Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Your Thoughts: Storage cabinet with drawers or storage chest >

Your Thoughts: Storage cabinet with drawers or storage chest

Your Thoughts: Storage cabinet with drawers or storage chest

Old 03-26-2012, 05:45 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
cmw0829's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Boston, MA area
Posts: 970
Default Your Thoughts: Storage cabinet with drawers or storage chest

I have an opportunity to buy a storage cabinet that would double as a cutting surface. It's a two-door cabinet with two banks of drawers inside. I probably wouldn't store fabric in it since I've put all my fabric on comic boards and have them stored in a bookcase. I would probably use it for embroidery supplies, quilting notions, boxes of scraps, etc.

In theory, I'd keep the doors closed and open them when I need something. My hesitation is whether it would be irritating to have to open doors to open a drawer. A chest would let me just open a drawer but I haven't found anything that would be the right height for cutting.

Would you find this difficult to use? Or go for it.

(I think I've answered my own question by writing out my thoughts - but I'll still post to get your feedback. )
cmw0829 is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:48 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,929

I guess for me it would depend on how often I needed to open it. Is price a factor?
lisalovesquilting is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:51 AM
Senior Member
echoemb's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arvada, CO
Posts: 456

Can you take the outside doors off?? I would probably go for it anyway. A table the right height to cut is hard to find so I wouldn't pass it up.
echoemb is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:52 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: May 2008
Location: FL
Posts: 16,574

Personally, I'd go for it!
sewnsewer2 is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:58 AM
Super Member
Wine Woman's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,218

Extra storage is always a plus for me. But the right height is a big factor. I use what looks like saw horses with a white laminate board across the top for a cutting table. I can raise and lower it according to my needs and they work great. I found them at IKEA for approximately 30 each. I store drawers in the middlie of the table underneath it. You have to find what works for you. I like the idea of closing the doors so it looks neat but are they in the way when they are opened and you are using your cutting surface?
Wine Woman is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 06:27 AM
Senior Member
Michellesews's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: El Paso Texas
Posts: 987

I use what used to be a portable kitchen island for a pressing surface....it has doors and then shelves beneath and a wine rack in between. I use the wine rack to hold all things rolled up...like stabilizer, pressing cloths, tracing paper...it also has three drawers. I try to keep mostly things that deal with pressing but I also keep items I use only occasionally because it is placed in a hallway between the longarm quilt room and the sewing room. The top was stainless steel so I covered it in thick wool and then sheeting for the ironing surface. My personal opinion is that anytime you can gleand more storage space, go for it! We never have enough.
Michellesews is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 06:32 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Temple, TX (Transplanted from New York 2010)
Posts: 677

I would GO 4 IT!!!
cny_sewer39 is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 06:51 AM
Super Member
thimblebug6000's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 7,880

If it has doors, and you're standing in front of it, will it bump your knees and/or is there also room for your feet to fit under the doors so that you can stand properly?
thimblebug6000 is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 08:48 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
cmw0829's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Boston, MA area
Posts: 970

Ahh...very good thoughts and thank you for the comments. It's on casters so my toes would fit under it and the doors will fold out of the way so it could be left open unless you really need to be neat.

It's not cheap-cheap but it's a good deal and I know the person who owns it so know it's been cared for.

Yes...I appreciate the encouragement...I'm going for it. Storage is always at a premium. And since I'm moving my sewing space to the unused living room - largest room in the house, I need to have space I can keep neat.

I just needed a kick in the pants. Thanks!!
cmw0829 is offline  
Old 03-26-2012, 09:19 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 41,366

If the doors can be left on and not bother you, go for it. The doors could have pegboard attached on the inside for hanging tools or you could make them into small design boards. I think the doors would be really handy for hanging all your rulers on too.
Tartan is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Links and Resources
06-23-2015 10:59 AM
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
03-15-2014 03:59 AM
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
04-16-2013 08:12 AM
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
09-09-2012 01:41 PM
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
04-12-2011 04:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter