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I have around 2,000 CDs sitting in moving boxes, and need some way to store them. I previously used shelves from IKEA that were like CD sized book shelves, but I no longer have them and they are no longer sold. 

 

I wonder if anyone has had success with throwing away the cases and putting them in folders? This would save a lot of space. 
 

I don’t want to use book cases, as they are bulkier than necessary for CDs. 

Any suggestions appreciated! 

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Many years ago when moving overseas for a while, I threw away all the cases and put the CDs in wallets/folders.

 

I've always regretted it, even more so since I built custom furniture to hold the ones I'de bought since.

 

Cheers,

Jason.

 

 

 

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Just now, koputai said:

Many years ago when moving overseas for a while, I threw away all the cases and put the CDs in wallets/folders.

 

I've always regretted it, even more so since I built custom furniture to hold the ones I'de bought since.

 

Cheers,

Jason.

 

 

 


Custom storage would be much nicer. 
 

The wallet idea is really a compromise to keep everyone happy, as my stereo is in the lounge room. 
 

If I can find some nice shelves that aren’t too expensive it may be a possibility. 
 

I’m likely going to buy LP storage shelves from HIFI Racks. They also offer CD storage, but by the time I’d bought enough levels I’d likely be in the thousands, which is more than I wish to spend. 

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Years ago there were a number of systems for storing CD disks in a wallet, one had a sophisticated design that had a pocket for the disk, book and back tray card, and had a metal bar (like on a suspension file in a filing cabinet) so it could be suspended on rails. 

 

I would suspect that these solutions would be harder to find now due to decreasing interest in CDs.  Also, many would come from the US, so you would have exorbitant shipping to add. 

 

An eBay search might find some options.  Here is something from the USA - 3-ring binder pocket https://www.bagsunlimited.com/category/492/cd-binders-and-pages

 

One thing I've been thinking of would be to build a cabinet with pull-out drawers to house CDs with cases.  This would offer a greater density of storage compared to having them in bookshelf-type storage. 

 

Let us know if you find something good. 

 

 

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Don't go to wallets unless you really have to. They are much less satisfying and efficient to browse, especially a collection your size. And even if you keep all the liner notes you still lose the tactile sense of the album as an object.

 

There probably aren't many - ah -'off the shelf' options around these days, and I agree regular bookshelves are oversized and clumbsy. So custom might be the way to go. I favour long shelf lengths, rather than square 'cubby holes'. It's easier to add new purchases in order without too much mucking around.

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https://www.ikea.com/au/en/p/gnedby-shelving-unit-white-80360734/

 

You mean this from Ikea? still listed on the web sight?

 

I have two of these integrated with billy bookcases at the back of the room, also serves as diffusion but probably in the wrong place in my room.

 

Edit: the shelves are also height adjustable if you have blu-rays or what not.

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

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Google oskar cd rack , check results . they used to be sold by selby now sold by others 

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There is a philosophical decision to be made.  If you like the tactile feel of using CDs, then get CD racks, shelves etc.  

 

I got over that, ripped the CDs to the NAS; my music source is the NAS. All my CDs (and movies!) are in sleeves..,

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1 hour ago, GeoffRoberts said:

I have around 2,000 CDs sitting in moving boxes, and need some way to store them. I previously used shelves from IKEA that were like CD sized book shelves, but I no longer have them and they are no longer sold. 

 

I wonder if anyone has had success with throwing away the cases and putting them in folders? This would save a lot of space. 
 

I don’t want to use book cases, as they are bulkier than necessary for CDs. 

Any suggestions appreciated! 

 

I'm using a solution that sits somewhere in between shelving and wallets.

When I started to run out of room in my Blackline CD drawers, which are no longer available, I got half a dozen of these Snap-N-Store Double CD Boxes that sit on two shelves in a large bookcase (bookcase needs to be deep enough):

https://www.amazon.com/Snap-N-Store-Double-Storage-Black-SNS01658/dp/B001B0APOO?ref_=ast_sto_dp

 

They hold standard or slimline CD cases, but to expand the capacity I also got some packs of double-sided CD sleeves with index inserts.  I found some which have pockets large enough to accommodate the CD on one side and the booklet & rear insert on the other.

Something like this:

https://www.nierle.com/en/article/708376/Maxell_Sleeves,_Suitable_for_240_CD-DVD-Blu-ray_Double-sided,_With_240_Index_Cards,_120-pack,_Transparent.html

The ones with the index insert on the same side as the CD pocket opening are suitable.

or this:

https://www.amazon.com.au/120-Logic-CDS-120-Capacity-ProSleeve/dp/B000JJSQ58

 

You do need to fold over the edge sections of the rear insert so that it will not protrude too far out of the pocket.  Other than that they fit OK.

