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Whenever I begin a new project I like to write a “mission statement” for the purpose of setting the scope of the project. Likewise, whenever I end a project, I like to document that as well. This posts marks the end of a project: I registered back in 2011. The following is from my initial post on that site:

As a collector of many things, storing and displaying those things has been an issue for much of my life. Back when I was in mid-high, my parents owned and ran a small computer store. Shortly after the store permanently closed, some of the display shelves ended up in my bedroom. There I used them to display my various books and toys, and I can’t think of a time since then when I haven’t surrounded myself with shelves. Left to my own vices, I’d probably mount shelving units in every room.

Throughout the years I have met many fellow computer, video game, and collectible enthusiasts, all of which who have had to implement shelving in some form or another to display their collections.’s mission statement is to (A) share pictures of functional, creative, and wonderful shelves; (B) share the stories behind those shelves; (C) share plans for building shelves. Note that I am not limiting the scope of the site to custom or homemade shelves; I am just as interested in sharing clean implementations of store-bought shelves as well.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, so what happened? First I’ll say that my love and appreciation of shelves has not diminished. I still love seeing unique shelves and seeing other people’s shelving and storage solutions, particularly custom or creative ones. Here’s what kept the site from growing:

01. I quickly found that my posts over “there” took away from my posts over “here” — with only so many hours in the day, it was rare that I would write and post an article for both sites. So while the site was new I was researching, drafting and writing several posts a week about shelves over there, but as the newness wore off I returned here for posting content.

02. I was really hoping more people would submit pictures of their shelves. I got less than half a dozen submission from people after asking publicly multiple times. A lot of people simply told me that they didn’t think anyone would want to see their shelves (I did!). For me, hearing and writing about other people’s shelves was my favorite part of the site, but unfortunately it never caught on. Without feature articles like those the website turned into “hey look at this picture of these shelves I found,” which got pretty old pretty quick.

03. The site never gathered any traction. While I am a big believer in focusing projects, this one might have been a little too focused.

The LoveThyShelf URL expores this week and I won’t be renewing it. All the posts from that site have been exported and imported here at under the new “LoveThyShelf” WordPress category. I spent some time last night going through and updating all the picture links on those posts, so they should appear just like they did over there.

I actually kind of think that this will lead to more posts about shelves instead of less, as this solution will still allow me to occasionally post about new interesting shelves I find along the way.

The following shelves, created by Digital Press forum member PSony, utilize a combination of track/brackets and metal L-shaped brackets for support.

The white track/brackets, L-shaped brackets, and white laminate wood can all be found at most home improvement locations. While PSony uses his shelves for video games, these could obviously be adjusted to store just about anything.

Practical? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely. Letter-shaped shelves! I think these would be super-awesome if they spelled out what was on the shelves, like “DVDS” and “MOVIES” and “CHILDREN’S SKULLS” …

More pictures available HERE.

So, what’s a lady with one of the largest collections of My Little Ponies to do? Add a collection of My Little Shelves, that’s what! Amy has one of the largest My Little Pony collections around, and a sampling of off-the-shelf shelves looks like the perfect way to display her collection. Nice job, Amy! Thanks to husband John for the photos. (Amy’s husband, not mine.)

Last week was “Big Trash Pickup” day in our neighborhood and I saw at least half a dozen CRT televisions sitting out by the curb as garbage. I should have picked them up and built a set of these.

It doesn’t look like they would store a lot, but they’ll sure hold more than a flat panel television.

At first glance, the shelves in the picture below look just like normal shelves:

They’re not. They’re actually individual boxes, stacked up.

The selling point? If you ever move you can just pick up your boxes and go. The downside, other than the fact that big boxes full of books are heavy, is that these boxes are $40/each. That means a wall of boxes would cost approximately four million dollars (give or take; I didn’t go the math).

