I'm about to move in to a condo with my future wife, and efficient use of space is a must, considering we're downsizing to a space less than half the square footage of our two apartments combined. It's clear that my industrial steel Boltz CD, DVD, and (perhaps even) LP shelves must go. Among aesthetic and functional reasons, since I've been spending weeks converting 90% of my CD/DVD collection from bulky jewel cases and clamshell cases, to slim flexible clear plastic sleeves, the old "dowel rods" or bookshelf style shelf (like Boltz) no longer works, because the slick plastic sleeves tend to lean and slip through the open spaces. Scoring much higher on "wife acceptance factor" scale (and honestly, they do look a hell of a lot better!) are drawers, such as ones found at Ikea. The idea is to have all CDs stored away in drawers, with minimal visibility, rather than out in the open like traditional "bookshelf style" CD/DVD shelves. Because of our limited space, we're going to put these shelves/drawers in our dining room area, adjacent to the living room. So they must look pleasant/appealing for a dining area. KEY FACTORS: able to hold up to 1,000 inches of discs (measured across, as if stacked next to each other on a bookshelf) reasonably priced at around $1,000 or less for the entire set of shelving/drawers needed (so the expensive Atocha Design system is out of reach!) sturdy enough to hold the weight of all those discs packed into each drawer (skeptical of particleboard, in favor or strong, real wood) taller is preferable to wider (want to maximize the wall height that's available, and conserve precious floor space) OPTION #1: Ikea Pax/Komplement System http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/10998/ Expected price: $1,000-1,300+ Advantages: Can be built very tall (ideally we'd need 80 inches tall). Flexible enough to add regular shelves up higher, to hold box sets, etc. Wider shelves could make it easier to store DVDs along with CDs. Concerns: Can the particleboard of these shelves and drawers handle the full weight of all those discs in each drawer? Will get expensive after buying all the drawers/shelves to insert into the wardrobe unit. OPTION #2: We have also been considering a combination of Besta shelves and Inreda drawers. Expected price: $800-1,000 (including all drawers, etc.) Advantages: The right height and depth. Flexible enough to add regular shelves up higher, to hold box sets, etc. Wider shelves could make it easier to store DVDs along with CDs. Concerns: Can these handle the weight of all those discs in each drawer? Doesn't appear we can add sliding or swinging doors, so all shelves and drawers would be exposed. OPTION #3: Wayborn Addison 24 Drawer CD Chest - 5911R http://www.racksandstands.com/Wayborn-5911R-WYB1478.html Expected price: $1,320 (for two) Advantages: Looks great. Each drawer is narrow enough that the weight of filling the drawer with CDs should not be a concern. Concerns: Not too tall at 51 inches (we could go up to 80 inches), so we might need to put additional shelves on top to hold box sets, etc. Those shelves would be exposed, so not very attractive (and will be right next to an open window, so I'm concerned about potential thieves noticing them). Narrow drawers, designed just for CDs, might make it tougher to efficiently store DVDs. OPTION #4: Leslie Dame Library Style 24-Drawer CD Cabinet - Cherry - CD-288-C http://www.racksandstands.com/Leslie-Dame-Enterprises-CD-288-C-LE1080.html Expected price: $1,000 (for four) Advantages: Looks pretty good (though a bit too much like a library card catalog). Satisfies the drawers concept we're looking for. Concerns: Not very deep compared to other options, so more will be needed to hold the same amount of CDs/DVDs (would rather the furniture stick out ten more inches than take up more wall width). Would need to stack two of these on top of each other to get sufficient storage-to-wall ratio. Would need to secure them well if stacking. Would be tough to reach the upper drawers without a step-ladder. Not sure how sturdy they are for the price. Narrow drawers, designed just for CDs, might make it tougher to efficiently store DVDs. Anyone have any other options or ideas? Craig.