I tore an edge section off each rear insert and put it in the index insert.

 

The CDs that get played regularly are still in the Blackline CD drawers.

The lesser-played CDs and some special categories are in the Snap-N-Store boxes.

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I ended up putting mine in Billy bookcase with glass doors. I use these for my blurays as well.

 

I agree its not the most optimal but decided to as you can always buy more from Ikea when you need to.

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1 hour ago, cafe67 said:

Google oskar cd rack , check results . they used to be sold by selby now sold by others 

Yep. I’ve got about 5 of these. Highly recommended

 

https://www.selby.com.au/blog/oskar-multimedia-storage-is-back

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2 hours ago, audiofeline said:

Years ago there were a number of systems for storing CD disks in a wallet, one had a sophisticated design that had a pocket for the disk, book and back tray card, and had a metal bar (like on a suspension file in a filing cabinet) so it could be suspended on rails. 

 

I would suspect that these solutions would be harder to find now due to decreasing interest in CDs.  Also, many would come from the US, so you would have exorbitant shipping to add. 

 

An eBay search might find some options.  Here is something from the USA - 3-ring binder pocket https://www.bagsunlimited.com/category/492/cd-binders-and-pages

 

One thing I've been thinking of would be to build a cabinet with pull-out drawers to house CDs with cases.  This would offer a greater density of storage compared to having them in bookshelf-type storage. 

 

Let us know if you find something good. 

 

 


These sleeves look good if that’s the way it goes. Great to have a spot for front and back covers. I was wondering what to do with those 

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2 hours ago, MIKE.D79 said:

https://www.ikea.com/au/en/p/gnedby-shelving-unit-white-80360734/

 

You mean this from Ikea? still listed on the web sight?

 

I have two of these integrated with billy bookcases at the back of the room, also serves as diffusion but probably in the wrong place in my room.

 

Edit: the shelves are also height adjustable if you have blu-rays or what not.

 

Hope this helps.

 

 


The shelves I had were these wider ones. Held about 600 CDs each. 

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1 hour ago, surprisetech said:

 

I'm using a solution that sits somewhere in between shelving and wallets.

When I started to run out of room in my Blackline CD drawers, which are no longer available, I got half a dozen of these Snap-N-Store Double CD Boxes that sit on two shelves in a large bookcase (bookcase needs to be deep enough):

https://www.amazon.com/Snap-N-Store-Double-Storage-Black-SNS01658/dp/B001B0APOO?ref_=ast_sto_dp

 

They hold standard or slimline CD cases, but to expand the capacity I also got some packs of double-sided CD sleeves with index inserts.  I found some which have pockets large enough to accommodate the CD on one side and the booklet & rear insert on the other.

Something like this:

https://www.nierle.com/en/article/708376/Maxell_Sleeves,_Suitable_for_240_CD-DVD-Blu-ray_Double-sided,_With_240_Index_Cards,_120-pack,_Transparent.html

The ones with the index insert on the same side as the CD pocket opening are suitable.

or this:

https://www.amazon.com.au/120-Logic-CDS-120-Capacity-ProSleeve/dp/B000JJSQ58

 

You do need to fold over the edge sections of the rear insert so that it will not protrude too far out of the pocket.  Other than that they fit OK.

I tore an edge section off each rear insert and put it in the index insert.

 

The CDs that get played regularly are still in the Blackline CD drawers.

The lesser-played CDs and some special categories are in the Snap-N-Store boxes.


That looks quite neat. Thanks for the links 

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2 hours ago, cafe67 said:

Google oskar cd rack , check results . they used to be sold by selby now sold by others 


Looks like a great option 

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Sorry the same thing that was posted previously.  Amazon being almost half the price.

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If you’re still looking, Wilkins & Kent in Fitzroy have been doing exactly that sort of thing since at least the 90s. 
 

http://wilkinsandkent.com/cd-and-dvd-cabinets/

 

not ikea-cheap but not super expensive and very well made. Encel, where I worked, were resellers for a while and they made them sized-to-order for us.

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On 15/01/2021 at 2:57 PM, GeoffRoberts said:

I wonder if anyone has had success with throwing away the cases and putting them in folders? This would save a lot of space. 

 

I've thrown away CD covers and used CD wallets on a couple of occasions when I've moved countries - but always regretted not saving the CD cases. 

