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« on: December 08, 2007 07:39:31 AM »

I am absolutely ADDICTED to books... I own HUNDREDS of them, seriously. A good 300 are in storage at the moment (they're the Baby-Sitter's Club series that I read when I was younger - it's my dream to collect them all even though I outgrew them a few years ago) and I have about 150 on a bookshelf.

I have two main problems with the bookshelf:
1. It does not fit my style whatsoever.
   My bookshelf is simple, dark wood. It's too, I don't know, old fashioned, I guess? I just hate the wood. I like more modern, eclectic styles (don't mind my spelling!) and this just doesn't fit.
2. It does not hold all my books.
    The most practical thing to do would be to get rid of some books... but I love them all too much! So I kind of want something with more space.

If I have to, I'll just paint/stain the shelves white, but I REALLY want something more modern looking. Does anyone know where I could find a cheap bookshelf (other than Ikea because I don't know if my parents will let me order one online.) I want something that isn't tall, but rather long and wide because of the space I have.

Oh, and ONCE AGAIN, I am redecorating my bedroom, and also my closet. my closet is about 2x3 feet and I need storage in there... right now I have a wood shelf, a rod for hanging clothes, plastic drawers for shelves, and a shoe hanger thing. Any other ideas?

My room is going to be green, black, white, and pink, with a modern theme. Ideas would be greatly appreciated.

« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2007 02:18:00 AM »

I have to ideas for ya:

1) You can make a bookcase out of cinder blocks and wood.  You can paint it any color you want, it can be any height you want, and it's super cheap.

2) I used to have a hanging shoe thing in my closet, but they take up room.... See if you can find or make a shoe hanging thing that'll hang on your closet door.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2007 07:08:56 PM »

another simple and relatively cheap idea is to go have a look at wall mounted shelving at home depot, lowes, menards, etc.  there are many different styles and you could have as many as you want and do other fun things.  also see if any stores are going out of business in your area.  you can usually buy their display shelving for a pretty good price.  We got  a couple nice black plastic coated wire shelves from a out of business sale that we put in our living room to hold our dvds.  i think each shelf cost $8 or so.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 07:17:30 PM »

If you have an Ikea store near you, check out their as-is section for slightly damaged/worn (and preassebled) furniture.  Their stuff is already a good value, then it's marked up to 60% off in the as-is section.  There's also thrift and junk stores... you can paint just about anything if you have the right primer.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007 10:44:02 AM »

What about wire shelving-- like the kind intended for closet or garage organizing?



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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2007 07:56:04 PM »

Please please don't waste your time on cinder blocks and wood.  Learn from my husbands mistake. (He ended up returning the cinder blocks and using the refund to build a really nice bookshelf. I think we spent about $70.)
There is no safe way to secure the cinder block death trap to the wall to prevent them from toppling over.

What we did for our bookcase (it's 6' by 5' x 10") was picked out 2'x20's and had Lowes cut them for us to size (they'll cut them for free).  Bought (4) 2"inch wood dowels to support the shelves on each side (they'll even cut those for you too).   He assymbled them using a power drill and screwed them together and secured them to the wall. 

As for your existing bookcase, you could buy baskets and use it for storage in your closet.

Or visit Lowes, Home Depot... and buy some trim to spice up the front of the bookcase. 

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