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« on: October 10, 2011 04:32:42 PM »

I have a pretty small apartment, with little to no storage space (I have a small clothes closet in the bedroom, nothing else though). As such, I have about 4 plastic bins holding things like craft supplies, winter clothes, spare bedding, and so on -- the sort of thing one usually kicks into the closet! I'm talking about this sort of thing: (click for plastic bin pic)

Right now, those live stacked in a corner against a wall, but that's kind of lame. I'm wondering if any of you fabulous creative types have a good idea for, I don't know, hiding or camouflaging the things? I don't have a closet to stick them in or a bed to put them under, but I can't totally get rid of them.

I'm pretty sure there's no good answer to this question (aside from get rid of your extra stuff, woman), but I'm crossing my fingers anyway. Help me, crafty folk, you're my only hope.  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011 07:31:18 PM »

I'm not sure how often you need to access the bins, so these ideas might not work for you.

My first thought was to stack them up - two by two - and put a board across the top.  Then cover with some pretty fabric.  If you put the short ends together, would you have room to use them behind your sofa like a table or along a wall for extra display space? 

Another idea might be to go tall - stack them up in a corner.  I would cover in fabric, but maybe you could find / make a screen to put in front of them?  If you could make / cover the face of the screen with metal or cork I think it would make a great place to display pictures and notes.  The bins would be much easier to access this way too.

« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011 12:49:10 PM »

The link didn't work for me, so I'm not quite sure what size bin you are using.  I'm going to guess they are probably similar to the ones I have, though.

I have several that have been stacked, either two or four high (the short bins are about 5.5" tall), draped with fabric, and used as end tables in my living room for years.  They are disguised and functional... if you aren't getting into them often. (I would not recommend this for frequent use items, like craft supplies... at least, in my case.)

If you are hardware handy, and/or the bins are a bit smaller, you could do a variation of Ikea's Trofast system.  My skill level falls closer to beginner, so rather than routing runners, I'd screw in 1x2s.  If you do the measurements beforehand, you can get everything cut at the lumber store.  Partially disguised, and more readily accessible. 
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