Art Supply Storage Ideas

Art supply storage ideas

Do you have a lot of art supplies to organize? Perhaps your own, your kids’, or your students’, if you’re an educator. Like with any organizing tool or system, it depends on the space you have to work with, the materials you need to organize, and your personal organizing styles and preferences! Rest assured, there are many ways to organize art supplies. Here are 29 art supply storage ideas and labeling systems and how to best utilize them. 

Art Supply Storage Ideas

Caddy

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Art Supply Storage Organizer, Craft Organizers and Storage Tote Bag with Pockets Art Caddy Oxford…
  • 【8 Storage Pockets】: This craft tote bag is designed with 6 deep pockets to neatly store and organise all your essentials. It is perfect for sewing tools, pencils, markers, paintbrushes, folders,…
  • 【5.4 Gal Large Capacity】: This craft organizers and storage tote bag measures 11.8 x 11.6 x 8.2 inches.It is large enough to hold enough items at 5.48 gallons
  • 【Fabulous quality】: This beautiful well-designed tote has a sleek and elegant look and is made from durable canvases for easy storage of items. When not needed, it folds away to take up minimal…

A caddy-style organizer is a fantastic option if you need the ability to transport supplies to and from a location. It is made of rugged material and has many pockets that can hold markers, pens, rulers, sewing materials, paintbrushes, sketchbooks, and more. 

The handles will also allow you to hang the caddy to keep it off the ground. 

Pegboard

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Keepo Pegboard Combination Kit, Pegboards and Accessories Modular Hanging for Wall Organizer, Crafts…
  • Organizer Your Home In Style: This pegboard for wall combination kit is versatile for many areas of your home. The pegboard display is great for wall organizing, craft room storage, and ornaments…
  • Easy To Install: The combination set of our panel pegboard is high load-bearing and can hold up to 20 lbs, or more if secured with nails. With this white tool storage, you can choose nail-free…
  • Creative Combination: With our wall board organizer, you can set your pegboards up in a variety of ways for different needs. The combination set contains 4 pegboards and 14 pegboard accessories, which…

The pegboard-style organizer is modular, so it is customizable to your needs. I could see someone using this to organize sewing materials or various craft supplies for a craft station, such as markers, pompoms, and glue sticks. 

What’s great about the pegboard is that it hangs vertically and takes up minimal real estate. 

Turntable

TEYGA Craftly – Premium Indestructible Bamboo Art Supply Organizer – Marker Organizer and Craft…
  • 360 degree rotation for easy access to art supplies
  • Durable bamboo construction built to last for years
  • 9 compartments keep 500+ pens organized and within reach

The turntable is great if you have a bit of table space to work with and want the craft supplies to be visible and easily accessible regularly. For example, I could see this used in a children’s craft space, home, or art classroom. 

I was impressed by the bamboo material it’s made from since I usually see plastic options. Additionally, the organizers within the turn table come apart, so I could see these being divided among several children, for instance. 

Mini Buckets

Houseables Galvanized Buckets, Metal Bucket, 4.5″ W x 5″ H, 12 Pack, Tin, Party Supplies, Mini Toy…
  • KEEP GROWING: Our large galvanized buckets are the ideal abode for your plant pals. Watch them flourish in their rustic homes and bring life to the ambiance around them. Without much effort, these…
  • PICK A THEME, ANY THEME: Use these buckets to create small thoughtful gift baskets for all sorts of occasions. Whether you’re putting together a chocolate basket for your school fundraiser or…
  • A TOUCH OF ATMOSPHERE: Fill these containers up with water and place a floating candle inside for a romantic addition to a get-together. Perfect for a wedding or anniversary celebration, these…

These mini buckets, made from steel, can be hung from hooks or the peg racks featured below. They could also be stored standing on a table or shelf or placed on a tray to move them around more easily. I could see these used to store supplies such as colored pencils or crayons that can stand vertically.  

If the supplies are not visible from the top of the bucket, I recommend labeling them so it’s easy to know what’s inside since these are opaque.

