Asked on Mar 06, 2018

Ideas to store wallpaper rolls?

-Donna -Mason
by -Donna -Mason
I collect vintage abd not so vintage wallpaper that I use for various crafting project. I have a Lot of wallpaper. They are currently stored in old file cabinet drawers that sit on the floor in a closet in my craft room. Some are in a basket in a corner, the boarder wallpaper in plastic containers. I need an attractive way to some out in my craft room. They are cumbersome to go through each time I'm looking for a color or pattern. I've tried many ways by color, all the plaids or floral grouped together. Standing them in the bottom of the small closet. When I pull one out the rest fall over and putting them back is time consuming as well as damaging. I don't want to hang them on the wall they are heavy and could really damage the sheet rock. Does anyone have a idea of a way to organize them and store them so it's not such a mess to find the one I need. Thanks for helping!!!

  12 answers
  • Janice Janice on Mar 06, 2018

    My suggestion is to get tall sturdy cardboard boxes and store your rolls vertically in them. You can separate by design, for instance, place all the plaid rolls in a box covered in one of the plaid designs, flowery ones in box covered with one of the flowery designs. You can even make your own boxes, if necessary. Just be sure the boxes are at least half as tall or more than your wall paper rolls are so it doesn't get top heavy. If needed you can secure the rolls together with an old stretch belt or a folded up piece of cloth that is knotted around the rolls so as to not damage the wallpaper. I have done this with my gift wrap paper because it was always falling over and getting torn, etc. Hope this helps. Maybe your rolls of border could be stacked onto an upright paper towel holder that has a heavy base. Hope this helps or gives you some ideas on another method.

    • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

      Thanks Janice for taking time to answer. I am going to use your idea for some of the solid color paper I access a good bit...I appreciate your help very much.


  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 06, 2018

    see if this will work for you....

    • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

      I don't think the clips will hold a complete roll but the partial rolls that I use to cover backs of picture framed art...this will be perfect. Thank you for helping me! Donna

  • Jean Jean on Mar 06, 2018

    Janice's idea is what I was thinking as well however if the paper seems too heavy for a box you may want to try plastic wrapping paper container. Wrapping paper is longer then most wallpaper you may be able to fit two rolls side by side, or maybe put coordinating borders next to the papers!

    • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

      This is a great idea. Because like I said I have lots of rolls. ,some of them are duplicate rolls so I can those in this and store them in our basement which frees up space for me!!! Thank you! Donna

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Mar 06, 2018

    IKEA has an inexpensive holder for grocery bags that can be mounted inside your closet, or could be attached to a wooden rack

    • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

      Thanks ! I've never bought anything from ikea ... this might be the time! I'll check it out.


  • Kathy Kathy on Mar 06, 2018

    I would look for a plastic box, with a lid that is tall enough to hold your rolls. I have one that I store wrapping paper in. This isn't exactly like mine, but you'll see what I'm talking about.

  • Eileen Eileen on Mar 06, 2018

    what about a pant hanging rack? Walmart has reasonably priced ones. "Household Room Closet Adjustable Folding Hanging Clothes Organizer Pants Rack" is one I found there

    • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

      Thanks Eileen ... I had one of those racks and while the full rolls are too heavy the border rolls are perfect on that. I can't say tanks enough!


  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 06, 2018

    I just did a quick search on for "wrapping paper storage"... and there are lots of interesting ideas... I was thinking that one way to store them would be in PVC pipe with caps on each end... it would protect the vintage papers from dust and sunlight (fading) and a small strip of the paper could be taped on the outside.... you could hang the pipes on the wall using webbing and screws (see photo).. or conduit clamps if you need more strength. The wall papers could be grouped by color family

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  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Mar 06, 2018

    . I like buckets; 5 gallon buckets ... they can be decorated/painted or left what ever color you get; you can continue your organization -- color, plaid/geometric, fruit/floral, whatever ... and they line up neatly, are easy to move and are deep enough that the rolls won't turn the bucket over

  • -Donna -Mason -Donna -Mason on Mar 11, 2018

    Your so smart!!!! Thanks for your fab idea.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2024

    They make poster tubes (you might want to double check the diameter to see if it would work for your wall paper.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 03, 2024

    I'm thinking a wine rack mounted on the wall, cover it with plastic sheeting.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 03, 2024

    Hi Donna: Well, you could hang them on the wall, sort of. What you would do is to take several lengths of wood 1" deep x 4" wide and as long as you want, 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Common Board 914681 - The Home Depot and screw those to the wall at the studs. If more than 3 feet long, I'd use at least 4 strength points (screws) in 4 studs. Then, you can screw rod holders Oatey 1-1/2 in. Galvanized 2-Hole Pipe Hanger Strap 33500 - The Home Depot on the ends and put a dowel through the rolls of wallpaper and hang them on the holders.

    Good luck