After much debate on what to do with a blank wall opposite my fireplace I decided a shelving unit was the answer. If you’re curious as to how I came upon such a wild idea, feel free to read this post.
After my decision had been made, I began researching the type of shelving unit that spoke to me. When I saw THE ONE she said,
“Buy me, you don’t need to pay off your student loans.”
“Buy me, you don’t have monthly car payments to worry about.”
“Buy me, you don’t really need to feed your kids every day do you? Seems excessive.”
CB2 modular wall mounted shelving unit
I mean, she made some valid points. My inner voice seems to have some odd notions about my lifestyle. For some reason, she’s under the impression that I make fancy money and drink fancy champagne. Lest not forget inner voice, we drink beer.
In case I’m losing you with the anthropomorphization of this wall unit and my slightly odd analogies, this shelving unit is out of my price range. Weighing in at $3,000 I had to let my inner voice know that it might be a good time for her to take some time off. Maybe a nice trip to the Bahamas, get her head right. Come back when she’s making sense again.
Once my inner voice left town, I began to think clearly again. I took a closer look at the shelving unit and decided that I had a husband who could totally make it. Occasionally he does charity, especially around the holidays. After making a deal that he wouldn’t commit to something he wouldn’t finish and I wouldn’t nag him daily, we decided to make it happen.
Because my husband did 80% of the project and I try to stay out of his hair when he’s working, I don’t have specifics with lots of measurements and step by step instructions. I do, however, have a few crappy pictures and a general notion of how things were designed.
There are some differences I’d like to point out when comparing the DIY version to the CB2 version. These differences exist mostly to make my husband’s life easier and to save on costs.
- This is not a modular unit. The CB2 unit can be changed and moved. Our fixture is permanent.
- The CB2 unit has multiple short shelves. We have 4 long boards that span the entire length of the shelf.
- Our hardware is affordable. Any hardware I found that looked more like the CB2 version was substantially more expensive. I purchased my hardware from Amazon.com.
- We have 5 vertical anchor boards, CB2 has 4.
(For listed tools and supplies needed scroll to the bottom of the page)
Our wood is from Lowes. We bought 5 long pieces of 1×4 pine and 4 long pieces of 1 x 10 pine.
I stained the boards before install. I used American Walnut by Varathane. I was lazy and did not poly the vertical boards. Whoops.
We identified the studs in the wall and anchored the 5 pieces of 1 x 4 pine into the studs at even distances with long 3″ (?) flathead screws. I made sure the screws were spaced and installed where the horizontal shelves would later be placed. That way, the horizontal shelves would cover the screws on the vertical boards. Each vertical board got 4 screws (placed strategically, remember) to anchor it to the wall into the studs because I had 4 horizontal shelves that would later cover the screws.
Next, my husband took the 1 x 10 shelves and chiseled out 1 x 4 notches along the board with a handheld oscillating saw. This way, the horizontal shelves would fit onto the vertical boards like puzzle pieces and be flush with the wall. Because we had 5 vertical boards this meant he had to chisel out (5) 1 x 4 notches from (4) 1 x 10 boards. That’s 20 chiseled notches. Patience of a Saint.
After he was done chiseling I stained and finished the shelves. Once those dried we installed the brackets to the underside of the shelves.
Then we used a level and installed the shelves onto the wooden, vertical anchors with the brackets.
My husband is good at math so he made the project seem easy. Realistically, I think it was a tedious project that required him to measure twice and cut once. You know how that goes.
Tools and Supplies
- (5) 1 x 4 pieces of pine
- (4) 1 x 10 pieces of pain
- Brackets from Amazon
- Long flathead screws. I think 3″ (don’t quote me)
- A level
- A measuring tape
- A miter saw
- An oscillating saw
- Stain and poly of choice
- Stud finder
It’s always easier to critique things when all is said and done. The biggest thing for me is we made the bottom shelf have plenty of vertical space before we installed the above shelf. I designed it this way thinking we could potentially use the bottom shelf as a small desk for the kids. Now that it is installed it feels much too narrow to serve as a desk. I’m thinking of installing a fifth shelf to make the unit look even. The only problem with this is then I wouldn’t have shelf to allow storage and decor of taller items. It’s always nice when a shelf has plenty of vertical space for things like vases and fresh cut flowers. Just a thought.
The bottom of the vertical boards extend down into no man’s land. I’m not sure why we chose to do this. It’s not bad it’s just like, “what’s the point?” Eh, whatever.
Other than that I thought this project turned out pretty closely to how I envisioned it and for a fraction of the cost of the CB2 $3,000 version.
I’m trying to remember my costs now and I think the total project cost around $200 to $250 dollars.
I’ll try to remember to take better pictures and update this post for future readers. If you’re reading this and you want better pictures and/or more details, leave a message in the comments and I’ll hook you up. Otherwise, happy DIYing and have a great day!
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That the bookshelf became a status symbol during the COVID-19 pandemic, featured in the backgrounds of Zoom calls all over the world, is something that may not have come as a surprise to design fanatics. Insider tip: Pictures of bookshelves on the Clever Instagram account always get more likes, from bright and cheerful to serious and scholarly. Perhaps you were tuning in during the rise and fall of the color-coded bookshelf, or maybe you’ve run the (sometimes astronomical) cost of custom open shelves or have attempted DIY bookshelf projects for years. There’s something that can’t be denied: Seeing all of your favorite books neatly arranged among carefully curated trinkets and treasured collectibles just makes you feel good. It reminds you that there’s some sort of order in the world.
The good news is that order doesn’t necessarily have to come with an outrageous price tag. We’ve been gathering inspo from Clever homeowners for years—Billys reimagined! Stylishly upgraded garage storage!—and have quite a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to finding relatively cheap bookshelves that will spare your credit card, make your home look great, and (hopefully) give you a little satisfaction.
