Wednesday, July 6, 2011

˚tutorial˚ Easy (sturdy) Apartment Shelving

Moving. Boxes. Packing tape. Not my favorite thing. 

New places. New faces. New weather. Sure. I will give it a try. 

When we moved down to Texas, we had the opportunity to figure out how we were going to store our stuff. We had to figure out where the couch would go, which cupboard the plates would fit in, and how in the world we were going to store the five large instruments we own.

I am all about making an apartment work. It may not be my style per se, but it works. One day we will decorate for fun. Right now we will stick to functional.

So...when we saw the poor design of our apartment (a bar that was too skinny to put bar stools under that would block the pathway to the bathroom anyway)  we decided to make it into a bookshelf.

Think functional...

We headed to home depot and purchased three boards that were relatively straight and flat that fit the width of our bar. We cut them down to fit lengthwise. 

The posts in between the shelves are actually landscaping stones.

We lined the four end post up vertically and offset the middle ones for a different look. 

We can even store games and folders on the shelves.

Because our boards and landscaping stones weren't perfect, we added little scraps of cardboard above a few of the wobbly stones to balance everything out. And for safety, we added brackets on the top shelf to prevent toppling. We figured that the weight of the books on the lower shelves would keep them from going anywhere, but you could bracket every shelf if you wanted. 

It even looks pretty cool from the top!

Functional...just the way we like it. 

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