January 5, 2014
DVD Shelves – Build Them
There are many beautiful and outstanding DVD shelves for purchase, but why not build one by yourself? Not only will you save money, but you will make a DVD shelf that suits you perfectly. Along with that, you can test your handyman skills and showoff to your family and friends.
First thing you need to to is to figure out how many DVDs you want to store on your DVD shelf or even DVD shelves, if you have plenty of them. Besides that, you can store CDs and even some good old VHS cassettes on the same shelf. And take into account that you will buy new movies, games and programs so you will need more space. If you can’t guess how much space you need, then be prepared to have not one, but two or more DVD shelves in the future.
It’s all about planing. After you decided on the number of DVDs, you can know how much space you will need. One DVD is 1/2 inch thick, so you will need a 40 inch wide shelves for 80 DVDs. You can go for a 80 inch in high so you will have enough room for 640 DVDs plus some extra room.
Choosing a wood for your DVD shelves is a matter of taste. We will leave that to you, but lets just mention that for a shelf with 40 inch by 80 inch you will need to spend around $30 for boards. You’ll need to spend some more for a plywood that goes on the back of your shelf. The rest of expendable material is: small tacking nails for your plywood, sand paper and 36 wood screws. You’ll need a screwdriver or a drill, along with the hammer. Now you’re ready to go.
If you don’t have a good saw to cut your boards, you can take them to lumber suppliers that will cut them for you. Then you’ll need to sand them a bit to be sure your boards will fit well and look pretty. That’s the only way you can brag about your new DVD shelves, right?
Mark the board for drilling and make sure you check all the marking before you actually start drilling. It’s important to do that, because everybody can make a small mistake that can cost them later. You don’t want you DVD shelf to be drilled with holes, right? After you’ve positioned two 80 inch boards, line them up with six 40 inch boards in between them. You will need about 9 inches of distance between the shelves. Now comes the drilling time.
After the drilling, make sure you attach the boards with two screws properly. Once the frame of your new DVD shelf finished, you can attach the plywood. Use nails and hammer to secure plywood to the right place.
Now you have your first DVD shelf. Of course, you need to paint it and we will leave that choice to you. Make sure you remember which paint you use on your first one, because you may need more then one. You don’t want your DVD shelves to have different color, right?
This will take you one day to complete, along with purchasing materials and leaving paint to dry. Do not miss a chance to do this if you’re thinking about it, it’s an experience worth having. Who knows, if you enjoy it much, you can even manufacture DVD shelves.