Jigsaw Puzzles - How do you store yours while they are in work

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Posted 11/23/2010 by eebud in NSBR Board

Doxie Pea Mom

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Posted: 11/23/2010 1:31:52 PM
I am looking for a way to put away an in work jigsaw puzzle and be able to pull it back out again and keep working on it. I see some expensive solutions only but I don't really want to spend $60 to over a $100 for this. I am not that big of a puzzle person.

I see the roll up mats. At least some of these have felt on them. Does anyone have one of these? Do you think I could just use felt or is there something special about the mats that you buy specifically for this purpose? Or, do you have another solution.

I would like to find something I can buy in a store vs. ordering over the internet because I have a puzzle on a table right now that I would like to put away this weekend. No time to wait for ordering and delivery.

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Posted: 11/23/2010 1:37:00 PM
I do mine on a cutting mat. I just slide it under the couch when I'm not working on it.

After I've sorted pieces by color or whatever, I put them into individual ziplock bags to keep them together until I'm working on that section. So the part on the mat is the frame and whatever I've pieced together within the frame. The loose pieces of the color I'm working on are sort of loose within the open area in the middle of the frame.

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Posted: 11/23/2010 1:39:27 PM
The only thing I have done, which sort of works, is to lay sheets of poster board over the puzzle. I have never tried those mats.

I had to stop doing puzzles because I let them consume all of my time...of course now I play Words With Friends and that consumes it, lol.

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Posted: 11/23/2010 1:49:29 PM
I didn't care for the mats. I don't like how the pieces are hard to slide and the felt never seems to want to lay flat. We use a pad like you put on your table to protect it and slide the in progress puzzles under my dd's bed (since she is the big puzzle fan here.) When she wants to work on it she pulls it out and lays on the floor and works on the puzzle...it's easy to slip back under when she's done. Sometimes she'll pull it out and put it on her lap in bed (like a big old lap desk.)



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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:05:30 PM
I don't like the mats. When you unroll it the puzzle pieces tend to come apart.

I use an old bulletin board. I could sit on the couch with the board on my lap to do my puzzle, or I could put the bulletin board on the coffee table or anywhere else. I just slide it under my bed when I'm not working on it.

Doxie Pea Mom

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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:09:27 PM
Definitely ideas to think about. The puzzle that I want to get off of my table (and I KNOW my DH wants it off the table - LOL) is 29.5 x 19.5 inches. I have a cutting mat but I checked what I currently have and it is no where near large enough. The pieces not sliding on felt is a good point. That would probably bug me too. Of course, that is probably the reason it can somewhat keep puzzles together when storing. LOL Poster board might work. If I don't have to package up the pieces, I would rather not because at this point, it is all pretty much green or brown so it is a lot of pieces that only really go into two color categories.

Poster board is an idea that might work. Maybe if I used a few sheets together to make them a bit more sturdy. I can go to Michael's and see what I can find.

Any other ideas?

Hans on left, Bud in middle, Gretchen on right


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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:31:50 PM
I put mine on a moving box that's not put together (from home depot or lowes) and put another on top and slide it under the bed.


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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:46:41 PM
I do mine on a big piece of foam core board. Bought it at Hobby Lobby for under 15 dollars. It's nice and sturdy, and slides under my living room sofa when not in use.

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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:52:55 PM
My dh cut a piece of light wood that is *just* wide enough to fit through a doorframe - that way if I don't want to put it under the sofa (my sofa bottom is open - it doesn't have a "skirt" on it) - I can take it into another room or down into the basement. It's big enough that with most puzzles I still have quite a few inches around the edges for the pieces I'm working on.

ETA: I've bought 2 different mats - a cheap one and an expensive one. They both suck. The pieces stick to the underside when it's rolled up so when you unroll it the pieces are stuck to the bottom of the mat and it all comes apart. Plus when you roll it up, because it's felt the pieces don't slide on it, so it's too hard to roll up without messing it all up.


Doxie Pea Mom

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Posted: 11/23/2010 2:58:16 PM
Thanks everyone!!! The foam core board might be what I need. I can use two if I need to to make sure it can get through the door. I want to store it under the bed in the guest bedroom. If I need 2, I could use one for the puzzle and a second for the pieces. I should be able to get that at Michael's, Hobby Lobby or Joann's.

Hans on left, Bud in middle, Gretchen on right
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