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A particular kind of bookshelves...

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A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby mc2fool » November 19th, 2023, 1:53 pm

I'm struggling to find a particular kind of bookshelves that I thought were very common (although it must be some years since I saw any) and I'm wondering if they had a specific name (maybe a brand name?) and I'm googling for the wrong thing. I suppose it's possible that they were a specific make and aren't made any more but let me describe them and hopefully someone will know what I'm talking about!

The supports for them, at the sides of each section, were made from 1.5"-ish square box section black metal tubes that had lots of front-to-back horizontal rods between them, so looking a bit like a ladder. Somewhat like the image below but with more horizontal rods, every 2-3 inches IIRC.

Each section had cross braces (as below) and (unlike below) the shelves were supported hanging between the horizontal rods on a pair of metal strip supports that had a hook on each end (that went over the rods) and fitted into a pair of grooves on the underside of the wooden shelf.

You could, of course, fit as many or as few shelves as you wanted into any section, with more or less any vertical spacing you liked (to the nearest 2-3 inches at least), and if you wanted to extend the unit left or rightwards you just bought another "ladder" and cross braces, and more shelves and supports of course, and attached them to the side.

Yes, there are a myriad of other shelves out there, but I'm just wondering if anyone else is familiar with the ones I'm describing and (hopefully) has a name for them. :D

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby Boots » November 19th, 2023, 2:55 pm

Ladderax

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby mc2fool » November 19th, 2023, 5:33 pm

Boots wrote:Ladderax

Yes! Brilliant! Well remembered, thanks. :D

Blimey though, the stuff is going for truly "collectors" prices on eBay and the like! :shock: https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/bn_7023581553

Meanwhile the only thing that http://www.ladderax.com/ says, other than the definition, is that it's "soon to be redefined for the 21st Century".....

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby csearle » November 19th, 2023, 7:39 pm

mc2fool wrote:Blimey though, the stuff is going for truly "collectors" prices on eBay and the like! :shock: https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/bn_7023581553
I found that the leaflet was well within my price range. C.

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby GrahamPlatt » November 20th, 2023, 7:32 am

Not come across these before. It’s a nice simple concept. Might be tempted to make something along similar lines.

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby servodude » November 20th, 2023, 7:48 am

GrahamPlatt wrote:Not come across these before. It’s a nice simple concept. Might be tempted to make something along similar lines.


Pallet racking for the living room!
I wonder if I can sell that to the missus?

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby Lanark » November 20th, 2023, 2:48 pm

Ikea have the OMAR adjustable shelving units which are vaguely similar, although I imagine they will be an order of magnitude less sturdy.

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby mc2fool » November 20th, 2023, 3:18 pm

Lanark wrote:Ikea have the OMAR adjustable shelving units which are vaguely similar, although I imagine they will be an order of magnitude less sturdy.

Not to mention a lot uglier ... https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/cat/omar-system-14317/ ;)

And they're not really bookshelves either. On a cursory google it looks like the best option for paperbacks could be an adjustable shelf CD/DVD bookcase, e.g. https://www.wayfair.co.uk/furniture/pdp/latitude-run-multimedia-wall-mounted-open-dvdcd-shelf-qyp1145.html?piid=7225328

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby GeoffF100 » November 27th, 2023, 9:16 am

mc2fool wrote:Not to mention a lot uglier ...

IKEA says it is stylish. :)

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Re: A particular kind of bookshelves...

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Postby bungeejumper » November 29th, 2023, 10:11 am

mc2fool wrote:Not to mention a lot uglier ... https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/cat/omar-system-14317/ ;)

Thanks. For years, I've been wondering what to do with all those wire baskets from our old dead freezers and dishwashers? Stand aside, Conran. A little bit of spot-welding, and I too can be a style icon. :D

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