Media Storage

Published on February 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Previously on Ikeahackers: Tame your DVD collection

DVDs, CDs are like roaches – they multiply in the dark and before you know it – you have 3 boxes of media that need a space. It’s not always easy to get the right media unit to fit your needs but thankfully, there’s IKEA hacking to the rescue. Here are some ideas for managing your precious media.

Maximise storage

Find a suitable cabinet with enough space for your entire collection. Hack one like this, this or nail it with this double whammy to maximize the number of DVDs stored.

6 ways to tame your DVD collection

Line them up

Perfectly lined DVDs minimise the cluttered look. But deeper bookcases like the KALLAX may pose a problem when you want your DVDs to pose in a row. Here’s a simple trick to keep them standing in attention: add a cardboard stopper to the space behind your DVDs.

How to line up your DVDs

Double up

If space is at a premium, don’t waste any. If your unit allows, have two instead of a single row of DVDs. But then, how do you see what’s lurking in the back row? All it takes is 5 minutes with this hack to give the second row a lift. Problem solved.

Double up storage for your DVD collection

Hide them

You may not want your DVDs in-your-face. Find creative ways to hide them or store them in an out-of-the-way nook.

Hide away your DVD collection

Sell, give them away

Admit it, there are some movies you’ll never see again and probably even regret buying the DVD. Sell them off or give them away. Clutter gone. Or if you swing towards the tech-wizard thing, digitize your media.

Rent instead

Quit the buying habit – rent your next movie and never have to deal with DVD storage again.

See more media storage hacks.

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to Previously on Ikeahackers: Tame your DVD collection

  1. Andrea says:

    Under the “Line them up” and “Double up” the links are 404 Not Found. Any way to fix those links? They were the main reason for visiting this post.

  2. Julie says:

    Do you know what happened to this post?

    It is linked on this page as a way to double up on DVDs while still being able to see the row behind.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve tried the dvd in binder things and it doesn’t work for me. I need to be able to see them and I like being able to see them. For right now, I’m using an Expedit for a room divider (so both sides are accessible) and dvd storage. The dvds are in two rows per cube with the spine facing out so the title is visible. I do need to thin down my collection, but I spent a long time and a lot of money collecting these dvds and I don’t see any shame in displaying them any more than I see shame in displaying my books.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Or go digital. I have got my cd’s on an external hard disk in iTunes. Airport connected to my stereo. Remote on the iPad and I can play any kind of music from my couch.

  5. Kiri says:

    I’m with Anonymous – Ditch the cases, put them in CD Sleeves that can fit into a ring binder. I’ve put 400 DVD’s into 3 Ring binders. Threw out 4 book boxes of DVD cases.

    I highly recommend – Compact Disc Storage Pockets by Colby. (4 DVDs to a sleeve).

  6. Archangel says:

    or do as some have, paint wood rectangular boxes lime green, hang on wall all around room as design feature that double as shelves for displaying objet’ d’art atop, hinge-hand the cd covers which are often incredibly beautiful art on the front of each box, say 6 cd covers across, and have mini artworks that are cool to look at. I agree with the editing out of what you wont listen to and/or watch again. Keep in mind if age appropriate, there are so many poor schools that would love to have your cds and dvds for the children. Thanks for your creativity and thinking things through!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Or, ditch the cases and put them in sleeves (binder or box). Several shelves of DVDs and CDs magically compressed into a 10″ box, complete with letter dividers.

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