studio shelf plans

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Home Studio, My House, Organizing, Room Makeovers26 Comments

I’m only a few weeks into crocheting and I already have a yarn problem.  Many of you warned me about this, but I knew it was coming.  It was a  foregone conclusion.  I felt drawn to yarn even before I had a good excuse to buy it.  Now that I have an excuse, well…I need to troll the yarn aisles at the craft store to see if anything calls my name.  I am trying to only buy yarn for specific projects or to test out for specific projects, but it’s still filling a basket and already a bit of a jumble.

So, I’ve decided it’s time to move forward on an idea I’ve had for a while…building a shelf under the window behind my “guest chair.”   It’s the perfect stretch of wall for a narrow, built-in shelf that will be ideal for storing yarn and books.

Here is a rough sketch I made almost a year ago of the shelf.  I was originally planning to build shelves on both sides, but I ended up moving my desk where the left-hand bookcase is drawn.

As I was organizing my studio, I set aside crochet and fabric books to keep on the new shelf, so the large cabinet will exclusively house art resource books.

I sketched out detailed plans and made a cut list to take to the local hardware store, so I can get this project underway.  It’ll be a pretty simple build and I’ll share the plans, cut list and instructions for those who are interested in building something similar.

Once that’s built, I need to schedule some time to prime and repaint my studio floors.  When I shuffled the furniture last January, there was a large unpainted spot where the hardware cabinet used to be under the window.

And the entire floor could use a refresh.  It’ll put the studio out of commission for a week or two, though, so I need to try to time it well.

I am so, so glad to have a shoulder that’s on the mend now!  There are so many projects, like painting the floor, that just haven’t been possible for me and now I can see them on the horizon…

studio shelf plans

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26 Comments on “studio shelf plans”

  1. I keep most of my yarn stash in vintage suitcases (which can slide easily under a bed) or vintage makeup cases. I use natural fibers, so I have them sorted by kind. I keep my knitting needles and crochet hooks in a Delft porcelain floral vase with holes on the top (kind of like a floral frog) – so I have a decorative and useful “bouquet” of needles. (I also keep my fine art paint brushes in a frog, making it easier to find the right size quickly.) I keep the other various needlework accessories (markers, pins, holders) in Altoid tins in vintage wooden cigar boxes.

    1. That sounds lovely! I am looking forward to getting my yarns organized on a shelf and adding some functional finishing touches as well.

  2. Do you use exterior porch paint on the floor? It’s a little tougher and you might not need to repaint so often.

  3. Oh boy, Marian. You are in trouble now!!!! Even with the best of intentions, those yarn stashes take on a life of their own! Maybe having your stash within sight is a good idea since yarn that is out of sight no longer exists and requires new purchases!

  4. As someone who crochets everyday…it won’t be enough storage!! I have an Ikea book shelf, a small cedar trunk I bought at a vintage shop, and a closet with those hanging storage shelves full of yarn! Just sayin. AND I would love to send you one of my husband’s hand turned crochet hooks. He has made them for me in every size and they are the only kind I use now. Can you email me your address?

  5. Marian, you’re not different. Well…. not when it comes to hoarding yarn. 🙂 I think most of us understand that when we take on a craft that we really love and enjoy we go out and buy it all! It’s like my jewelry making… there’s a meme about how buying beads is a completely different hobby of its own!

  6. So much fun! My “craft room” is still a work in progress but I’m taking inspiration from you and another fave blogger who also has a dedicated craft room on how to corral the beautiful mess! Looking forward to the finished project!

  7. What kind of primer and paint for floor? I am going to try to duplicate your floor. Are the floor boards pine? Tongue and groove and how did you make space between boards? Any info so helpful, thanks so much!

    1. This was a sunroom we converted into a finished space, so those are just deck boards. I primed them with a good adhesive primer and painted them in a porch paint.

  8. Oh nooooo I have a rule since I started crocheting, I only buy enough wool for the project I am working on. When that project is complete and handed over. I then think of what I want to make next and buy the wool for that project. Believe me when I walk the wool isle I could just die, touching it all and I want to buy one ball of almost every brand! Love seeing your wool in that basket.

  9. In the 60’s, my grandmom would order kits to use for crocheting blankets. The yarn would come in large loops and I would hold the yarn for her to convert to a large ball. She later taught me to crochet and you are inspiring me to pick up the needle again. Fond memories.

  10. I just love your since of style! I have been thinking about learning to knit or crochet for a few years now and seeing your post on dishcloths inspired me to go for it. One of my Christmas presents was a beginners crochet kit: needles, yarn, and a book. I think once I figure out the whole tension bit I will be on a roll. Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration.

  11. I love your studio–the light, the furniture, the creativity that occurs in that room. One day would you please take us on a video tour of your studio

  12. Too cute!!! I really want to get back to crocheting!
    Next year we are making homemade gifts for each other at Christmas. Wouldn’t these be cute?

  13. I made these mittens and they turned out beautifully! The pattern is easy to follow even for newbies to crocheting! You have impeccable sense of style! Really enjoying your blog!

  14. I keep noticing the beautiful lemon tree in your studio! Is that a Meyer lemon? Can you tell me how long you’ve had it and if it’s hard to grow? I’d love to invest in one, and it gives me hope to see it in a Minnesota home! Surely I could keep one alive (indoors) in Missouri?

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