Originally Posted by lberk
We have lots of books here too! Most of them are in unfinished crates, which have 2 or 3 cubes together. http://www.millstores.com/display.cc...dex,cat3C.html
We have the doubles and triples, laying down. When ds was younger ( and shorter, we flipped them frontwards so the books stood up and could be flipped through. Our library puts kids books that way and its great. We now have a shelf facing out so you can see the spines, then another cube set on top the flip through way. We just kept getting more cubes as we needed them, and I figure they can be used for other things later. We also have gutter shelves in a small corner in ds's room. They don't hold much but use an otherwise wasted corner. If you do the gutters be sure to get end caps, as the cut gutters are sharp.
We use the wooden cubes too - got mine with a 50% off coupon at ACMoore. I have a 2 length and a 3 length, both lying on their side. If I face the openings forward, I can put the dish bins in and line the books up facing forwards in there and be able to pull the bins in and out, or I can use the cubes like bookshelves and line books up traditionally in them. If I have the openings of the cubes facing up and line the books up in them, it works for a while and then the kids like to pull all the books out and climb in and pretend they're driving a car.
My biggest gripe with this system has been that the books end up just lying flat in the binsbecause if too many get pulled out, the others slide down flat, if you see what I mean, and then they all end up flat. Even in the dish bins this happens. And it always happens with the traditional bookcase setup of the cubes. What I want to try, is building something to make each cube have a couple slots so the books don't slide down when they're lined up in it. Kind of like, permanent unmoveable bookends or something, but rounded edges so no sharp corners. Still working on it...
Oh, if you do the cubes, consider either finishing them or getting good quality wood - ours have splintered off a little, which is sometimes worrying.
ETA - the facing out solutions are very cool - never thought of the gutters! - but unfortunately wouldn't work for us. We have WAAAY too many books, we'd have to line every wall in the house with facing-out shelves to make that work!!