I have an upstairs, which I term my workroom, and it is a little bit more 'lived in' looking. I have a plastic sheet on the floor with some dye pots, a kitchen bench with more dye pots, a collection of chairs and a coffee table for stitch and bitch nights (Tuesdays 7pm, all makers welcome!), and a few other odds and ends, but I keep it clean and tidy.
Downstairs is the main gallery space, but it is also where I have my sewing machine and design wall and where I do most of my work. I can't really be hidden away upstairs if there are people looking through the gallery.
And I need to keep that working space downstairs clean and clear to the eye so that it doesn't distract from what is on the walls. But where to put all my fabric? I do have an under-stairs cupboard, but it has threads, UFO's, packing material, the rubbish bin and other essential supplies.
I have a trestle table that has my ironing surface on one end and my cutting mat on the other. My sewing machine is set up on my sew-ezi table and is behind the trestle. I covered the top of my table with a white cloth and then to hide the underside, I draped a length of white fabric around three sides of the table, tucking it under the white cloth at the top. The ironing surface and the cutting mat are heavy enough to keep it it place without having to secure it.
If I lift up the draped fabric I can easily access the underneath of my trestle table and that is how I store my fabric.
I have eight Sistema plastic tubs. They are 49 cm x 63 cm and 15 cm high. They stack nicely and are fairly easy to manoeuvre. If I fold my fabrics into the size that fat quarters are usually folded to, I can slot these in on their ends and I can easily see all the colours at the same time. This works for fat quarter to half-metre sized cuts The tub above is filled with some of my hand-dyes.
I can also fit larger cuts of fabric folded the same height as the fat quarters but double the length. These slot in on their sides and I can see all the colours I have of these too. So many blues! (And just between you and me, all my Japanese indigos are kept in a special place upstairs, or there would be double the number of blues.)
I have to have one tub on the top of the stack turned sideways to accommodate the trestle a-frame legs, but that's no big deal. The best system to store my quilting fabric would be to have some permanent shelves built in the cupboard under the stairs, but I don't have a long-term lease so I don't want to go permanent. And I don't want to have these tubs in the cupboard because I can't easily stack and unstack them in there. So, this is the next best thing and I'm really happy with how it's working.
How do you store your fabric? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!