Good Questions: Cheap Ideas for Shelving?

Good Questions: Cheap Ideas for Shelving?

Aaron Able
Apr 14, 2009

I just moved into a new apartment. My previous one had built-in bookshelves. I had a lot of books, and really loved that they were a significant part of my living room. In the new apartment, I need to combine my books and TV in the same wall. (There are only two others, one has the couch and a big piece painting behind it, the other has my balcony doors, and the third side opens into the dining area) I had been drooling over the IKEA Expedit 5x5 shelves in black-brown, as I loved the style, thought the color would pop against my pale blue walls, and my little TV is so tiny I planned to fit it right in to one of those squares. My plans were foiled — My TV is about 3 inches too wide for the Expedit Cubes, and much MUCH too small to use the Expedit entertainment center version. I also really want the books to be the main focus and not the television...

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...Unless I use an expensive combination of IKEA or other shelves, I can't seem to figure anything out. The $200 for the Expedit was going to be a huge stretch for me anyway. Everything's just sitting around on the floor now, and I'd love to get this taken care of so I can feel like I'm living in a grownup apartment again (at least in that room!) Any ideas of something that will nearly cover this wall space, and incorporate my books and TV together? (Also, I prefer the very dark brown or black wood.) Thanks for your ideas!

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