Conceal Book Shelves by UmbraÂ®
These book shelves are solid and easy to install. It does not matter at all that they are strictly functional (meaning they are not attractive) since they are invisible, even from the bottom. The bottom book cover rests on two little curved extensions underneath the shelf. Hard to see in the photos but the extensions come off the back plate near where the shelf attaches to the plate. I uploaded a photo showing the view of the books from the bottom. The extensions are barely visible.
I bought 4 large shelves, thinking it would give me more stacking options. I did not realize, though, that standard hardcovers are 5.5"-6" wide, and thereby are just a hair too narrow to serve as the bottom layer. I actually had to go to the second hand store and buy a few over sized books. Since it's never a hardship for me to buy books, I did not care but some people may not have that option.
I tried a trade paper book for the base and it worked but I think eventually the force of gravity would have caused the cover to droop so I swapped it out.
Since your books become decor with these shelves things stand out that would otherwise be invisible. Keep in mind that the tops and bottoms of the pages will be visible with these shelves. I had a 2nd hand book stamped "Discarded" on the tops of its pages (bought from a library sale) that I returned to a regular bookshelf. I imagine staining or warping will be noticeable too.
February 2, 2014
Wow Great Idea!! Must Buy
WOW I am so impressed with this purchase! It was super easy to install(took less than 5 min). This book shelf offers an alternate way to store books while showcasing them as an artful decoration. After stacking a few books I even put a few of my most listened to CD's on top. Great purchase I will be buying more. I wish they made one suitable for magazines.
November 14, 2013
I saw these floating bookshelves on an interior design website and was so excited to see that the Container Store had them. It looks amazing with the books just floating there, and let's not even get into the space-saving aspect of them. I live in an apartment so not having to have a big, clunky book shelf is ideal for me.
Do yourself a favor and get more than one! They are easy to install and they hold a fair amount of books. I can't begin to tell you how ultra-cool they look!
June 20, 2013
These shelves are perfect for any small or large space you may have. They are easy to mount yourself and can hold a good number of books. They're extremely sturdy and look great!
May 3, 2013