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How To Fit More Books On A Bookshelf

A good way to store an overflow of books.

I seem to have acquired more than a thousand books… and I keep on buying more 😉 I need to have them handy as I use most of them as reference for the work that I do and I use them on a regular basis… the thing is I am running out of space! I live in an apartment and anywhere that can fit books is already…

Store the least used books in small, uniformed sized boxes that won’t be too heavy when full of books. Number the boxes. Make lists of all the books that are in each of the boxes. Be sure the lists are easily accessible. The piles you make out of these boxes can be used as tables, or just placed beside book shelves.PS – A liquor store is a good source for sturdy small boxes.

how to be more organized… HELP..

SORRY FOR ALL THE TYPING!!!well i’m going to describe my room.okay in one corner i have like this little holding thing. right thier i have boxes and other stuff which i try organizing but i cant to much little stuff you know what i mean.right next to that i have my tv. in a little table which is kinda…

split the bookshelf in half the top half yours and the bottomyour sistersyour printer doesn’t fit on your computers deskyou can put your papers in the computer desk drawerget a toy box to put toys inyou can put your books on the bookshelfget a makeup box and you can put that on the bookshelfyou can put your nintendo games and ds and your sister gameson the bookshelfput your guy’s clothes in the dessergo through your stuff and find out what stuff you use a lot andstuff you don’tt use the stuff you do’nt use give wayfind out what suff you need and stuff you dont need Free vampire romance books

What’s a good book/site/resource to get started on drawing.

Specifically, humans, humanoids, anthromorphs, etc. To a lesser extent, animals in general. I know that good drawing takes natural talent, but a nice resource to start off with would be nice. For example, I notice a lot of artists start by trying very basic geometrical shapes that fit the outline of a subject, then…

Those “How To” books are pretty useless, honestly (in my oppinion.) I always found anatomical books more useful. On my bookshelf is “Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists,” which is my favorite and helped me when I was learning figure drawing. The same would probably go for animals. It’s one things to learn what sort of “geometric shapes” a figure can be broken down to, but it is more useful to develop an understanding of anatomy to inform your drawings.

Organizing a bookshelf(s).

How do you organize your books or bookshelf? Currently I just have my bookshelf set up like this: classics, poetry, and then fiction are one of my bookshelves and then my textbooks and non fiction are on another. I’m not sure if I like the set up so please post any suggestions that may be helpful.

Tried to keep all my horror together and biographies together but the fiction stuff has to go in the bookcase how they can has they are all different heights! So they have to go on the shelves they can fit on!Unfortuately I have more books than the bookcases can hold!

Anyone has any ideas on how to make a closet/room divider.

My room does not have a closet. I was wondering if anyone has any clever and inexpensive ideas on how to create a closet/room divider?

One of my favorite and inexpensive ways is to use book shelves. Find the ones that have removable shelves at thrift stores or Ikea sells them.Remove the shelves. If the back is unfinished, paint it the same color as the book shelves. You can also hang light weight artwork on the back for interest. Use the 3M command style removable hooks.Go to the hardware store and buy 2 closet cup holders and a length of closet doweling to fit across the opening in the bookshelves. Install the cup-holders on either side and insert the doweling. Sometimes depending on the height of the bookshelves, you can get in two, placing one at the top and one in the middle to hang shirts and jackets above and trousers folded over a hanger. But, only use one if you need to hang gowns or long items.I usually like to secure the entire unit to a wall and if I use more than one book shelve attach them together as well. I use anchor mollies but really try to get them into a stud. (I’m in earthquake turf.)The go to the fabric store or discounter and buy tension curtain rods. You can either buy or make a “curtain” to hang on the tension rod to hide what you hang inside.The last unit I made was using 2 bookshelves and cost less than 70 bucks to make. Save the shelves though, because you can always return it back to being bookshelves should you move to a closeted home in the future.

How do you build a recessed bookshelf.

My house has a wall that is already recessed…sort of. It is more just a wall that has the middle 6 feet or so cut into a nook. I am wanting to turn this into a recessed bookshelf and need some advice/online links to look at. Also, any creative ideas would be appreciated.I have found a lot of links on how to…

Just put battens on each side of the recessed walls about the size of the books you have. Then cut some shelves to fit the recess again the width of the shelves will depend on your books. Then just slide your shelves onto your battens. I usually have a wider shelve at the bottom to take the bigger books.

How many books would fit in this bookcase.

I currently own around 20 books which consist of the harry potter collection, graphic novels, and a few other random books. I want to get a bookshelf so i have more space in my wardrobe but i want one that has enough space so i can collect more books as i currently have my eyes on the hannibal lecter series…

it depends greatly on how big you want your collection to become. i thought my bookshelf was big enough a couple of years ago when my room was done up and in the space of a couple of years i now have twice as many books as that bookshelf can handle and my collection is growing all the time.personally i would go bigger then you with have plenty of room. for now that shelving unit is perfectly fine for the amount of books you are talking about but i’m not sure it will be in a couple of years time.hope this helps:)

I have a question about e-books.

How much does it cost and how do you get books on there? Is it economical and does it feel like your’e reading of a screen. I love books and I am tired of not having money to buy them. Is this cheaper?

Hi. E-books are normally cheaper to purchase than brand new books. In fact, you can download many great classics for free from sites like Project Gutenburg.You can purchase e-Books and read them in a number of ways. You might like to buy an e-Book reader, such as a Kindle or Kobo Reader. Personally, I use my iPad as an e-Book reader. I have the Kindle and Kobo Reader apps on there as well as iBooks (the default apple e-Book reader) so that I can find a variety of books. The advantages are that an e-Book reader is light, easy to carry and you can store, many, many books on there (far more than you would be able to fit on a bookshelf). There is a variety of functions that can help you to adjust the screen to make it comfortable for you – for example you can change the background colour, making white, sepia or black and you can change the font size, making it larger or smaller.Personally, I like to use e-Books in addition to my collection of printed books. It’s a handy tool, but I don’t want to stare at a screen all the time.

how to make a bookshelf.

Can anyone instuct me on how to make a small 3 shelf bookshelf?

I would recomend purchasing 1/2 x 12″ pine or other hardwood planking. Make sure that your planks are not warped and that they are not too green (wet). Put the planks on the floor of the hardware store and inspect for bowing and damages. The length will depend on how tall and wide you will want your shelf to be. The basic components will be your upright sides, your backing, and your shelves. Other matierials will depend on how involved you want your project to be and how strong you need your shelves.Decide on a height you want for your book case to be and how wide. Cut your two upright planks to the length you need, and then do the same with your shelve pieces. Decide how much space you want between shelves and mark these distances on your uprights. you could make all shelves the same distances, but often there will be slightly taller spaces between shelves near the bottom, as heavier and larger items are often kept there. Also… a top self can rest on top or inside of the uprights, you decide. If your shelf is taller than your head, I recomend going inside. If your self is shorter than your head and you can look down at the top shelf, go on top. If you go on top you will need to cut the top shelf longer than the lower shelves (1″ if you are using 1/2″ thick planks, but you might want a little overhang for style).The bottom shelf should be elevated from the floor level about 2 – 4″. The small gap underneath that shelf can be easily filled with a piece cut to fit the height and width of the space, this is your “footer.” To make this footer flush with the front of the shelf you should notch out the front lower corners of the upright pieces to fit the footer piece. You should (but don’t have to) do this to the top rear and bottom rear corners of the uprights as well for side-to-side stability. The footer and rear stabilizers should be as long and the bookcase is wide (outside to outside).From here there are to ways to go.Way one (easier): To attach the shelves to the uprights you will need to nail/screw 1′ x 1/2″ x 2″ pieces to the insides of the uprights at the marks you determined your shelves to be at (I recomend small headed finishing nails). The shelves will rest (and should be fastened) on top of these pieces.Way two (nicer looking): using a router, notch the insides of the uprights 1/4″ deep slots at the marks you determined your shelves to be at. The ends of the shelves will slide into these slots and you will use wood glue to hold them in place. Clamp the glued joints securly for 1 – 2 days making sure to not sinch clamps down on the product itself, use scrap wood to protect the bookcase from maring.Make sure the shelves are level using a air bubble level and that they are 90 degrees to the uprights using a square. Make sure the uprights are 90 degrees to the floor also.Once you have your shelves in place, insert your footer and rear stabilizers and fasten them with nails/screws. At this point you could be done, but it would look nicer with backing and trim. Vertical toung-and-grove pine planks are great backing. They look nice and are easy to use. Nail/screw them on the back of the shelf, making sure to fasten each plank to each shelf. This not only looks nice, but also makes your shelf significantly more stable side-to-side. If you want a simpler, but not as nice, backing… use 1/4″ plywood or something similar.On the front of the shelf you could add trim along the front of the uprights and top shelf. This would hide the joints where the shelves meet the uprights. Use 1.5 – 2 ” trim. Cut the upper corners of it at 45 degree angles to fit flushly against eachother. Also make sure the trim is flush to the outside of the bookcase. Use finishing nails to attach the trim to the bookcase. Sink the nails using a punch and puddy over them.Sand the whole thing down with a coarse and then a finer grain sandpaper. Choose a stain you like, or paint (I recomend a stain in a natural wood tone). Use a brush to apply the stain and allow to penetrate the wood for a short bit. The longer you leave the stain ont the wood, the more of it the wood will absorb and the darker the tone. Wipe away excess stain with a clean rag. If you still want a darker tone at this point, reapply the stain. Let the stain dry for a day or two before applying a finish. I recomend a polyurethane finish to maintain a nice tone and to repel water stains and protect the wood. 2 coats will probably do it, but it yuo really like high gloss, keep going. Any surface that will have things like a vase, fish tank, beverage, etc set upon it shoud be well sealed and will probably need 3 – 4 coats.If your book case is tall, you should anchor it to the wall with a toggle bolt drilled into the wall and placed at a height just below the top shelf drilling a hole through the center of the top rear stabilizer. You should also consider this if you have small children around who might be hurt if the shelf were to fall, or if your shelf will hold very heavy or fragile things (like expensive art, fish tanks, gigantic hunks of metal, etc). Safety first!Now all that sounds like a lot of work, and it is. I’m sitting next to a shelf I built this very same way… it’s the nicest piece of furniture in my house. Good luck and have fun.

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41 thoughts on “How To Fit More Books On A Bookshelf

  1. I’d assume if the wall is already recessed you just build the bookshelf into it? What you said about buying a bookshelf and putting it in that hole sounds like what you would do, or make it yourself so it measures correctly.

  2. I still buy paper books, because I do like the feel and because I have series started on paper and I’d like to keep them that way.This is the only sort of thing I can find –

  3. 802.

  4. Be aware that more recent books are more expensive. But I do think that in the long run it is still cheaper on kindle than on paper.There are numerous many stories out there that don’t have movies. Literature can explore ideas and ideas and never have to be anxious about a special effects budget.

  5. I use plastic bulb crates . They’re stackable ,well-aerated ( half plastic/half slots in the plastic) & just the right size for most books . Check with local nurseries/garden centers/flower shops. Mine are from Langeveld Bulb Co. You could check with them to find their closest customer to you .

  6. It really depends on what service your using to buy the e-books. I have the kindle, and books are generally – although they are sometimes around the same price as – the books, but I have saved over $9 on some books. Some classics are also completely free, both on the Kindle Store (Amazon) as well as the eBook Store (Apple).

  7. If you don’t, as of yet, own an eBook Reader, I’d really recommend the Kindle from Amazon, it’s considerably cheap, $138 for Wi-Fi and $189 for Wi-Fi + 3G. You could also go for the iPad, but beware, the other applications could be distracting, and the iPad has a glare problem, unlike the Kindle. The iPad would set you back around $499, obviously, it’s in colour and there are a whole bunch of other apps you could use, so it’s really dependent on what your going to use it for.All in all, the Kindle fares better as an eBook reader, but obviously, it’s not a tablet.Hope this helps 🙂

  8. I reckon buying them all on paper would have cost me around 500 euro, possibly more. As it is, I spent about 70 euro.

  9. I also subscribed to Newsweek and Time. I used to buy these on occasion. They cost 4.50 euro per copy, so I rarely bought them. No I get them all for 2.50 euro per month.

  10. The other + is you can also add your own documents on Kindle. I use that a lot because I write and it allows me to re-read my drafts anywhere and is handier than bringing my entire folder. I also put on it all the excerpts I read on a forum I visit. I find it easier to focus on what I’m reading on kindle than on a computer screen. It’s not exactly the same as reading a paper page. But it is as close as you get.

  11. The kindle itself is expensive enough. But I read a lot of classics and those are cheap on Amazon.

  12. go thru a section of them & donate the crappiest ones(hey they seemed good but never really gave me the info I needed) to value village.

  13. Whatever you are going to use to secure the shelves to, battens orwhatever, make sure they are attached to the wall studs. I would attach

  14. screws are stronger and hold better. Remember, books are HEAVY.

  15. I organize them by height because it bugs me when the tall books are next to the short books. I put the series next to each other and in order, too.

  16. I’ve also been told that most Android Tablets could read books, but I’m not sure about that.Best of luck, sorry I couldn’t be much help!