Chad “chaddyboy_2000” Krizan over at built the shelves you see below, and I definitely have to say I am jealous! Due to the cumbersome shape of the boxes, displaying and storing board games properly requires custom (and deep) shelves. I am friends with a couple of board game collectors who I plan on sharing the following information with. I hope Chad’s great example helps somebody out! The following text is Chad’s:

Alright, now we’re actually to an exciting part! I got all the boring stuff done, like painting and sawing everything to size, so it’s time to assemble some shelves.

Pretty much all it took was putting the uprights in place, and then installing some cleats on the wall and the sides of the uprights to rest the shelves on. The short stick of wood sitting on the shelf is essentially just a gauge I made to make sure the spacing of the shelves stayed consistent. Before tacking the cleat to the wall with a nail gun, I just had to stick the gauge beneath the shelf to ensure the correct height, rather than having to measure along the entire length of the shelf. One the cleat was tacked up, I went along and drove screws through the cleat into the wall studs.

Repeat this process a bunch of times, and presto, you have a whole wall of shelves!

Once the shelves were up, the instant gratification part of me told me to fill the shelves up with games! Since these were the 17″ deep shelves, all of the big games made it into this section. The really big games on the top shelf will probably be moved to the more plentiful 13″ deep shelving that I still have to build, as they don’t require 17″ of depth to sit up there, and I’ll need that space for future game acquisitions!I also have some details to take care of, such as running some crown molding around the top, and some other molding to finish it off. However, it’s functional for now, and I’ll be finishing everything else first before going back and making it all look prettier.


My friend Fraze sent me these pictures of his shelves forever ago and I’ve been sitting on them for just as long. Sorry, Fraze!

About 2 years ago I too struggled with how to store my gaming and movie media. I specifically wanted something I could mount to a wall but was properly profiled and looked nice, opposed to putting up those dollar brackets and a shelf you can get at Home Depot. Originally I wanted them to specifically hold DVD’s, BluRays and various types of games, but that’s expanded to pictures and other items. I currently have 5 of these now holding various types of media in various rooms in my house. They work very well and they are all identical in size and dimension. Forgive the details as I am better at building them than explaining how to build them.

– the side pieces are 30″ long and 5″ wide
– the shelves themselves are 40″ long and 5″ deep

The above pieces are cut and assembled, pretty straight forward. Use oak, pine, beech, cherry whatever you like and stain/paint to whatever you prefer. I like the look of wood in its natural state so I rarely paint it so I typically use a clear stain. If you look at the pictures, you will see the 2 pieces that have a bunch of holes in them, those are the mounting pieces.

– 39.5″ long and 2″ in height.
– 26″ long 1″ wide side frame mount pieces

The reason I put holes evenly all across the bottom was to allow for easy mounting to a wall, but it turned out to be aesthetically pleasing as well. *Most* rooms are built and studded 16″ off center but…depending on your house stud finders etc, things dont always line up that way so this allows you to hang it pretty much anywhere you want on a wall and not filling your wall with holes finding studs. Anyhow, all you do is mount the pre drilled rail pieces and then the shelf attaches to them.

Thanks again for the e-mail and the photos, Fraze. Keep the submissions coming folks!

Shelves speak to me. This one says, “we are out of room in this house.”

I love shelves as much as the next guy (probably more) but … I dunno. Not only might these push the wifey over the edge, but the books don’t look all that easy to access. I suppose for displaying a toy collection or something it could work.

Pictures of “The Cave” have been floating around for a few years now.

I’ve actually always kind of liked the idea of reading in small, claustrophobic spaces. I think this could be turned into a kick-ass gaming setup as well. I think you could build one of these to hold games, and mount a flat-screen television in there … that would be awesome.

The biggest problem with “The Cave” is “The Price” — more than $5,200 Euros, which (currently) translates to roughly $7,500 USD (plus shipping). For $7,500 I could build a shed in my backyard to store my books, and have enough left over to have someone read them to me each night.