I have a book situation on my hands: countless volumes, no shelves on which to house them. Sure, I could sacrifice my design integrity and go the ol' cinder blocks and plywood route--my dad likes to remind me that he built his own shelves for years until my mother put her foot down--but instead I waffle while my books languish in boxes in the garage.
Here's the conundrum: bookshelves that look nice are freakin' expensive! And I'd need a lot of shelves indeed to store my cookbooks, design books, and trashy romance novels, not to mention the Huz's nerdy philosophy, history, and game design books. Plus I hate when poorly made shelves sag under the weight of their contents, so quality construction is a must. In other words, cha-ching!
The Huz and his father recently put their construction hats on and made some built-in shelves in a spare closet we have. Of course I am eternally grateful for the extra storage, and we also scored a circular saw that has since come in handy. But the shelves lack the, ahem, aesthetic refinement I crave. Let's just say there's a little Leaning Tower of Pisa action going on...
And so I am left with a few options. Do I save up and buy a couple gorgeous freestanding units, uncomfortable in the knowledge that not nearly all the contents of my library will fit on them? Or do I line my living room walls with passably attractive shelves of questionable durability? Oy, life is full of tough decisions.
One idea that does appeal is an installation of long, low shelves. All my books would be accessible, but I'd still be left with plenty of wall space and display surfaces. I really appreciate the stacking pattern in the below image: the top and bottom shelves feature books on their sides, and the middle shelf smooshes them in upright. Plus the casual frame gallery is pretty sweet!
So you tell me: how do you shelve your books? Have you run into the same dilemmas as I have when it comes to library storage? How did you solve the issue? And does anyone have any good DIY MacGyver tips that don't involve plywood and cinder blocks?
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