Magazine Racks are not as boring as you think. The reason I know is because my collection of Phoenix Home & Garden magazines became so large they needed a place to live. They are fabulous magazines and a builder we were working with initially gave us a subscription to it in 2002, after we showed him a very southwest home we wanted to nearly duplicate. It is now 2010 and they are still coming – thank goodness they only come once per month. The house we purchased to remodel came with an adorable rectangular bark and branch basket that was displayed above the very white kitchen cabinets with a fake plant in it. I tossed the plant and proceeded to fill it with magazines. It now sits between the cowhide adorned window seat and floor to ceiling stone fireplace. I of course think it looks fabulous there holding 15 of the magazines we used to remodel and decorate the house. A second magazine holder in this same room, also a rectangular shape, is a multi-colored wicker basket and holds 36 magazines. It sits in the bottom shelf of our venetian plaster entertainment center and with 36 magazines in it there is plenty of room to tilt them forward and browse for the precious one you need.
I have become very interested in magazine racks since I also have a collection of 1990s Sunset Magazines. There is a Metal Magazine Rack Table Lamp online at Home decor Target.com which is very interesting. The lamp has a magazine rack as its base so it seems to serve two purposes. I see it serving three purposes – it would make the lamp so heavy with magazines in it the kids and grandkids would not easily knock it over and without the magazines on the main coffee table the little ones could play with all their toys there. Is that four purposes? Retails for a mere $31.48 and only comes in one finish so I would certainly paint it. Another multi-tasking magazine rack is the one for the bathroom at AmericanHomePlus.com. Gorgeously holds your toilet tissue and magazines – comes in 18 finishes so there is truly one for everyone. Retails for $325 to $385 depending on the finish.
My five grandchildren all own me so children’s magazine racks which will hold educational magazines as well as fun ones are a must. If you have room, the wire racks shaped as either a boy or a girl are adorable at MagazineRacks.com. Made by R-Wireworks, the Eleanor girl or Elmo boy book and magazine holders are 21.5″W x 14″D x 45H o” and are on sale for $220. If you like this type and want something a little smaller, they also make a Shadow the Cat and Buddy the Dog magazine rack out of the same strong heavy-gauge wire which is built to hold up to busy hands. They are both 21″W x 12″D x 33″H and are also on sale for $180.