|Let's play "spot the drawers" behind the piles of fabric!|
But there still wasn't enough storage. We added a rail to hang pattern blocks and WIP at one end of the room. Still not enough storage!
So, a few years ago I devised a design for some pigeon holes to go at one end of the studio, next to this rail.
|The spot for the pigeon holes, before I cleaned it up|
|And after the clean up, ready for pigeon holes|
Back in February I managed to convince my husband that we should buy some MDF for them while we were shopping at Bunnings. We bought two huge sheets, and had them cut to the right width in store. It's so cheap to get them to do it for you, and ensured that all the pieces were the exact same width, with a perfectly straight cut. Try doing that in your height restricted garage!
|The Cutting Machine!|
|The Machine in action: Thank you Bunnings!|
Then I waited a week to put anything in it. I didn't want to ruin that beautiful paint job by putting anything on it too early!
My four baskets have six pigeon holes at the bottom that they fit in. The original concept for the baskets was to put client work in them, so that everything for a project stays together. Since I've had the baskets for so long however, they all got filled up with assorted random stuff, which is now in even more random places throughout my studio. One of them currently has my Vietnamese fabric in it, another has bra making supplies, a third has lingerie fabrics, and the fourth actually has client work in it (Woo hoo!) The two spare spots I will use for some of my fabric stash for now (the fabric I actually know what I want to make from it), but maybe I'll buy an extra two baskets later. I thought if I have fabric looking me in the eye, it might get made up sooner rather than later!
The tall shelf is for my pattern books. I use A3 folders to put all the patterns that I make in, and I didn't have one single space that fit them all. I had some in the top half of one of my cupboards, more stuffed under the cutting table, or lying around on desks. But most often, there was a pile of them sitting on the floor, usually the ones I'd been looking at most recently. I may have outgrown this amount of room already!
|Some of my pattern books in their former home|
|And more on the floor - their other home|
I have plans for some type of Work in Progress system to go along the side wall of this storage unit. I had wanted a cork board or magnetic white board, but the whole thing is too narrow for a ready made notice board, so back to the drawing board for me (pun intended). Hubby suggested some kind of magnetic clips or something, so I had thought maybe a few magnetic strips placed at intervals all the way down. However, everything would just fall off whenever it got knocked. His latest suggestion is screwing bulldog clips at intervals along the side, so I can clip up each client's paperwork (and not have to search every surface to find the right paperwork all the time!) I think this might be a winner, I just need to find the time to go out and buy the perfect bulldog clips.
Are all of my storage dreams for my studio fulfilled yet? Not by a long shot. Wait til I show you the inside of my store-room. If I'm game enough.