Ikea Råskog Craft Cart

I am trying to get creative with storage in our apartment, since we have been running out of space lately. Ever since we got engaged and got married, and acquired grown-up things… but we somehow still have most of the stuff we had when we were students. Except for the things we lost in the Great Bedbug Episode of 2011, but that is a whole other story.

Anyway, I have amassed quite the collection of crafting/sewing supplies that I used to keep in a cupboard in our kitchen (as much as I complain about the lack of space in our apartment, our kitchen is pretty big). Whenever I wanted to work on something, I would schlep all my fabric, buttons, thread, hot glue etc into the living room and take over the coffee table. Then when we actually wanted to use the space (like for example when we binge watched seasons 1-3 of Downton Abbey) it was a pain to clear it all away. Solution: craft cart!

When I saw this cute little kitchen cart at Ikea I thought I was the only bright spark who ever thought of using it for craft supplies… then I searched for “Raskog craft cart” on Pinterest. Oh well, at least I knew it was a good idea!

And so I give you my new craft supply storage solution. Props to my awesome husband who figured out the right way to attach the various nuts and bolts, when I was convinced they had just made the bolts 1/4 inch too short.

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The top shelf has some small tin pots for scissors, pens, hot glue gun, etc and my sewing kit. The middle shelf is for my current project, which will eventually be a baby mobile, now that I know how to make one. The bottom shelf has all my thread and other craft supplies stored in recycled pipette tip boxes (hooray for working in a laboratory!).

How about you? Do you have a Råskog cart or other nifty storage idea/life hack?


Coffee Table Storage Baskets

Ok so this is a lame non-post but LOOK WHAT I FOUND! I have been looking for some nice baskets for our coffee table ever since we refinished it and added the storage shelf. Our board games and magazines were all over the place. It was really hard to find a storage basket that would fit on the shelf and would also fit a Monopoly box!

Last year when we finished the table, I found these ones from Pottery Barn but they were really expensive. So every time I went to HomeSense I would browse their baskets, measure them and sigh disappointedly as I once again left empty handed.

Luckily I didn’t give up hope… because today, I found them! For a paltry $17! And even my skeptical husband, who has an embargo on throw pillows and anything decorative, admitted that they were a “significant improvement.” I’m calling that a win!