Hooks 

Encozy Coat Hooks Wall Mounted – 5 Hooks, Heavy Duty, Stainless Steel, Metal Coat Hook for Coat Hat…
  • Sturdy & Strong: Constructed with premium materials, including a stainless steel backing plate and aluminum alloy hooks, this wall-mounted coat hanger offers exceptional durability and strength
  • Stylish and Practical Design: The coat rack features a sleek design that combines style with functionality. It offers 5 convenient hooks with rounded and smooth ends to prevent clothing from tearing…
  • Widely Application: With its versatile design, this coat hanger is perfect for hanging a variety of items such as coats, clothes, jackets, backpacks, towels, scarves, robes, and purses. It provides a…

These hooks and clips can be used to display finished artwork. If painting is the craft of choice in your home or classroom, I could also see these hooks used to hang up painting smocks for later! 

Peg Racks

iDesign Wood Wall Mount Coat Rack with 6 Pegs for Mudroom, Entryway, Kitchen, Closet and More, 32.3″…
  • COAT RACK WALL MOUNT – Keep your home clutter free and organized with the iDesign Wood wall mount coat rack; it features 6 peg hooks for hanging various items, and can be used throughout your home…
  • VERSATILE – Not just coat hooks, it can be used as a hat rack and for hanging purses, bags, scarves, belts, leashes and more; coat and hat rack for wall can be used in a mudroom, hallway, kitchens,…
  • DURABLE AND STYLISH – Wall coat rack is made of durable wood for years of use, and the natural lacquer finish brings a classic style to any décor; wall hat rack mounts easily to the wall with all…

These peg racks can be used similarly to the hooks above, such as for hanging painting smocks. They can also be used to hang buckets that hold smaller craft supplies.

Drawer Inserts

Lipper International 88005 Bamboo Wood Drawer Organizer Boxes, Assorted Sizes, 5-Piece Set
  • Organize drawers in the kitchen, office, bathroom, shed – the possibilities are endless with these stackable drawer boxes
  • An attractive alternative to plastic; sturdy construction
  • Great for small knick-knacks

You can use these bamboo drawer inserts to organize pieces of craft paper or various small craft supplies such as marbles and buttons. These could also be used to store paint supplies such as paintbrushes and tubes of acrylic paint. 

Spice Rack

Bamboo Spice Drawer Organizer, 4 Tier In Drawer Spices Rack for Cabinet Drawer Expandable From 13″…
  • COMBINED DRAWER SPICE RACK: DEWVIE Bamboo Spice Rack is composed of 8 separate racks, you can freely combine the number of spice racks to fit your drawer. Put the spice rack tray on the drawer,…
  • STURDY BAMBOO SPICE RACK: This drawer spice rack is made of thick bamboo, which is sturdy and durable, smooth and does not hurt your hands. It can be used for many years. It retains the original…
  • FOR ORGANIZING SPICE JARS: The spice rack tray is designed at an inclined angle, which allows you to easily read the label text on the spice bottle and quickly find the spice bottle you need. It is…

Give this spice rack another use — storing containers of glitter or other smaller miscellaneous art supplies. The tray is expandable, so you can customize the size to your needs. Since the tray itself is horizontal, I recommend this for a drawer or other table space you have. 

Pouches

Gejoy 12 Pieces Multipurpose Canvas Cosmetic Bag Makeup Pouches with Zipper Canvas Bag Blank Makeup…
  • Colorful zipper: there are 6 colors of zippers for you to choose from, each color has 2 pieces, which can separate your different items orderly, such as cosmetics bags, coin bags, etc., to meet your…
  • Washable material: these makeup pouches are made of canvas mainly, it’s durable and lightweight to use, cotton canvas cloth makes it soft, easy-care and not easy to fade, the bag can be washed…
  • What you get: come with 12 pieces multipurpose cosmetic bags in total, sufficient quantity can meet your different needs in daily life, you can also share them with friends or family as gift

Try using these pouches with multicolored zippers to store colored pencils, markers, crayons, paintbrushes, and more. Pouches are also a great way to contain stencils or other miscellaneous items you want to group together and zip away. 

Once stored, these pouches can fit into a drawer or cubby. You can also label these pouches to make it easier to locate what’s inside. 

