Studio tour, continued

I decided to share a bit more about my bookbinding studio. Below, you can see a picture of one of my studio closets (I have two). This closet is the primary storage area for my studio (not including paper – I use my flat files for that).

Bookbinding studio closet

As you can see, I am a very big fan of plastic storage boxes. The wooden shelf unit, named Ivar, was purchased from Ikea. Actually, it was from 2 Ikea stores in Montreal. I knew exactly what I wanted, but they didn’t have the components available at my first stop. Luckily, they had another Ikea only 20 minutes away. Go Canada!

I based the height of my shelves on the height of three stacked plastic shoeboxes. The left side of the unit is used for supplies. The right side of the unit is mostly used for inventory.

The part I love the most is the middle section. You see, I found myself in a bit of a bookcloth storage crisis. I originally kept them on shelves, but they kept rolling off (stupid gravity).

Then I found this fabulous wire roll storage file made by Safco (doesn’t that sound made up?). It has room to store all of my rolls of bookcloth and assorted tube-y and roll-y things. And it’s on wheels, so I can roll it out of my closet when I want to reach stuff in the back of it.

Rolling bookcloth cart

The height of the middle section of the shelf unit was based on the height of the roll file, including my tallest roll of bookcloth. It tucks in so nicely. I was surprised at how expensive the roll file was, but it was the perfect solution, which was priceless.

I’d love to hear how other bookbinders out there have addressed the dilemma of storing bookcloth (when is storage not an issue?).

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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