I wanted to come up with a better storage solution for my thread spools (better than in a big pile, that is), so naturally I went to IKEA. I just had a feeling I might find something there I could re-purpose. Check this out:
I'll give you a chance to guess what it's supposed to be, and just leave this link here.
As you might be able to see, the red and blue threads at the top of the image don't actually slide all the way down the "spikes". I've been wracking my brains trying to figure out ways of paring them to fit the narrower spools on. I'm thinking there might be a way to mod a pencil parer, but I'm open to suggestions.
Other than that I'm really pleased with these things as a solution. They also come with a free scissors basket:
I have a magnetic knife rack that I'll be installing soon as a new home for my scissors collection, and then I'll have to find some other use for the basket. I doubt that will be a problem though :)
When I get around to hanging the magnet I'll also hang a couple of hooks for the spool racks. The Happy Room also gets used for sawing and drilling occasionally, so I'll have to come up with some kind of dust cover for the spool-racks.
There's always more to do!