10 Ways to Store CDs and DVDs (Yes, Some of Us Still Have Them)
Your music and movies can actually become a cool feature
Devote an entire wall to your music and movie collections to provide a one-stop shop for all your media. Every title is on display for browsing, which is ideal for those who love to see all their favourites in one sweep of the eye.
The shelving system here is a smart option as it allows you to create smaller and larger sections for different objects. By having a system like this you can also think about categorising into themed sections. For example, you could put all your action films together or dedicate a shelf to classical CDs.
Run out of room on your wall? How about using the area around a doorway? Here, the owners have built a shelf all the way along the ceiling, and even carved out some perfectly sized CD storage at the side. They’ve made full use of the wall height, as well as the width. If you have an especially high ceiling, you may want to install a ladder secured to a rail so you can reach the volumes at the top.
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This cosy room has an alcove entirely devoted to DVDs and CDs, but what makes it really stand out is the grid layout of the shelves. This design also ensures the media cases look tidy and harmonious.
If you’re a particularly visual person, this might be the solution for you. A vintage display cabinet is tucked into this living room to provide handy storage for DVDs and CDs. To make it creative, the owners have colour-coded the items, which has transformed a collection of everyday objects into a stylish feature in the room. And it looks fantastic with the other colour accents in the space.
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If your media items are tucked into a dark corner, or located in a room with limited natural light, consider adding shelf lighting. This bookshelf has been illuminated with LED strips that make it easy to view the contents and looks fantastic, too.
If you’re thinking about building new storage furniture, see if your designer can provide some innovative solutions for you. This traditional dresser opens up to reveal clever storage for a music system and accompanying CDs. Everything is tucked away neatly, but can be accessed easily.
CDs and DVDs are relatively slim – less than 20cm in depth – so there may be room in your hallway for your collection. This bespoke grid of small alcoves is perfect for storing media items and looks lovely to boot. If you have a large space available, remember to leave a few alcoves for new purchases. When the defined space becomes full, you know it’s time to weed out a few items and send them to the charity shop.
Make use of little nooks and crannies. The cupboards here have plenty of space for shoes and outerwear, and there was just enough room left for some CD shelves along the side.
If you prefer closed storage, drawers are a great way to go as they have a large capacity and it’s super easy to view your collection. This drawer has been neatly divided, something you could do yourself with a piece of plywood or MDF cut to fit.
Before you allocate your storage, take the opportunity for a declutter, too. Be ruthless and only keep what you know you’ll watch or listen to again. If you’ve digitised all your favourites and don’t actually need them to hand, consider storing originals in a secure plastic box in the loft.
This bespoke media unit can conceal a lot of clutter, and is great for those who are less than organised about storing their DVDs and CDs.
It could also be a safe place to store old home videos, but you should consider converting them to a digital format as video tape can start to deteriorate in as little as 10 years. Find a company who converts home movie videos through the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO).
Have you held on to your CDs and DVDs, or are you entirely digital? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.