Hello forum pals!
I, like many of you, have amassed quite a large collection of throws. I was keeping them on my desk, but that started to get messy and eat into my workspace. I purchased a couple soda crates from Michael’s that are nice, but a little bulky, and when I went to get more but they seem to have been discontinued. I considered making some hard cases, but didn’t like the idea of having to take them out and open the lids every time I wanted a throw. After much research, I have planned an executed a solution that I’m quite proud of: a modified IKEA Alex filing cabinet.
This cabinet caught my eye because it had wide shallow drawers that seemed perfect for yo-yos. After confirming that the measurements would work, I picked it up at my local store and built it. I was disappointed to learn that the drawers don’t extend fully but after some quick googling I found a video made by a very helpful makeup artist that described the process of modifying the rails to extend further. This made the drawers quite unstable but with some tinkering I was able to devise a modification to her technique that significantly improved the drawer action. I purchased some large sheets of charcoal foam online (1” for the yo-yo holders and 1/4” for the backing) and spent many hours on the floor with a ruler and an empty tomato paste can making the cutouts.
I’m very happy with the end result. It’s compact and unassuming, but it allows my entire collection to be easily accessible. It also keeps my throws nice and safe. It wasn’t too expensive either, I spent $130 for the drawers and $40 for the foam. Hopefully this post is useful to other people struggling to find the perfect storage solution!
I know this isn’t FurnitureExpert so here are some yo-yo pictures:
ILYY, Atmos, Static, SF, and Core Co
CLYW, Good Life, MFD and a lone Hydrangea
Markmont, One Drop, General-Yo, and fixies
G2 and some smaller groupings (OST, PDX, YYF, BBB, Duncan, H-Spin, etc)
One-offs and newer brands
I still have some special throws in soda crates on my desk.
One is all A-rt
The other has Anti-yo, RSO, Luftverk, and other Ti
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!