How To Make a Large DVD Storage Unit

Do you have too much DVDs lying around that you wonder where they came from, and where on earth you’re going to contain all of them? Of course, you can buy ready-made DVD storage units, but the problem with this option is that you may end up with something that’s too big or too small for your particular needs. Making your own DVD storage unit won’t only ensure that you’d have one that specifically addresses your needs, it will also help you score huge savings too.

  • Make your measurements. Count all your DVDs, measure the average width and use these numbers to compute for the total length that you will need your DVD storage unit to be. You should also consider the area where you want to place your storage unit: if the space where you will place your storage unit is small, you might instead opt for a tower storage unit instead of a horizontal one. Consider the following other factors: how many shelves you want your storage unit to have, and how high you’d want it to be. Allot for the possibility of you building up your collection; a general rule of thumb is to double the space that you need for your current DVD collection, in order to accommodate for more DVDs in the future.
  • It’s important that you draw your plan for the storage unit to guide you with the measurements. For example, plan for the height of your storage unit and divide it by the number of shelves that you want to have. By having a sketch of your unit, you will also know how many pieces of wood you will need.
  • Buy the materials. Buy 1/2-inch thick wood at your local hardware store, taking with you the measurements you have computed for. Do know that many hardware stores offer free wood-cutting services. It’s also best that you buy wood that is already pre-treated so you won’t have to sand it anymore.
  • Apart from the wood, you will also need a level (to ensure that the vertical boards will go straight), screws (1-inch length), drill, and wood glue.
  • Put together your storage unit. Now that you have your materials, it’s time to fit them together to form your simple storage unit. You will need the base wood, the sides, the top, and the horizontal pieces that will divide the storage unit into shelves. Glue the wood pieces in place, then bore holes at the sides using the drill; this is where the screws will go in. Use the level to make sure that the boards go straight from one side to the other. After this process, you will have successfully formed the body of your storage unit.
  • Let the storage unit air-dry. To ensure that the wood glue you used will dry out thoroughly, leave your new storage unit to air-dry for about 12 hours. Afterwards, you can apply paint and varnish to your storage unit.

There you have it! These are the simple steps for making a large DVD storage unit. You could allot about a half-day for this project (a whole day if you include the buying of the materials and the calculations for the measurement). Good luck, and hope this helped you out!


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