Ideas for putting up two 2.9m DVD shelves.

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I have this space in the new corridor, and want to put in two shelves for DVDs (currently they are still in boxes and bags behind chairs in the living room!
The space is 45cm high and 290cm long. A typical DVD is 19cm tall and 13.5cm deep ....

So with 20cm shelf space, I could use 2cm thick shelves with a bit of space to spare - that will give just enough space to get a finger on top of a DVD

But, how to build shelves so they look OK and don't sag?
My current idea is to put in a strip of wood above where each shelf will be, say about 2cmx2cm, which will go along the wall and side walls, then screw a 290cmx16cm board on to the underside of these. This will mean the DVDs will also rest away from the wall, which might make it easier to get them out by pushing the ones next to forwards.

But is there a flaw in the plan, and a better option? Don't want shelf supports showing below the shelves if I can avoid it.
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will these be suitable? Thinking now, could get 2, then connect together on the ends, fix those into the side walls, along with a few supports on top of the shelves into the wall ...
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CONCEALED-...ocphy=1007009&hvtargid=pla-696300516187&psc=1

If you can accurately drill a series of holes in the wall and your shelf, you could use these? 12mm hole need so possibly difficult in 20mm shelves.

There may be other, thinner, ones but imho you may need quite a few to support the 3 m long run

There used to be shelf fixings that screwed to the wall, created a slot into which you fitted the timber

Cliffhanger was the name
 
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don't sag

for reasonable rigidity, fasten a back to the two shelves, and put intermediate supports between them, and at the ends.

So it turns into an open-fronted box section
 
What do you want with DVD's in this day and age? I thought they were consigned to the history books.
 
What do you want with DVD's in this day and age? I thought they were consigned to the history books.

I still have books and vinyl!
Got some great films on DVD that I go back to - recently watched all the Harry Potter with my son, and he wants to watch Indiana Jones next (ok, they might be free on Netflix or Prime at the moment). But I do like to keep them, they still look good enough on a 55 inch screen and often sound better than streaming.

Anyway, if I do ditch them in future it'll be useful storage for other things.

for reasonable rigidity, fasten a back to the two shelves, and put intermediate supports between them, and at the ends.

So it turns into an open-fronted box section

I started to think about that. Then I started looking for ready made box shelving - expensive.


This looks like a clever solution. I have brick walls so def could handle something like that, if I can get a few of them level!
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CONCEALED-...ocphy=1007009&hvtargid=pla-696300516187&psc=1

If you can accurately drill a series of holes in the wall and your shelf, you could use these? 12mm hole need so possibly difficult in 20mm shelves.

There may be other, thinner, ones but imho you may need quite a few to support the 3 m long run

There used to be shelf fixings that screwed to the wall, created a slot into which you fitted the timber

Cliffhanger was the name


What's to stop the shelf being pulled out? I can see that it will be held flat and take weight, but looks like it could just be pulled off.
 
Mind you, if I built a box affair .... I could put a top on it and screw that into the ceiling joists ...
but the whole thing might get quite heavy and be tricky to put up!
hmmm
 
The shelves that use rods internally sometimes have a grub screw to stop the shelf being pulled off, but 50 or so DVDs weight would stop that. You could use some kind of glue but you also want to be able to remove it or decorate.

Average weight of a DVD is 100g
 
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i think you will have to deal with sag in most cases...
your 3 side support with the shelf...on TOP of the bearers ( did you say bottom) and fixed will give fixed security but along the 2.9 free length would need good fixity at the wall to take out sag...wider members would help alsoi would run a stringer along the front of the shelf underneath...

the idea of a ready made rigid box with a back, lifted into place and sat on end bearers sounds better...once its there it only needs location scews at the ends which keep it from sliding off..
 
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To avoid sag you need supports as you go. You don't want them presumably because of looks.

Could you find some thin simple 90 degree bends and then recess them slightly (into both wall and shelf) so that DVDs can sit flush on them and so they aren't visible? I'm imagining having the brackets above the shelves so that they're hidden by the DVDs in normal use.
 
Shelves are up. Decided to get some scaffold shelf brackets and had CutMyPlastic.co.uk make me 4 shelves to fit. Bracket spacing and weight of DVDs won't cause sagging, and no brackets below shelf level. All looks pretty neat too! This is the second time I've used Cutmyplastic, very handy people if you want mdf (veneer and malimine options) cut to size and delivered to your door. They also do plastic! The brackets were ordered on ebay, made by VDS Metalworks.

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Job done. Another box and several bags of DVDs (from when we moved 3 1/2 years ago) now emptied and out of the way.

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