bookcase showing 2 shelves of colourful yarn, first shelf with tshirt yarn and the second shelf with colourful yarn, both in rainbow order

Yarn Storage: the #littlecosybookcase🌈

yarn storage bookcase filled with shelves of colourful yarn and craft supplies

Since my dreams of a yarn/craft/crochet room probably wont happen until the twins have left home (which I am hoping is at least another 18 or so years away! 😅) I will have to make do with a yarn bookcase, the #littlecosybookcase

bookcase for yarn storage with crochet and craft supplies in rainbow colours

If you have been following me on Instagram for a little while you might have seen my #littlecosytrolley (this Raskog Trolley from Ikea that I have rainbowed) & previous yarn storage; consisting of big plastic tubs from Kmart, jam packed with squished yarn & stacked in the corner of a room.  Which is perfectly fine – until you need, or want, a particular yarn or colour… & then it was a nightmare of hunting through tubs, & lifting & moving said tubs… which is made harder when you have a bad back & trying not to wake sleeping twins 🤨😣

Since we moved, all those tubs & some extra boxes of yarn have been sitting in a corner, my crojo slowly being leached from me at the thought of having to sort through the boxes to find the yarn I needed.  So I had enough.  I started thinking about alternative yarn storage ideas.

My first idea was a beautiful old vintage/antique heavy solid wood kitchen hutch, or display cabinet. I would even make it a personal DIY project, sanding it back, repainting, sourcing new handles etc.. & so, off I searched, everywhere for one.  But, the ones I found were either, dilapidated beyond repair, or ridiculously expensive.  So what’s a girl who needs storage to do? Go to Ikea. Of course!

And that’s where I found these bookcases from Ikea – the Billy Bookcases from Ikea in white. I got the 2 pack of bookcases (they came together as a package) for $140.  Bargain! And because the flat pack boxes are mega heavy (40kg!!!), I bought them online & had them delivered to my house.  Yes, its a (really big) extra expense just for shipping, which did annoy me… but it saved me a lot of hassle & calling in favours, & a grumpy husband.. so delivery it was.

Putting them together wasn’t too complicated, just time consuming.  These bookcases aren’t constructed with the traditional ikea allen key, but with 2 different screwdrivers & a hammer, argh.  And after putting the first one together, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having to do another one.  But for the sake of my yarn.. I persevered 😉

bookcase with colourful yarn storage and vintage jelly bags

Unfortunately my bookcases have a gap in the middle (see above), which is driving me a little crazy,  but as I only discovered once I constructed the bookcases, the floor in the room in uneven 😐 so its either, pack it all up & move to another room (which I don’t have) or move house (which I am not doing again in a hurry).  So its staying here, with the gap.. on the uneven floor.  Maybe I can stuff more yarn in the gap..? 😜

shelf showing yarn storage in red, orange, yellow and green shades
various cotton yarns

As I use yarn, & as my projects change, so will the organisation of the bookcase.  Which is fun!  I mentioned on Instagram about my mental health & my OCD, so this is what I do best really, one of the times when a mental illness can also become something pretty 😊

I could fill another bookcase.. I have kept one tub aside with white & black yarn in it, because that will always be used.  And now I have another 3 tubs with wool yarn (I tend to only use cotton), warm colours, browns & neutrals that I am looking to give away to someone or donate or sell.. if anyone is interested in it, let me know!

For more details on individual storage ideas & tips, visit my Storage & Organisation page here

Just shows what years of hoarding yarn, craft supplies, an inexpensive bookcase, & a love of organising things, can become a rainbow crafty dream 🌈🌈

AND.. I almost forgot to mention, this is in my bedroom, this rainbow Narnia bookcase.  So every morning, me (& my very lucky hubby) get to wake up to this view.  If that doesn’t spark creativity, nothing will ❤

🌈💖 Love Nat xx

@littlecosythings

Ps. nothing is sponsored or endorsed, just my own collection of things

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