Many people online seem to use the Ikea Expedit for scrapbook storage. While I like it, I no longer have an Ikea near me, and I also wanted a unit that was solid wood. I found a unit on Overstock.com called the Stratford Storage Unit (see photo above). It is solid pine with an espresso finish. I love it, and it was very easy to build. The cubbie openings measure 12"x12" so there is lots of storage room. I did not put the back on this unit because I wanted to be able to reach through to my electrical outlets. It does not cause a problem at all to leave the back off. I also love that shipping from Overstock.com was only $2.95 so my total for this unit including shipping was $207.57 (price is currently about $2.50 more now; see below). Here is a comparison of the Ikea Expedit vs. the Stratford Storage Unit:
Description: Particleboard, Paper, Fiberboard, ABS plastic, Acrylic paint, FoilWidth: 58 5/8 "
Depth: 15 3/8 "
Height: 58 5/8 "
No. of Cubbies: 16
Shipping: $249.00 (to my zip code; IKEA is 1 hour away)
Description: Solid, plantation-grown pine wood with Espresso finishWidth: 44"
No. of Cubbies: 9
Yes, my unit is slightly smaller but it is perfect size for me, and you do not have to anchor it to the wall. I have heard of many people having to anchor the Expedit to the wall. Plus it is $177.16 cheaper if you have to have it shipped. So if you have been wanting an Expedit, my unit may be just what you are looking for!
The baskets I purchased are from The Land of Nod, and they are called the Strapping Cube Bin. They measure 11"w x 12"d x 10.25"h and come in many different colors. I chose the Khaki colored bins so that they would also match any room no matter what the color.
What's in the Unit?
So you can see all of the goodies I have stored in this unit: (Note: click highlighted words to go to that particular post.)
*Top of unit: telephone with answering machine, washi tape, antique storage units full of embellishments, clock, calendar
*Top row: basket with charm packs and oil cloth, Epson Picturemate printer, Blue Fern Studios chipboard, basket with packaging to recycle
*Middle row: flowers, basket with layer cake fabric and current fabric project, Project Life/Simple Stories stamp binder, mini Clip-it-Up with wood veneers and lots of Prima Junk Findings
*Bottom row: basket with interfacing and batting, basket with canvas, basket with burlap
To make the tags, I die cut tags from recycled vitamin boxes. I then added some colorful washi tape to the bottom of each tag, wrote what I store in the basket, and tied it to the basket with jute. Things are super easy for me to find, and I think it looks fun too.
Now for our flower winner. If you visited my blog last week, you know that I am giving away some flowers. If you left a comment on that post, then you were entered into my drawing. I decided to pick 2 winners again, and they are:
AggieMom said... Love your organizational ideas and have put many of them to use in my craft studio. I also have a weakness for pretty flowers and rarely pass up an opportunity to add to my stash MARCH 1, 2013 AT 9:58 AM
Congrats to both of you! Please e-mail me your addresses so that I can get some flowers off to each of you!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have enjoyed today's post. Blessings,