Fabric Storage Found!

cameron-storage-fabricI’ve been looking for a while for the perfect solution to store my fabric. It had to have
open-front shelving so I could see my fabric.  The shelves had to be short, because fabric doesn’t stack very high and any extra space would just be wasted.  And finally, it had to be CUTE.  I wasn’t going to spend $ on something that wasn’t cute.  Then I found it (see photo).  It was the right color, right height, right size and exactly the right level of cuteness.  It was a splurge, but I will splurge for cuteness & perfection.

When the shelves finally came, I opened the box and the first thing I noticed was how cute they were.  The second thing I noticed was how smelly they were!  But not to worry – I opened the windows and aired them out for a couple of days.  Then when I thought it was safe,  I started getting my fabric folded into perfect little piles to fit in those perfect little cubbies.  That’s when it hit me.  Not only did the smell seem stronger, I was getting a headache from it.  I can’t sew with a headache.  😦   A little online research told me exactly what I needed to know – the MDF used in this furniture releases formaldehyde, polluting the air in my house not for a few days but continuing to release it for several years.  I think the paint is also partially to blame.  The sad thing is that this furniture is marketed for use by children. *sigh*  Needless to say, I called, complained and got it all returned.

It was around that time that we got a new handyman.  He does it all, including building furniture from scratch (so jealous). So after going over the dimensions, paint color, and wood, he brought me the finished product: my early Christmas present.
Fabric Storage

The only adaptation I made was cutting one set of shelves into 2 shorter shelves.  These shelves hold WAY more fabric than the shelves I had before.  And the old shelves took up more space.  So happy with these.  They cost $100 more than the ones I returned – definitely worth the cost of no headaches!  Wishing I knew about cabinet makers before – am now a huge fan of custom furniture.

53 Responses to “Fabric Storage Found!”

  1. 1 Message In A Fold December 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This storage unit is divine! What a bonus to have a handyman that can create awesomeness! Your fabrics look so colorful and inviting in this unit. I’m sure you will love this piece for a long time.


  2. 2 Georgina Emery December 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I ❤ this! If only I had the room for such a thing instead of all my fabric being dispersed into different boxes and chests! x

  3. 4 beki December 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Wow, what a wonderful storage solution! Lucky you!!

  4. 6 A Peppermint Penguin December 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    1. envy. 2. envy. 3. hilarity, my fabric would not fit in those shelves 4. what’s in the cupboards?

    Go you for sending back the outgassing first lot! I’m glad you have such a nice piece of furniture.


    • 7 craftapple December 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Hey AJ! When my fabric filled the shelves, I was shocked. Needless to say I’m not buying any more until I use up some of this fabric! I love the drawers because it fits the non-glamorous stuff like batting and interfacing. Merry Christmas!

      On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Craft App

  5. 8 Marie December 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This is lovely…might need to start looking for a cabinet maker too!

  6. 9 Beth December 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    What a great and beautiful solution!!!

  7. 10 kaleenamarxhausen December 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    These are just some great ideas! Loving all of the examples, ideas, pictures! Makes the mind wander at all of the fantastic things you can create!

  8. 11 pinktoes December 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Love the shelves! And the big letters too!

  9. 12 Craft and Decorate Blog December 27, 2012 at 6:48 am

    What a nice craft room ^_^ loved the cabinet but i guess i loved the SEW letters more than the cabinet 🙂

  10. 14 Melody December 29, 2012 at 5:19 am

    What a great piece of furniture…….I am all for custom anything because it helps the local economy…….enjoy your wonderful piece!

  11. 15 ContentedLittleMummy February 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Please be careful storing your fabric this way. The natural light bleaches it, I found out the hard way opening up a piece of fabric and finding half had been bleached and it was ruined. I keep mine now in plastic storage boxes in a dedicated room for fabric. It may be worth investing in some plastic boxes small enough the fit on your unit?

    Sophie http://www.contentedlittlemummy.com

  12. 16 *Wisher* March 5, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Wow, thanks for the idea, I have been looking for ideas on how to store fabrics. Lucky you to have a handyman.. =)

  13. 17 Laura March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Very pretty cupboard and shelf. You don’t even have to sew. Just sit in a chair with a cup of tea and stare at it. Deep sigh of contentment. By the way, have you seen the furniture site by Anna White? She has tons of very clear, free plans for furniture. We made a fort-bed that turned out great.

