LADIES! Look what i did! I’m beyond excited to share this with you! While I figured out how to store fabric scraps awhile back, I really wanted a solution for storing/displaying the mounds of beautiful designs I’ve been collecting. When Jacinda came to visit a few months ago she suggested using the wall of my converted garage/workshop, so yesterday I headed out to the hardware store and poked around for a simple, low-cost solution.BEFORE:
You will not believe how easy this was. Now I can see my fabrics AND I have more drawer space for all my yarn and other goodies. Seeing the beautiful designs on the wall is inspirational and gives a whole new vibe to my workroom. If I ironed them i think this would look awesome in my living room, hallway, or on the wall behind the dining table! Get thee to the hardware store and get to hanging!
Full details after the jump…
DIY Easy Fabric Storage Solution
The idea here was to create something similar to the racks that display fancy wrapping papers in a stationary store, but bigger and attached to the wall. What I found worked SO WELL and was really simple.
2 pieces of Slot Angle. I’m not really sure what the actual purpose of this is, but it’s in the metal section of the hardware store. i think it hangs air conditioning units from the ceiling and stuff like that, but it works really well for our purposes. I used two pieces 5 feet tall, but you could go shorter or taller. Here is a link to a 6′ piece of slot angle on amazon, they run $7.57 each: Slotted Steel Angle – 11115 1-1/4X1-1/4X6ft. Slot Angle
Dowels. I ended up using 8 dowels, 5/16″ in diameter and 4 feet long. Here is an amazon link to the same dowel. You want to be sure that your dowels fit inside the holes on your slot angle. These were the biggest I could use and still fit. Because I placed my slot angle “brackets” so far apart, the dowels did bend slightly in the middle with the weight of the heavier fabrics, but i think it looks nice. You can always hammer a nail into the wall centered between your two slot angles to support the dowel. 5/16″ x 48″ Wooden Birch Dowel Made in the USA
And four drywall screws, two with anchors to attach the slot angle to the wall.
1. Hang your slot angle. Take one piece of slot angle and hold it up to the wall where you want it. Use a pencil to mark the hole your screw will go through. Put the slot angle down, and go ahead and screw your drywall anchor in place. Then hold the slot angle back up and screw it on. Then use a level to make sure the slot angle is straight up and down. When you have it straight, use another screw to attach the bottom. Measure up from the bottom of the wall to your top screw. Move however many feet to the right (for me about 3 3/4′) and measure that same distance up from the floor, screw your drywall anchor in and then screw your slot angle into place. You want to be sure you measure correctly because you really don’t want this to hang crooked. Then repeat the leveling process and screw the bottom of the second slot angle in place.
2. Now take all of your fabrics and divide them into piles based on color (for someone who claims to dislike pink, I realized that I have an inordinate amount of pink fabric):
3. Slide your dowels through the holes in the slot angle and begin to hang your fabrics. I started with the heaviest (upholstery and drapery) fabrics on the bottom row. I put a nail in the middle to support the weight of the fabrics on the dowel:
Then work up from there in reverse-rainbow order:
AHHH! I love this so much I can’t even tell you! My fabric stash used to look like this:
And now like this!
You could get even fancier and spray paint your slot angle and your dowels but seriously I don’t have that kind of time and LA is being hit by a crazy flood right now so it’s not like I can go outside and spray paint. If you decide to do this, PLEASE send me a picture
and let us know if you have any improvements to this DIY or other fabric storage ideas to share!