I did a lot of Googling for camera lens drawers and searched Pinterest (see my photo studio Pinterest board here filled with cool photo studios and organization ideas). I had a hard time finding a good way to organize my lenses and feared I’d have to go to a hardware store and build my own custom organization. This wasn’t exactly something I had the time or desire to do, but of course I was willing if I had to.
Then while shopping at Home Goods I found utensil drawer storage in the kitchen area. I had measured my lenses earlier and these looked like a few of my lenses could fit so I picked up a several configurations.
They are called Walnut Drawer Storage by Storage Technologies. I can’t seem to find them online, or else I’d link to them of course. I’ll keep looking but at least it’s a start for you to search. I would prefer if they were a lighter colored wood and I considered spray painting them but again, sometimes I need to stop creating too much unnecessary work for myself. ;)
I found some bamboo drawer organizers here.
I removed the dark brown cork lining, I thought it made it too dark and that’s not enough contrast for me between already black lenses, and so I had some extra canvas drawer liner I had used for my office desk drawers from The Container Store (here). I love this drawer liner because it has just a light coastal, clean feel. It has some cushion and it also has a liner fabric on top.
I like being able to see the lenses and it was a miracle they fit in these drawer compartments! They wouldn’t fit with the hoods on them so I put them in a separate area. I’m bummed about that, but its OK, if I left the hoods on they wouldn’t all fit so I’ll make it work.
While I have a rolling suitcase just for my equipment (see my equipment here), I often shoot at home and I like to have my lenses in these drawers for my daily access. Then I can fill up my bag with the lenses I think I’ll need instead of carrying them all with me to a shoot.
If you’re looking for storage ideas, I recommend searching kitchen drawer utensil organizers. They have mesh metal ones, various wood organizers, and peek at any Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or even Bed Bath & Beyond. I would also recommend taking ruler with you and making sure they are at least 3 1/8″ wide inside – measure your own lenses and make sure, or just bring a thick one with you to the store and try it.
My larger lenses needed their own larger compartments.
As for my other camera bodies, film and mirrorless, they go on the right hand side of my cubby holes and some are on slide out drawers. I placed each camera body type with their charger and batteries in an acrylic container. I also labeled them even though it seems obvious, I swear labels really help. And this is now how I organize my lenses in drawers and in my office closet! I hope this inspires you to find a great way to organize your equipment.
If you have a great set up, please share the link below, I’d love to check it out and I’m sure others would too! Let’s inspire each other!
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*This blog post was updated from its original publish date of July 13, 2020.
Diana Elizabeth loves having an office closet, it has changed how she feels about getting ready for shoots just like getting ready for the day with her home closet makeover.