I am trying to organize my stamping space but I'm not sure what I want. I'm lokoing for some suggestions. I would like to contain all of it in the closet in our game room. I'm not utilizing the top shelf very well. The sweater hanger holds my stamps. I don't have a ton of stamps and never will! the cart in the middle will soon be gone. Any ideas?
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2006 GMT Views: 1815
Registered: April 1, 2005 Location: Regina, Saskatchewan Canada Posts: 0
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 10:35 AM
Maybe a shelf that takes the bottom part of the closet? It could hold all your stamps, then baskets or clear containers could house punches , ribbons and other accessories. The top shelf could be for paper storage and resource material? Just a thought.
And when it comes to stamps...... never say never! ;)
Registered: August 21, 2005 Location: Suburb of Chicago Posts: 618
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 10:40 AM
I like things portable and on wheels so you can bring it all out when you stamp. I have a tall cart with slender drawers that can hold all the utensils you need and it wheels to my table, but can put it away when finished. I didn't think I would have alot of stamps either, but can't part with the old and must have the new, so go figure. I stopped counting, that's all I will say. Be sure to post the finished project.
Registered: July 4, 2005 Location: Cambridge, Ontario Posts: 326
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 10:44 AM
I would probably use shelves for the stamps and any paper you have. It would probably give you better access to them. I like the idea of the cart on wheels though too. Maybe a cart on the bottom with several shelves above it.
Registered: September 8, 2006 Location: Great Falls, MT Posts: 325
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 11:35 AM
I have seen those shelves that go on a shelf (like in cupboards they are just partical board so they are cheap) can't think of a store name for you though. I would put one of those shelves on the shelf so you utilize the entire space. Then store the stuff you don't use often on the very top. If you hang some shelves in the middle of the closet on the back wall you can store your things that are pulled out more often. And I will have to agree with the cart idea with your everyday accessories on the floor. Let us see with what you come up with. Now I think I better get a cart!!
Registered: May 27, 2006 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 343
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 4:03 PM
One thing that I have found helpful is to do a google search for "stamp storage" or "scrapbook storage" and take a look at all the great products that are out there. You just might find the perfect thing for your needs and space! If you ever win the lottery, my favorite stamping furniture is at FrenchEnvy.com, but it's SUPER expensive and wouldn't work for a closet. The Container Store has a lot of great stuff too. Good luck and be sure to show us the finished project!
I would put shelving tracks on the walls and then the shelves would be adjustable. I think a U shaped shelving arrangement would utilize as much space as possible. Rolling carts at the very bottom sound good, too. Another option is a pegboard on the back wall and shelves on each side. You would be amazed as how much you can store on a pegboard. Also, I have found that the cardboard photo storage boxes hold quite a bit. I would label and stack some on that top shelf for items you don't use frequently or for extras.
Registered: October 27, 2006 Location: Wisconsin Posts: 57
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 8:10 PM
I had a serious storage issue and found that if I added another shelf above the top shelf in my closets that are just like this one, I could utilize the space all the way to the ceiling. Put things you don't use often on the top. And a friend of mine bought me a Stanley toolbox cart thingy that is on wheels and in that I keep all of the items I use everytime, like my cutter and I pull that out to my table. It has worked for me. Have fun!
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost
Registered: March 30, 2005 Location: South Surrey, British Columbia Posts: 46
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 11:52 PM
Some great suggestions here! I have the same closet type area in my stamping room.....and I have a couple of rolling carts in the closet as many have suggested with shelves up above them. I got some great multicolored drawer ones at Costco. One thing that I did that I haven't seen suggested is I had my DH take off the doors. I found that they just got in the way, and they were never closed anyway. It has been somehow "freeing" to have those doors gone.
Registered: January 29, 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 737
Sun, Nov 19, 2006 @ 5:59 AM
I started with a closet before I was a demo.
My husband got kitchen cupboard & drawer units and a counter top from Home Depot. We didn't buy the door fronts for the cupboards so they are open shelving. He left a space open in the middle for my drafting chair. Then we added corkboard on the "backsplash" area to pin things up and shelves to the ceiling.
I left the doors on the cupboard so I could close them when I had work in progress.
It is a wonderful area for my personal stamping - just not in a room big enough to hold workshops.
Registered: October 4, 2005 Location: Schaumburg, IL Posts: 51
Sat, Dec 30, 2006 @ 7:30 AM
Okay a combo of all ajustable shelves are great, this way you can store a lot on them and use the very top for what you don't often use also I have carts and don't pull then often what I do is have baskets on my shelves and load what I want in my basket and bring it to my table the carts can get bulky and I really don't need every thing in them. Taking the doors off is a great idea you will be able to get in and out easier but if you store paper in the open be careful if there is direct sunlight on the closet paper on top will fade over time. Pegboard in either the closet or above your work area is a great idea you can store an unbelivable amount of tools and have them in plain sight therefore no wasted time searching and cleanup is easy and you will tend to put everything away easier. This was also you can use different types of organizers for different things and use the shelves as you need them and different configurations. I hope this helped. I have got through a lot of money and different systems myself. I do several different crafts, lood at this sight and read what everyone else has done before you do and spend on your own set up learn from everyone elses and then think about what you really need and not just what looks cool or worked for someone else. And expensive is not always the best way to go creative is usually the best. Good luck!