|Like many of you, I was on the prowl for practical serger thread storage for a long, LONG time. Because my MomCave is in our basement, I'm always aware...WELL aware...of where spiders like to live. And it seems like dark, cozy spools of thread would be ideal, so rack-style storage was out. *shudder* I looked at the boxes they sell at Joann's, Walmart, etc. (that store thread vertically on posts) and they looked like they wasted SO much space within the box itself, esp. when they run about $10/ea and you can't fit much more than that in one unit.
Enter the Sterilite 7-Drawer Craft Cart. This little storage unit is the absolute BEST! It's a plastic cart with 7 individual, LIDDED drawers (take THAT, spiders!!!). I'm pretty sure multiple units can be stacked together and it also has casters if you want it to be mobile. It fits perfectly under my cutting table (a Joann's folding craft table that I never fold) with room to spare. Two could fit side by side under one end. It also fits (without the casters) perfectly under the large corner desk unit I use for my sewing machines.
Cart under cutting table Oh, and those are my Match Box cases that I store regular thread in on top of the cart. :)
This holds both standard MaxiLock spools and Woolly Nylon spools perfectly. I line them up skinny end to fat end to maximize my space. I lined each of the drawers with that grabber-liner stuff and that helps tame the spools a bit, but even at their naughtiest, they never stray far. Bonus tip: I now store my spools in nets (actually mine are flower nets from a florist) so that the thread ends stay tidy. As you can see, I fit 20 spools in one drawer. Of course, capacity will vary with types of spools you use and how full they are, but you get the idea.
I'm not a huge serger thread hoarder and do a lot of color-blending, so I've doubled up on main colors in each drawer (red-orange, purple-pink, black-gray, etc.) labeled the outside of the drawers. If you do have lots of each color, spring for two carts. Each color of the spectrum could have a drawer and the second cart could be for neutrals plus regular thread, notions, or whatnot.
I got this unit at Target, but I've seen it online on Amazon and some other sites, too. There are similar units with the larger bottom drawers, but I find this one to be much more useful for this purpose. It costs $35 anywhere I've seen it. I stalked this cart for months (really...MONTHS) at Target waiting for a sale, since Sterilite routinely goes on sale. Well, apparently not THIS model. They FINALLY had a sale...for about $4 off. *sigh* Oh well. The moral is if you want it soon... just get it. ;)
It's so nice to have a freestanding, relatively compact storage unit like this that I can really get maximum usage out of. And because of the organization, my thread is ALWAYS right where I need it when I need it....unlike a few (*ahem*) other things in my life. LOVE it!!!