Just to take a break from all the American leather craft, let’s talk about Leather Storage Solutions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just bought your first pieces of scrap leather or your umpteenth hide you will have to store it somehow. During my stay here I am fantasizing about owning a little workshop and how I would decorate it but also about the practical part, leather storage solutions. Let’s see what the options are…
By the time I return home, I definitely have to do some organizing, cleaning and improve my leather storage. Over time I’ve collected different types, sizes and amounts of hides and leather pieces and eventually I have to say… I lost track of my inventory. So not only do I want to find some storage solutions but it is also time for a big spring cleaning and stocktaking.
Basic storage principles
If you didn’t know it, you will do now. There are some basic storage principles for leather storage. Let’s start:
- The very first rule of storing leather is to store it rolled and not folded. This will prevent wrinkles and folds in the leather that will be visible ‘forever’. It might be a little over exaggerated but you get the point, keep on roll’n!
- The second rule of leather storage is to roll the leather ‘inside-out’. So the pretty side of the leather will be inside the roll while the furry or raw side is outwards. This will prevent the leather from uneven coloring by the light and especially by the sun.
- A third advise, but not really a rule, is to roll the ‘same’ leather hides, within each other. You will never have to search for the same hide over and over again.
Always on pinterest
I’ve added a new board on pinterest with some examples of storage solutions:
Very commonly used storage solutions are to store the leather either horizontally or vertically. Horizontally you’ve got options like very larges tubes made of PVC or thick cardboard. Or you could store them beneath your workbench. Semi-vertically, semi-horizontally, you can store them on small shelves or on a rod spaced above each other. This might especially be a good solution if you don’t have that much leather or space. Vertically, if your leather is stiff enough you can store them standing up to a wall or for example in a bucket.
There are two more types of storage which are a bit more historical. One is to hang your leather per hide on to storage hooks. These are often S-shaped storage hooks with leather pinned to it on a corner (NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIDE!). Or you can use an old-fashion triangular storage rack, made of wood or steel to fold over your hides but make sure they can’t be harmed by the light.