How to Make a Large DVD Storage Unit

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Having a large DVD collection can be a problem when it comes to storage. Ready-made DVD shelves don't usually cater to those of us who have a lot of movies. Luckily, you can make your own and tailor it to your collection.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape DVD cases 1/2-inch-thick wood Screwdriver Screws, 1 Inch in length Wood glue Level Table saw (optional) Drill (optional)
  • Count your DVDs. This will help you figure out how big your storage should be.

  • Measure a DVD case. Some special edition cases are larger than usual. A standard DVD is 7.5 inches tall, 5.25 wide, and .5 inches thick.

  • Figure out the length and number of shelves based on how many DVDs you want it to hold. The bigger the shelf, the better. A 6-foot shelf can hold about 140 DVDs. Take the growth of your DVD collection into account when you're planning out your shelf space. Planning to build a unit that's double the space you currently need will ensure you can use the shelves for storage for years to come.

  • Calculate how much wood you need. Don't forget about the top shelf (which likely won't hold DVDs) as well as the two pieces of wood on the sides.

  • Pick out your wood. Particleboard is an inexpensive option and does not require any sanding or finishing.

  • Cut the wood. To avoid purchasing a table saw for your home, you can ask your hardware salesperson to cut it for you. Stores usually offer this service for free.

  • Measure where your screws go. For durability, they should be 1 inch from the edge of the wood. The screws will be going on the outside of the vertical boards.

  • Use a level to make sure that you're putting your shelves in straight. Mark where each board goes before you start screwing them in.

  • Just before screwing on your boards, apply a thin layer of wood glue between the two boards. This will help keep the unit sturdy.

  • Screw on the shelves. It can help to drill holes first so the screws go in more smoothly.

  • Once you've screwed on all the shelves, let it air dry. Go by the specifications on your bottle of wood glue. Most types of glue need 12 hours to dry before you put anything on the shelves.

  • Fill up your shelf with your DVD collection and enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a DVD case handy at all times. This will help you quickly verify your measurements. Utilize the help of a friend to hold boards in place while you use your screwdriver. 1 foot deep pieces of wood seem to be best for DVD storage shelving
  • Measure twice and cut once to avoid mistakes.

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