10 November 2009
Book Week: Display Shelves
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I've always imagined built-in bookcases exactly like these with a one-inch lip so that our kids' favorite collections can face outward. Ready for the picking. I can't tell you how many of Buby's go-to tomes have fallen out of site/out of mind because they are filed away on bookshelves. Many random bookshelves.
Kelly Wearstler designed the shelves above for her boys' library off the kitchen, and they appear in Cookie's November '09 issue. Despite Wearstler's claim that similar styles are available at The Container Store, they are not. I've spoken with The Container Store, Ikea, and several other bookcase sources I've used as an editor and nobody has tall shelves with lips. Nobody.
I did however find several very handy, albeit less sophisticated, options at csnlibraryfurniture.com. Usually I cringe at anything RTA, but not this time. The basic natural wood/white motif jives with Buby + Bleu's playroom. Prices are reasonable, shipping on most items is free and fast, and the site offers a variety of book storage from dozens of manufacturers. Check it out.
01. Early Childhood Resources single-sided five tier in solid birch, $110.
Dimensions: 30"H x 36"W x 15"D.
02. Guidecraft big book four sided in Baltic birch, $214.20.
Dimensions: 44"H x 25"W x 25"D.
03. Wood Designs toddler three tier with additional storage, $61.74.
Dimensions: 25"H x 24"W x 9"D.
04. Steffy two-sided book storage center in birch veneer, $429.99.
Dimensions: 40"H x 48"w x 14.5"D.
05. Guidecraft two-sided five tier in birch plywood, $210.
Dimensions: 30"H x 36"W x 20"D.
06. Steffy single-sided four tier in birch veneer, $199.99.
Dimensions: 24"H x 32"W x 12"D.
07. Whitney Bros. New Wave five tier wall-mount display, $174.
Dimensions: 37"H x 34"W x 7"D.
Note: I also found similar models at homeroomteacher.com, discountschoolsupply.com, fatbraintoys.com, and amazon.com.