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Shelf spacing

Bill Houghton, Sebastopol, CA
We're closing in on later stages of a remodel of one of our rooms. The room will have built-in cabinets and bookshelves, and I'll be using pins in holes for shelf adjustment. I'm thinking of getting fancy and using the pressed-in sleeves that Lee Valley (and, I'm sure, others) offer, looking like this:

The pins come in bags of 100, which sounds like a bunch, until you start thinking about all the holes involved; so I'm mulling over shelf spacing.

I think 1" spacing makes the most sense for the bookcases, starting and finishing at 6" from the bottom/top. We don't have nearly enough bookshelves in our house, and I want those bookcases to be as efficient as possible.

The cabinets will be five feet high, and used for bulk storage, with some display shelves above them. There, I'm thinking 2" spacing may be more than enough, starting/finishing a foot from the bottom/top.

Thoughts appreciated.

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