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Can I just build my own shelves to solve this problem?

I have a stack of AV equipment next to our TV. I want a simple set of wooden shelves to tidy things up, but short narrow bookshelves don't seem to exist. Short OR narrow, but not short AND narrow. Anyone have any ideas of how I could simply do it myself? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Look, let's shelve this discussion for a minute.

I just moved into a house and I'm trying to figure out what to do with our considerable wall real estate. One thing we saw that we liked was this image of bookshelves along a wall and above a doorway. We were hoping to emulate that idea with this wall. Can you help us? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Dec 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Almost a decade later, any updates on alternatives to Ikea?

I'd like to configure a recessed niche part of a rec room wall with some floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, a la the Ikea PAX system. I recently picked up an Ikea piece and was gobsmacked to discover just how horrible they've become since the last time I bought any. [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 on Dec 20, 2013 - 9 answers

kitchen with no storage space

I am living in an apartment with a kitchen that is driving me batty. Can you help me organize it better? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 24, 2013 - 27 answers

overthinking shelves

I have too many shelves and no hanging space in a small room. How do I maximize the space I have and keep work clothes and dresses organized and wrinkle-free? [more inside]
posted by sums on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Drill baby drill. Or give up, hire a contractor. Whatever.

Can you take a guess why I'm having trouble drilling? Surprisingly long! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 22, 2012 - 35 answers

How to keep my shelf from drooping?

What would you call a telescopic rod that would help to hold up a shelf above a desk? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Sep 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Using shelves as a permanent ladder?

Funky closets & the need to climb: do you know of any shelving that can be also used as a ladder, but which is NOT "ladder shelves" (that is, not the kind that lean against the wall at an angle)? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Apr 3, 2012 - 11 answers

In search of clever shelf hardware

Clever hardware for making shelves quickly and easily -- where can I find more? [more inside]
posted by redfoxtail on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Carpenter/Handyman in Arlington, VA

Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced carpenter/handyman in Arlington, Virginia [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Is aluminum foam strong? Or just really cool looking?

Aluminum foam is said to have a compression strength of ~350 psi. Does this mean that it can support up to 350 pounds of stuff on top of it before it crushes? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Am I crazy to try to build some built-in shelves?

I would like to build some built in shelves in my house. I have basic carpentry experience, and I have built basic shelves before. Would I be making a big mistake to try this? How much might I expect to pay a carpenter to do this? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Nov 15, 2011 - 16 answers

Choosing wood for a shelf

I want to build a shelf like this. I have no idea how to build a shelf like that. I am a complete noob and really dumb questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Sep 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Do you think shelves instead of kitchen cabinets suck?

An open shelf kitchen. Will it give my resale value the kiss of death? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 1, 2011 - 22 answers

Organizing my stuff!1

Hi MeFi, I'm looking for a good modular shelving system to organize a couple of closets and my garage. So far all I've got is BRODER from IKEA. Is there anything else out there that you'd recommend? Thanks!
posted by aeighty on Jun 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Cherrying Shelves to Newcastle

I want to buy some Scandinavian modern furniture with a cherry finish, but it just doesn't seem to be available here in the northeast of England. Can I order it somewhere? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Feb 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Industrial shelving for kitchen

I'm looking for cool, industrial-looking shelving for my kitchen. Specifically, I love these from CB2, but they're not deep enough (I'd prefer 12 inches to 8). [more inside]
posted by coolguymichael on Jan 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Good bookshelves

Bookshelves that don't suck. [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 28, 2010 - 25 answers

What's the best way to temporarily hang shelves in plaster?

Can I install kitchen shelves on a plaster wall that won't cause damage and can be removed when I move out? [more inside]
posted by breccia on Jul 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Do Ikea Expedit shelves need wall mounting?

I have purchased four Expedite shelves from Ikea for my library. They all come with a wall mount fixture. The problem is I have baseboard so the shelves don't sit against the wall. I have also stacked two shelves on top of each other. They sort of look like these: So back to my question: Are they safe without being mounted to the wall or do I need to remove my baseboards and mount the shelves? I can mount the second shelves (the ones stacked above) because they rest against the wall. But do I really need to? I had regular shelves from Staples and they were fine i.e. they didn't tip over.
posted by alshain on May 7, 2010 - 11 answers

How to re-shelve a medicine cabinet?

The medicine cabinet in the bathroom of my new apartment is missing its internal shelves. This limits its usefulness pretty significantly. Any ideas where I could look for thin, lightweight shelves to replace the missing ones? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Screw me

A few years ago I bought a set of chrome/glass shelves from Paperchase, which screwed together with screws and an Allen key. Now I can't find the screws. Is it possible for me to find Allen key screws? (I'm in London.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

How to mount an alarm clock with no nightstand or permanent wall damage?

