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Thread: Fabric Storage Opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    I personally don't care for the wire shelves. My husband insisted on them for the laundry room & garage. Guess what? Things fall thru them, things don't set squarely unless you set them on the wires just right. It is a constant balancing act. I can't wait until mine wear out & I can replace them with wood shelves.
    I love the wire shelves because I can move them and they are less expensive than the wooden ones. Suggestion---try getting foam core or illustration board and cutting it to size. I then covered mine in contact paper and they lay right on top of the wire shelves. Very sturdy

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    I now use wire for fabric I had wood but even with a good paint job I had bottom fabs discolor I ended up using contact paper to solve the problem-- but they really have to be adjustable to keep up with your future growth of stash I swear fabric breeds when I ain't looking - fabrics can be real sneaky thats my excuse for needing more shelving :-o

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    I used the laminate shelves from Home Depot. You can get end pieces with holes in them for those shelf hangers that just push into the holes. Works really well, and are so adjustable. I've moved mine around several times, and additional shelves can be added at any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    My Dh is redoing a closet in a spare bedroom for me to store all my sewing things. My question is: I can design it any way i choose but am unsure what kind of shelving to put in. Would you use the white wire shelves or wood? Or maybe both? I need to keep the cost at a minimum but i want to do it right the first time. Any advise would be appreciated greatly!!
    I have wire shelves in my closets and I hate them. If you are just putting fabric on them, they might be ok, but I am replacing mine as fast as I can. I have contact paper over cardboard on them now, just so things quit falling through. I have been going to the local "Restore", and buying recycled kitchen cupboard doors to cut to size for shelves. Look up Restore in the white pages of the phone book. I put supports on each side, and set a trimmed cupboard on them. Works well, and looks good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie2
    The shelves came from IKEA and they work fabulously for me. Hope my photos help you to decide.
    Wow, I love your shelves, deeper & sturdier looking than usual! Good application since most of your things are in bins. I am not a fan of typical coated wire shelves, but they can be adapted. Regardless of shelf type, you can cover any wire shelf (on the bottom) with some plastic corrugated signboard cheaply (call sign shop-about $12 for 4'x8') to make it smooth & level. It needs to be strong if you will be loading it down with fabric; all wire shelving is not equal. Pros: Faster to install & be ready to use, than wood.

    If you go with wood shelves, as someone said...needs 2 or 3 good coats of polyurethane cured between coats, or it can remain wet underneath & never dry right (Ask me how I know:cry:.) Wood can leach resins & stain your fabrics otherwise. I suppose you could put shelfpaper or wallpaper stapled down for a quick job.

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    One suggestion for small things is to hang a a couple of removable shallow trays along the front, which you could then carry over to your sewing or cutting table when you are going to work. I can't help but add some ideas for "extras".
    My dad was a commercial builder (stores), & we used to go see what they had in the "used" area of the local "Display" stores. Look for them even in medium sized towns, lots of clear plexiglass, & they even sell a few pieces of slatwall, if you have wallspace for a piece.
    There are commercial slatwall display accessories as you might see in a store. You could improvise on this idea with a simple desk organizer tray from $1 store or WM cheaply. Try "S" hooks to hang them if you get a wire shelf, or get your husband put some hangers on the back of a simple narrow wood silverware tray. Standard Picture hanger hardware (need 2) for the back of a wood box (target, BBB).
    One item is called a belt spinner $20, if you had the wall space you could hang a few tools or patterns from it.

    Try a wire mesh hanging basket $12 (Office supply stores, or target). Sorry... I do LOVE good hardware.

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    Make sure the shelves will hold the weight of the fabric. Quilters, fabric is heavy. My ex built a storage closet for my quilt room and the span of the shelves was way too long and the shelves bowed when filled. They were made of 1x 12s. I like the idea of shorter, adjustable, painted shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judi wess
    Make sure the shelves will hold the weight of the fabric. Quilters, fabric is heavy. My ex built a storage closet for my quilt room and the span of the shelves was way too long and the shelves bowed when filled. They were made of 1x 12s. I like the idea of shorter, adjustable, painted shelves.
    You can avoid some of this sag by putting a piece of 1 x 2 standing upright under the front edge. If you want to help the sag after it has been like that for a while, you can either take the shelf off & turn it over & re-attach it, or clamp the front edge of the shelf (several clamps, maybe every foot or so) to a piece of 1" x2" & screw it in from the top to help pull the sag out. I would also clamp the boards, then pre-drill the 1 x 2 (so it doesn't split) & screw the front support on. Ideally you would attach the 1 x 2 to the front edge of this when new;)

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    I am like Joanie 2 .... I love IKEA.

    I bought the Antonius system with the wire baskets and stacked 2 of then in my closet. The wire DOES NOT rust yet the openings aren't too big. I have my stash sorted in colors and fabric type: batiks and hand dyes, Christmas, cats, then by color. I can see it all easily without having to move things around. There are melamine closet shelves I installed above this all. I fold my fabric differently: one type of fold for 1/8 yd, another for 1/4 yd, something else for FQ, and on it goes.

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    I put 1 Antonius system underneath the IKEA table where my big embroidery machine is. This one holds projects and notions.

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    Before i purchased my Ikea cabinets, I used book shelves with this white plastic baskets of two different sizes I got at Walmart I marked the front of the baskets and I covered the material with a piece of cloth or cloth napkin or something to keep dust out. these baskets fit on the book shelf I had. Then i had plastic tubs also and the plastic drawers on rollers for thread and other notions.

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