Gift Wrap Storage – Part 1

Before Matt moved in, I didn’t use the office downstairs very much. I knew that we needed to redo this room to make it more functional, and Matt was eager to make the office feel more like his own!

As we set out to update the office, I wanted to get all of my stuff out of there so that we could figure out together what should actually be in the office. In addition to the standard office supplies, files, books and décor, the office housed my gift-wrapping supplies. There was a small wooden trunk full of gift wrapping supplies with gift bags stuffed behind it, and a small space between the bookcase and the window was full of wrapping paper and tissue paper too.

When we started looking at redoing the office, I happened to stumble upon this on Pinterest   –

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It immediately reminded me of how Sherry at Young House Love  had stored her gift-wrapping supplies –

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I loved both ideas and thought that that if I could do something similar on the back of a closet door, it would be a great use of space.

I decided to lean more towards Mrs. Limestone’s plan (here) since we already had a trip to Ikea planned, and I was hopeful that would be able to find the exact supplies she had used. I added to our Ikea list the items that Mrs. Limestone outlined on her blog –

  • 3 Bygel rails
  • 1 Fintorp bucket
  • 2 Bygel baskets
  • Bygel hooks
  • 1 package of Dignitent curtain hooks.

When we went to Ikea (that deserves a post of its own!), I got all of the items above except for Dignitent curtain hooks, which were nowhere to be found. I got substitute hooks instead.

The day after we got back from Ikea, I gathered what I needed and got ready to start on my project.

I immediately ran into a problem when I realized that the door of the linen closet I had planned on using was several inches too narrow to hold the Bygel rail. I hadn’t measured before we went to Ikea, so I didn’t realize that the linen closet’s door is not a standard sized door.

Lesson learned: Always measure.

I felt like I needed to write it on a chalkboard 50 times –

I will not go to Ikea without measuring.

I will not go to Ikea without measuring.

I will not go to Ikea without measuring.

I will not go to Ikea without measuring.

Thankfully I didn’t have to pay too dearly for that mistake. We have a walk-out attic off of the loft upstairs, and the door that leads to the attic is standard. It’s also out of the way enough that having gift wrap on the inside of the door would not get in the way of our daily life. It was a better solution than the coat closet by the front door since I have to go in there multiple times a day to get the dog’s leash and other everyday items.

So I gathered the supplies that I needed (upstairs this time) and got ready to go.

3 Bygel rails, level, painter's tape, pencil, hammer and nails

3 Bygel rails, level, painter’s tape, pencil, hammer and nails, screwdriver

 

First, I needed to mark where the rails would go. I laid green painters tape on the floor in 3 rows so that it was wide enough to hold the Bygel rail’s brackets. I used a pencil to mark the holes where the screws would need to be.

 

Tape to show width of bar

When I moved the rail and picked the tape up off of the floor, I had a guide for how far apart to put the screws. I could then move the tape up onto the door and see where the rail would hang.

Because I knew I wanted to hang the wrapping paper rolls from the bottom rail, I started with that one. I guessed at how high the rail should be to hold the rolls up off the floor, put the tape on the door, and held the roll up to check it.

Checking placement of rail

Once I had it in about the right spot, I used the level to make sure that the spots I had marked for the screws were level. I think that I had to scoot the tape up a little bit on one side to get it level. I then used a hammer and nail to make small holes in each of the spots marked for screws. I went on to figure out where I wanted the other 2 rails, and saved putting in the wood screws for the next day.

To be continued…

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