 

I would recommend finding a suitable CD shelf (the one from the amazon link looked like good value), unless you have plans in the future to rip all your CD to digital files and play the digital music. If that's the case, it might be worth getting CD wallets and saving space.

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On 15/01/2021 at 3:48 PM, GeoffRoberts said:


The shelves I had were these wider ones. Held about 600 CDs each. 

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Oh, that's much better...

 

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I would never throw away the CD cases - I had to replace several of mine due to being cracked when I purchased them second hand and it was hard to find good quality CD cases - the ones from Office Works are flimsy and awful. You used to be able to buy decent ones everywhere but no more.............so if you decide you want to put them back in to CD cases you may find it hard to source them in the future?

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The CD jewel case is one of the worst, most impractical, fragile, over-complicated, flawed pieces of industrial design to ever make it into mass production. I hate them with a passion and I think it’s criminally stupid that the manufacturers didn’t just model the CD packaging on vinyl packaging and put everything in digi-pacs from the beginning. 
 

i don’t know how that helps your cause but I had to get it out. End of rant :D 

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17 hours ago, RankStranger said:

If you’re still looking, Wilkins & Kent in Fitzroy have been doing exactly that sort of thing since at least the 90s. 
 

http://wilkinsandkent.com/cd-and-dvd-cabinets/

 

not ikea-cheap but not super expensive and very well made. Encel, where I worked, were resellers for a while and they made them sized-to-order for us.

They look nice but at those prices the storage would be more valuable than the cds you put in them these days. $1200 to hold 600 cds?

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7 hours ago, RankStranger said:

The CD jewel case is one of the worst, most impractical, fragile, over-complicated, flawed pieces of industrial design to ever make it into mass production. I hate them with a passion and I think it’s criminally stupid that the manufacturers didn’t just model the CD packaging on vinyl packaging and put everything in digi-pacs from the beginning. 
 

i don’t know how that helps your cause but I had to get it out. End of rant :D 

Actually I hate Digi Packs - CDs can get scuffed sliding them in and out (especially if tight) & I really hate the ones where the CD sits in the slots in the glued in tray in the digi pack - once one of the teeth get broken (easy to do) they CD does not stay inside, and you cannot replace it because it is the artwork itself. At least with the cases we could replace them and keep everything in tact.

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52 minutes ago, BugPowderDust said:

They look nice but at those prices the storage would be more valuable than the cds you put in them these days. $1200 to hold 600 cds?

Same can be said for anything - what about people spending hundreds or thousands on wardrobe storage or walk in robes to hang their $5 T-Shirts?

I have no problem spending money if it suits the purpose, to make it easy to use and be organised and enhances the look of the room & my home. But I do understand what you are saying.............one does have to weigh it up.

But I am female and if I prefer the look of something I will always pay more if I prefer it over the cheaper one because I have to look at it everyday and I am fussy 😉

 

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My collection of silver discs is now in excess of 3000, edging closer to the 4000 mark, and storage has become something of a problem (I guess that is what happens after 35 years!).

 

That number also includes DVDs and Blu-Rays by the way. The storage of those is not too much of a problem. All the music related DVDs and Blu-Rays are stored in a pine bookcase which I bought and stained myself some years ago, stored in alphabetical order of artist and in chronological order within that. The non-music discs are stored in a couple of flat pack self-assemble storage racks I bought from somewhere. I still have some spare room in each of those storage units.

 

With CDs I started out in a similar way. Initially bought a pine bookcase after carefully measuring shelf spacing, and added extra shelves myself to double the capacity, then stained and varnished. When I filled that, I went to a shop in Unley who custom made another pine bookcase style unit with CD shelf spacing, which I also stained and varnished.

 

I store the CDs in order of genre (my choice of genres is fairly personal and broad, would mean very little to most people, but it works for me). Within each 'genre' the CDs are in order of artist, then chronological (year released).

 

Each of the cabinets I've used were relatively inexpensive, all things considered. Most I paid was around $350 for the one I had made.

 

Well, that worked quite well for some time, but of course I filled up that storage, and now I also have stacks of CDs sitting on the floor. Have made some attempt to put those in some sort of order, but is only marginally successful.

 

I had intended to get a couple more bookshelf style storage units to go in the hallway (which is quite wide), but that has been put on hold for a while. My house has more recently become fairly cluttered with boxes of stuff containing my mother's things (papers, photos, clothes etc) that I rescued from a storage unit after she went into aged care, so I am pretty much running out of space. Will need to sit down and go through all that stuff so I can make some space, but that will take quite a long time.

