Media Room Magic: CD, DVD, and Bookshelf Storage

By Kieran Juska

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Media Room Magic, bookcase in living room
Antonis Achilleos

Out in the Open

Storing CDs and DVDs on open shelves makes them super accessible, which is ideal for a family that's always listening to music or popping in movies. Sandwiching an IKEA CD tower with two of its Billy bookcases, as we did here, offers the best of both worlds: full-size shelves to hold books and knickknacks and an extra-slim set of shelves for CDs and DVDs (shelf height can be adjusted in both units). The downside? Open shelves can start to look cluttered easily. Avoid this by breaking up the space visually: Stack some larger books horizontally and add a few favorite decorative objects, as we did here. Also, integrate some good-looking containers, like these baskets from Aero Studios and the polka-dot canvas open-top storage box from Hable Construction, to house smaller items. Rug, the Rug Company; sofa, Crate & Barrel; blue side table, Bungalow 5; pillow and lamp, the Conran Shop; porcelain topiary (on upper-right shelf), Anthropologie.

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