My CD collection was becoming a bit unruly, particularly after gratefully accepting the donation of a few hundred discs from a friend’s collection. I had already outgrown the CD towers I had hastily bought from Officeworks when they stopped making them so it was time for some more efficient shelving. Now don’t drag me for still buying and keeping CDs, often it’s the only way to properly financially support the artists so new recordings can remain financially viable. Also, classic releases are often dumped at incredibly low prices so it’s easy to fill gaps in classical and jazz libraries… but I digress.

CDs, CDs, CDs everywhere

This apartment doesn’t have an enormous amount of wall space owing to the many windows, but I did keep an area clean for shelving for my CDs. Inspired by this fellow Melbournian’s impressive CD collection, I looked wanted to do something a bit more humble albeit just as space-saving.

I looked into a bunch of shelving options including floating and steel, but ended up going with simple, store-bought track shelving. I wasn’t sure if it was going to look messy (I removed the same shelving from the first apartment I rented because I hated it), but I looked up some examples and saw that it can indeed be attractive. It was also going to provide flexibility as my needs grow (or shrink) and was cheap. All boxes ticked.

I popped out to Bunnings looking for something else and came home with four 1.6m double tracks (the bits that screw onto the wall). Carrying those home on the tram was fun. This was basically me:

I sourced the brackets from The Shelving Shop online and had them posted to me as Bunnings didn’t have enough stock. I have four spares just in case I need to squeeze in another shelf at some point.

Brackets for shelves up!

Finally, I chose simple 12mm thick MDF for the eight shelves themselves. Allboard Distributors took care of me here. I just emailed them what I was after (2 meters by 142mm) and they cut the wood and delivered it to my building. They even suggested a change that would save me some money (ordering 8 instead of 9 shelves would save me the cost of a whole board of MDF). It took about a week for my job to come up but then they threw it on a truck and got it out to me. I guess they’re used to dealing with fit builders so the delivery guy just pointed to the wood on the truck when he arrived and I had to wrangle it off. I could handle eight. Nine might have done me in.

I used a stud finder to try to align the tracks up with the studs (essential unless you’re using plasterboard anchors), but the stud finder reported the whole wall as being a stud. This is a bit of a mystery to me, but I can only assume that there’s an additional wood panelling behind the plasterboard on this wall as it’s a wall that adjoins another apartment. In short, I don’t really know what I was screwing into behind there, but it seems totally sturdy. I’d love to know exactly what is in there. Bodies, maybe? Bags of old cash? A hidden room with someone else’s shelving that I’ve just screwed into?

I had planned to prime and paint the shelves in Lexicon Quarter to match the walls but I didn’t mind the look of the raw MDF. I still might paint them, but I’ve kinda had enough of painting recently.

Completed CD shelves

Here’s the full cost:

4 x 1600mm shelving twin-slot tracks – $45.84
36 x 120mm twin-slot brackets – $79.20 (+ $19.80 delivery)
8 x 2000mm MDF shelves – $64 (+ $60 delivery)
A pack of wood screws – $7.80

TOTAL: $276.64