 

Meanwhile the piles of discs keep on growing.

At least I have them all catalogued in a spreadsheet.

 

 

 

 

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As far as CD cases go, I don't mind the Digi Pack type too much, although they are a bit of pain if they break. The ones I don't like are the cardboard slip covers, especially the ones where you have to slide the disc out from the centre of the pack. They can be almost impossible to get out without bending and damaging the cheap and nasty cardboard covers.

 

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33 minutes ago, emesbee said:

As far as CD cases go, I don't mind the Digi Pack type too much, although they are a bit of pain if they break. The ones I don't like are the cardboard slip covers, especially the ones where you have to slide the disc out from the centre of the pack. They can be almost impossible to get out without bending and damaging the cheap and nasty cardboard covers.

 

Totally agree, those are the biggest pain in the 🙊 I detest them. Jewel Cases will always be my preferred though, because you can replace the whole case or just the toothy insert and they just sit nicer on the shelf. Some of the Digi Packs are of varying sizes now too (particularly the so called deluxe sets).

But guess that is getting off topic now ...............

I have a number of CDs  and I have brought storage boxes from Ikea (the snap together ones) and just have the CDs in those in a cupboard in alphabetical order as I seem to play mostly vinyl at the moment............

Years ago I got fed up with the storage issue and donated nearly all my CDs (except for my Prince & Madonna ones) to a charity shop after I ripped them in to iTunes - but regretted that  so brought them all back again...................(at least cheap on eBay). LOL

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I probably should cull some of my collection, but I would still have a storage problem. If I did have any Prince or Madonna CDs they would be the first to go, maybe donate to April Snow. :)  I'm not sure what most people would think of my music collection though (they would have to like Irish and Scottish music a lot).

 

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I had 2 of these made by the local "Men's Shed".  Made from real wood, stained and 'Estapol-ed'

 

Too cheap so gave them a donation as well.

 

[They are not trapezoidal; that's just my camera skills.]

 

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33 minutes ago, emesbee said:

they would have to like Irish and Scottish music a lot

 

You may not be alone on this island, Mr. Crusoe.

 

I inhabit a space between Celtic, Prog, Folk rock and New Age.

 

[Yeah, OT, sorry]

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Hooray for the rainbow of opinions! Even your wrong ones 😉

 

i ripped all my CDs years ago and they just sit in some boxes in the shed, gathering dust and annoying my wife. The best thing about digipacks is that they fill the spaces in the box that aren’t perfectly square ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
 

I get the appeal of having physical things but I can’t stress enough how liberating it is to have all that stuff be able to fit on a hard drive the size of your hand (or a nas the size of a toaster)

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40 minutes ago, RankStranger said:

Hooray for the rainbow of opinions! Even your wrong ones 😉

 

i ripped all my CDs years ago and they just sit in some boxes in the shed, gathering dust and annoying my wife. The best thing about digipacks is that they fill the spaces in the box that aren’t perfectly square ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
 

I get the appeal of having physical things but I can’t stress enough how liberating it is to have all that stuff be able to fit on a hard drive the size of your hand (or a nas the size of a toaster)

Yep that is exactly what I did about 5 years ago, all ripped on to hard drives (they still are backed up there) and then I streamed them to my system - but then I realised they still sounded better (for me anyway) as a physical CD. So I ended up buying most of them back again.............. ( so I been there done that).

I felt liberated with the space but it just did not sound the same to me to be honest.

 

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53 minutes ago, April Snow said:

Yep that is exactly what I did about 5 years ago, all ripped on to hard drives (they still are backed up there) and then I streamed them to my system - but then I realised they still sounded better (for me anyway) as a physical CD. So I ended up buying most of them back again.............. ( so I been there done that).

I felt liberated with the space but it just did not sound the same to me to be honest.

 

 

Happily, I got rid of my CD player at the same time as my CDs so I don’t have that problem ☺️

 

EDIT Seriously, though. If my CD player sounded better than my streamer, I’d just get a better streamer. That’s how much I hate jewel cases 😁

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On 15/01/2021 at 6:48 PM, GeoffRoberts said:


The shelves I had were these wider ones. Held about 600 CDs each. 

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Does anyone know where to buy, or any chance of finding these narrower cd shelving nowadays (holding 600 CDs), without having to custom build?

Prefer these than the 1m wide ones (holding 1100 CDs) on Amazon AU, as I am actually struggling to find a free wide wall.  
 

Also wonder if these type of tall-ish shelves is safe from tip-over? As I don’t want to drill into the wall behind for stability.

 

thanks

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