Roll Up Organizer

U.S. Art Supply Deluxe Canvas Art Paint Brush Holder & Storage Organizer Roll-Up Case Bag – 24 Slot…
  • A high-quality canvas 24 slot artist paintbrush holder and storage organizer case that can simply be rolled up and tied closed for storing, carrying, or travel. Brushes shown in images are not…
  • This deluxe holder and organizer is made with durable army green canvas material and has 24 pocket slots over two layered rows for holding brushes and pencils. The 1″ wide slots have enough space to…
  • This convenient holder is an essential accessory for all levels of artists to keep their art paint brushes, makeup brushes, pencils, pens, markers, and art tools completely organized, protected, and…

This lovely, inexpensive paintbrush holder rolls up for easy storage and transport. Judging by the numerous high-rating reviews, other users are big fans. I’m a big fan of the simplicity of this organizer. 

Desktop Organizer

Marbrasse Wooden Desk Organizer, Multi-Functional DIY Pen Holder, Organizer for desk, Desktop…
  • ✎【CREATIVE DIY DESIGN】: This Desktop organizer needs to be assembled By Yourself, it’s full of the joy when you assemble the desktop organizer . Installation according to the instructions or…
  • ✎【STAY ORGANIZED】: Set of 12 compartments with a drawer, large capacity ,The desktop organiser shelf is fixed with the screws, which can tightly connect the separate parts. No need for any…
  • ✎【STRONG & STURDY ORGANIZER】: Made of environmental friendly wood board materials,sturdy construct,safe and nontoxic. Assembled chimeric design, Strong and durable. Superb craftsmanship with…

This desktop organizer can be a stationary organizer for paper, calligraphy pens, and similar supplies in medium-sized spaces. Or, it could be used for various similar craft supplies such as pens, markers, or colored pencils. Due to the drawer, I’m partial to using this for writing or drawing-related crafts that use paper. 

Glass Jars

Glass Jars 32oz,Maredash Candy Jar with Lid For Household,Food Grade Clear Jars (6 Pack)
  • Uses: Perfect for preserving and canning enthusiasts; this large canning jar is shaped and sized for canning homemade pickles, canned peaches, pickled carrots, jams, jellies, preserves, tomato sauces,…
  • Air-tight cover:withe the silicone seal ring ,can opens easily while closing securely. The preserving jar’s lid includes a plastisol liner that creates a vacuum seal ensuring contents stay fresh
  • Food grade glass, won’t leach harmful chemicals into foods, or absorb flavors,easy to clean

You can use glass candy jars like these to store pompoms, playdough tools, recycled ribbons from gift wrap, pipe cleaners, and more. You don’t need to buy new jars; recycled jars work great too. I collect a variety of pasta jars to use for storage in all sorts of ways! I love clear glass jars that let you see what’s inside to get your imagination going. 

If you prefer more visual simplicity, opt for opaque storage solutions. 

Hanging Canvas Shoe Pockets

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Household Essentials Over The Door 24 Packet Shoe Storage Organizer, Natural Canvas
  • Poly Cotton Blended Fabric
  • Easy to use
  • This product is manufactured in China

Hanging canvas shoe pockets are an excellent option for storing paint tubes, playdough containers, and other craft supplies. I also see this as storage for yarn for crafting, knitting, or crocheting. Since it fits over the door, it’s great for small spaces. 

Cubbies

Storage Container, Natural Water Hyacinth Storage Bins Rectangular Basket,Arts and Crafts.
  • High quality, handmade water hyacinth storage boxes , art & craft. Pls note that this item is just A Medium one.
  • Stylish, natural water hyacinth woven , with sturdy iron wire frame . 2 handles easy for carrying.
  • Multiuse storage box, utility and suitable for your bedroom, living room , closet,kitchen, shelves or anywhere in the house.

I’m a huge fan of cubbies and use them in various ways in my home today. These are attractive and sustainable. They would be great for items like playdough or glitter containers stacked or piled inside. They could also be great for organizing scraps of clothing or fabric you may use for crafting or upcycling. You can collect, roll, or fold fabric scraps Marie Kondo style (in thirds). 

If you’re storing cubbies in a more “messy” craft area, note that these won’t wipe clean as easily as glass. You may be okay with that, though one might say they can take on a little personality over time in a crafty area. 

