DoctorEncore 3,600 Member · Posted December 15, 2019 Share Posted December 15, 2019 (edited) Outside of the big collection threads, I haven't seen any topic dedicated to the details of shelving and how users display their collection, so here we go. I've still got some work to do, but I've made some nice progress recently that I wanted to share. I also wanted a place for people to post links to the best shelving units and really get into the nitty gritty of custom carpentry. In my opinion, the cleanest look for anything is built-in or floating shelves. When we finished our basement I decided to give it a try and converted one wall to a showpiece for my NES collection. Unfortunately, due to a poorly arbitrated treaty, this area is shared with my son's infinite toy collection, but I digress. For the shelves, I used off-the-shelf components from the local Home Depot. This made for poor choices when it came to brackets, but ultimately still worked well. I went with white for a clean look that matched our grey/white color palette in the media room. For brackets, I used Everbilt White Designer Brackets. For the shelving I used Primed Pine Finger Joint Boards. I cut the boards to ten feet and then placed the brackets so at least a few of them were anchored into the studs. This lead to some asymmetry which is undesirable, but not the end of the world. On a side note, my absolute favorite drywall anchors are Hillman DuoPower Anchors. You can buy them in a contractor set which comes with the bits and they are extremely sturdy, despite being plastic. The pine boards are not perfectly flat (and neither is your wall) so they aren't perfectly apposed, but they serve their purpose well. I also didn't account for the size of the bracket covers on the lower shelves, so this causes some games to jut out and ruin the feng shui. To prevent the games from falling over, I use Business Source Bookends which are surprisingly sturdy for the price. Overall, this was a learning project for me with acceptable results. These shelves hold about 400 games and I can fit another 100 games on top of my son's toy shelves. Anything over 500 total and I need to put additional rows on top of his toy shelf, making visibility of the back row a problem. This is how it has been for months until I finally spent some time researching media shelves and went with the Furinno 7-Cube Reversible Open Shelf. It's meant to stand upright, but when you lay it on its side, the compartments are a near perfect fit for NES boxes. I just put one together today and love it. The white lines break up the monotony of the boxes nicely and the whole thing can hold at least 72 CIB games with box protectors. I plan to buy at least two more of these units and stack them on top and place some type of custom brace to hold them safely in place. I also bought a vertical unit from the same company (Furinno 5-Tier Open Shelf Bookcase) that will hold my overflow games. I'll put that in another room and get pictures up when I finish. I'll also get pics of my custom Ikea entertainment center at some point. So now it's your turn. Show me them shelves! Edited September 26, 2021 by DoctorEncore 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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