So for years I have been on the hunt for a way to display my relatively large Kidrobot/vinyl toy collection. Most of these are relatively small (3.5 inches high) and I have a lot of them, at least a couple hundred. My house was random toys strategically placed in clusters everywhere. Originally, I was planning on commissioning a family friend to build several small shelving units to display them in a pleasing way... But then I started running the numbers and I figured I would need need at least nine 12" by 12" to hold just the highlights in my collection. After discussing this with my husband we decided right now is not the time to spend money on a display because we are looking into purchasing new furniture and we want to ensure whatever we get built is complimentary. Deciding I could not face another year with toys on every flat surface I formulated a temporary solution.
CARDBOARD BOX SHELVING
Picture of joints
Corner close up
To make this I used a medium sized Amazon box and cut 2.5" by 12" strips. It is approximately 12" by "12 with a depth of 2.5". I hot glued three strips together to create sturdier "boards". For the two sides of the shelf I used smaller rectangles to allow the shelves, top, and bottom to fit into a groove. It is all held in place with hot glue. I was shocked at how sturdy it is. The toys are light so I wasn't too worried, but the shelf could definately hold up more if need be. I plan on doing a 3 by 3 configuration and I am testing to see if Command Picture Hanging Strips will hold them up. So far so good. If this doesn't work I can glue hanging hardware to the back.
Originally I was going to cover the corrugated edges with paper tape and paint them, but I kind of like the cardboard look. I would love to hear opinions on paint or no paint. As always questions and comments are always welcomed and appreciated!