Moving into a new place with limited storage can be a challenge. This is why man created shelves and why Sweden gave us IKEA. What I’ve discovered while attempting to organize my new space with shelving:
- Wood is not cheap. I was hoping to build some heavy, built-in bookcases but found that the shiny, real kind of wood costs about as much as just buying a wall of shelving from the above-referenced store.
- You don’t need to own a saw to build things. The nice men at Lowe’s will cut down wood to your specifications. (However, this doesn’t meant that I don’t want a saw($75): PORTER-CABLE 7-1/4″ 15-Amp Laser-Guided Circular Saw.)
- Splinters are inevitable.
- I could really use a tool bag (Bucket Boss 06007 GateMouth Jr. Tool Bag, $17). My last one was a canvass Trader Joe’s bag that my cat took offense to last week.
- Three 16″x57″x1″ shelves can hold a lot of books. I’m glad I only did three and left room below incase I want to refigure my desk to fit there. I’d need to borrow someone’s saw though…
Overall, this was a great project, costing around $100 for three shelves here and four shelves in the kitchen. Plus I have a leftover piece of wood roughly 16″x15″x1″ that I can’t wait to paint. If I did end up buying a bookcase or two for my bed room, it would be IKEA’s Billy Jäder bookcase ($50), which is covered in quotations by William Shakespeare.