I’ve often dreamed of having a wall like this in my house — a big, open expanse with no molding and no windows so I could do something big with it. I’d probably hang a ridiculously sized piece of art (if I had one), but I also love the idea of creating an entire wall of streamlined shelving like Whitney has done here.
When they decided they needed more book storage and work space, Whitney and her fiancé took the time to research their options until finally deciding to plan the design themselves so it could meet all their needs. The 16′ shelving is unobtrusive and sleek and even accommodates a pull-down screen for watching movies. It’s a big decision to build from scratch, but I think the design is stylish and practical enough to stand the test of time. Great job, Whitney! — Kate
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Time: Construction, assembly, installation and finishing took about 2 weeks from start to finish.
Cost: About $3,500, most of which was contractor fees and materials (could be done DIY for cheaper)
Basic Steps: We started by researching and educating our eye, finding out what concepts are possible and cobbling together ideas that we particularly liked and that worked for our space. Many wall systems that we looked at rely on vertical, adjustable bracing or bottom-heavy storage solutions. Our available wall was fairly long (17′), and we wanted to work with that by emphasizing the horizontal lines and drawing the eye along the whole wall. We also had many demands for our wall system: we needed it to serve as a desk, as cabinet storage, as a bookshelf and to house a pull-down projection screen for watching movies. We also needed it to be elegant, simple, relatively inexpensive and handsome in the space. Many sketches and a little architectural counsel later, and we had a plan.