I need a very inexpensive hutch-like set of shelves in my home office.

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Thinking planks of some sort, perhaps sitting on glass jars, or? Where do I look for planks? Colored marbles inside jars? Or?

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  • Beth Beth on Aug 12, 2017
    Try getting peach baskets. They are square in shape and can be stacked.

  • Home Depot, Lowes, lumberyard, etc. for prefinished or raw boards. I would not use glass jars as support for the shelves - too fragile. New or used bricks, you can paint them or mod podge fabric or paper on them. Or good old fashioned cinder blocks, but they are heavy.

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 12, 2017
    Jars doesn't sound too safe. What are you planning on putting on those planks? If its heavy books or supplies etc. I would think more like concrete blocks, or get that steel track and metal brackets you hang on the wall. You can find this inexpensive at Habitat for Humanity Restore, I usually see it all the time. You could also get L-shaped metal brackets to hold a board on the wall, again use more than 2 if its a long stretch.
    And your wood boards would need to be 1 1/2"- 2" thick to prevent buckling if you are doing one long board otherwise it will sag in the middle as the weight bends the board.

  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 12, 2017
    Hello Micah89701, You could use boards from pallets to make your shelves. Sometimes you can find them for free. I also would not use jars to stack them. I like the idea of using bricks or cinder blocks. Good luck.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 12, 2017
    Go to some garage sales on the weekend (Sat is best). I saw 3 beautiful ones today and the most expensive one was only $50 and it was gorgeous!

    Good luck!