I don’t have a huge craft room to work in, so I try to take advantage of every bit of space available. In this case, that means going vertical with my acrylic paint storage. I finally found a system that works perfectly for me!
Craft supply storage and organization is always a struggle for me in my craft room. I struggled with good storage for all my acrylic paints for years as my needs changed.
I have, to put it mildly, a lot of acrylic paint. I used to keep paints in a couple plastic shoebox containers in a cubby-type shelf, but I outgrew that system. And the “giant box on the floor” system was less than ideal also.
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Planning Your Craft Paint Storage
Of course, my perfectionist tendencies required storage where I can arrange the bottles by type, then by color. This way, I can find what I need quickly.
These are my favorite paints for rock painting, with my outdoor paints on top, followed by metallics, colors, and neutrals.
When you’re deciding how to store your acrylic paint bottles, there are a few things you should consider.
- Where is your obvious available space? Do you have a narrow, but tall space like mine? Or maybe you have a room door you can add racks behind.
- Where can you carve out unique space? Shallow shelves can fit on the fronts of cabinets, and tiered pull-down racks can be added to higher shelves.
- Is there enough space to expand? When you buy more colors, make sure you don’t have to totally revamp what you just created.
- Is there space nearby to store accessories? When all our related supplies are near each other, they’re much easier to use.
My Vertical Acrylic Paint Storage
I finally was able to carve out a vertical wall space for my paints when i discovered these Ribba picture ledges from Ikea.
Once I rotated and moved the file cabinet to the spot in the photo, the picture ledges fit perfectly in that wall space next to my desk. If you don’t have an Ikea nearby, you can also find the Ribba picture ledges on Amazon.
The shelves I chose are 24″ long, though they come in several sizes. I fit 16-2oz bottles across each shelf, and each shelf can hold 2 rows (32 bottles/shelf).
There is also extra space left over for my finishes, and my essential Painter’s Pyramids are handy there too.
Check out my entire setup in my Studio Tour.
Hope you enjoyed this peek into my studio, and that my solution helps with a tricky storage issue in your space! Do you have an acrylic paint storage solution you are thrilled with too?
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