After finding a storage solution for my works in progress and frequently used tools it was time to tackle the next problem.
My sewing room has build in cabinets on one side and these offer ample storage space. In theory enough space to store everything that I have. However, the cabinets are very deep which works great for storing large things like quilt battings, but not so great for small items like spools of overlocker thread and fat quarters.
I often find myself looking for something that I know I have but I just can’t find it because there are so many other things stuffed around it. This is a waste of time and since I don’t have that much time for sewing these days I don’t want to spend it searching for that roll of wonder tape or that specific type of interfacing.
By rearranging my sewing and cutting tables I freed up the opposite side of the room for some chests of drawers. Somehow, when my husband and I are looking for something with drawers we always end up buying an Ikea Malm. I did consider getting the Nordli, because it is a bit more modular, but I realized that for the same amount of storage space I would be paying nearly twice as much. Besides, I knew I’d like the Malm since we already had six of them spread throughout the house.
Besides offering probably more space than I need for supplies, the two lower cabinets will also be used to store my overlocker and coverstitch machine when they are not in use. This will create even more workspace on my sewing table.
We still need to attach the cabinets to the wall and then I can start sorting through all the stuff that is currently stored in the other cabinets to decide what to put where. I’ll probably find a thing or two that I had completely forgotten I had. I am already looking forward to an even more organized sewing experience!
You can never, ever have too many drawers! I’m a great Malm fan too. They’re solid, simple and good quality.
Drawers are so much better for finding stuff. I believe we bought our first Malm in 2006 when we started to live together and it’s still in perfect condition. I think it’s really interesting to see how Ikea continues to improve their products through the years. From the outside these new ones look the same as the first one we bought but the construction has changed quite a bit.
I wish IKEA weren’t about 220 miles south of me. I would probably buy a lot of things there. I’ve only ever been in one, in a city near Los Angeles. It was great fun, but I wasn’t looking for anything that day, just roaming with a friend.
It is very easy to go to Ikea and come home with more than you intended… I really enjoy their showroom where they show how you could live on 30 m2 with 4 people using creative storage solutions (it would still drive me completely mad though…).