How can I have my alarm clock near my bed even though there's not enough room for a nightstand and I can't make holes in the wall for shelves? There's a chest of drawers on one side of the bed but it is too tall to reach the alarm clock from on top. The other side of the bed is bordering the wall. Are there shelves without permanent mounting hardware that work? I have a usable wall corner. Maybe a super duper skinny nightstand out there somewhere? Use the headboard somehow?
posted by madscientist01 on Sep 22, 2009 - 25 answers

Knick knack hoarder organization

Help with affordable storage for a knick knack hoarder. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Aug 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Should I make a glass ceiling?

What should I do with a bunch of glass shelves that I came across? [more inside]
posted by TedW on May 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Satin latex paint on my bookshelves?

I have recently put up some wooden shelves (pine shelves on hardwood brackets) in my living room that I will use to hold records and books. I have a new can of white satin-finish latex paint. Can I use the paint on the shelves. (i.e. Will it look decent and not stick to the books and records?) What would be the reasons not to use this paint and instead get some other more appropriate paint? What might that more appropriate paint be? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Apr 30, 2009 - 16 answers

I just want a nice box

I can't believe this is so hard to find. I have this Expedit bookcase from Ikea. I bought some cubes from Ikea to fit on the shelves, but not enough. I bought 7, I need 5 more. I don't want to buy anymore from Ikea but I can't find this type of storage anywhere else in the UK! More specs inside. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Where online can I find a magnificent selection of wall shelves and other screw-in fixtures?

Where online can I find a magnificent selection of wall shelves and other screw-in fixtures? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jan 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Does anyone sell spring-loaded shelves?

Does this exist? A shelf that is mounted via pressure. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Dec 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Extending the shelf life of my linen closet.

Home improvement gurus: I'm planning on installing shelving in my linen closet. What hints can you give me to make this task a roaring success? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Shelving in NYC?

Floating shelves: Where in NYC? I'm looking for 2 floating shelves 2ft long by 6 inches deep, in NYC, and I'm stumped. Ikea's are too long, West Elm doesn't have them, where else to look? The cheaper, the better.
posted by cestmoi15 on Jul 26, 2008 - 13 answers

I need a storage shelf/unit with cubbyholes and matching storage tubs.

I'm looking for a storage solution that is essentially a wall of cubbyholes with matching plastic storage tubs/bins that fit snugly and slide in said holes and sit flush with the front of the unit. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me find this shelf!!..

where can i find something similar to this , but a smaller width and a lot cheaper ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz on Apr 3, 2008 - 3 answers

I needs me some hooks

Looking for specific metal hook for shelving unit... [more inside]
posted by dbiedny on Apr 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Please recommend a wood router for me to purchase.

Wood router recommendations sought. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for funky hooks and shelves to spruce up a hallway.

I'd like to decorate the hallway in my apartment with funky hooks and shelves like these and these. Like the entire wall. All different. I'm looking for as many funky shelves and hooks as possible. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Dec 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Ook. Ook Ook Ook.

I want a set of Discworld bookends for my Terry Pratchett collection. I'm particularly interested in Death, as I already have a gift set with the Librarian and Rincewind. I'm having trouble even finding the bookends online, and shipping directly from the UK would be pretty expensive, as they're heavy (naturally) and I'm in Florida. Where to look? How to get the best deal? Any help from the hive mind would be greatly appreciated!
posted by misha on Nov 29, 2007 - 5 answers

DIY Filter

Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 25, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I install a shelf on poorly-installed drywall?

How do I anchor a heavy-load shelf to a drywall/plaster wall? The trick: there are no studs and a brick wall is directly behind the ~1"-2" thick wall. [more inside]
posted by Braeog on Aug 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Looking For the Perfect... Shelves

This is a long shot, but I'm looking to purchase shelving units that match, or at least come very close, to those pictured here [more inside]
posted by incomple on Dec 27, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I build good bookshelves?

Can any of you folks point me to a good, simple plan for built-in bookshelves? Our book collection has way outgrown the capacity of the bookcases we have, and I'd like to build some bookshelves that are attached to the walls of our house. But the plans I have found in home-improvement books seem too complicated for my (nonexistent) carpentry skills. Here are the tools I've got: a hand-held circular saw, an electric drill, screwdrivers and a hammer. I want something nice-looking and presentable for the public areas of the house; i.e., not a cinderblock solution.
posted by jayder on Jun 4, 2006 - 16 answers

Where to get wood for shelves online?

Where online can I order some wood, have it stained, and shipped? My google skills have failed me. I'm just trying to buy some shelves. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jan 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Shelving Solutions for Books

Searching for modern, modular, attractive shelving for books. [more inside]
posted by jimfl on Jul 25, 2005 - 11 answers

Name That Photog

I am looking for the name or a link to a photographer who shoots pictures of store shelves filled with products, and then photoshops out all the branding / logos etc. so that the shelves appear to be filled with blank products. [+] [more inside]
posted by id girl on Dec 14, 2004 - 12 answers

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