I own a pair of bookshelves that have seen a lot of action in my home. They’ve gone solo as bookshelf-slash-side “tables.” They’ve been upright as (duh) bookshelves. They’ve been with a coffee table to create an entertainment center. They’ve been on top of one another in my closets for storage/organization. Their latest rendezvous is with them on their sides, next to each other to form a long console for my TV.
The last one is my favorite, as it’s allowed me to avoid purchasing an actual console or TV stand. These are ready-to-assemble bookshelves, so the downside is that one shelf is fixed and the other is adjustable… so they are used as vertical dividers, since the bookshelves are on their sides. I could buy some wood and paint them to use as horizontal shelves, but I’d rather make lemonade from my lemons (and save myself some $$$ and work).
I previously sewed curtains for a bookshelf used outside for gardening supplies. Unfortunately, I was unable to use a tension rod with these bookshelves on their sides, since the fixed shelf is flush with the edges of the entire unit.
Solution: attach the curtains with upholstery nails.
To maximize the space inside, this means I have to stack my books & magazines as tall as they will go. It’s not very aesthetic, but I resolved that by creating curtains to cover the shelves. I love having lots of storage, but I don’t like to see everything stored. For me, it’s a form of visual clutter, which also translates into mental clutter and energetic clutter.
At first, I wasn’t entirely feeling the idea of the light gray fabric, but it was what I had on hand in my fabric stash. However, I dig it now. I think the gray complements the turquoise nicely and lessens the weight of all that black furniture. (You’ll have to excuse the wrinkles. I ironed them but was in such a hurry to hide everything I guess I didn’t iron very well.)
I may still replace these bookshelves in the future, since they’ve been through a lot. The Expedit shelves from the Happiest Place on Earth (AKA Ikea) are looking good to me. We’ll see. Right now, I’m aiming to work with what I already have and to be content… and this was a great way to do so.