The Fun of Tetris in a Bookshelf

 

Remember Tetris? This great game required a quick mind and good spatial skills.  Those of us who enjoy putting shapes together, seeing how they

Multi-colored contemporary tetris shelves containing numerous geometric designs from the tetris puzzle make up this shelf complex and is colorful insomuch as the various pieces have bright orange, blue, green, brown, and bright white  colored pieces.

Contemporary Tetris Shelves

fit, and solving a puzzle can appreciate today’s Tetris style bookshelves.

The greatest puzzle that many of us have to solve in terms of our home decor is where to fit everything.  When space is tight, we need a way to organized – but we also need to inject our own style and personality throughout our homes.  The brilliance of these decorative shelf plans is that they fulfill both needs beautifully.  What exactly are they?

Many designers have used Tetris as their inspiration. Taking the five shapes that are represented in the game, they have created large scale versions for you to enjoy.  These shelves can be configured and reconfigured in different ways, and it is fun to see the shapes that you can create.  But they’re useful, too!  The shelves are of varying sizes and shapes, so you can fit everything from books and DVDs to knick-knacks and electronics.  It can make a great display in itself and help you cut clutter and get your space

Complete Rectangular Block of the colorful contemporary shelves made from geametric shapes of the Tetris Puzzle.

Decorative Tetris Shelves

organized.

You could spend as much as $700 – and that’s for just one block! – on a Tetris bookshelf.  Buying a set would be a tremendous expense.  A great solution is to find decorative shelf plans and make your own.  These shelves are a bit more challenging to create than standard rectangular bookshelves, but it is very possible to make this into a DIY project that you can be proud of.

Tetris shelves allow you to make use of space vertically, horizontally, and however else you can figure out this puzzle.  Enjoy!

Reinventing the Bookshelf

 

3-d standing polar bear with cubbies comprising his sides and head allowing for books or any other item you may want to put on a shelf.

Polar Bear Shelves

If you have been feeling a little uninspired by your home decor, and particularly your traditional, rectangular bookcases, then check this out: Polar Bear Bookshelf.   If you have been feeling a little uninspired by your home decor, and particularly your traditional, rectangular bookcases, then check this nature driven work of art.  If this doesn’t spark your creativity, we don’t know what will!

This bear-shaped bookcase would be fabulous in a country home or anywhere nature and the wilderness are appreciated. This 3D polar bear-shaped bookcase has a variety of shelves in different sizes that will create a wonderful display when filled with your books or knick-knacks. As you may have noticed, the price tag on this masterpiece is $5900.

If  this put an end to your inspiration, don’t worry! You can find innovative decorative shelf plans and create your own unique sculpture/art/bookcase. It is a more challenging project than building ordinary wall shelves, but you will find that the hard work is well worth it.

Nature-inspired contemporary shelf plans are extremely popular right now, and they can help you make a bold statement in your home. A popular design turns your ordinary bookcase into a growing tree. A design by Shawn Soh does this very thing.This tree bookcase has a variety of “branches” on which you can put your favorite books. It is also ideal for children because the books look great even if they are not stacked neatly. There are also a lot of nooks and crannies into which children can stuff their favorite toys.

Modern shelf plans utilize the convenience of traditional bookshelves but transform them into something much more decorative and special. Browse through the incredible choices and try your hand at creating a nature-inspired bookshelf!.  We’ll wait.  If that doesn’t spark your creativity, we don’t know what will!

This bear-shaped bookcase would be fabulous in a country home or anywhere nature and the wilderness are appreciated.  This 3D polar bear-shaped bookcase has a variety of shelves in different sizes that will create a wonderful display when filled with your books or knick-knacks.  As you may have noticed, the price tag on this masterpiece is $5900.  If we put an end to your inspiration with that, don’t worry!  You can find innovative decorative shelf plans and create your own unique sculpture/art/bookcase.  It is a more challenging project than building ordinary wall shelves, but you will find that the hard work is well worth it.

 

Nature-inspired contemporary shelf plans are extremely popular right now, and they can help you make a bold statement in your home.  A popular

Modernistic and contemporary design bookshelf intended to look like a tree.

Tree Shelves

design turns your ordinary bookcase into a growing tree.  A design by Shawn Soh has been generating a lot of positive buzz.  This tree bookcase has a variety of “branches” on which you can put your favorite books.  It is also ideal for children because the books look great even if they are not stacked neatly.  There are also a lot of nooks and crannies into which children can stuff their favorite toys.

Modern shelf plans utilize the convenience of traditional bookshelves but transform them into something much more decorative and special.  Browse through the incredible choices and try your hand at creating a nature-inspired bookshelf!

The simple and classic bookshelf made with hardwood and richly finished.

The Classic Bookshelf Made of Softwood

Lumber and Plywood: Building the Best Shelves for Your Home

 

Building bookshelves is a great way to maximize the space in your home while minimizing the dent it makes in your budget.  Wall shelves can sometimes be more structurally weak than other types of shelving units, so it is crucial that you select the right materials when you build.

What is the best choice for your wall shelves? You can choose from: hard wood, soft wood, plywood, or particleboard.  The right choice for you depends on your budget, as well as what you expect the shelves to hold.  Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each kind.

Hardwoods: These are arguably the most aesthetically pleasing materials from which to build your shelves.  They are also very durable and strong, so they can bear weight that materials like particleboard cannot. The downside of hardwoods is that selection may be limited at lumber yards, and the prices are sure to be higher.

Hardwood is graded on the usable pieces that don’t have defects like knots and splits.  Grades 1 and 2 are the best grades and the best choices for your hardwood shelves, but again, these higher grades will be more pricy.

An option that many people choose is softwood.  It tends to be less expensive than hardwood, and it is easier to work with.  Softwoods, like pine, are also graded.  Clear is the select cut, and is virtually free of flaws.  As you can guess, it is also more expensive than grade 2, which has more flaws.  Knots can affect the stability and strength of the boards, so shelves that need to handle weight should be made from clear pine.

Plywood is often a good choice.  The 4 x 8 foot sheets have either hardwood or softwood veneers, and a benefit of this pressed wood is that it is more consistent than solid woods.  The sheets are straight, and in higher grade panels, flaws are patched so you have a very flat, straight material.  The price is lower, but it is typically more time-consuming to cut plywood

A traditional, classic set of hardwood bookshelves appropriate in a more formal setting such as a living room or home library.

The Classic Formal Set of Hardwood Bookshelves

to size and finish the edges.

Finally, particleboard.  This is the cheapest option and is made from wood chips and wood particles. It is structurally weaker than plywood or hard and softwoods.  It can be a good choice for small shelves – as long as you remember to paint or veneer it.

Your shelf plans will usually make recommendations for the materials you need, and your shelves will only be as good as the materials you have to work with.  Choose the best you can afford, and you will get good, solid shelves that will last for years.

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