  14. 18 Diane October 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Do you have a sketch of the dimensions ? LOVE IT

  15. 19 Sue November 12, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Would you share the dimensions?

  16. 20 Becky November 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Love your shelving, I could think of some uses for them in my daycare and sewing and scrap room.

  17. 21 Jc November 21, 2014 at 5:05 am

    How did you make the sew letters. So cute

  18. 22 Trisha June 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Great info on the stink stuff on your fabric storage. I now will also find me a aged cabinet man to make my fabric storage.

  19. 23 Debbie July 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Your fabric stash appeals to me in so many ways… I love the look and can “feel” the fabric texture and respond to all of the color and pattern. I did something similar to this in the past and discovered a problem. Even though it was in the darkest corner of the room, the fabric faded on the deposed folded edge! Please be careful as I know that your fabric is precious to you.

  20. 24 Angela July 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    What are the dimensions? I will make my husband get to work on it. I want 2. One for my little girl’s nursery and one for my sewing/craft room.

  21. 25 Marilyn Johnson December 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What a handy set up!!! Your handyman could probably make a fortune selling the pattern for this unit!! I know I would buy it!!

  22. 26 Elaine February 7, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Would luv the dimensions also . Great piece of furniture. I know of a great furniture maker . I would greatly appreciate it.

  23. 27 Patti February 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    That is so perfect! It is exactly what I need. Would you be willing to share the dimensions? My husband can build one for me. It is fantastic!

  24. 28 Chrissy April 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I have shelving envy! ❤️ You are fortunate to have found a true craftsman, he’s obviously not just a handyman. Do you think he’ll share the plan…hmmm? Enjoy!

  25. 30 Rachel January 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    How did you make your letters “s,” “e,” and “w?”

  26. 32 Dianne January 7, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I really like this arrangement. It is crucial for me to see what I have or I’ll forget what I’ve bought and buy more – a total waste of money no matter how much I love fabric! I like the drawers, too. Did you know that a CD storage tower will hold 300 fat quarters? Mine is knock together, but I did not have the issue you did because it is wood. I am so glad to know that. Happy sewing!

    • 33 craftapple January 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, Dianne, I also have to be able to see everything otherwise I don’t remember that it’s there! It’s been a few years since I got these shelves. They still work perfectly! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  27. 34 Gail Sisson April 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    This unit is fabulous. We have made one with 4 tier bookshelves on the walls and straight underneath i have used an old divan bed and painted the top and one drawer holds patterns and things and the other one holds all my doilies and this one i leave open. I have made cushions to sit on the ledge and my 3 little dogs sit on these when i am sewing in my room. Thank you for putting your unit up i would never have thought about this otherwise. The shelves above I use for my fabric stash. Love it all

    • 35 craftapple May 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      This sounds wonderful! And so thoughtful for your dogs! My little schnauzer likes to hang out in the sewing room when I’m in there and it is so sweet. 🙂

  28. 36 Stefani December 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Looks fabulous so neat available at first sight
    I wish it were mine

  29. 37 Brianna December 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Where did you get these at or made?

    • 38 craftapple December 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Brianna,

      My shelves were modeled after a wall system from Pottery Barn Kids. Don’t buy from them if you are at all sensitive to smells as their wood off gasses like you wouldn’t believe! Link is here: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/cameron-6-cubby- and-3-drawer-base-set/?pkey=rromplycwsenv&

      I had mine built by my local handyman. Mine is basically 3 drawers with 3 cubbies. But my shelves are taller with one extra shelf on each section. Also, my shelves and drawers are attached for a total of 3 pieces rather than 6. Hope this helps!

  30. 39 Chelsea December 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Where did you find this storage unit? It’s perfect for what I am looking for

    • 40 craftapple December 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Celsea,

      My shelves were modeled after a wall system from Pottery Barn Kids. Don’t buy from them if you are at all sensitive to smells as their wood off gasses like you wouldn’t believe! Link is here: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/cameron-6-cubby- and-3-drawer-base-set/?pkey=rromplycwsenv&

      I had mine built by my local handyman. Mine is basically 3 drawers with 3 cubbies. But my shelves are taller with one extra shelf on each section. Also, my shelves and drawers are attached for a total of 3 pieces rather than 6. Hope this helps!

  31. 41 Joan parkes April 2, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    this is just the sort of unit I’m looking for , where can I buy it from ??

  32. 43 Alyssa Riekofski November 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Where can I buy this

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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