punches of various sizes and shapes. Not a huge collection by many standards, but I have a system that can expand should I buy more (including the new style) and it'll still looks uniform, neat and tidy. This works very well for me as they are easily accessable, to grab and go, beside my work space but they are out of sight. I think I use them more now.
I love my curtain rod storage but understand that you don't want that in your dining room.
I was thinking about the over-the-door shoebags - While you don't have an appropriate door from which to hang it, you might be able to add a couple of hooks to your wall and hang it from those. Then, when you want to use your DR as originally intended, you could simply slip it from the hooks. I don't think those would be too noticeable.
I mounted my bars on pegboard. I store my small punches in shadow boxes and the mega sized ones as well as the new desing EK/SU ones inan Ikea CD shelving unit.
You can see photos of these in my scaproom photos (both in my gallery here as well as on my blog)
WOW, i knew i'd get great ideas but didn't realize one would hit me up-side the head as they say. lol I actually have an over the door type thing LAYING on the floor somewhere in my craft room. I had it years ago for misc storage in the old house...it got packed up "as is" and i'm just getting around to "what do i do with THIS??!!" (been in the house 6 years...hanging head in shame. lol). I'm going to run right home & store my punches...not like the door to the craft room ever gets totally shut anyway right!!??
I use the picture shelves from IKEA for my punches - they aren't deep, but they come in two lengths, and take 2-3 screws total. The new SU punches lean against the wall and the Martha Stewart ones are standing upright. I can sit and see a lot of my punches. The rest I have in a wire drawer that sit with the image up so that I can see what they are. As a non-recovering punch addict, I do organize them in a certain way... Martha Stewarts are together, organized by time of year (seasonal-holiday). Shape punches, tag punches, greeting punches... all together. Mini punches stored together. That kind of thing.
Hopefully this makes sense.
I have noticed that I am much better about using my punches when they are out and visual... perhaps they stimulate my brain into using them?
Recently considered a # of options for storing all my paper punches (in all sizes, all mfr's.) Wanted that at-a-glance look...big order when I figured out all the punches I had in various nooks & crannys. Put all my CM punches on a low-ish shelf where I can easily see and access them, but had a lot left in various heights and sizes.
Ordered a 3-tier expandable spice shelf from Amazon that's on its way. This way I can put the big ones in back, tinier ones in front, etc.