Nerf Gun storage

talley_sue_nycSeptember 6, 2012

My son has a biggish collection of Nerf guns, and finding a way to store them that doesn't eat up shelf space is my newest quest. Also, the shelf space doesn't work for getting him to put them back, etc.

So I've been experimenting and looking for inspiration.

I want to put them in the space by the window, which has a tall bookcase on either side.

I think I want to stand the tall guns up beneath the window, sort of like this

And I want to hang guns on the sides of the bookcases, framing the windows.

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talley_sue_nyc
    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 1:14PM
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talley_sue_nyc

I like the plate rack idea, mostly because it's unusual (most of the inspiration photos I've found have been pegboard or some imitation thereof). But I want to investigate other sizes.

There's this, w/ adjustable slots: Copco Adjustable Bakeware Organizer
http://bakingbites.com/2012/03/copco-adjustable-bakeware-organizer/

This metal one--don't know how big the spaces are between
http://baking.3owl.com/baking-3/seville-classics-she14050-kitchen-pantry-organizer

(I may order a bunch of these from Amazon and send back the ones I don't like!)

I could try a pan organizer, which might have wider gaps, but they do stick out pretty far.
http://www.taylorgifts.com/item/pan_organizer/36880

This one is actually sort of cool!
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70154800/
Maybe harder to attach so it doesn't keep expanding and shifting.

another metal one
http://www.stacksandstacks.com/euro-satin-nickel-kitchen-organizer

A wood plate rack is an interesting idea--but the pegs are usually too close for my purposes. Of course, they can be sawed off!
http://www.stacksandstacks.com/solid-wood-plate-racks-flat-and-slanted-styles

Then again, I could just hammer nails into the wood--that's be cheap, and customizable.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 1:34PM
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talley_sue_nyc

I could also get out the foam board and the hot-glue gun, and make something the way I made my light-bulb box, right?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 1:48PM
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mustangs81

Great ideas as usual.

While I don't have a need to store Nerf Guns, with your post I have now identified an item in my miscellaneous bucket...a Nerf bullet. Now I can remove that item and relocate it to my DGS's house. Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 9:34PM
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camlan

Talley Sue, I've heard you mention peg board before, so I'm linking to a picture of Nerf guns on peg board. I'm not sure if peg board would work in the space you have, though.

I'm also not sure if foam board would stand up to the way some boys would shove the guns back in the stand/rack. It depends on how gentle your son is with his things.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nerf gun rack

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 2:28PM
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talley_sue_nyc

Camlan, thanks for the link! I've seen a few pegboard ones, but most of them take up a big horizontal swath of wall. But this is a nice clear shot of how the hooks work together to keep the guns level.

I'm going to start w/ Command hooks (the wire kind, below) to see if they work; if they're not long enough or not strong enough, I may go get some huge honking nails, and hammer them in at the right spots.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:22PM
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talley_sue_nyc

Well, I tried it out, and those hooks aren't nearly long enough.

So I'm going to go with nails. I bought some 4" ones--huge!!
I think they might be more than I need, so I'll try to get some 3.5" ones.

I'm also going to hang some of the guns upside down so that the weight distribution is easier to support; I negotiated that w/ my son.

But I've decided I'll need to do something to outline where the guns go, so that'll be fun later, after I've hammered stuff in

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 12:18AM
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talley_sue_nyc

Oh, and here's the "4-sort divider" (vinyl-covered wire vertical plate rack) that I mounted on the side of the bookcase, in front of the window.

Here's the "4-sort divider" that I used (got mine at the Container Store)

I attached it w/ cable clamps (coaxial clamps, specifically) from the electrical dept.

in use, close-up:

I turned the top divider into a shelf! This gun sits on top; if we flip it around, it has a bump-out that nests so it doesn't slide off.

Long view.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 11:17AM
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ginagordon_gw

We have a ton of nerf guns as well and used a deck box to store them. It fits over 14 of various sizes including a couple of very large ones, without breaking the bank.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 9:23PM
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talley_sue_nyc

I swear, I didn't move those images.

Anyway, here's the link to the album on Photobucket.
http://photobucket.com/Plate-Rack-Nerf-Gun-Storage

Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket.com/Plate-Rack-Nerf-Gun-Storage

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 5:30PM
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lionors

I think the wall mounted solution is the coolest looking, but I wonder how it will stand up to hard use.

I also liked the metal grid system.

Has your son tried them out? Which works best for him?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 7:35PM
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lionors

I think the wall mounted solution is the coolest looking, but I wonder how it will stand up to hard use.

I also liked the metal grid system.

Has your son tried them out? Which works best for him?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 7:42PM
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graywings123

And they deleted the link to the cool silicone stuff.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cool silicone stuff

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 9:39AM
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graywings123

Oops, my mistake. It is on your other nerf gun thread. Didn't realize there were two.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 9:41AM
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talley_sue_nyc

yeah, graywings, EVERYBODY is tired of me going on and one about my nerf gun project. My coworkers, my DH, my son . . . why should the Organizing forum be exempt? ;-)

The horizontal rack is holding up pretty well--Of course, it's only been there about 3 weeks, but so far...

I'll say this: It's pretty securely attached!! Of course, I went a little overboard w/ the slip--hey, I had a bunch.

I finished, and I'll be uploading pics soon!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 12:50AM
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talley_sue_nyc

Well, it's done. I put the pics up on Photobucket (which, by the way, I absolutely loathe. I cannot figure out how to rotate a picture there and get it to stick; and if I try to add a title, the screen keeps kicking me out of the text box and centering on some other part of the screen. And if I add a photo, it breaks all the links, which is really annoying; I don't see why they can't keep the links steady)

Here is a link that might be useful: My Nerf Gun pics.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:04AM
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