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on December 13, 2015
I have roughly 500+ movies, either sets or individually. Before now, I've used the IKEA Billy shelves to house them together, but it means purchasing extra shelves every time things start to become too crowded. Thus began my search for space saving options. I didn't want to stare at movies lining my walls any longer and really didn't want to spend a lot of $ on this project. DiscSox were the ideal outcome, but out of the range I wanted to spend for how many movies I have. So I came across a lot of binder options and in my opinion, think the Artisan binder is one of the best.
Each Artisan binder has sixty pages that hold two discs on the front side, two on back, for a total of 240 discs. There are four different sections each separated with a three ring binder. They're about as wide a a DVD case is tall. Once full, a binder weighs roughly 15 pounds and there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room between each page. I like to keep every title alphabetical and I know I will be adding to my collection, so to be safe, I removed four pages from each section to leave plenty of extra space and add-in room. While you can put only one movie on each page, I opted to put two discs on each, often combining sleeve pictures one behind the other. However, with sets that come with two discs, I will keep those on one page. If a set has 2+ discs, I will usually cut the cardboard cover around the DVD/Bluray case (if it came with one) and just attach it on the next side. Just to make sure certain discs and sets were going together, some movies with one disc, still did end up having a page of their own.
Also, having a decent collection of TV show seasons, I don't really know if this is a convenient option because now I feel like I need cover art for each page. To be honest, I may keep my TV shows in the cases they have... Still undecided. Like many others, I still have a couple shelves worth of rather nice sets or steel books I can't yet bare to get ride of, so it seems like I'll still have a small shelf of movies.
I bought a total of five binders. Four are used for movies, one for games and TV shows. With the pages I've taken out, I have sixty four extra pages, so I'm really not planning to buy another one of these for a long time! But, because I've decided to have extra space in each, having five of these are definitely still a large storage option. Much better than 5 bookshelves, but that's an opinion. To organize things, I have a paper list of all the movies I own that I keep near my "theater system" and then a list in each binder of what's included. For now, I've simply labeled each binder with what's inside to keep track of the binder order as well, for example "Mirrors - Spider-Man". For me, this process took 8+ hours to complete.
The biggest complaint I have about these is I HATE three ring binders that don't have a latch you can press to open. Which means if I fill these completely, I'm using my hands to rip apart the 3 ring binder in each section each time. I think having the latch would make it so much more convenient when removing or adding pages as often as I will. It's also rather bulky, changing out a movie quickly and grabbing another isn't as quick as grabbing one off of the shelf due to the size.
I have yet to have any issues with the pages scratching the discs.
But aside from all of that, this is definitely a cheaper option than the DiscSox and more convenient that simple CD cases with the number of discs it holds. I would recommend these to someone who has roughly 150~ movies and probably not for someone with as large (or larger) collection than my own unless you're comfortable with having all the extra cases.
Good luck fellow consolidators!