Last week, there was much discussion about IKEA’s plans to discontinue the very popular Expedit shelving units.
These stacks of cubes provide safe storage for many a fabric stash, so there was great panic when word came they were going away.
Initially, only line drawings were available, but on Friday, IKEA provided an image of the Kallax unit.
The interior dimensions of the Kallax units are the same as Expedit’s.
Gizmodo reported that this design change likely has more to do with IKEA’s pledge to be a more sustainable company than it does aesthetic design. IKEA is #3, behind only Home Depot and Lowe’s, in wood consumption. If IKEA sells millions of these units every year, this slight reduction in the outer edges really could make a difference.
I think it will be okay.
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I have some more IKEA organizing to show you, but first, how about some fun decoration for your space?
These buttons are sure to add some cheery spring fun:
I saw button fabric in the fabric department some time ago, but the scale was so large I was at a loss for what to do with it. Here is a fun idea – put it under the chair mat!
No chair mat? How about this button rug? Fun, right?
Do you have any of these in your sewing space?
It’s no secret that I love IKEA. I’ve often found items in the kitchen and office areas that work really well in my sewing space.
What a fun surprise to see a display at IKEA actually aimed at seamstresses and crafters!
The table the machine is on is a Linnmon table. I have several of these in my sewing space and love them. They are a perfect depth so there is not a bunch of wasted space behind them, but there is still enough room to maneuver fabrics when sewing. Plus, they are nice an stable so I don’t worry about my serger trying to walk off while I’m using it!
This RIBBA picture ledge is great for storing a cutting mat, and there’s enough space to put your quilting rulers with it.
And here it is again being used for thread storage, just below the KUPOL storage bins. I love how the storage bins all have labels on them. The organizing geek in me loves labels!
These PLUGGIS bins are being used for pattern storage. They would also work for sorting scraps by color if you are saving small scraps for quilting or other patchwork.
8 of these VÄGGIS corkboards make a nice area for planning designs.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow!
Hardware and farm/general supply stores have some great organizing containers. Often the products will look just like the ones available in more specialized shops but with a less specialized price.
For example, you can buy this 26 drawer cabinet at a major craft store for $34.99. I was so surprised by the price that I even double checked the item codes on the price label to make sure it was the correct item for the tag!
Head to the hardware store and you can buy any one of these for $14.99 to $16.99, depending on which style you choose. So you can decide if you want all big drawers, all little drawers or some combination of them.
You might get a 50% off coupon for the craft store, which would make the first one $17.49. But guess what? The $14.99-16.99 ones go on sale for $3 off pretty regularly and you have more choices! So, go to the hardware store for storage supplies and save your 50% off coupon for fabric!
These are great for storing snaps, buttons, extra packs of needles, machine feet, extra rotary cutter blades, and more! Here’s the one I have full of snap parts.
Organizing things makes me really happy. I remember watching HGTV years ago and seeing someone whose job title was Professional Organizer. I thought that was about the coolest thing ever. Seriously, getting paid to go nuts in the Container Store and then sorting someone else’s stuff to take it from messy to beautiful? What could be better?
The scrapbooking section of the craft store is a great place for organizing supplies for your sewing space. It makes sense – scrapbookers have lots of little bits and bobbles to keep track of.
This is a photo storage box. The box holds 16 individual boxes that are designed to hold 4×6″ photos. It has a handle so it’s easy to transport, and it closes securely.
Here’s a picture of it open, it’s a little easier to see the slots that the smaller boxes sit in.
My plan for these was to store my size tags and decorative tags in them. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had extra spots once I had put the tags in.
Here’s a close up of one of the small boxes open so you can get a better idea of the depth. The are about an inch deep. I used some of the boxes for magnetic snaps, key fob parts, boxer elastic, webbing…
These would also be great for buttons and snaps.
Organizing seems to be a love it or loathe it kind of thing. Where do you fall?