Cheap and Easy Canvas Storage
I built this canvas storage rack for myself using cheap IKEA shelving, adapting some that I already had and then purchasing a few more supports. They are essentially sideways bookshelves that are then connected together for stability.
I made 3 sections – 2 for large canvases (up to 30″x40″) and a central section for smaller canvases.
For each section of storage you will need:
- 2 off 12″x49″ IVAR supports;
- 2 or 3 off 12″ x 33″ IVAR shelves (2 if your canvases are large, 3 if they are small)
- 2 or 4 off 39″ OBSERVATOR crossbrace (2 for large, 4 for small). These hold the units square and also stop canvases from falling out.
- Each support has 3 crossbars. For a large canvas rack you will need to remove the center one from ONE support – a small hacksaw will do it.
- Put the shelving unit together, using two supports and two shelves (top and bottom, aligned with the crossbar so canvases will slide in easily).
- Use a crossbrace on each side of the unit to support canvases.
- Do not remove any crossbars from the supports.
- Put the shelving unit together, using two supports and three shelves (top, bottom and middle, aligned with the crossbar)
- Use 4 crossbraces, 2 on each side, top and bottom, to prevent canvases from falling out
I made 2 large canvas racks and 1 small canvas rack in the center. I screwed a 2″ wide section of planking across the top and bottom to hold the sections together and square. It was cut from a 1″x2″x48″ wood plank that I picked up at the hardware store. The screws were some random wood screws I had lying around that were long enough to go through the plank and into the supports. I drilled guide holes through the plank beforehand to ensure that I would line up with the supports.