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Clever ideas for jewelry etc storage/display?

Asked by zina (1653points) July 16th, 2007

Earrings, rings, necklaces, hair sticks, clips, bobby pins, ... it's all accumulating and I'd like to store them in such a way to use them easily. Safety pins and even scarves for that matter if you have ideas. You know how dozens of necklaces and earrings in little boxes and bags in drawers never get worn. I've seen some creative and useful ideas like hanging necklaces on a horizontal stick of some kind (so that you can see them all, and access each one individually), or earrings all pinned through one fabric or canvas, or rings on a vertical stick. I might have enough that one of those old-fashioned jewelry cases would be good (with little drawers and lots of compartments). I'm wondering what other good ideas are out there: space efficient, aesthetically attractive, easy to access. Also, for moving, any ideas -- not a bag/box (or many little ones) of tangled stuff, but kinds of containers that work well.

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nomtastic's avatar

right, so earrings stuck through a needlepoint ring w/stretched cloth in it, hung on a wall. scarves on one of those diamond-foldey wall coat racks, bobby pins in a candy tin (altoids box)

dessine's avatar

I really love the manikin hand you can get from www.livingetc.com in their shopping section. They also have a clear plastic box with drawers that's pretty cool. They're modern, elegant, and functional, but great to look at too.

dessine's avatar

I also saw in a magazine where they put a radiator grill (anything with little holes will do) in a frame, and then hung bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from s-hooks. It looks like a piece of art.

sarahclif's avatar

when moving make sure the necklaces are all fastened as it does reduce the tangling. if you can find an old fashioned lingerie cabinet they often have doors on the sides that open to reveal great necklace storage in a way that you can see them to choose. also the top few drawers often have compartments for rings, earings, bracelets.

figbash's avatar

I use vintage stacking cake plates with stands in different sizes. I stack them on top of one another. Then I put earrings on top, bracelets and watches in the middle and necklaces around the bottom. That way, when I come home, I just take off my jewelry and throw it on there and it looks pretty cool. Anything else is juist too high-maintenance for me.

peggylou's avatar

I have handled necklaces in several ways. Presently, I have nailed or screwed tie racks (the long wood things that have 3 rows of knobs on them to hang neck ties) into the top of my closet door or on the wood trim in my closet. You can hang fastened necklaces--one on each hook--and see each one. It's easy to grab one necklace at a time off its hook. I usually hang the necklaces (or bracelets) in order of color so that I can choose which necklace will match which shade color of the outfit. Another idea is to take a, say, 2" piece of wood and nail small finishing nails or small cup hooks in 3 offsetting rows across the wood piece. With this option, you can hang necklaces and bracelets by their fastener, rather than hanging them already fastened, because the nails or hooks are thinner than the "knobs" on the tie rack. I like this idea better because it is easier to hang the jewelry, see it, and get it on and off the rack without pulling down any other jewelry.

Jill_E's avatar

If you have a top drawer to spare, buy a bunch of a big plastic boxes with lids, with little squares inside (Home Depot have them..people use it for storing nuts and bolts) take the top off and place in drawer.. Save money and easy to find things when open drawer.

psidre's avatar

If this were me needing such a thing, I would ask myself the following questions:
How much time do I want to spend on this?
Is appearance as important as function?
Where am I going to put it and what would it involve to relocate it?

One idea that comes to mind, which would require a decent amount of floor-space:

Find a china cabinet or curio cabinet at a re-sale shop or thrift store. Make sure it has compartments. On the backboard of the largest compartment, place pegs or hooks to hang necklaces, perhaps a top row for frequent or favorite earrings. other compartments could have those tapered stands for rings. Some form of Styrofoam/cork-board backed felt material would work to stick pins and broaches in. On the outer side of one of the side panels, you could place hooks for scarves and hats and belts. Ideally there should be at least one drawer as well, to store miscellaneous things like baggies, boxes that jewelry came in, polishing supplies, etc.

If floor-space is scarce, the display could be fastened to a wall or even integrated into a closet or bathroom.

Not really my area of interest, Good Luck!

tulsi's avatar

For me, using a clear plastic two sided storage box with small compartments from Jo-Ann’s worked. It is meant for storing buttons, etc. since it is two sided, one side can be used for gold and one for silver earrings. Very small and efficient!

brookegeorgia's avatar

EXTREMELY EASY, INEXPENSIVE AND PRETTY!!!
I stapled pretty fabric onto canvas squares (available at Joann’s or Michaels craft stores) and hung them on my walkin closet walls. Then I put a tiny bit of hot glue onto the tip of a Straight Pin (for sewing) and stuck the pins in at an upwards angle so they can hold jewerly. You can buy all size canvas boards and update the fabric as you change the decor in your room. And really cheap!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

I’ve used different methods over the years. One of my favorites was to get a tree branch that has a lot of smaller branches and stick it into a container, bucket, etc and hold it in there with rocks or sand. I used a beautiful manzanita branch I found on a hike. It was a lovely russet color. But you can paint a branch, too. You can set it on a dresser or wherever there is a table. Or you can find a larger piece and do the same and set it on ther floor in a corner of your bedroom or closet. You might want to string some fairy lights on it, too. And you just place all your jewelry on the branches. Another quickie method is to buy a tie rack and use that. Best wishes!

tynerbella's avatar

You will need a pretty antique looking frame. tiny screws with eye on them,wire.Attach mini screws with eyes on each side of frame to be able to connect the wire across.you can hang all your earrings and for a prettier effect use a nice piece of material to cover the back of frame to give it that special look recycle a pretty scarf you may not use.also hand paint or decorate a wood standing paper towel holder and use for bracelets you may even be able to match the wood if your lucky to the frame for the earrings.

tynkerbella's avatar

You will need a pretty antique looking frame. tiny screws with eye on them,wire.Attach mini screws with eyes on each side of frame to be able to connect the wire across.you can hang all your earrings and for a prettier effect use a nice piece of material to cover the back of frame to give it that special look recycle a pretty scarf you may not use.also hand paint or decorate a wood standing paper towel holder and use for bracelets you may even be able to match the wood if your lucky to the frame for the earrings.

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Magdalena's avatar

I use an accordion style peg rack for my necklaces, but I’m wishing I had room for two! For earrings, I use a framed piece of wire screen, hanging on the wall. It makes it so easy to see all the earrings at once.

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