I've been working on ways to cover my shelves and make my room look more unified, all without spending too much money. Here's how I've been doing this:
- Take black butcher paper and cut to desired size.
- Put a cute picture from a calendar in the middle (Dollar Store calendars rock)
- Put a border at the bottom.
- Laminate the whole shebang.
- Attach with a strip of color-coordinated duct tape to the shelf above.
If you're working with a very wide shelf, it might be a good idea to make separate "doors" that are half or 1/3 of the width of the shelf. That way, you don't need to lift a long, heavy flap. Just lift the little door you want to move.
As an added bonus, you can say, "Hey, Joey, go get a dictionary. They're behind the tiger!"
The side of my cheap utility shelves that make the side of my classroom library area:
Covered back side of my (sagging) utility shelves. I store class library books on the other side and mini-books on this side. So, I'm covering the shelves on this side, since the kids don't need to see the mini-books. I'll eventually cover the top shelves as well.