If you are like me, your "studio" is whatever space is not otherwise allocated to the living. And if you are married, that else of that space is not otherwise allocated to your significant other's "craft room". And the storage for the crafts that he/she/they aren't currently working on.

If you are a dimension shifting megalomaniac who can only afford a tiny apartment on J street Northwest, the best I can do is an 8 foot by 8 foot room with an 8 foot ceiling. Though, to be fair, it does have a tiny little closet that is almost useful if you rip the door off.

Vertical storage is the key to utilizing small spaces. And to that end I've used a lot of Ikea shelving and even assembled a few furnishings from scratch..

One of the staples of Ikea's Kallax product line are the cubes. (Photos from Ikea's website)

Note the size of the cubes. They are 13¼x13¼x13¼ inches (350x350x350 mm). Where did they get such a crazy number from? It's nothing that seems like an even measurement in either metric or imperial units.

Ikea, in a nod to their days when their furniture was cheap, has built their system around the venerable container: the milk crate. (Photo from walmart's website)

But sometimes a milk crate is too big a volume. I've been trying to infiltrate the cult at Voidstar Labs. And while I still don't quite understand the order of chaos' interest in the facility, I did pick up a handy technology from them. A storage system called Gridfinity.

Gridfinity is an stackable system that, sadly, seems optimized for a space that has an infinite amount of flat surface. While the units do stack, going too deep with one's stack just leads to bins of chaos.

As I am kind of committed to milk crate sized nooks in my domain, what is an evil genius to do?

Ikea does sell an insert that divides a cube in half:

For one thing, it's 15 bucks a pop. For another, even divided in half there is still either too much wasted space or too much stacking for the items on the shelf to be randomly accessed. And as we all know, if items can't be randomly accessed efficiently, they aren't going to be put away properly.

Now one could decide to drill into the walls of the Kallax unit and install pins to hold shelves. But unfortunately the interior of a kallax structure is actually hollow:

I happend to have some lumber and plywood left over from my DIY Printer Enclosures. I looked at the pile of odd shaped plywood, and random shorty studlettes and thought "why don't I build some mini-shelves".

Yes my mind is a strange place.

This is what I came up with: