DIY DVD Shelves

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DIY DVD Shelves
Storing your DVDs is much easier with a custom shelf. (5 dvd cases image by Trevor Goodwin from

Shelving for DVD storage can often be expensive, and it can be hard to find the right style of shelving to fit your living space. A great alternative to manufactured shelving is to design and build your own. Custom DVD shelving design and construction options vary widely, and depending on the size of your collection, you may be able to build an entire array of shelves to fit your needs using only a small amount of materials and basic household tools.

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Things you need

  • Two 1/2-inch boards, 24 inches long, 7 inches wide
  • Two 1/2-inch boards, 9 inches long, 7 inches wide
  • Two 2-inch corner brackets
  • 1/2-inch wood screws
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter's level

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  1. 1

    Form the two longer boards and the two shorter boards into a long, rectangular box on the ground. Pre-drill two holes in each corner, then attach the boards together completely using 1/2-inch wood screws.

  2. 2

    Place the brackets in their intended positions on the inside of the shelf, and mark the screw locations with a pencil. Pre-drill the holes for the brackets, being careful not to break through the outer surface of the wood. Attach the brackets to the shelf using 1/2-inch wood screws.

  3. 3

    Place the shelf against the intended mounting area on the wall. Place the carpenter's level on top of the shelf and adjust it until it is level. Mark the screw holes in the brackets using a pencil.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill the screw holes in the wall. Install plastic drywall anchors in the holes using the drill. Screw the brackets to the wall using the 2-inch wood screws, tightening each screw halfway until all screws have been partially installed and the shelf is determined to be evenly spaced. Tighten all screws fully so that the shelf is firmly attached to the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • The shelving can be painted or stained if desired, preferably before the pieces of the shelving are assembled.
  • This design can be modified with additional rows or length, or even sectioned into boxes or extra shelf space added outside the boxed area.
  • While often you can mount your shelves without worrying about finding studs or securing the shelving to the wall with anything stronger than drywall anchors, if you are storing a large collection, the shelf will need to be mounted on the wall studs.
  • Brackets come in many different dimensions and styles, so choose the bracket that fits your particular project best. The larger the shelving, the more brackets it will need.
  • When making the shelving larger, be sure to add additional brackets for support, on the inside of the shelving if possible so they will be covered by the DVDs.
  • Do not store additional heavy items such as books unless the brackets are installed into wood studs or heavy support anchors are used.

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