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.

Atlas shelving

(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.

8 responses to “Shelved

  1. I discovered the problem with bricks and planks when the earthquake hit here some years ago. I came home and found bricks, planks and books in a big pile on the floor. And the Cat in the Hat did not return and make everything all right again.

  2. Surely bookends are the solution! Your daughter can line her books up at the back of her desk. I’m guessing her university deigns to give her a desk!

  3. Keep the planks (painted delicious colours) but use more interesting items than bricks for holding them up (I had a friend once who used stone wine racks, but something more suited to the student pocket would do it – sturdy biscuit tins?). Or cover those bricks with book covers, vintage posters, gift wrap. Make a style statement!

  4. How about plastic storage boxes … stacked on their sides?

  5. Trust someone to throw an earthquake into the equation. I suppose the Billy shelves survived intact??

    Marnie, the desk is surprisingly shallow. Besides, where would she put the piles of dirty plates?

    Linda, you have my decorative juices running! Although it’s going to be hard getting at the biscuits.

    Candy, that is actually a very sensible suggestion. (As long as it’s not my atlases you are thinking of.)

  6. Wooden wine cases rather than plastic storage boxes. They look much better. Best thing is they make handy carrying vessels for moving the books home for the summer (or into storage). Try Victoria Wine or something like that (I’d offer to give you some, but I think mailing them from Norway would be rather expensive…)

  7. Sounds good. We don’t drink wine. Perhaps you could come over with a few boxes?

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