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    Closed cabinet for fabric storage

    We just moved into a new house and I'm getting my sewing room unpacked. I need storage for 500+ yards of fabric. Since there are 3 big windows (great natural light) I'm worried about fabric fading looking for suggestions for storage to protect the fabric. I'm thinking of trying to find a used chest of drawers. Anything I should avoid, from your experience?
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    ​If you can afford them, the pantry units of pretend wood with doors from Walmart are nice. I think they are about $100?

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    Ikea may have some good options. I know I've seen several people who use their furniture for storage. If you use a chest of drawers you may want to consider lining the drawers to keep the fabric from being against the wood for long term storage. I use a linen closet (who needs all those sheets!) and put polypropylene liners on top of the wooden shelves to protect the fabric.

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    You can also use an open bookshelf or closet - put a curtain rod across the top and drape a curtain to cover the stash from the sun and dust.
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    I have my fabric in lateral file cabinets Each piece is wrapped around one half of a hanging file folder and then hung in the drawer. SOOOOO much easier to open the drawer and see immediately every fabric in that drawer.

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    i keep most of my fabric in two dressers. The one I prefer is the white Ikea one because the drawers slide in and out easily and are just deep enough to hold dollar-store shoeboxes. I don't put lids on the boxes but storing it like keeps everything upright. I fold the fabric in squares and line them up front to back in the boxes, by color. ROYGBIV-ly-like
    My other dresser has very sturdy drawers, but they are longer, shallower, and don't slide quite as smoothly. I use it for my larger yardage, and scraps that have been cut to certain sizes in boxes.

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    I purchased a large 12 cube bookcase at IKEA, you can put plastic pull outs or cloth pull outs in cubes. most hold fabric using Alaskansunshine's tutituals here on boards.for folding using your 24 x 6 inch ruler.. You can have two stacks in each cube and organized by color, theme,etc. I made a jelly roll quilt top to use as a cover(curtain) to cover the edges of the fabric from the light. Really easy to just flip up when I want to shop my stash . I use the top to hold quilt magazines in holders Hope you find something that will work for you.

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    I use an old china cabinet. Fabric in top with glass doors writing drop down and draws for notions. It receives no direct sunlight so I can see the fabric but a piece of fabric over the glass would look pretty.
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    It is important to keep fabric out of all direct light to minimize fading - esecially aong fold lines.

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    I use a 36" x 80" x 20" (WxHxD) storage cabinet that I got from Home Depot. Lined the shelves with paper and it holds a lot....can't tell you in yards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crossginny View Post
    I have my fabric in lateral file cabinets Each piece is wrapped around one half of a hanging file folder and then hung in the drawer. SOOOOO much easier to open the drawer and see immediately every fabric in that drawer.
    I use this method too for anything over a yard.

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    Check out IKEA. I bought two large book cases with doors. Top parts of doors are glass so I can see what I have. Wrapped fabric on comic boards - took time but keeps things organized - they are lined up on shelves. Use bottom shelves for larger pieces and precuts.

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    We got PAX cabinets from IKEA and lined one bedroom wall with them from floor to ceiling. I picked out beadboard look doors and ceramic shell knobs. There are seven cabinets with seven hanging baskets and shelves, too. We are moving my sewing/crafting gear down here (FL) in October. I can't wait to get my space set up for sewing. If you need more info, just let me know!

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    I saw some cabinets, pantry size for about $100.00 at Lowe's. they are probably sold at Home Depot also. I got a cabinet for my kitchen smaller to replace the area of the dishwasher. I wanted the larger one which I'm sure would hold a lot of fabric. it was about 80" tall. I'm sure it would hold 500 yds. of fabric depending on how you fold it.

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    Someone posted a couple of months ago those legal cabinets with the lid that lifts up and slides into the cabinet. She bought them from where she works so I would look for resale office supplies stores.
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    Thanks everyone. The search continues
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    I bought cabinets from Ikea. Love them. Mine have the glass front so I can see what I am after.


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    Some windows have UV protection on them (and it can be added) to minimize damage from direct light. Some lights have UV from them that can also damage fabric.

    Now, My Stash is in a room that is rarely used. There's black-out liners on the windows and the lights are kept off.

    How much time is the room used with light that your stash is in?

    Doors on cabinets also help keep out dust. I like my shelves open so I see at a glance what's in there. There are 6 6'tall bookcases 30" wide filled with fabric. Some I've had for 20+yrs and don't notice any light damage.

    Just some rambling thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​If you can afford them, the pantry units of pretend wood with doors from Walmart are nice. I think they are about $100?
    I would be careful with "pretend" wood. I know some of that crumbles quite easily. I would trust things from IKEA.
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    I like the Ikea ideas. I can't wait until the Ikea store opens here next year. I am going to go check them out.

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    I would be inclined to build shelves across one end of the room and then put up closet doors to keep the sun off, you can easily access the fabric but at the same time keep it out of sight.
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    I watch Craig's List and have gotten some good deals for the sewing room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    You can also use an open bookshelf or closet - put a curtain rod across the top and drape a curtain to cover the stash from the sun and dust.
    This is what I have, tall bookcases and I put lined curtains on the front. Well they really aren't curtains, I just took two pieces of fabric, right sides together and sewed and turned them and they aren't gathered or anything and I nailed them up onto the book cases. I was going to make roman shade type things but never got around to it and I can use these curtains for design walls too using pins.
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    I love the fabric cube storage myself. Plenty of options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    I would be careful with "pretend" wood. I know some of that crumbles quite easily. I would trust things from IKEA.

    Check the IKEA recalls. You should secure bookcases etc to walls .
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