Books are wonderful items to surround yourself with and they offer endless hours of enjoyment. Frequently, books and decorative items accumulate in those extra spaces of our homes and offices when all the shelf space is used. There are several quick, easy and inexpensive ways to create your own shelf space for those otherwise lost books or special knick-knacks.
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Tomato Can Shelf
With just a plank of wood--size, shape and type of your choosing--and two large cans of tomatoes you can have yourself a unique food-themed shelf. You do need an open horizontal space to build a tomato can shelf, but they are great for kitchens with extra counter space to keep your cooking books.
The Floating Book Shelf
Several manufacturers produce a unique, inexpensive wall-mounted shelf that allows you to stack books horizontally. It is designed such that when loaded with books it appears as though they are floating on the wall, supported by nothing. This shelf provides an extra spot for a stack of books without claiming too much wall space.
If you live or vacation near a Great Lake or ocean, collecting several pieces of substantial driftwood can produce a nice, shabby chic bookcase. Using two 5-inch diameter (or larger) pieces of driftwood for support at either end, then thin pieces for the shelves, you can make a simple driftwood bookcase with little woodworking effort.
Vintage Milk Crate Shelving
A fun, vintage look for dorm rooms and studio apartments can be assembled using stackable milk crates turned on their side. Milk crates can be found in many hardware stores and tool supply shops. It is not a fancy look, but for very inexpensive and fun shelving, milk crates are hard to beat.
Thrift Store Painter Shelf
Look in local thrift stores and consignment shops for deals on worn shelving. A wooden bookcase can easily be sanded down and revarnished, or simply washed and painted over. It is an easy way to transform a well-loved bookcase into a new and bright addition to any room by painting it with your favourite colours, patterns or decorations.
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