You're a proud owner of a whole bunch of awesome figurines, but you aren't very good at displaying them. This simple shelf-building method will make them visible in just about any room in your home.
The Type Of Wood To Use
There are various types of wood that you can use for your shelves, but for figurine shelves you don't have to break the bank. You just need wood that is easy to cut and stain and is also inexpensive. Particle board is an excellent choice, as it meets all of these requirements, and it tends to be flat, which is perfect for displaying your figurines. Purchase 10 to 12 feet of it, depending on how many shelves you want.
Cutting And Staining The Shelves
Once you have picked up some sheets of particle board, take them home and cut them to the proper length and width. You should try to cut each shelf to be about six inches to a foot wide and several feet long. The exact length should vary depending on your wall, but try to keep a few inches of bare space between the wall and the end of the board.
Now you need to stain it to make it look a little nicer. Start by washing it with a rag of soapy water. Scrub off the dirt and dry it by hand. Sand off the rough edges and pre-treat it with a few layers of sealer. Use a different rag to wipe it in, and then wait for it to dry for a few hours. Now you can stain the wood using a paintbrush and let it dry for at least eight hours. Apply two layers of sealer to the stain and let it dry for a few hours.
Nail shelf holders along the length of where you want to add the shelves on the wall, putting one at each end and another in the middle. A good height is about a foot or two from the ceiling. Place the boards on the shelf holder, push them against the wall, and get ready to place your figurines on top.
Arranging Your Figurines
After you've nailed your shelves to your walls, you need to place your figurines on them in a way that makes sense. For example, if you collect animal figurines, it makes sense to arrange them via species, such as cats on one shelf and dogs on another. You can also arrange them by size, putting the large ones in back and the smaller ones in front, to avoid blocking them off.
However, if you collect comic book or action figurines, you can arrange them by alignment (good or evil), by team (such as a superhero team), or even arrange them randomly to make interesting juxtapositions. Bitter enemies can suddenly become bosom buddies on your shelves.
However you decide to arrange them, make sure to have fun with them and to enjoy your new inexpensive display shelves. They're likely to be the talk of your friendship group when they come over to visit. For additional advice on the best ways to display figurines, consider contacting a company that has collectible figurines for sale to find out how they prefer to display their merchandise.