Baskets

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LA JOLIE MUSE Small Wicker Baskets for Organizing, Recycled Paper Rope Storage Basket Container Bins…
  • ARTFULLY CRAFTED FROM SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS – Woven from the sturdy embrace of recycled paper certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), each captivating storage basket is adorned with the refined…
  • HANDWOVEN SHELF BASKET BINS – This meticulously handcrafted storage bin set melds lightweight construction with outstanding durability. Each captivating storage basket is infused with a harmonious…
  • VERSATILE STORAGE SOLUTIONS – This set, comprising three convenient sizes, offers the flexibility to creatively organize a wide range of storage needs. Whether enhancing your nightstand decor,…

These baskets can be used like cubbies, storing smaller craft items within containers. For example, you could store jars of buttons or playdough. Since they are also not a material that easily wipes clean, the same consideration as above applies.

Boxes

MEEDEN Large Art Supply Storage Box, Multi-Function Solid Beech Wooden Tool Box, Art Supply Wood…
  • GREAT VALUE STORAGE WOOD BOX – The wooden artist tool box in size 16″W x 8″ D x 6-1/5″H, made with solid beechwood, natural,light-weight and sturdy. Double gold anti-rust metal clasps are easy to work…
  • HANDCRAFTED WITH SMOOTH SURFACE – The handcrafted wooden artist tool box is oil finished with a smooth surface. every corner has been sanded super well, without any glitch. Ideal for plein air…
  • ARTIST’S TOOL BOX WITH CLASSIC DESIGN – The artist’s supply chest is compact size outside, surprisingly large inside, which is space saving and can offer you enough rooms for your art supplies. The…

Do you have shoe boxes or other boxes at home already? You can use any boxes you already have to store craft supplies like you might use a cubby or basket. You can even decorate the box itself as a craft within itself. Crafts that may store well in boxes include pipe cleaners, glue sticks, glue guns, pom poms, string or yarn, scrap paper, and more. 

Tool Box or Tackle Box

16″ Portable Steel Heavy-duty Tool Box 18-Gauge with Metal Latch and Handle Green
  • Flat Top Steel Hand Carry Toolbox:Hand-away portable tool box measures 16″ L x 7″ W x 7″ H
  • Interior Dimensions: L 15-4/3″, W 6-3/4”, H 5-3/8”. It has a removable tray for nails, screws, glue and other small items.
  • Protect Your Tools: With solid professional quality construction, this 18 Gauge (1.2 mm) heavy-duty steel toolbox features a powder-coated glossy finish and central latch clasp locking system.

This tool or tackle box is for those who prefer or need their craft supplies tucked away, out of sight. Or those who need to be able to transport their supplies. 

Since this is heavy-duty, I recommend this option for supplies that also need to be well-protected and would not hold up well in a canvas bag. For example, this could include memorabilia for crafting that you want to keep dry and flat that may get folded or damaged in another storage solution. 

Magazine File Holder

Simple Houseware White Magazine File Holder Organizer Box (Pack of 6)
  • Set of 6 Packs, White Color
  • Premium Quality Cardboard, Each Magazine Holder Is 140 gram.
  • Perfect for Storing Letter Size File, Smaller Magazines, Publication, Catalogs and Paper

If collages are the main craft in your household, these magazine file holders are great for storing magazines used to cut images out of. If you’ve ever made a vision board, you know how useful it is to have a few old magazines on hand to flip through. 

Tiered Rolling Cart

LEHOM 3-Tier Rolling Utility Cart with Hanging Cups & Hooks & Handle, Plastic Art Cart Organizer…
  • [ SPACIOUS & ORGANIZER ]: Size:16.5 * 11.8 * 34 inches; Equiped with our utility cart has 3 tiers, 3 Cups, 4 Hooks, this utility cart will help you organize your daily things well and make your rooms…
  • [ STURDY & STABLE & MOVEABLE ]: Build in stainless steel frame, the optimized design gives the rolling cart excellent stability. Thick Sturdy metal frame and durable Plastic baskets make every tier…
  • [ HUMANIZED DESIGN & VERSATILE ] : LEHOM utility cart was designed with Arc Steel Handrail and 4 rubber wheels (2 of them could be lockable), 4 wheels can freely swivel 360 degrees. Also, it can be…

This rolling cart has a variety of organizers, including hanging cups, to allow you to add a variety of craft supplies. The rolling feature makes this handy for rolling over to your crafting area and then rolling back along a wall to keep it out of the way. 

