Clip On Book Supports
Pros — clip on, enough room for a label, easily repositionable, visually pleasing, if you’re organizing a collection of books and only want to remove one small group from the collection at a time to place in a book basket, the book supports continue to hold the remaining books in place. LOVE THIS!Cons — they do take up valuable shelf real estate! Each shelf clip is 1 1/2 inches wide. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to lose that much shelf space. It’s a definite con when shelf space is at a premium, but for this book grouping it was worth it for me. I will probably only use a few more on my shelves, but with a lot less frequency.
Hope this re-post was a help! I wanted to add that I found an idea in The Family Handyman magazine just this weekend that addressed this same issue – a standing, slide-over the shelf book support that you could DIY out of wood. It was definitely added to my future project list! I wish I could find the project online, but alas, I can’t. It was in the most recent issue of the magazine (which I saw at my Mom’s house). She picked up her copy at Lowe’s, and I hope to grab a copy for myself this week, so if I find out more specifics on the issue I’ll come back and link!
Have a great Monday everyone!
Edited to add more information about The Family Handyman magazine:
I did indeed find a copy of this magazine at my local Lowe’s Hardware store. I took a couple of pictures for you so you can see the cover of the magazine (which has some great ideas in it, by the way!!!), as well as a picture of the small blurb about the sliding wooden bookend. The magazine will be on the stands through 3/28/2011. Hope this helps everyone!
I wanted to add one observation about the sliding wooden bookend pictured. I think it could hold a lighter collection of paperbacks or even a collection of CD’s, but unless you substantially increased the width and height, I don’t think it would adequately support taller, weightier books. In thinking about this bookend, I can see how the slight tension afforded by the plastic arm that clips underneath the shelf is really quite helpful in keeping books stable and upright…even with a long line of books. I took a few more pictures to illustrate this:
Alright…I’m done going on and on about plastic clip-on bookshelf supports!! LOL! I sure hope this was helpful!