DVDs and newer Blu-ray discs allow you to collect and watch movies and TV shows at home. However, storing all those discs, cases and inserts can be a challenge. There are many ways to construct or set up prefabricated DVD racks to make the most of your space and give your collection the proper treatment.
If space is at a premium in your home, consider tall DVD racks. These racks will give you the most shelf space without taking up much space in the room. Taller racks may tend to be top-heavy, so be sure to start stacking your collection on the lowest shelves first. If you build your own tall DVD rack, use lightweight plywood or medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and make sure the base is large enough to keep the tower upright and sturdy.
Built-in racks are a way to save space and also help integrate your collection into the room. Remodeling a media room or living room is the perfect time to install wall shelves in inconspicuous places, like below a mantle or behind a chair. Built-in shelves can also be part of a piece of furniture, like a TV stand or computer desk. While these shelves may not be large enough to accommodate a large collection, they can provide a place to store some of your favorite selections or keep movies you're planning to watch soon.
Standard DVD cases are 7.25 inches tall and about 5 inches wide. However, many DVDs come in box sets that include packaging that makes them much larger. Measure your special edition DVDs before you buy or build a DVD rack, and consider having at least one oversized shelf. Even if most of your DVDs are the standard size, a larger shelf can hold other items like a DVD player remote control, speakers or movie memorabilia.
DVD racks don't have to be simple shelves that don't move. Instead, consider sliding shelves that stack together and open up to browse your collection. Spinning racks, like those that some stores use to display magazines and newspapers, are another way to store DVDs. Build this type of rack with an existing folding or spinning rack, and add plywood shelves that are large enough to hold several DVDs.
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