I can imagine so many uses for this cart, including storing a complete painter’s station or miscellaneous crafts such as fun glitter glue, pipe cleaners, and scissors. 

Over-the-Door Organizers

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Smart Design Over-The-Door Organizer for Storage – Perfect for Pantry Organization, Bedroom,…
  • Customizable organization and storage: Our adjustable pantry organizer helps maximize storage space; over-the-door pantry organizer extends up to 63.2 inches in height to fit your needs; assembled…
  • Home storage with extra-wide baskets: Pantry organization and storage with 6 durable storage shelves designed to hold the weight of a variety of home essentials, like office supplies, cleaning…
  • Stress-free pantry organization: This over-the-door pantry organizer rack easily assembles in under 10 minutes and requires no drilling or nailing, making it rental-safe; sturdy steel frame and resin…

These over-the-door organizers allow you to see what is being stored, making them a better solution for those who like to see their supplies. I would use this for medium-sized containers such as playdough or glitter containers. I could also see this as a place to store glass jars that may house smaller craft supplies such as small stones, buttons, or other mixed media art supplies. 

Chair Pockets

Seat Sack Storage Pocket, Standard, 14 Inches, Blue – 333503
  • Sold as a Single Unit
  • Provides an easy to reach resource for children in the classroom
  • Great for holding standard classroom supplies, like pencils, markers, rulers, and more

These are new to me, but I love these as a way to store coloring books and a pack of colored pencils. They are easily accessible and a great way to store a small amount of craft supplies. 

Labeling System

Labels

8 Pack Metal Pantry Baskets Labels Clip On for Storage Bins with 2 White Chalk Markers, Organization…
  • SUPER VALUE & PRACTICAL BONUS: Item includes 8 PACK metal basket label holders in black and 2 PACK white chalk makers as a practical BONUS. A small investment for a more functional organization and…
  • PREMIUM & SMART PANTRY LABELS: Unique clip-on design is easily removable or repositionable. It is bendable to help you slip it over different types of storage bins, baskets, and boxes. Three lipped…
  • MORE ATTRACTIVE & FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION and STORAGE LABELS: Think about it, the reason why we’re all drawn to organized spaces is because they LOOK beautiful. Our 8 PACK simple clip labels help keep…

Labeling is a must for me! I know that labeling goes a long way in ensuring that I and others in my household know where items go back. If you go for a bin-style storage, these metal labels clip right onto the baskets. 

The item comes with white chalk markers to write your own labels. These would work best for the cubbies and basket style storage solutions. 

Digital Label Maker

DYMO Label Maker Machine with Tape – 100H LetraTag Handheld, Comes with 3 LT Label Tapes. Great for…
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT: Portable Label Maker As a handheld label maker, this device stands out with its lightweight and compact nature, making labeling a convenient task in any location.
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR LABELS: Sticker Label Maker This unique handheld label maker offers an array of styles, with 5 font sizes, 7 print styles, and 8 box styles. Unleash the color label maker in you and…
  • GRAPHICAL DISPLAY: Label Printer This portable label maker allows you to preview your labels with its graphical display, ensuring that your labels print exactly as you anticipate for a perfect end…

If you’ve spent even a little time in the spaces of the internet devoted to organizing, you’ve probably heard of the Dymo label maker. This handheld label maker lets you quickly develop and print labels at home. Get ready to label all the things in your home with this gadget. 

It could pair well with the storage solutions above, such as the drawer organizers (label the base so you know what goes where), the glass jars, or steel buckets. 

Embossing Label Maker

DYMO Embossing Label Maker with 3 DYMO Label Tapes, Organizer Xpress Pro Label Maker Starter Kit,…
  • SIMPLISTIC DESIGN: Lightweight, portable, handheld embossing label maker
  • INTUITIVE: Embossing label marker with turn-and-click system makes labeling simple
  • CUSTOMIZABLE TEXT: 49 character wheel includes text, numbers, and symbols

This label maker, also by Dymo, is an embossing label maker. It gives a different look or aesthetic because of the embossing feature. Consider which you think will be the easiest and most appealing to you and others in your home or classroom to use. 

