Storage Tip: Fabric Storage Ideas

Fabric storage is a challenge when your collection starts to grow. Here’s some tips on bin style storage to help.

Originally posted on February 21, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

When it comes to storing fabric, we have all sorts of bins, containers, tubs, and shelving units.  There’s a tremendous amount of storage ideas to choose from.  Today, we’re going to focus on the rack system style shelving.  There’s a few reasons why this one is what I use instead of book cases or plastic tubs.  In fact, I moved from a plastic tub system to this one some time ago.

One of the main reasons I use this style of storage is that the fabric is mostly (except for the two outside pieces) inside the unit and away from dust and light.  Light damage to the edges of folded fabric on shelves can weaken the fabric and change the color of the dye.  In these units, the majority of the fabric is away from light and dust.  Additionally, I can pull out one tray at a time to select fabric, and not have to lug heavy tubs around.

There are several places to get this style of shelving, but I mainly looked at the Container Store and IKEA.  IKEA had the best prices for me, and I went with the “Antonius” system ($9.99 for the rack, and $2.50 per basket).  In my studio, I topped the rack with a wooden board to create a shelf or additional workspace.   Shown here are two racks stacked on top of another for a taller unit.

There were other racks in this price range that would be suitable for larger cuts of fabric. This system also had a nice mesh style basket that would be great for tool or notions storage.

Organizing your fabric is entirely up to you.  I have several bins by color, some by fabric line so my coordinates are together, and several for hand dyed fabric. I found plastic trays that fit my system and use those for tiny scraps.

To get your trays in order, be sure to check out our Fabric Folding Tutorial.

What kind of storage do you use for your fabric?  We’d love to see them over on our Facebook Page!


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