Saturday, 7 January 2012

New Storage in my ARTHaven

The paper storage in my ARTHaven has been getting in an increasingly sorry state over the past months. I had some cardboard storage units which were supposed to be used with their compartments vertically, to store ring binders in, and when I converted my old office into my ARTHaven, I thought they would do turned around for paper and card storage. However, they were not designed for this, and are not strong enough. This is what’s happened to them.

Pretty ghastly, isn’t it. I decided something needed to be done, and I couldn’t afford the lovely wooden storage units some people have, and anyway I’m pretty limited for space (when I first converted my ARTHaven I thought “What a lovely lot of SPACE!!!” Funny how it diminishes with time, isn’t it.) I’ve been doing some research online over the past few months and eventually decided to go for wire mesh cube storage. The parcel arrived yesterday morning. Here are the panels straight out of the box.

Included in the pack were two different sorts of connectors – corner connectors and small double connectors for other joins.

The corner connectors enable you to join several panels into a corner in all directions, and click into place on the panels, resulting in quite a rigid structure.

This is the first panel with four corner connectors on it.

The first three panels assembled.

Two cubes assembled.

Four cubes with extra panels inserted as shelves. I attached these with twist ties, but if this proves not strong enough, I shall use cable ties.

I bought a kit with enough panels to make 12 cubes with no shelves, and using some of the panels as shelves, I was able to make up this unit.

If I want to buy further panels and connectors, I can do this on an individual basis, but for the moment I think this is adequate.

My hubby has attached it to the wall for me so that it won’t tip forward on top of me! Unfortunately the book shelves that it rests on are not as deep as the cubes, but it works OK. Here it is with my paper put in. There’s now much more room for expansion!

The higher part is pretty high up, and to access it easily, I will have to use my small stepladder, so I’ve used it to store stuff I don’t use very often. I think this is going to be a highly satisfactory arrangement.


  1. Well done Shoshi, starting the new year with a bit of re-organisation. the new unit looks a lot sturdier than the cardboard one, though it is rather high. Take care! Unfortunately I have to keep all my card and paper in cupboards as the sunlight is so strong in here and it would soon affect the colours, but I'd love to have it all on view like this. Kate x

  2. You are amazingly well organised!

  3. Organizing is always so much fun! I wish I had more time for it. I could use a bit more!

  4. Love your new storage idea. Look fantastic. Now you can really get organised!!!

  5. Wonderful! I love organizing :) I love the new set up!

    Katie (138)

  6. Hello!

    What a wonderful new storage unit - awesome job of putting it together! You do have LOTS of paper! :<)

    Wishing you a happy week ahead!


    Barbara Diane

  7. These look great, Mine craft stuff has all been moved downstairs to the front room, since daughter came back and had her old room back

  8. Organizing is almost as much fun as crafting!! I recently purchased a paper rack from a store that was going out of business. It's so much easier to find what I'm looking for now.

  9. Hi Shoshi. I tried to find an e-mail address for you but couldn't so I'll have to make do with commenting here. You haven't been around for a couple of weeks so I wondered whether you are unwell. I hope you are fine, but if not, then I hope you are quite better soon. I look forward to reading another post from you when you are up to it. Thinking of you. Kate x


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