I have never been a really good furniture buyer. my home is full of mismatched furniture, some of it hand-me-down or second-hand, some of it was new, but they all lacked a bit of cohesion. it’s something I’m slowly working on. my friend over at swalrus.org is moving and had a set of Ikea Pax shelves for sale. I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my photography organization a bit to something less cluttered and messy to something a bit more classy. I am a big fan of the steel wire shelving, you know the things most people reserve for their garages. although I didn’t get rid of it entirely, this Pax system works pretty well to keep my photography equipment in order.
What started was a meticulous disassembly and sorting out the dozens of screws and dowels for the closet became, what I thin, a pretty nice solution for storage. Obviously the rest of the room still needs work, but this is a decent start with the nice, clean exterior.
The doors open and you get a great amount of storage space for all your things. In the first image I wanted to have a space where I could put my camera bag while loading it up by picking things out of the drawers below
the second cabinet was used for storing tripods, bags, lighting equipment and otherwise large and awkward shaped things.
I utilized the slide-out drawers to organize my equipment by their usage types, too. they have a 20 kg (about 44 lb) weight limit, which works well for when I want to load out a bag quickly. The top drawer was a thin one that held some basics: flash triggers, cables, batteries, filters and space for other small objects. the cross-hatched divider really helps keep my stuff together.
The second thin drawer holds my flash units, audio equipment and some flash filters.
The third drawer was a deep drawer that holds my various lenses and other miscellaneous items.
And the last drawer holds my on-body carrying system, a combination of think tank pouches and a double spider holster. I left enough room underneath this drawer to hold my pelican 1560 and 1510 hard cases (the ones I use for wedding loadouts).
The other cabinet has two drawers where I fit all my tripods and light stands. I am going to use some coat hangers to hang some other items as well, but there is plenty of space for everything!
I think the versatility of the Pax system really makes it perfect for storing equipment of all sizes and keeping it organized so I don’t have to waste time searching through bins or other kinds of storage. the clean outside makes it so guests don’t walk in think I live in a constant state of disorganization. well done ikea, well done.