Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bookshelves for Hoarders

I'm so lucky that I married someone who shares my love of reading. When John and I first moved in together and our combined book collection took up half of our living room floor, cutting back never once entered our minds. You'd have to pry these books out of our cold, dead hands. It soon became clear that the be-all end-all solution to our problem was the Dieter Rams designed 606 Universal Shelving System by Vitsoe. Look. howbeautiful. I would be happy to live in a prison cell with that shelving system. But the 606 is like the Jaguar of bookshelves, and we were in the market for a Volkswagen.

Don't you want to jump into this photo and straighten the boxes?

Don't despair...I wouldn't be writing this post if it didn't have a happy ending. The Container Store really came through for us with its Elfa Solid Shelving. We spent half of what we would have if we'd purchased pre-made shelves at a store, and probably 1/20th of what the Viscoe would have been. On top of that, we were able to customize the shelves to fit our space perfectly. We've used them twice now. The first time (above) we used galvanized shelf connectors with white melamine shelves and galvanized brackets, and in our current home (below) we have white shelf connectors with white melamine shelves and white brackets. Both combinations are great. While they seem like they'd require lots of screws, Elfa leaves surprisingly few holes in your walls. They're relatively easy to remove and re-install in another space, so they're a great idea for renters or people who don't want to commit to built-in bookshelves. What do you think? Could they be a Jaguar from far away?