Office storage behind closed doors

July 23, 2019

Thank you all so much for the love on my built in bookcases I shared last week! They are my favorite project I've done in a long time.

Here's a look at them again!:
DIY wall of bookcases with storage

I wanted to share how much storage space there is inside of those cabinets. Even though they are only 12 inches deep, you'll be surprised with how much they hold!

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Last time I did this bookcase it was in our dining room turned library. Even though we didn't use it as a dining room, I used the storage for all of our serving dishes. They held SO MUCH STUFF!
Using cabinets for built ins

I have the same number of cabinets this time, but in here they hold all of my craft and office supplies.

Because the craft stuff has so many little pieces, I like using these canvas bins to corral everything:

Office organization in bookcase cabinets

I store everything in categories -- Christmas, fall/Halloween, sewing supplies, glitter, paint, etc. It helps tremendously when I'm trying to find something for a project. The bins come in a ton of colors.

I found the bins at Target on clearance and saw these clip on labels and thought they were so smart!
Clip on labels for fabric bins

I haven't written on them yet because I want to print the labels out instead. ;) They also have a dry erase option as well!

The other cabinets hold my sewing machine and random office supplies in other bins:
craft stuff storage in bookcases

office supply storage in built ins

As you can see there's a ton of stuff in here, but its all tucked away so no one sees it. Form and function at it's best!

There's one more thing I wanted to share about the cabinets that I LOVE. I shared this soft close door trick years ago but it's so good it's worth sharing over and over. If you've always wanted these for your doors (they prevent slamming), this is how you can do it easily:
How to make cabinet doors soft close

These little dampers are AWESOME. You just use a screw to attach them in the corner of the cabinet and they allow the door to close softly. They are the bomb.

I found my first set at Home Depot in the store, but sadly they don't sell them there anymore. They sell a much cheaper version, which I tried despite the horrible reviews. They were right -- they're horrible. ;)

They still sell the better version (pictured above) online but I found these on Amazon for cheaper, and I got them much faster. You can check out this post to see a quick video of them in action. I love them!

I have so much storage in these built ins, I was able to downsize the dresser I was using on the other side of the room. I'm working on a (what I hope will be a) cool project on that wall that I hope to show you soon. :)

How do you organize all of your office and craft supplies? I built this DIY craft desk (using cubbies you can buy at the store) years ago and it worked great as well!:
DIY craft desk with cubbies

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  1. You painted the back of the cabinet doors! What happened to you? I never thought I would see you do that!

    Looks SO great, and the storage space is amazing!

  2. I love that you transform the desk into so much storage space! It looks so good too.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. We bought the door closers you recommended in your previous post. We love them. So easy to install and so nice not to have all the banging doors! I put them in the kitchen and bathrooms. Your bookcases look awesome! I am surprised at how much they hold.

  4. I love those bookcases. I wish I could do something similar.

  5. What pretty bookcases! It looks so nice. Chrissy


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