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The #1 Small-Space Hack New Yorkers Swear By
In one of the world's most densely populated cities, real estate prices are sky-high, and square footage comes at a premium price. In fact, ask any New Yorker how much they pay in rent every month, and chances are the number will be higher than what a mortgage on a two-bedroom house would cost in most cities. So if anyone knows how to make the most of a space, it's New York–based interior designers and architects, who make it their life's mission to maximize the look and feel of Manhattan dwellings, no matter how small.
New York apartment décor is a science all of its own—requiring expert-level Tetris skills, clever storage solutions, and multipurpose layouts. To shed some light on the best small apartment decorating ideas, we tapped real NYC-based interior designers, architects, and chief creative officers to share their best small-space tricks with us. Embrace these New York City–approved hacks, and take your small apartment to the next level.
Written by Gabrielle Savoie
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Build Storage Up
"When you can't build out, build up," says James Tabb, designer at Laurel & Wolf. Having designed plenty of small New York spaces, he is no stranger to the need for storage.This basic principle of any metropolitan city can be easily translated into the interior design of a micro living space. "A clever trick that I love incorporating into small spaces is adding a floating shelf very close to the ceiling, which runs the perimeter of the room. By accessorizing with books, accessories, or other collectibles, it creates an effect similar to crown molding."
While it may be intuitive to fill a small space with small pieces of furniture, Sheena Murphy of Brooklyn-based design firm Sheep + Stone says it's the worst thing you can do to a tiny apartment. "Use large-scale furniture and artwork," she says. "Smaller pieces can actually make rooms feel smaller." While you need to think of function above all in a small space, try to edit down your furniture needs to a few larger pieces, as opposed to a bunch of smaller ones.
"Keep things light and airy," Murphy says. While some designers believe in painting small rooms dark, New Yorkers tend to swing the other way. "Paint everything white," says Will Cooper, partner and chief creative officer at ASH NYC. "Rooms always feel bigger when there is one continuous color. White is perfect for small spaces because it reflects light and keeps any space feeling open and airy." Having designed and staged countless New York dwellings for prominent clients and realtors, Cooper is the perfect person to advise on making a small space look top-notch.
"Mount full-length drapes on either side of a window to create the illusion of a wider wall," Murphy says. Having worked in many Brooklyn and Manhattan apartments, hanging curtains high and wide is the designer's signature move. When space (and outside views) is limited, the last thing you want to do is to block the incoming natural light, or somehow reduce your window's real estate.
Murphy beds tend to get a bad rep, but when they look as good as Amuneal's custom feature wall, it makes one reconsider. Part storage, bedside table, and bed, the whole brass-and-walnut unit can be made to fit the dimensions of any wall.
But Murphy beds aren't the only multipurpose furniture pieces out there. "When space is scarce, a gateleg or drop-leaf table is a perfect item to incorporate in your home," Tabb says. "If you frequently entertain, but your kitchen or dining room is small, either of these tables can provide an efficient solution for seating guests."
Kimberly Winthrop, a designer at Laurel & Wolf, agrees: "With a little bit of research, you can easily find a host of products that can do double duty in your home. An ottoman, for example, can have hidden storage and be a place to put up your feet. By adding a tray, it can also serve as a coffee table, providing an extra surface to place a drink when hosting friends."
"Wall-mounted lighting is a perfect example of how to utilize your walls," Tabb says. It not only adds an interesting design feature to your space, but it also serves a necessary, functional purpose." Megan Opel, a designer at Laurel & Wolf, is also a fan of the wall sconce: "One of the biggest mistakes I see in small spaces is failing to make use of wall space for lighting," she says. "For example, when space in a living area is tight, prioritize a bigger, cushier sofa ditching table and floor lamps in favor of wall-mounted, plug-in, or hardwired sconces."
"When you have a small apartment, it can be tempting to place furniture in corners to save space," Tabb says. However, this actually ends up making your space look and feel much smaller. One easy trick you can employ is to have a little breathing room between your furniture pieces and walls, as this visually opens up your space."
Cooper agrees: "Oftentimes people cram so much into tiny apartments, and it makes the space feel even smaller than it already is," he warns. "Edit down to your necessities, and call it a day." Floating furniture in the middle of the room is a great way to fake loads of space, and it forces you to edit your clutter down to a minimum.
"In a small space, giving your eye a little breathing room can help make your home look and feel bigger," Winthrop says. "Opt for sofas and credenzas with visible legs. The little bit of negative space will keep your small apartment from feeling like it's filled from wall to wall with furniture."
"Just because your space is small doesn't mean it should lack the basic elements of a well-outfitted room," says Laurel Startzel, designer at Laurel & Wolf. "Area rugs are a great way to define spaces and you can buy them in just about any size under the sun. If your living room ties into your kitchen, which ties into your dining room, use various area rugs to help define those spaces and give the illusion that there's more square footage than there actually is."
While Startzel praises the use of rugs to define open spaces, Cooper prefers forgoing them altogether: "Avoid oversize rugs or rugs at all," he says. "I love rugs, don't get me wrong, but in small spaces, they can sometimes feel too defining and claustrophobic to me. I think tight spaces flow nicely sans rugs."
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time to identify the hardware as well as the individual
components to this product. As you unpack and prepare
for assembly, place the contents on a carpeted or padded
area to protect them from damage.
Note: 2 people are recommended to safely assemble this product.
1 - top panel
2 - side panels
(1 left, 1 right)
1 - partition
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1 - bottom panel
1 - upper
2 - doors
(1 left, 1 right)
2 - crossbars
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20 - dowels
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6 - hinges
6 - long bolts
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phillips head screwdriver
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1 - lower
2 - pulls
8 - shelf
40 - screws
2 - adjustable
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