There’s nothing wrong with some bricks and a few planks. Not in the slightest. It was good enough when the Resident IT Consultant and I were young. Because we were. Once.
I remembered this easy way of furnishing a room and storing your books at the same time when Daughter’s room needed something of specific dimensions a couple of years ago. But bricks were beneath her. It had to be proper furniture. Where’s her sense of adventure? You’re only young once. That much I have discovered.
You can more or less have your shelves tailored to exact measurements. Height, depth, width. Perfect. But oh no.
What’s a lot harder are those atlases. It’s really lovely to have a truly large atlas. Or five. Ten, even. Because it’s a luxury to be able to see the world on a larger page. But it’s hell shelving that world once you’ve had your look.
If anyone has any suggestions we’d be most grateful. Currently we are storing them underneath one of the bedside tables (Lack) we use for putting coffee mugs on next to our armchairs. It’s not ideal, but works better than other things we’ve tried.
(Apologies for the disorder. Every time I line up the atlases in a neat stack, someone has to get one out from underneath, ruining the order, and I have to start all over. By leaving them, no one messes with anything.)
One solution would be not to have a lot of atlases. I’m not sure how well that idea would be received.
Daughter has come to the conclusion she needs bookshelves in her student room. Trouble is, they don’t allow any unofficial furniture. In which case you’d think that expensive halls would come with something to put books on. Books are sort of part of the education that brought the student there in the first place.
We might get something for her to use, ‘on the quiet.’ It needs to be small and easily collapsible at the end of the year, when you either drag all the stuff back home, or put it into storage. In either case, you can’t turn up with a Billy under your arm. I’m thinking it has to be the smallest Ivar, who (see, I think of it as a him!) can be pulled apart again.
It really would be a lot easier with bricks and planks.