clipped-together shelving pt. 1: wood (help needed)


We are always amazed by how we’ll have an idea and start thinking about it, trying to figure it out, and then start to stumble on echoes and iterations of it. We’ve been thinking about modular shelving that looks good and sleek and is sturdy but do-able, not too expensive…Why not stack boxes in various ways, we wondered, why not CLIP them together? In the course of a week, we came across some interesting versions of the idea, from chic‘s architect-designed – and expensive – shelving to shelving units made with clipped-together crates, and even cardboard boxes (see pt 2). What figure we can find the box pretty easy to find or make; what we want is the clip so we do this our own way, on-the-cheap.

The problem with this great idea is that we haven’t been able to find affordable clips – or any that would work on 1/2 or 3/4-inch thick boards (two put together). So we’re calling on you to help us find them, by expertly or uniquely googling, or keeping eyes peeled in hardware stores or websites that might sell clips for a totally other use that would work here. We’re asking for HELP…

…to find a clip like this (which looks great):



Related posts: Clipped-Together Shelving Pt. 2: Cardboard Boxes

5 Responses to clipped-together shelving pt. 1: wood (help needed)

  1. Carlyn 04.22.2010 at 10:50am #

    Binder clips! 1″ size, available at office supply stores and probably comes in colors.

  2. s. marty brains 05.07.2012 at 10:50pm #

    Binder clips are 1″ wide, but not 1″ thick. I doubt they would work on two pieces of 3/4″ or 1″ wood. What would work is some small C-clamps from the hardware store. They won’t look as sleek as the muuto clips, but you can paint them bright colors.

  3. Charles R. 01.30.2013 at 12:21pm #

    I would be concerned with them racking and colapsing. Perhaps a triangular piece on the back in each corner to give it more regidity. Wouldn’t have to be over 1 1/2 – 2”.
    With that, the brace and the weight of the shelf and items on it, they shouldn’t need to be clipped.
    Of course you could make custom clips.
    The small ”C” clamps would do good and painting them adds a little whimsy to the project. I believe it would depend on your decor, either paint to match the shelves or accent colors or even heavy contrast colors.

  4. wisak 12.04.2013 at 7:45pm #

    You could also just use velcro.

  5. mbeks 03.30.2015 at 6:47pm #

    Bolts: bolt boxes together

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