Despite Internet streaming being hugely popular today, many of us still like to keep large collections of DVDs. Perhaps they are your favourite films or a selection of animated movies for your kids to watch on rainy days. They do take up a lot of space, however, and it’s easy for them to become untidy and spoil your décor. We’ve put together a collection of storage ideas for your DVDs and CDs.
Binders are a great way to store your discs, not least because they can be customised to suit the colour scheme and style of your room. Binders were huge back in the '90s with many people loving the fact that they could store their CD collections without having to keep the covers. They save on shelf space too, which makes them a particularly useful idea for people who have really large CD or DVD collections.
Before you buy binders for your CDs and DVDs though, here’s a bit of advice. Check how many discs the binder can hold. There are some very overpriced binders out there with room for only a few discs.
Next, decide how you want to sort them. Do you want to organise your discs in genres or alphabetically? It can be quite a labour intensive process to organise all your discs into the binder, so you will only want to do it once.
Ring binders with loose leaves are the best. Avoid the ones that have the sheets attached permanently onto the binder cover. This can be a pain if you want to add more or swop discs around.
For instance, let’s say you have fifteen sheets of discs in alphabetical order. Now you buy a movie beginning with the letter “D”. If you don’t have a loose leafed binder you will have to remove all the discs coming after it and shift them all over by one slot so that you can put the new movie in its alphabetical place. It’s a good idea to leave some empty spaces in the slots to make it easier to add new discs.
Remember to check the size of the sheets in the binder you intend to buy. Some are sized to hold a CD with its little square sleeve. Others are designed to fit DVDs with larger, rectangular covers.
Also, check the quality of the sheets. Some of the cheaper binders are a little rough and can scratch your discs. Decide as well whether you prefer side-loading or top-loading sheets.
Once you’ve made your decision, work out how many binders you’ll need to house your entire collection. Remember to allow for additions, too. Buy them in a colour that matches your decor and put attractive labels on the spines. Finally, create a table of contents for each binder to make it easier to find the film or music you'd like to enjoy.
DVD Sleeves in Baskets or Drawers
Sleeves without binders are another option for storing your DVDs. They take up a lot less space than the plastic DVD cases, but they can still hold two DVDs plus the cover art. Once your movies have been organised into the sleeves, store them in decorative rectangular shaped baskets or in drawers. Alternatively, you can use attractive boxes and display them on your TV shelving.
Not everyone likes to hide their collection away in binders or sleeves. Some people prefer to keep them in the original covers and display them like books on a bookshelf. In this case, you can build or purchase a set of shelves and mount them on a wall. Disc shelves differ from a bookcase because they are shallower and take up far less space.
There are also units available that can be fitted to the back of a cupboard door. When the cupboard is closed, the collection is hidden away. There are many tutorials online that show you how to build your own shelves. Alternatively, you can always purchase them ready-made.
There is a huge selection of attractive cabinets available to store your disc collections. Always measure the space where you intend to put the cabinet, and make sure you choose a model that fits in with your existing decor. A glass or metal cabinet will go well with modern décor, and a wooden model is more suitable for a room filled with more classic furniture.
Take note of how big your collection is and try to match the cabinet to the size of your collection, and how vast your collection will grow. There's no sense in buying an enormous cabinet to house just a couple of DVDs and CDs if you don't plan in buying more. Next, decide whether you want a cabinet with open shelving or with doors that hide the collection.
Instead of individual binders, you could also think about purchasing a disk organiser. Organisers are essentially a group of binders that are colour coded and fit together to house your entire collection.
If you have a narrow section of wall between two doors in your house, you can use this disc storage space. They are often left empty because they’re too small to fit a bookshelf or other piece of furniture, but they are often just big enough for a column of floating shelves. It’s quite an easy DIY project, and this type of shelving is widely available. There are also plenty of online tutorials showing you exactly how it’s done.
PC or External Hard Drive
If you really want to go minimalistic, you could convert your collection into a digital format and store it on an external hard drive. Alternatively, if your PC has enough available space, you could store your collection on there. Depending on the size of the film or music file, a 500GB external hard drive will hold around 700 movies.
There are several attractive and inexpensive options for housing your special DVD and CD collections. They are perfect for putting the finishing touches to your home entertainment room and will help to keep the space neat, attractive and well organised.