Artwork Storage

Letter Tray

GaiaMade Rattan Desk Letter Tray and Business Card Holder, Desk Trays, Stackable Desktop File…
  • RATTAN DESK TRAY & BUSINESS CARD HOLDER BUNDLE. Our file organizer for desk is sold as a set with a business card holder that is the ideal combo to keep your work desk clean and organized. The sturdy…
  • DECORATIVE ITEM FOR HOME AND WORKPLACE. With minimalistic design and natural material, the desk paper organizer can harmoniously blend in with other decors and give a refreshing look for your desk….
  • PRACTICAL DESIGN. The paper organizer for desk has a wide base to hold a large stack of paper. Our stackable paper tray can be sturdily stacked together and neatly placed on your work desk. Designate…

To store artwork, you could store it in a letter tray. This is best once any paint or glued items are dry. I think this works great as an interim storage solution, but over time you may need something longer term, such as under-bed storage. Another popular artwork storage I’ve been hearing more about is taking a photo and storing it forever on the Cloud. 

This option will be best suited for 2D artwork.

Folio

11×17 2-Inch Expanding Filing Folder, Pack of 10, Red Rope (563064)
  • Item Package Height:45.72 Centimeters
  • Item Package Length:4.572 Centimeters
  • Item Package Width:30.48 Centimeters

The folio is another solution that can work well to store artwork. I think I had one of these in art class back in the day, and they can also come in larger sizes. For instance, if you have multiple children, you can have one folio for each child.

Since this is a folio style, it’s best suited for flat and 2D artwork. 

Underbed Storage

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Bigso Sverker Canvas Fiberboard Legal and Art Storage Box | Scrapbook Storage Box for Loose Papers…
  • ORGANIZE IN STYLE: Our Sverker storage boxes help increase your efficiency by storing and putting away all of your papers! These attractive document boxes are timeless and dress up your office while…
  • EXTREMELY VERSATILE: This scrapbook box’s elegant design works well with most home and office decor. It fits A3 and legal-size documents like loose papers, flyers, brochures, magazines, children’s…
  • SUPERIOR MATERIAL: The photo storage box’s core is made out of solid, recycled fiberboard and is covered in textured paper laminate that gives it a high-end look and feel. The durability of the box…

Underbed storage can be great for keeping items tucked away. This particular storage is attractive, sturdy, and comes with a handle. I think this is a great option for flat items such as paper artwork and small 3D crafts such as clay creations.  

Rolling Rack

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OFFICEROO Art Drying Rack for Classroom – 18 Removable Shelves, Lockable Wheels, Metal Paint Drying…
  • Ideal Painting Drying Solution: Whether you’re a professional artist or a student, this art drying rack provides an efficient and organized solution for drying your paintings, ensuring proper airflow…
  • Efficient Art Rack: This sturdy storage rack for paintings features 18 removable shelves, measuring 15×12 inches each, with a 1-inch gap between shelves when all 18 are installed.
  • Versatile Art Storage: Not only a drying rack, but it also functions as an art storage rack, capable of holding up to 2 lbs (1 kg) of weight per shelf, ensuring secure storage for your precious…

This rolling rack is an excellent drying solution for multiple paint projects. I could see this used as an interim solution with another one of the solutions featured here. Additionally, this would work incredibly well in a classroom with many art projects needing to dry at once. Note that this does take up more real estate and could be better suited for smaller spaces. 

Large Canvas Organizer

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ishenkea Wooden Canvas Storage,Art Storage Rack,Art Drying Rack for…
  • Wood Art Storage:Art storage Made of beech wood, the texture of the beech wood is very beautiful and ideal for art storage
  • Large capacity, universal size: canvas storage Store at least 10 canvases,Product designed to fit universal canvas sizes (7inch-12inch)
  • Simple Assembly: Only one person can complete the assembly

This could be a good solution if you need a storage option for canvas paintings. It can store unpainted or painted canvases once somewhat dry (to finish drying). It does require some space on a table or floor space, and eventually, items may need to be moved to a longer-term solution if you need to store more than 10 canvases. 

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