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Linen Dust Shields

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

To protect books from dust, crisp lengths of linen can be hung from shelves. The technique, used in old Swedish libraries, also gives a neat appearance to uneven volumes. To make, measure the length of the shelf, and the distance from the shelf above to the top of the shortest book. Add 1 inch to all sides; cut prewashed linen to this size. Hem bottom and sides by 1 inch. Sew 1-inch-wide twill tape to top edge. Fasten to underside of shelf every 6 inches with upholsterers' tacks or a strip of Velcro.


Comments (3)

  • MissMarple 16 Jan, 2009

    You could carry this one step further by simply laying a cloth over the tops of the books, behind the suspended linen, for added dust catching. I'm a librarian, and didn't know this about "old Swedish libraries," so I find it especially charming and interesting.

  • Wens 1 Nov, 2008

    Thanks for this so simple and practical idea. I always thought the best way to protect them from dust was to enclose them in glass.Thanks again.

  • dayan 19 Jun, 2008

    I like to read, so I have so many books on the bookshelf. However, it is very hard for me to keep them from dust. For me, this is a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing. I have to try this. Good luck to me!