IVAR and CD storage

I wanted a solution for storing my audio CDs and came up with this build. It’s a add-on to the Ivar shelve system by Ikea. The shelves I have are 30cm deep, so if they’re used for storing CDs as-is, inserting a disc tends push adjacent CDs deeper to the shelve. How annoying :)

As a shelve divider / support, my solution is not by far the most efficient one as it pretty much wastes half of the depth of a shelve. However, as I have amassed a fair collection of parts for Ivar, this was the cheapest and quickest for me to implement. In overall the build took around four to five hours spread over a few days with varnishing taking up most of the time spent. I chose to build ten dividers all in all, good for at least 400 – 500 CDs.

The only parts needed are plank (one size, cut to proper lengths) and screws.  Ivar shelves are made from pine, so using the same wood is recommended especially if the rest of the shelve system is varnished. If the wood grain won’t be left visible, the type of wood doesn’t really matter. For a single divider, four to five pieces of three different sizes are needed:

  1. Back boards. Other pieces are fastened to this.
  2. End pieces. These will go between the Ivar “ladder” end piece.
  3. Dividers. One or two, using more will just hog up shelve space.

I fastened the end / divider pieces with two screws each (eight per support). The end pieces are cut tight enough for the support to stay put without affixing it to the rest of the shelve in any other way. Dividers could also be left out altogether, it’s really about how one wishes to configure this add-on :). Here’s a quick MSPaint sketch of my design:

Exploded view of Ivar CD support.

Other than that, let’s move on to build photos!

Ivar CD, drying up the dividers

End pieces and dividers drying up after varnishing.

Ivar CD, drying up the back boards

Back boards drying up after varnishing.

Ivar CD, end piece

Extra set of holes on one end piece. This is what you get for drilling without checking your dimensions twice ;)

Ivar CD, assembled support in place

First divided installed.

Ivar CD, stacked dividers


Ivar CD, stacked supports with some CDs

Let's insert some CDs

If you’d want to get a bit fancy with the completed supports, you could mix some of the saw dust (left from cutting the plank) with wood glue and use the resulting goo to fill up / cover the screws. This would of course require varnishing the supports after assembly, making the in-progress handling a bit trickier. I used black drywall screws, so they don’t really stand out too much from the dark brown varnish.  Drywall screws don’t need guide holes to be drilled either :)

Can’t think of a reason why this wouldn’t work for DVDs or small books as well.. if you don’t mind wasting a bit of space. Only the plank height needs to be adjusted accordingly. The dividers might even work well double-sided, if you could get shelves somehow installed without the cross-brace.

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