Those empty CD spindles have a million different uses from stashing your breakfast to storing unused cables. But we love this upcycle idea because it can permanently keep track of our "Some Assembly Required" furniture. When you find yourself moving an entire apartment full of Ikea products, it's easy to get your screws crossed.
If you've got a workbench, you might dig this DIY hardware storage project from Make. Just screw the bottoms of a few extra CD spindles (those plastic cases that blank CDs are sold in) to a piece of wood to keep your nuts and bolts in a row. It's the techie's version of your grandpa's glass jars:
But even though we're not handy around a hardware store, we do have plenty of experience assembling (and dissembling) Ikea furniture.
Our plan is to take a few of the slim, 25-CD spindles we've got cluttering up our desk drawers and attach them to the concealed bottoms of our "Some Assembly Required" furniture like the Make project above.
That way, we'll have a convenient place to store that perfect little Allen Wrench and to separate all of the screws and bolts that go to each bed frame and bookcase.
And those extra pieces that wall-mount a vertical dresser or connect the as-yet-unpurchased side tables to the headboard? They'll be exactly where we need them, every time.
(Top image: Taryn Fiol)