Thank you all so much for the love on my built in bookcases I shared last week! They are my favorite project I’ve done in a long time.
Here’s a look at them again!:
I wanted to share how much storage space there is inside of those cabinets. Even though they are only 12 inches deep, you’ll be surprised with how much they hold!
Last time I did this bookcase it was in our dining room turned library. Even though we didn’t use it as a dining room, I used the storage for all of our serving dishes. They held SO MUCH STUFF!
I have the same number of cabinets this time, but in here they hold all of my craft and office supplies.
Because the craft stuff has so many little pieces, I like using these canvas bins to corral everything:
I store everything in categories — Christmas, fall/Halloween, sewing supplies, glitter, paint, etc. It helps tremendously when I’m trying to find something for a project. The bins come in a ton of colors.
I found the bins at Target on clearance and saw these clip on labels and thought they were so smart!
I haven’t written on them yet because I want to print the labels out instead. 😉 They also have a dry erase option as well!
The other cabinets hold my sewing machine and random office supplies in other bins:
As you can see there’s a ton of stuff in here, but its all tucked away so no one sees it. Form and function at it’s best!
There’s one more thing I wanted to share about the cabinets that I LOVE. I shared this soft close door trick years ago but it’s so good it’s worth sharing over and over. If you’ve always wanted these for your doors (they prevent slamming), this is how you can do it easily:
These little dampers are AWESOME. You just use a screw to attach them in the corner of the cabinet and they allow the door to close softly. They are the bomb.
I found my first set at Home Depot in the store, but sadly they don’t sell them there anymore. They sell a much cheaper version, which I tried despite the horrible reviews. They were right — they’re horrible. 😉
They still sell the better version (pictured above) online but I found these on Amazon for cheaper, and I got them much faster. You can check out this post to see a quick video of them in action. I love them!
I have so much storage in these built ins, I was able to downsize the dresser I was using on the other side of the room. I’m working on a (what I hope will be a) cool project on that wall that I hope to show you soon. 🙂
How do you organize all of your office and craft supplies? I built this DIY craft desk (using cubbies you can buy at the store) years ago and it worked great as well!: