HOWTO Make an upside-down bookshelf


24 Responses to “HOWTO Make an upside-down bookshelf”

  1. joelphillips says:

    I don’t see an inverted bookshelf, I see a double capacity bookshelf.

  2. mikep says:

    I see some really ugly brackets and a LOT of extra work…

  3. DanZuke says:

    Is that a copy of Little Brother I see there in the middle? :)

  4. dewexdewex says:

    I built a five metre long shelf about ten years ago as a frame made from battens covered top and bottom with fibreboard. It was built in the hallway where it was fitted as it was too big to build anywhere else and move in. I suspended it from the wall with the brackets inverted and on top like the one shown. I put my books on the top surface and the brackets disappear inbetween them. If people notice the shelf has no brackets, they usually can’t work out how it’s fixed.

  5. Todd Lefrank says:

    It looks cheap and awkward.

  6. Talia says:

    I was much more interested in the books on display than the shelf. Altered Carbon’s a great one. :)

  7. Connie H. says:

    Use one of the invisibly-bracketed shelves from IKEA if you really want to see heads scratched.

    Bonus points if you use the shelf in the same room with the urinary tract wallpaper.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “doesn’t damage the books” is not correct. I’ve been a conservator for more than 15 years and I can tell you that this would definitely loosen the spine and several types of binding.

  9. Kestral says:

    Yeah, I’m liking the idea less for being a upside-down bookshelf and more of a double capacity bookshelf. Another perhaps crazier version would be to mount the shelves vertically using those previously mentioned invisibly bracketed shelves, with the attachment method hooked onto both sides. Then you could have one or two shelves per stud, should you need to hook into them, yet the books would appear to be entirely unsupported… and they would still be double capacity!

    Still, this is a fun twist on the ordinary bookshelf.

  10. clueless in brooklyn says:

    my books are stacked on the floor against the wall.

    invisible bookshelf

  11. loganbouchard says:

    i want to make a bookshelf that’s really thin, maybe transparent, that’s not deep enough to show if you put the standard book on it. then attach to cool book ends to the wall on either side. then cram it with books, so it looks like the pressure of the bookends are holding them in place.
    and maybe the book ends could be hands or something cool like that. or oppositely charged particles.

    but i like this idea, the upside down bookshelf, but wish it looked just a little better. i might do it. again, mostly for the double capacity. then maybe i’d finally get around to buying Little Brother…

  12. SamSam says:

    … the easiest way to get your instructible into BoingBoing is to take a picture with one of Cory’s books in it… ;)

  13. akbar56 says:

    Double Capactity? Why not just mount a second shelf underneath it? Past a silly gag I don’t see this being very useful.

  14. Drhaggis says:

    I, like the previous commentors, lack whimsy and humour. I just had to log in and voice my disinterest in such a contraption. For shame Cory, thinking this is fun and wonderful.

  15. Enochrewt says:

    I for one think it’s a neat idea. But I’d be concerned about wear and tear on the books caused by repeatedly pulling them in and out of the the elastic straps.

  16. AGF says:

    Awesome! I think it might be a good idea to also mount one or two brackets behind the books so you can’t see them but they still support the weight properly.

  17. Biscuit4 says:

    there is no way that those books are hung with tape.

  18. sswaan says:

    I see someone else reads this blog. It’s like candy, isn’t it?

  19. Drewkulele says:

    “elasticated?” Really? I think you mean “elasticized,” no? The other day I read that someone and a friend had “conversated” about something. Sheesh!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Back in my college days (25 years ago +/-), it was a popular “prank” to turn someone’s room over – you got bonus points for turning the fish bowls over, attaching the bed to the ceiling, etc.

    Yes, it was an engineering school. ;^)

  21. ForstRose says:

    In theory I like this idea if it could be used to allow books stored above and below the shelf and the brackets weren’t in the way of shelf space as well as being designed to be “invisible” to keep a clean look.


  22. Lucifer says:

    f sw ths hngng n smn’s hs tht knw, ‘d hv t pnch tht prsn n th stmch rl hrd.

  23. OM says:

    “Is that a copy of Little Brother I see there in the middle? :)”

    …You mean rehtorB elttiL :-P

    “I don’t see an inverted bookshelf, I see a double capacity bookshelf”

    …Not necessarily. If you’ve got only one bookshelf, yes. If you’ve got two, you’ve got to space out the shelves vertically ~twice as much as before to account for the books in between the shelves. Ergo, if your space accommodates four shelves vertically, then the only real savings you get is in the number of holes in the wall for the brackets.

  24. Teej says:

    Making it.

    This one needs to be painted – hence the unfinished look.

    Love the idea.

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