Many teachers need to store their bulletin board supplies so that they can be used when they need to create a quick bulletin board display. Bulletin board papers are best stored in rolls that are stacked neatly together. You can store them in bulletin board paper storage bins, over the door racks, storage stands, wall mounted racks, and gift wrap organizers. You can use these bulletin board storage ideas for storing your classroom charts, poster boards, and anchor charts. Bulletin board border trims are usually stored by hanging them by one end using binder clips or by rolling them up and securing them with (again) binder clips. See how teachers are storing their bulletin board supplies in the pictures below.
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- Wall mounted storage organizer: This wall mounted rack can be installed on a wall or door. Store away your bulletin board paper rolls to keep them damage free for the next time you need to use them.
- Clear zippered gift wrap organizers: Think of this as a large clear tote bag for bulletin board paper rolls that are shorter than two and a half feet. It is the most inexpensive storage option that you can try. See the price here at Amazon. It is necessary to have a clear storage bag or a see-through bin so that you will not have to go searching through your storage areas to see the papers that you have.
- Bulletin Board Paper Roll Stand: Teachers know how to improvise. This is actually a stand for umbrellas! See how perfect it is for storing these bulletin board sheets. Each paper roll can be clearly seen so you will always know the color options that you have. What's your favorite brand of bulletin board paper? I love the Better Than Paper ones.
- Bulletin board paper roll storage box: This is made of cardboard and the slots can be taken out or adjusted. Store it away in a corner in your classroom. It can hold different sizes of paper rolls. See the size adjustment guide to see different ways of layering the slots to make varied storage sizes for the bulletin board papers. It is made by Classroom Keepers.
- A paper roll organizer cart: This is a strong wire cart on wheels. It keeps bulletin board papers upright and neatly stored. It comes in two sizes - the 20 slot version has slots that are 4" x 4" and 12 slot version has slots that are 5" x 5". I would prefer to use the smaller one with wider slots because I do not like to have my bulletin board papers rolled up too tightly.
- A vertical storage container for bulletin board paper: This unique container is specially made for storing large paper rolls. The bin part looks like a regular bin but it has handles and clips for attaching the lid. The lid part is transparent so you can see the patterns of the paper through it. I love this idea.
- Bulletin board paper roll storage bin: This metal storage bin is both functional and pleasing to the eyes. I love wire mesh bins! It is suitable if you only have a few rolls of bulletin board paper to store and if you are also short on space. It is one of the most affordable options in this list. See the price here on Amazon.
- Vinyl holders: I know that the holes in a vinyl holder are small, but if you remove the cardboard rolls from your bulletin board rolls, they would fit.
- Use handbag organizers: This hanging handbag organizer is being used to store rolls of vinyl. If two organizers like this are hung side by side, long rolls of bulletin board paper can be jointly stored horizontally in them both. The pictures above with the vinyl rolls are just to help you visualize it. This is another very cost effective option.
- Bottle racks with defined circles: Stylish bottle racks or wine racks can be used as long as they have defined circles to hold each bulletin board paper roll in place. Some can stand upright, and others are designed for the rolls to be horizontal. You can choose the option that would work for your space.
How to Store Bulletin Board Border Trims
Border trims can be stored in two ways. Hang them vertically or roll them up in containers.
Bulletin board borders can be hung vertically from closet hangers or over the door storage racks. Add several binder clips to the horizontal bar of the hanger and hang all the same color pattern on each binder clip.
Store your border trims by rolling them up on themselves like a roll of ribbon and store them in round clear containers with lids. You can even use empty CD containers with the spindle at the center. Basically, any clear container that is stackable, would work well. Try to get ones with clear lids too so that you can see the patterns of the border trims in it without having to open it. I found some clear round container types that you can try. I tried to get ones with vertical cylindrical sides. Click on any of the container pictures above to see more details.
Another storage option would be to use a bulletin board border trim storage bin. This 2' long plastic storage bin has a closing lid and all of the sides are see-through for you to see your borders. You would have to first neatly stack your borders trims together, then gently fold the group in half (gently without making a crease). Then place the folded group in the storage container.
You can also store your bulletin board border trims in a storage pocket chart. Carson Dellosa makes this one with five clear pockets for the borders.
How to Store Other Bulletin Board Decorations
Bulletin board decorations and tools need to be stored within easy reach. Decorations like cut outs, paper fans, paper lanters, buntings, garlands, and banners can be stored in a clear storage bin or in such a way that they can be clearly seen from afar. You should also keep a supply of scissors, staplers, tape, and a glue gun for just for your bulletin board creation station.
- Use a trouser hanger for tape and ribbons: Store crepe paper ribbons, bulletin board twine, and rolls of tape on a trouser hanger with open/close racks.
- Use Anchor Chart Storage Bags for bulletin board charts: These are large clear storage bags with a zip at the top or a Velcro closure. They can also be used for storing paper fans, large bulletin board letters, and cut outs. Very large pocket charts can also be used to store bulletin board letters.
- Hanging paper roll organizer: This organizer is originally created for storing gift wrapping paper and supplies but it will work for storing both bulletin board paper rolls and supplies like tape, cut-outs, and scissors. I only wish that it had hooks for hanging over a door.
Did I miss any other storage idea? If you use a different method, please share it in the comments below. I love to see how teachers can use everyday items in really innovative ways in the classroom. For bulletin board ideas, check out this blog post for making student work display bulletin boards.