Okay, well, maybe not crazy, but ambitious and time-consuming. A few months ago in Kernels of Nonsense, #25: Bookshelf Reorganizing, I talked about how I love reorganizing my books. I also mentioned that even with three bookshelves, I was running out of space. Since then I’ve been contemplating getting new and bigger shelves. After looking everywhere, I discovered it was going to cost a pretty penny and that getting these new shelves wouldn’t help when it came to space (four shelves would almost be impossible to fit).
Then I had an idea. Wall-mounted bookshelves. I loved the idea of having my books up high. It would solve two problems at once, give me that extra space I’ve been missing because of my bookshelves and more room to store my books. After discussing my idea with my father who is much more handy than I will ever be and who owns about 50,000 power tools, I decided to embark on a DIY project.
I really wanted to get started last weekend, but after the heat wave that hit California (108°F for three days straight! That’s about 42°C for those not in the US), I was only able to buy supplies. So I cleared this particular corner of my room (stuffed all my books in the shelf I was going to keep and two big boxes), then on Monday and Tuesday cut the wood to size, sanded them and then stain all six pieces.
Wednesday looked like the day I was going to be able to get everything done, but after a really busy day, only half of the shelves went up. My dad and I only got into one disagreement about the mathematics of finding studs (we have a running joke that we’re too much alike to get into a real argument and my mother and brother are too much alike not to get into one).
Finally on Thursday, we finished mounting all the shelves and I was exhausted. I did leave some room at the top just in case I want to add another shelf. I also tweaked my plans a little. I originally intended for the shelves to meet at the corner and after getting the brackets leveled, the wood turned out to be slightly off. The only way I could get them to meet exactly is if I bought brackets to join them together. At this point I really wanted to finish and there was also the fact that joining them would cause me to lose a little room, so I decided not to.
I have too many books! This is the conclusion I came to after having to move every single one of them. All of my books were able to fit and I still have room for more (curse you book-buying ban!). I’m really proud of this new shelving, love the way it really opens the room, and am so very happy I chose to go this route instead of buying more bookshelves (it cost less and isn’t crowding my room).
Have you ever embarked on a bookshelf makeover? Are you maybe contemplating one? How do you save room when books take up so much space? What do you think of my new shelves? Share your thoughts in the comments!