When you have a collection you’re proud of, you want to show it off. However, it can be hard to find ways to display your collectibles in a suitable, visually appealing way, especially without having to spend a massive amount of money.
However, with a bit of ingenuity and experimentation, you can create a display for your collections that won’t make you go broke. To get you started, here are four display hacks for collectors.
Double Row Shelving
A lot of people have way more books, games, or Blu-rays than they have shelves to put them on. However, if you have a deep enough shelf, you can effectively double your storage space. There are two ways of doing this: the first, and easiest, is to put all your larger books – like hardcovers and coffee table books – toward the back of the shelf and then smaller ones, such as paperbacks, in front of those. This way you can store twice as many books on your shelf but still see what’s at the back.
Of course, this method isn’t going to work if you have books that are all the same size, or indeed for games or Blu-rays as their cases tend to be similar sizes. In this case, you’ll want to put something on the shelf for the back row to stand on; a small block of wood or sturdy box can work perfectly for this. The main concern is that whatever you place in the back row will raise the items up high enough that they can be seen above the front.
With this done, you’ll have an easy way to store twice as many items and still be able to find whatever you’re after easily.
DIY Angled Stands
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Figure out what size works best for you (this will depend on the space you are going to place it in and how big the items you wish to display are – A5 or A4 are generally the best) and purchase a few stands. When the stands arrive, it’s a simple matter of fixing your items to them. I’d recommend an adhesive putty like BluTac that’s reusable as there is less risk of it damaging your items. Then, simply place the stand with your items attached somewhere people will notice them.
Due to the stand being angled the adhesive putty on their underside will be hidden by the items themselves. It’s best to place the stand so that people have to look down at the items and won’t be able to see it.
Ad-hoc Postcard, Promotion Card/ Advertisement Holders
It’s no secret that the world is becoming more and more digital and traditional photography paper and film is all but extinct. 99% of people now take photos digitally, and for the most part, they store all but their most favorite images on a hard drive or in the cloud. People are now digitizing their older photos as well to save them for prosperity.
But if you’ve digitized all your photos and don’t need to keep the physical prints, what do you do with all those photo albums that housed them? Throw them away? Heck no! Photo albums are perfect for any kind of print collectible that is larger than a trading card but smaller than a poster. Postcards, cinema lobby promos, artist sketches, signatures, there are a multitude of items that can find a new, safe home within old, no-longer-used photo albums! Even if you missed the age of printed photos, photo albums can still be bought cheaply now so go wild and grab a few to store your precious prints!
Cheap Display Case
Have some cool items you want to show off, but you don’t want them getting covered in dust? Well, you need a display case! Unfortunately, display cases can be quite expensive, so if you’re on a budget, why not try out this idea: a fish tank. Turned upside down, our aquatic friends’ homes can make the perfect protective barrier between your collectibles and the evil denizens floating in the air.
While fish tank prices can reach up into the hundreds, most stores should also have a selection of cheaper options, around £20 or less. Of course how much it’ll cost will depend on the size, which will depend on your collectibles, but it’s a lot more affordable than buying a whole cabinet (and I hear in the US megastores like Petco do a $1 per gallon sale at least once a year). I’d also suggest going for a glass or perspex tank as plastic will result in a “cloudy” view of the item inside.
Once you have your tank, put your items on a sturdy shelf or surface with the tank over the top and – voila – a lovely display case that won’t cost you a fortune.