Yarn is a staple for crafters. Whether you're tying macrame into knots, crocheting loops, or knitting stitches, you’ll need some colorful strands to bring your projects to life. To help you keep your craft space organized, we’ve put together the best yarn storage ideas for you to try.
Why Organize Your Yarn?
Before we get into yarn storage ideas, let's chat about why it's important to keep your yarn collection organized.
For starters, if you have yarn tucked into nooks and crannies throughout your home, you can quickly lose track of it. This constant sense of searching for the perfect color or the right type for a project can be frustrating.
Also, a messy yarn stash can kill your creativity. When surrounded by yarn chaos, getting inspired to start (or finish) a project can be challenging. A tidy and well-organized studio, on the other hand, can help get your creative juices flowing.
So, now that we've established the importance of keeping your yarn organized, let's move on to some practical ways to make that happen.
8 Easy Yarn Storage Ideas
Let these yarn storage ideas inspire you to declutter and organize your craft space.
One of the simplest yarn storage ideas is to store your material in a basket or two. This keeps all of your yarn together, making it easy to grab what you need when you're ready to start crafting.
The nice thing about keeping your yarn in a basket is that your entire supply is portable. You can easily grab the basket and take it to a friend's house, on vacation, or to a crafting class.
But there are some downsides. For instance, if you have a lot of yarn, finding the exact skein you're looking for in a large basket (or multiple baskets) can be difficult.
2) A Cube Organizer
A cube organizer is a great storage solution if you have a lot of yarn. This type of unit typically has several shelves that are perfect for holding skeins of yarn. You can also use the shelves to store other crafting supplies, like fabric, ribbon, and notions.
Because this furniture has multiple spaces for storage, you can sort your materials by color, size, type, or project and keep everything organized. Labels can also help you remember where everything goes.
However, one downside is that most cheaper models have a low weight limit per compartment. Be sure to check this before purchasing so you don't accidentally overload the organizer and break a shelf.
3) A Hanging Shelf
If you don't have a lot of floor space, then a hanging shelf is a great way to save some room. This storage solution mounts to the wall, which keeps your yarn off the floor and out of the way.
A hanging shelf is also a good option to keep your yarn collection visible. You’ll easily be able to find what you need.
However, visibility could also be a drawback since you'll need to keep your yarn straightened so it doesn't become an eyesore.
Bookcases aren't just for books! They're an excellent yarn storage option, too. If you have a lot of yarn, a bookcase can help you keep it all organized and in one place.
One benefit of using a bookcase is that most have adjustable shelves. This means you can customize the storage spaces to fit your needs. For example, if you have a lot of tall skeins, you can adjust the shelves to accommodate them.
Just keep in mind that if you have several skeins stacked deep, it can be hard to see the ones in the back. You might have to unstack everything to find the right one, and then you have to put it all back again.
5) Stacks On The Floor
No rule says your yarn storage solution must be fancy or cost you money. It's possible to store your yarn directly on the floor. This works best in a closet or other out-of-the-way space.
One benefit of using this method is that it's very affordable! You can store your yarn without buying anything special. But no matter how neatly you arrange your yarn, the space might still appear cluttered.
6) The Back Of Your Craft Table
If you have a craft table, you can stack your yarn along the back of it. This way, it's easily accessible whenever inspiration for a new project strikes.
With all of your yarn right there, finding what you're looking for is simple. And you won't waste any time rummaging through bins or baskets for the perfect color.
This storage idea works best if your craft table is against a wall. Otherwise, without anything to support them, your yarn may start tumbling off the back of the table.
7) Bins And Shoeboxes
While you can buy matching bins to keep your yarn in, you don’t have to. Repurpose or upcycle old shoe boxes or containers you already own instead.
Even though this solution is eco-friendly, boxes and bins of different sizes might stack poorly. If that's the case, you can still use them! You just may have to get creative with arranging them. For example, you could place them on a shelf or under your crafting table.
8) Wooden Crates
Old wooden fruit crates make great yarn storage! They're stylish and add a bit of character to any space. You can usually find them cheap or even for free if you know where to look. And if you can’t find any old ones, you can buy new wooden crates at most craft stores.
These are the perfect size for holding multiple skeins of yarn. And if you need more storage, you can simply stack them on top of each other.
Yarn Storage Tips
No matter how you store your yarn, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Keep your craft supplies out of the reach of curious kids and pets. They can both unwind your yarn faster than you can say, “Macrame.”
- Make sure to protect your stash from extreme temperatures and sunlight. These can both damage delicate fibers.
- Consider using clear storage solutions so you can easily see what's inside.
- Keep like items together. Store your larger GANXXET Combed Cotton cones in one bin and your small balls of GANXXET Wool Fiber in another.
- Make sure your storage is simple enough. You bought yarn so you can use it to create beautiful projects. Don't make your storage system such a pain to use that you never bother to pull the yarn out.
Keeping Your Macrame Supplies Organized
If you're not intentional, craft supplies can quickly overrun your studio. But with the right storage ideas, you can easily declutter your craft space. We’ve provided a few of our favorite yarn storage solutions, but feel free to get creative and use what you have.
And when you need to add yarn to your collection, check out the curated bundles from GANXXET. We carefully selected them to inspire your creativity!