When Jonathan and I first started cosplaying, we just threw our cosplay swords and props into the corner of our closet.
Then the cosplays started adding up, and the swords and staffs and props started becoming a hazardous closet hogging heap of cheap steel that threatened to avalanche any time you so much as looked at it.
We didn’t really care about our prop storage problem… until we had kids. Now, a pile of sharp pointy things falling into / onto / around our babies just isn’t working for us.
So I did what any clever cosplayer would do. I took to Pinterest to solve this problem! I found a few ideas for garage storage for shovels and rakes and such and thought – BINGO!
Most of the tutorials involved using pallets taken apart, but we already had some pieces of 2×2, so we used those and set up a really simple storage compartment in the corner of our cosplay closet.
We set up nailers to the walls, and then three cross beams on the nailers. Then I painted the wood to match the closet walls and floor and TADA!!!! Cosplay sword and prop corner, hidden in the corner of the closet!
The best thing about this, is no more swords falling over, no more prop avalanches, no more digging in the closet and flinching thinking you are going to get a face full of a samurai sword.
Since my kiddos getting into the blades is also a concern (even though they are fake blades, I still worry!) I made sure to put my longest dresses and costumes hanging in that far corner. To this day, I don’t think my kiddos even know this blade stash EXISTS. (Parenting win!)