Remember my post on bookshelf ideas? I finally came up with a design that suited me. it’s a combination of several designs. I liked this the most of all the pegs on my post, but had to find a way to reinterpret the idea in wood. It’s not as easy as copying the design. Besides if we just had this made in wood, it would be so tedious to take apart when we move. It would be too heavy and bolted to the wall and floor. We finally came up with a stand-alone design (wherein I could have several smaller, easier to manipulate and transport pieces) that covered most of the wall to maximize space, but also something that I could afford, was stable and didn’t use up too much wood! This is a working prototype…
There are still some things we have to fix. For now I have a temporary home for some of my books. I plan to order 2 of this size, and a third that is wider for a flatscreen TV and multi-media gadgets. So it will be a library and media wall in one! The best thing about this idea is I can rearrange them however I want or not have them all in the same wall, especially if we move to smaller flats in Europe in the future!
I have much more brainstorming to do with Danni…
- Because even if I don’t have a TV yet (no budget for it yet) I’ve to design the final 2 bookshelves together with the TV shelf to ensure that I have no regrets. I have to check, what maximum sized TV we can afford in the future so that I don’t keep on changing furniture.
- I need to make sure the bigger piece fits inside European lifts so I don’t have this problem that Mrs. O had in La Lanka where they had to cut the piece of furniture in half. There will be no Danni to do this for me in other posts! =O
- Notice that the light switches and remotes? The shelf beneath isn’t the same as the others, so we have to adjust the height of the drawers to make room for a little piece of wood on top of that shelf.
- Lastly with the prototype we did not forsee that the wall was not flat. Essential to the stability of this design is that the upper shelves are resting flat on the wall, so that even with heavy books the shelves which is supported by a skinny pieces of wood on the sides, it is kept stable. Because the wall is not flat and there is a protruding baseboard, only the bottom part is leaning flat on the wall. Therefore we need to lessen the depth of the bottom drawers/shelf by about 2 cm deeper* to ensure that it’s the top shelves not the bottom (which is plenty stable) that is leaning flat on the wall. *Gotta check if 2 cm is the maximum possible baseboard thickness as well
What do you think of the design? Any other suggestions that might help with this Diplo Lifestyle? (The furniture that I had designed for our permanent pad in Manila is so very different from the ones I’m having done for our posts)
Stay tuned! Will keep you posted on the progress of this project!