12.13.2012

Yarn Storage

I hesitate to call having too much yarn a problem, because Yarn! However, the more yarn you have the harder it is come up with places to stash it. For me, the ideal yarn storage solution has 3 qualities. It must be: 
easily accessible
out of the way
nicely displayed 

There are countless ways to store yarn that meets 1 or 2 of these ideals, but never all three! It's the elusive yarn lover's trifecta! I hardly have an outrageous yarn stash (like my sister *cough cough* yarn whore) but I have enough that tossing it in a drawer or basket is no longer an option. So I've (finally!) come up with a yarn storage solution that, for me and possibly for you, is pure perfection! 
It doesn't matter how much yarn you have, this idea could work for you. It's cheap. It's easy. It's even fun to do! All you need is a yarn winder, peg board, and straight hooks from Home Depot. And then just go crazy! The only small problem I had was they don't seem to sell the right size straight hooks by themselves. I had to buy an assortment of hooks in a pack, some of which I can't use for the yarn. It's okay, though, because you could use them to store other stuff on the peg board as well. The assortment pack also came with the hardware needed to mount the pegboard on the wall. A 2' x 4' pegboard plus 4 packs of hooks came to less than $25!
As you can see, this fits perfectly behind doors, almost as if that space was meant for yarn! And my mind reels with the decorative possibilities! 

24 comments:

  1. Looks like an awesome idea! You're so lucky, though - I always use up my yarn immediately after buying, so no stash for me...

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    1. Could you please teach me to use up MY yarn immediately? I'm kind of a (cough, cough) yarn whore....

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    2. Anonymous: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!! HaHaHa

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  2. That looks like a better idea than cubbies and baskets. Less expensive for sure. I was also thinking that you could put some wall paper/drawer lining over since now-a-days they have more interesting options than floral :) For the holes maybe cut the ones you'll use out with an exacto knife since I'm pretty sure a hole punch wouldn't work except around the edges...hmm...will think on that one.

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    1. Poking the pegs into the pegboard typically makes the perfect hole if it's covered. :D

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  3. I would suggest taping a bit of the yarn info to the end of the yarns, so you know what you have. I like the idea, need a wall four times bigger, tho. or one wall for sock yarns, one for heavier....

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  4. I just pinned this! Thanks for the awesome idear. :)

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  5. This exposes your yarn to dust and fading, though... Great idea, and it looks very nice. It just doesn't seem very practical to me.

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    1. you could cover the whole thing with a clear shower curtain

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    2. I think this is a great idea, if you cycle through your yarns fast enough to avoid the fading/dust issues! If it gets a little dusty, you can always dust it off, or wash the item after you make it (which is probably a good idea anyway.
      I'm building one of these today! I cannot wait to see it finished :D

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  6. I would probably use up my yarn quicker if I could see it up on the board rather than in a drawer or a basket.

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  7. I would never expose my yarn to dust or sunlight like that. My yarn is too valuable.

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  8. To cut down on exposure to dust and sunlight, the walls of the craft closet could be your yarn's new home. It would be up on the walls, but limited in light and dust to what sneaks in when the door is open.

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  9. Gorgeous ans inspirational! I linked to you today on Moogly - I just know my followers will love what you've done here! http://www.mooglyblog.com/yarn-organization-ideas/ :)

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  10. Hi, I was wondering what size of pegs you ended up using, out of the misc. pack?

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  11. Ah, pegboards! My great love! And yet another use for storage with these. I use these to store my tools and hang some stationary for the kids. With the right hooks on these, you can suspend practically anything!

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  12. I do this, only difference, is that I use dowel rods cut down to size instead of hooks. That way, If I want to take it down, I can just pull the whole thing out. Just cut the dowels with yard clippers, and use a pencil sharpener to take the burrs off!

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  13. For anyone who wants to know, this is what I ended up with for my pegboard: http://homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Hardware/Builders/Hooks-Hangers/Peg-Boards/4-Pack-2-Zinc-Single-Hooks-for-1-4-and-1-8-Pegboard/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I2543028?Ntt=2%22+straight+pegboard+hook

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    1. Andrea, you might want to add that you are from Canada. I just copy/paste you link and tried to put in my zip (USA) code and it said I put in the wrong address info. Did it a few time before I figured out the store is in Canada. Just a thought.

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    2. You can always look at the general information the link provides (2" straight hooks), and buy them at a local hardware store, like Harbor Freight, or maybe Home Depot.

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    3. Ah, sorry about that. Jessie is right, just buy 2" straight hooks for 1/4" or 1/8" pegboard :)

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  14. Great idea, I did it also except I used wooden dowels instead of fooks. I bought a pack of 10 for 99 cents at Joanns crafts. They were 12 inches long so I cut them in half and they were still long enough. So that is 20 for 99 cents. Cheaper than buying different hooks that you don't need. All in all a great idea.

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  15. I found hooks cheaper at Walmart the sorties I can find they there 4pack under 2$ when home depot same size where over 2$

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