Good Questions: Can a Cinder Block Bookcase Ever Be Attractive?

Good Questions: Can a Cinder Block Bookcase Ever Be Attractive?

Heather Blaha
Sep 8, 2006

Dear AT,

My fiance and I, both writers, have recently moved to Chicagoland, where we have (for the first time!) a designated office.

We picked up some industrial-looking white and steel workstations from McMaster-Carr part number 6459T81, (though the drawing does not do them justice), and are now looking for a bookcase solution for our growing library (my guess is, we have about a thousand books of boxes waiting to be unpacked).

We thought we'd run with the industrial look for the room, since we've already committed to the desks. We are looking for a cut-rate bookcase, preferably something DIY with easily available materials. Can a cinder block bookcase ever be attractive? Any other ideas?


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Dear Jennifer,

We are personally not opposed to cinder block bookcases (or desks), especially if you paint the blocks a great color and have solid, clean pieces for the shelving. With such an industrial looking desk, a personalized, colorful (though still somewhat industrial looking) homemade set will definitely help you ease in to your new office space, without feeling like you're in someone else's sterile, standard office.

Other thoughts out there?? This is a great question, as we continue to struggle with our own home office...

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