Sofia and I spend a large part of the day installing a set of four Ikea Liatorp bookshelves in my office today. The shelves fit pretty much perfectly, with a 1/4″ gap on each side. In fact, to get them to fit we had to take the baseboards and window casings off, but I’ll put in new ones butting up nicely to the shelves. When we eventually sell the house, the buyer better be interested in bookshelves, because these are a permanent feature of the house now!
The Liatorp model shelves are nicely engineered. There are easy access leveling pegs, they join together nicely, and the backer board uses screws with pre-drilled holes in exactly the right places, plug some other plugs that hold the backer in place (far superior to the Billy model!)
I had a lot of fun moving books down from the bedroom bookshelves, and have moved most of the non-fiction content. I was really pleased that I can mostly group my books in logical categories:
- Statistics and probability, with a couple German books and a dictionary too big to fit with the language material.
- Calculus and engineering:
- Computer programming, including my brand new Knuth box set!
- Spill over programming, general physics, fluid mechanics, and solid mechanics:
- Home repair and handywork, plus two religious books too big to fit in the religion section (I’ve got other religious material in boxes somewhere in the basement, including a Morman bible, a Koran, and a whole lot of Dad’s Scientology books (and a couple of mine from days of old) :
- Optics and statistical mechanics
- Investment and economics (although the only one I’ve really cracked of these is the old “Principles of Engineering Economic Analysis” from back in my undergrad days)
- Electromagnetism and some older general physics books from Granddad:
- Algebra, complex variables, General relativity, mathematical tables, plus Penrose’s book, which spans most categories:
- Political, classics, some borrowed Gaiman books, and religious
There’s a bunch of tidy up and finishing details to make my office space complete and usable, but this was a really nice step in that direction. Mysteriously, even after moving all these books downstairs from the bedroom, somehow the bedroom bookshelves are still mostly full seeming. Was there a wild book orgy when we weren’t looking, and now all the book progeny are left behind, still filling the shelves despite the attempt to empty them?