If you love china and pottery, sooner or later you'll be faced with the storage issue. And, if you are like me, not all of your dishes are serving pieces. Some are just for looking. The ones in my library sit behind glass doors; but for dishes I use all the time, I need them handy. And I need them visible, or I'll forget about them until my mother comes to visit and runs a dust mop under the bed and says, "Did you know you had Sculptured Daisy dishes under my bed?"
The least expensive method of dealing with Many Dishes is to hang them, as in this photo from Apartment Therapy.
This grouping is more my style (Country Living)
But I suppose storage can be found anywhere, even under a staircase.
I have been looking for many years for a humongous display case. Of course, that wouldn't solve the problem, because dish fanciers could fill several humongous cases...and have china to spare.
Shelves are an option.
But Dr. Gollum hates hanging shelves, and I can't get in touch with Mr. Tom, so I've been considering an old fashioned dish hanger, and a nail. Why not put dishes down a long hallway?
This wall is united by color and theme. But what if you have a mishmash?
And now we're back to my library.
Open shelves are appealing
I adore this (Lenox.com) Ironstone. And look how a little pitcher has been used for the flatware.
This is beautiful, but it sure wouldn't work for me. I'm cram it to the brim and still have a dish problem.
I do have shelves in the pantry, and I've been eyeing them for a while. But I'd have to find a place to store my cookbooks and the jugs and whatnots.
In my mind's eye, I'd arrange the dishes in an orderly fashion.
But I'd end up doing something like this, I wouldn't be able to STOP myself, and before you could say Poppytrail Rooster dishes, my utilitarian idea would fly out the window.
I keep going back to Pottery Barn shelves
My mother has these things, and she sticks them everywhere.
The dishes (and dishes seem to never stop with just a dish--they come with soup bowls and cups and butter dishes) could go into boxes...and then be banished to the attic or garage, or squeezed into a closet.
One time I went to a sale at a dish collector's house, and she had a ton of racks.
And here's how Martha Stewart solved her problem.
While I'm not covering new ground, here are a few storage tips:
- Add simple shelves
- Hang dishes
- Buy metal shelves (but where to put the shelves?)
- Empty a closet and make your own Dish World
- Buy padded boxes, fill with china, and scoot under the sofa. If you have vast quantities of these boxes, draw a diagram to make sure you know what's where :-)
- Make shelves out of concrete blocks and boards (an old idea from the 70s)
- Weed your dish collection--sell them on Ebay (when pigs fly).
Thanks for visiting today--and please let me know about your storage solutions...and if you buy a new dish, please tell me all about it.