Charlotte cabinet company designs creative way to store books, vinyl records

Charlotte cabinet company designs creative way to store books, vinyl records

When Lisa Wagstaff and her husband, Scott, married and moved in together, the newlyweds faced a clutter crisis. Piles of books and vinyl records were strewn about their living space. They desperately needed a solution.

“As you can imagine, the boxes were everywhere,” she says. “They were stacked in our coat closet and nearly taking over our guest room.”

Wagstaff wanted a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, but worried that it would eliminate a good deal of the seating area and give the room a stark appearance. She contacted Custom Cabinet Studio of Charlotte for help because her husband used to work with one of their designers, Tony Perkins.

Perkins planned a bench with album storage below, adjustable shelving above it and display areas. Wagstaff says Perkins was able to master an element of randomness, combined with symmetry for the shelf layout that seemed impossible. “I love how each section has a tall area that’s open to the wall behind it for unique art pieces,” she says.

One thing Wagstaff learned during the building of her $8,000 custom storage cabinet project was to listen to her contractor’s ideas. “If they [the contractor] have any skill at all, they will be able to provide a solution that is much cooler than anything you can come up with,” she says.

Wagstaff says there are so many wonderful elements of the design that she can’t pick a favorite. She enjoys the lighting elements that can be controlled by her smartphone, the artistic layout of the shelves and that the bench is actually comfortable to sit in. “Finally, I love being able to see and enjoy all my lovely books,” she says.

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