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Discussion: Which Bookshelf?

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I have a small dilemma. My book collection is once again outgrowing my shelves. See exhibits below:


Of course, I could double and triple stack everything on my existing shelves...but then I can't look at the pretty spines. :)

So, the dilemma: how to go about procuring a new bookshelf.

There are all the usual avenues: purchasing a cheapo cardboard model from Wal-Mart or Target; purchasing a good, but expensive wood piece; stacking them on the floor; sleeping on the floor and giving the books the bed; and/or building one myself.

I'm kind of tempted to try that last one. The bookshelf I built a while back with my friend is still standing- a little crooked, but still standing- and I feel like I'm ready to tackle another project. Maybe something like this?

On the other hand, building projects take time...and energy. I still have some time before the stacks of unshelved books completely take over, so I'd like to ask. I've probably asked before (and forgotten), but I'm asking again. :) What route do you typically take when new bookshelves are needed?

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  1. Is it weird that I totally want to see what your current bookshelf looks like?

    In the past, I've gone with doing two rows of books per shelf, with books I don't like as much in the back row. Anyway, I don't know how much room you have, but a nice tall shelf like this would probably be good: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/10382/

    I would try mix and matching stacking them in piles versus putting them on the shelves traditionally (standing up). You can fit a lot more stacking them, and if you vary the shelves, they won't look as cluttered. More like art. Like this: http://editednest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/5-11-bookshelves.jpg

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    1. You mean besides the tables and chairs? And no, it's not weird. I'm always curious as to what others' home libraries look like. I know I shared some photos way back, but keep an eye on Instagram and I'll try to post some #shelfies.

      I love some the look of Ikea's bookshelves, though I haven't bought any yet. I love the mix and match standing/stacking idea! That's kind of how I have one of my bookshelves set, but out of necessity. I got a cheap one from Target and the shelves started bowing, so I used horizontal piles in the center to prop everything up. :)

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  2. I do choices one and three :) I also try to purge books I didn't like or care for on a regular basis!

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    1. Hey, book furniture is all the rage these days, right? A little sheet of plexiglass and you have a coffee table. ;)

      I used to purge books regularly...until I became obsessed with the idea of a giant home library. Now, I rarely part with anything except old textbooks. Which I meant to get rid of two years ago, yet the pile remains.

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  3. yeah I'm too lazy to ever build a book shelf. Anya's man built her one recently - its gorgeous.

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    1. I remember her mentioning that, but I don't know if I ever saw pictures. I want to try another project, but I'm not sure a bookshelf is the right one. After all the time, energy and money you put into it...for someone of my meager skills, it might be more worth it to put that money toward a really good piece of furniture. :)

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  4. LOLOLOLOLOL yeah I'm totally where you are and then some. I'm just about on the floor every night. Almost. Honestly, I'm off to college in three weeks... I'll take some with me, and let the rest accumulate all over my room. Which isn't the smartest, since I visit home 3-4 times per month (every weekend, just about). Temporary solutions, I tell you...

    I realize I am no help. Erm, good luck with the decision!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Ah, a suitcase school I see. Definitely not a bad thing. Free food and laundry and all that. :)

      No worries. I'll figure something out and hopefully have some good pictures to share. :)

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  5. I would absolutely NOT recommend # 1. Even at the cheap prices, these kinds of bookcases are still overpriced. If you do decide to buy, check out sites like Overstock instead. It will probably cost a little more, but the quality will be much better. I bought two cheap "industrial" bookcases from there last year, and I love them.

    I also have three of these tower bookshelves from Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/SEI-Metal-Spine-Style-Book-Tower/dp/B001QOGKSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407434890&sr=8-1&keywords=tower+bookshelf I wonder if these would be easy to make with wood. The base and a long, thin post in the back seem easy enough. But I don't know how the thin platforms would work. (I'm sure someone much more handy than me could figure it out.) You could also then paint it any way you wanted.

    I ADORE this DIY bookshelf. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/544513411168157525/ And it would be incredibly easy to set up, just using some mismatched benches and paint.

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    1. Thanks for the great tips! And that mix-matched bench shelf is so cute! I have one little bench already. If I see any at yard sales, they shall be mine! :)

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  6. My dad has built me all of my bookshelves, so I'm lucky. ;) I tried getting a cheapo shelf from Wal-mart for the guest bedroom - it was precarious, to put it delicately. ;) I'm going to be facing the dilemma of what to do for more shelf space soon. My shelves are almost full! :( Boxes here I come, I guess. . . .

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    1. Very lucky! My cheapo shelf actually stands pretty straight, but I have horizontal stacks on each shelf to keep the one above from bowing. Boxes? Hmm...I suppose we could always think about cleaning out the lackluster reads to create more space.

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