questionswhere can i get some good bookshelves?

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If you need to fill out 12' and aren't about to go custom, you're going to have to go multiple units. Rarely have I seen them wider than 3', only because it gets really heavy by then.

And just to confirm, 6' is the tallest you can go?

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Not the tallest, probably up to 8-9 feet

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If you have any woodworking/direction-following skills at all, it may be cheapest to build some yourself.

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I was hoping someone would post a response with a link leading to super-cheap and well made shelves so I could get some, too, dang it! I've been looking for some for years and can't find anything that fills the bill. Ah, well.

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@mossygreen: I agree. I've made some shelves for myself and, if you're more worried about functionality than aesthetics, they're pretty easy. Basic plans can be found a lot of places on the internets.
I googled "Simple bookshelf plans". This was one link that came up that is super easy and not terribly expensive: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-bookshelves/

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The bookshelves in my den run along one wall, with the whole unit being 18' wide and 7' tall. I built them from Ikea Ivar shelving. I've had the thing for 25 years, and it has made 4 moves, and is still doing fine. You can buy as many supports as you need, then add shelving as needed. Spaces to add shelves run all the way up and down at 1" intervals, so you can have shelves where you need them. It's best to find an Ikea reasonably close and buy just what you need without the shipping, but they are available online.

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I've spent much time searching for bookcases over the past few years; they're not cheap, especially in the "not flimsy" category. I agree with the others that making bookcases is likely to result in the best combination of quality and price, but it's unrealistic for some of us. From that perspective, I settled on Billy bookcases from Ikea. They look fine-enough, but are prone to getting beat up if you stick-them-in-a-moving-truck. There are a variety of sizes and doors, with both 11" and 15 3/8" depth. Ikea also offers some nicer/more expensive bookcases. Hemnes are solid wood; you can build some interesting combinations out of Besta if you want doors; if you're absolutely committed to as-few-units as possible, look at Expedit (available up to 6' wide); I've just fallen in love with Borgsjo, which would match the era/wood of my house. Even if there isn't an Ikea near you, the website has pictures of sample spaces, which might give you some ideas.

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We have no Ikea's in our area, and we have a huge "bonus room" that was originally a three car garage. Since we bought the house DH has been promising to build bookshelves for me across one end and down half of another wall to make a huge L-shaped "library." Every semi-affordable assembly-required shelves we found are too short for my taste. DH talks about building something, but I fear it would look too homemade. Ah, well. We've been in the house for 12 years now and he's talking about down-sizing already so maybe I'll get my library in the next house (or the nursing home).

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Check Amazon. They have a huge selection and most will ship free.

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Check out these beautiful "built-ins", made from very plain bookcases and a bit of plywood and molding: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/11/bookshelves-complete/ [Look for link to full instructions.]

More pics and info from somebody inspired by the above blog post: http://newlywedmcgees.blogspot.com/2012/03/built-in-bookshelves.html

Looks to be very doable with minimal skills and tools!