Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

We recently installed new shelves, but with all the books taken out of storage, we were still having trouble with space. We had mass-market paperbacks stacked either two-deep or rows on top of each other. Either way, not the best. I had saved a pin showing lifts for a DVD shelf, but didn’t like way it was set up. The pin image shows a closed, fixed-width cube-shelf, but our shelves are open and I needed a more fluid, adjustable system that I could add or move chunks for future book accumulation. Then we made a random trip to the dollar store one day, and found the solution.

Paperbacks on shelf: Before


At our local Dollar Tree (where everything’s a dollar), I found these “floral support” blocks in the craft aisle. Sweet! They are the perfect size for paperbacks (3-7/8″ cube) and the height worked out great, too.

3-7/8 Floral Support Cubes

I didn’t even remove the plastic wrap. Just set them up on the shelf and stacked a row of paperbacks on top.

Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

Put another row in front, and it looks amazing!

Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

I am beyond thrilled with the results, and it only cost $5. That’s the best type of solution: inexpensive, efficient, and exactly what you wanted.

Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

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