There are few things better than sitting in front of the TV watching a good film. But there are few things worse than trying to find somewhere to keep all of your DVDs, CDs, computer games to stop them from getting in your way and under your feet all of the time!
Thankfully there are few brilliant storage solutions out there for media buffs with plenty of hard copies of their favourite media.
Here are the most popular storage solutions available to homeowners today:
An increasingly popular method of storing your CDs, DVDs and games is to install a series of floating shelves and to simply place the cases on the shelves as if they are pieces of art (which some of them are, of course!). This idea is perfect for audiophiles and film fanatics as they are able to store their media whilst still being able to see it, making the fact that they have had to move their beloved collection a little easier to swallow.
Floating shelves come with invisible brackets so the appearance is clean and elegant. Most high quality floating shelves will be able to hold large weights and loads as they possess a strengthening bar in the middle which often supports loads of more than 30kg. And the best news of all, most top of the range floating shelves can even be fitted along uneven walls and alcoves due to their solid and durable core.
The only drawback with this idea is that if you have a large collection of CDs, DVDs and games you will need many, many shelves so it may not be the best idea for those who have built up a phenomenal collection of discs over the years.
Embedded Wall Cases
Similar to the floating shelf idea, this method simply involves getting a set of CD cases printed with a custom design, like a floral pattern for example, then arranging them in a pattern on your wall. This storage technique hides your CD and DVD cases all whilst taking up only the smallest amount of space (and it’s only blank space on the wall that needs to be filled!).
The great thing about this idea is that you can even do it yourself from home without a professional grade printer. Simply use some of your wallpaper to cover the cases and you can even use the same wall paper paste to stick the cases to the wall.
Now this idea might not sound the most appealing to everyone but placing your CDs, DVDs and games into a CD wallet (or series of CD wallets) is incredibly space efficient. Taking your CDs, DVDs and games out of their hard cases and placing them into a CD wallet means that you can flick through all of your discs quickly and efficiently. It also allows you to organise them in any manner that you like to make browsing through them a breeze.
CD wallets are a very popular method of storing your multimedia discs, which is more than likely due to the fact that this is the most affordable way to do so.
For the ultimate solution, why not switch to digital? Though there are still plenty of people out there who recognise the value of the traditional disc, investing in a hard drive or an mp3 player with lots of memory will save bucket-loads of space and ensure that you can play your favourite tunes or films on a range of different devices.
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Heetan Jethwa is an account manager at Direct Corporate Design, a top CD, DVD and USB printing and duplication company based in Essex. He and his team are constantly asked for their storage tips!