  17. Simple enough to figure out – measure the total width of the books you now have and leave room for the growth of your collection – this will give you the sizes needed

  18. However you build your shelves, make sure they are good and strong.

  19. Same as you – fiction on some shelves, non fiction on others. I’m not too fussy about arranging the books alphabetically or by subject.

  20. I got a kindle recently. I was sceptical at first, but now I love it.

  21. All books are different sizes so I have no idea. Try measuring your books and compare it to the actual size of the bookcase.

  22. Terry has the right idea. There should be two anchor points for the battens, one in the corner and one at the front edge. Screw them in there, cut shelves to length and lay them on top of the battens. put a couple finish nails thru the shelves into the battens. You can extend the shelves beyond the wall if you like. Just dress the corners. Use a level to make it all good. As I look at the picture, I see the width is large, you may need a center support for each shelf as well

  23. I love viewing television, The animal is liked by me shows, the medical shows and the Judges and court docket shows

  24. I hope this helped, if you have any questions, message me and I’ll try to help you, I’m a fairly new Kindle user (I’ve also used the eBook Store on my iPhone), but I’ve done a lot of research 🙂

  25. It’s much easier to go to Menard’s and buy a plan or book.

  26. You can buy canvas sided wardrobes that have hanging space inside them and zip shut. You can get them for $20 at Walmart. The only problem is that if you put too many clothes on them the plastic can crack in the corners. Here’s how to fix that – go to home depot and buy some 1 inch dowels and zip tie them on top of the supports that run front to back on both sides at the top before you put the canvas cover on. You’ll never be able to see them with the cover and it will offer the support needed to the plastic to hold lots of weight.

  27. If you want fancier, you can probably afford to buy your own book shelf, or the thrift stores abound with them!

  28. As for your “does it feel like you’re reading a book or a screen, the Kindle does have that ‘book-like’ feel to it, the iPad, and other Tablets, do not, as they use LCD screens, unlike the Kindle which uses e-ink technology which mimics a books appearance.

  29. Alphabetically by field of knowledge.

  30. alphabetical by authors last name. When in a series 1st one first and so on 🙂 when more then 1 book by author pick my favorite one 1st and so on 🙂 my textbooks and dictionaries go on my desk or in a drawer. Textbooks are organized by class period. (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on :))

  31. Both in generally the same manner, you can either purchase the eBook directly from your device though a special secure app or screen, where it charges your account, and then begins to download, or you can simply connect to your computer and purchase the file, then drag and drop (KIndle allows this feature – not sure if you buy it from the Kindle Store). If I’m not mistaken a recent iTunes update allows you to purchase the book directly from your computer, where it’s then downloaded into your device (presumably iPad) when you sync it.Keep on Practicing! And never quit!

  32. I bought entire collections of books. “Complete works by Edgar Alan Poe” sorts of stuff.

  33. Non-fiction is grouped via undertaking be counted and then alphabetically via author interior of that team. Fiction is alphabetically via author. i do no longer separate hardbacks and paperbacks. we’ve accrued numerous books over the years that re-arranging them may be plenty too vast a job to do in many circumstances, so we had to %. a gadget and keep on with it whilst we’ve been given new bookshelves equipped. in the previous that, they have been in simple terms in each and every single place in no particular order, which became an entire nightmare. Now we are able to come across each and every thing and it particularly is made the style of distinction.

  34. It’s really down to what you want and what your budget it, personally though, I’d just play it safe and buy the $139 Kindle, unless you’re going to be traveling a lot or do not have a wireless router, in which case, go for the one with the free 3G network as it is more useful.

  35. Some wood, some screws, and a drill. Some panel for the back if you are wanting to be fancy, and some trim and wood glue if you want to be even fancier. If all you need is something basic, that is going to do it for you.the shelves to the battens with screws not nails. In my experience,i think you should look for a slightly bigger one just to be on the safe side

  36. As glcang said; I would have at least one center support. Have fun!

  37. Thank you Big City !!!!Menards!!!!

  38. Like th one who answered beforehand, anatomy books are very helpful. There is also this site called Posemaniacs. I’ve found it to be very helpful and have used it as practice since they have a large variety of poses!

  39. I have a five self bookcase in my room… I plan on filling each self thoroughly. I already got two down… three more to go.I don’t have a bookshelf, I keep my books in a drawer… but at my mom’s the bookshelf has books, random things like a flashlight, an ax, an empty candy box, business cards from someone she doesn’t know, 2 tons of dust and 63 little elephant figurines.

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