DVD Storage Solutions

My husband I are big movie buffs.  We don’t agree on everything but like a lot of the same things.  We both love the classics, especially the Marx Brothers, Bogie and Bacall, and anything with Katherine Hepburn.  We also love classic thrillers, zombie flicks and occasional foreign cinema.  When it comes to modern dramas and comedies there’s a bit more of a difference between our tastes.  But that’s okay because those little differences are what keep things interesting, right?  Anyway needless to save we have a pretty expansive collection of DVD’s.  Admittedly, it took until very recently for me to get rid of all my VHS tapes.  But with our last tax return, we went online and bought all of the remaining VHS movies in our collection on DVD.  Now we have more movies than we’ve ever owned, but they take up less space.

Acrylic DVD Holder - 14 Capacity

Acrylic DVD Holder – 14 Capacity

Storage and organization is a big part of my life because I feel much more relaxed in my home if it’s tidy and well organized.  Because movies had a tendency to dominate our home, it was important for me to give them their own special storage solution.  And when it comes to storage furniture, I tend to gravitate toward modular solutions because they allow me to customize and rearrange things as needed.   There are two excellent styles of DVD holders for people who have large collections, as well as small ones.  The more basic and utilitarian one is the acrylic 14 DVD holder.  These are great for people who want a simple and streamlined way of storing their DVD’s rather than a piece of furniture to dominate the room.  You can put them on the floor, on a shelf, you can stack them – they’re very versatile.

Stackable 28-DVD Storage Rack - Bamboo

Stackable 28-DVD Storage Rack – Bamboo

We wanted something with a little more style, so we went with the stackable 28-DVD storage rack – bamboo.  Well, we went with six of them.  I like these modular DVD boxes because they stack nicely and the handles make it easy to move and rearrange them.  Plus, they’re made from an eco-friendly material that’s natural and not manufactured so there’s quality there.

Finding Your Ideal Multi Media Storage Solution

When it comes to multimedia storage, there are basically three ways to go.  There are open media shelves (like bookcases), media cabinets with doors and modular solutions like a DVD and Video storage box-bamboo.  If you are like me (a movie buff and audiophile) then you have a huge task when it comes to figuring out a storage solution for your DVD’s and CD’s.  If you are not like me, chances are you still need something to hold them.  Even TV stands with built in media storage tend to not have enough storage space for the average collector.  And then, what about the CD’s?  I recommend just going with something that will store both.  This eliminates the necessity for two different racks, thus simplifying your home and making it fell less cluttery.

Apothecary Media Cabinet - Holds 456 CD Cases

Apothecary Media Cabinet – Holds 456 CD Cases

If you want to go with a shelf that stores your media collection, then I would recommend getting one that has an attractive finish and looks like a bookcase.  It will blend in with your other furniture pieces and look cohesive in the living room, rather than standing our like an eyesore.  And if space is limited, then get something like a bookcase media tower which is tall and narrow, using vertical space against the wall.  This particular one holds 754 cases; even if that is more than you have, you can utilize the remaining space on the shelves for decorative items.  I like to break up the rows of music and DVD cases with little knick knacks.  The bookcase media tower – tall single has a similar effect and almost as much storage capacity, but its shorter profile offers a ledge to display photos, candles and other home accents.
For media cabinets which offer concealed storage, there are a couple of different looks.  The cabinet style with doors like the locking multimedia storage cabinet and apothecary style like the media cabinet – 456 walnut.  Apothecaries are neat because they have drawers rather than shelves and they have an “old world” look.  But no matter what your style is, make sure your multimedia solution is perfectly suited to your needs!

Versatile CD Storage – As Bin Or Shelf

It can be difficult to get the most out of storage pieces. Over the years storage needs change and finding adaptable shelving can be a challenge. With a little forethought, finding shelving that can serve multiple functions can save you time and money. The key is to find long lasting shelving with a versatile look that can be enjoyed for years to come.

mountable mesh 12 cd tower

mountable mesh 12 cd tower

Smaller storage options are a good place to start since there are always odds and ends around that need sorting. The mountable mesh 12 CD tower has a stylish, modern look that easily transitions from the dorm room to the office. Whether you want to display a CD collection or organize office supplies this versatile tower has got it covered. Shelving that can be mounted on the wall opens up all kinds of space saving possibilities. Place it above a desk to to free up space or use it next to your audio components for easy CD access.

For larger bookcases, investing in durable wood shelving is a good way to ensure stylish book storage for years to come. When you know you’ll be moving shelving that can easily be assembled and disassembled is a great choice. With shelving that can be taken apart, you can easily boxed up all the pieces in a single flat box, rather than wasting space on an entire, fully assembled bookshelf.

Modular shelving is another great choice for storage that can grow with your collection. Look for shelving that gives you the option of adding to it so you can maintain a cohesive storage style. When you want to streamline your collection, simply remove extra storage and use it elsewhere.

Simple pieces in neutral colors are the easiest to blend with various styles over the years. With a little time and effort it’s easy to find storage options that have multiple uses and can grow and adapt with you.

Shelves for a Media Library

The living room doesn’t have to be an overly casual space in order for it to be relaxing. There are many ways to create a comfortable, cozy feel. Adding the right shelving can help create a chic, stately library look in the living room while adding storage as well. Whether you choose to fill the walls with floor to ceiling bookcases or add a single cabinet, bookshelves bring a classic look home.

large media cabinet with sliding doors

large media cabinet with sliding doors

For large or medium sized living rooms lining the walls with bookshelves is one way to create a cozy, study like feel. Don’t be afraid to place other pieces of furniture like couches or media centers in front of them, this layering can give the shelves a more permanent look. Filling the shelves with books turns the living room into a library as well. Don’t feel limited to using shelves for storing books, they can also be a great place to store a movie or music collection. Fill in unused space with family photographs, vases or anything else you want to display.

Have a smaller space or don’t want to commit to a full on library look? Choose lowering shelving that only covers half the wall and use it to surround the room or line a single wall. The large media cabinet with sliding doors is a great option for smaller spaces. The sliding doors mean you don’t have swing out doors that can get in the way and the height is just right for displaying a collection without shelving taking over a smaller room. A cabinet designed for storing movies or music, but with traditional style is a great way to make the living room feel like a study.

Shelving doesn’t have to be traditional, opt for modular bookcases with clean lines for an updated look. Variously sized compartments are an easy way to add visual interest and display favorite objects in a modern way. No matter your living room style, shelving can help make it personal by perfectly displaying your favorite collection.

Unexpected Living Room Storage

Living room storage can be a challenge, especially when it comes to your movie collection. You want to store your DVDs or video games where they’re easily accessible, but most of the time you want them out of sight. Finding attractive storage you don’t mind having on display can be a tall order, the first step is to figure out your storage needs.

bamboo dvd and video storage box

bamboo dvd and video storage box

Have a small collection of favorite movies you watch over and over again? Or do you have a large collection, with six or seven DVDs that always end up stranded around the DVD player? Consider a bin in a natural wood tone like the bamboo dvd and video storage box to help corral them. A wood container brings a touch of warmth and casual look to the living room so it blends nicely with the rest of your décor. Set one or two of these bins on a nearby open shelf and they will always be within reach, but never without a home.

For a large movie collection that you want to be able to peruse on movie night think about using a dedicated cabinet designed for storing DVDs. This is an easy way to keep them organized, easy to access and well concealed. Many TV stands offer built in cabinets where movies can conveniently be stored out of sight.

Short on space in the living room? Get creative by choosing living room furniture based on it’s storage space. Choose a coffee table with an open lower shelf where you can use boxes to store movies. Organize and label boxes by movie genre so it’s easy to sort through them on Friday night. You could also pick side tables with cabinets or an ottoman with interior storage to get really creative. There are lots of ways to gain space for your favorite movies.