A beautiful home library is enough to give any book lover major envy. No technology can compare to the feeling of a good book in your hands. Moreover, home libraries needn’t be the stuff of mansion-sized dreams. But a little organization ahead of time can help you save money.
Creating a home library is a fun way to display your interests. Read on below to get one step closer to making your dream home library.
Arrange Books by Color
Organizing bookshelves by color is a well-established trend. Sure, you may want to arrange your books by genre or author. But some people remember best where a book is by its look—that a book’s color is visually memorable. If you are used to finding books by author or subject, then this may not work for you.
You may prefer the colors scattered on various shelves and mixed in with accessories. Alternatively, you can sort your books roughly into the seven colors of the rainbow. For some, this means leaving out favorite books.
Include Comfortable Seating
The chairs must be comfortable, even after several hours. That means you should select the seating that provides ergonomic support during long work sessions. First, get the standing library furniture and the modern style of perching. Next, create a reading space for two in a circular design. Also, get a couple of small plastic chairs that would work for the children.
Lightweight, portable beanbag chairs make ample mobile seating. If your library has space for lounge chairs, then include tablet arms on them.
Add a Ladder
Installing a ladder in residential design is a great way to add a touch of style and functionality to your library. Library ladders are handy for providing access to hard-to-reach storage cabinets. In fact, a library ladder would allow you to save plenty of space.
It turns out that library ladders are one expensive commodity. Luckily, there are cheap rolling library ladder kits available online. You can, of course, buy the ladder, unassembled. The creativity is where and how the ladder system is installed.
You need to make sure that your space meets the prescribed conditions. Hard-surface floors, such as hardwood and tile, are ideal. It would be best if you also protected your stain finish with a coat of poly in a satin finish.
Use a Study Table
With the inclusion of home libraries, there arises the need for a study table. A study table provides a practical and suitable place for studying and reading assignments. But there are several factors to consider when choosing a study table.
One of the necessary requisites of a study table is the size. There are so many study table sizes available in the market. Therefore, measure the space and then choose the adequate pattern of the study table. For a small room, a linear-shaped study table is advisable. If you have a bigger study room, then you can go for different sizes of a table. If you want to make your library livelier, you can add a ping pong table where you can play during your break from reading. Just make a comparison between different brands.
Remember, your desk should also provide clearance for your legs. Luckily, most modern study desks are slick and crafted to suit urban interiors.
Maximize Shelved Doors
Thinking vertical is the perfect way to create shelf space in your library. Capitalize on the serendipitous area above a door with a shelved door. This hidden gem of a spot is a perfect space for gaining extra storage. It’ll get your books up and out of the way (and on display!).
To start, figure out which books you want to stash in the shelved doors. Next, create the shelved door by yourself or hire a home designer. Alternatively, you can even buy these doors at flea markets and antique stores.
Hallway Home Library
You may not need an entire room to accommodate all your books. That’s because there’s something special about a library that’s strictly reserved for relaxation. But your small condo doesn’t have room for that many shelves, let alone a library ladder.
Perhaps the best small room library idea is to add some bookshelves to your hallway. You probably don’t think much about your hallways. Often, they’re simply a windowless walkway. But add some simple seating, like a long bench, and that space suddenly becomes a library.
Remember, it is all about comfort. Also, be sure to anchor the shelves to the wall.
Find the Perfect Lighting
Any bookworm knows that adequate lighting is one of the critical elements of a library. The right lighting can make reading more enjoyable and easier on the eyes.
You’ll want to make sure there will be no light of extreme brightness levels. As a result, the light should be focused on books. You may want to consider a wall-mounted option—ideally one that angles and offers directed light.
Halogen and fluorescent bulbs generally do a perfect job of illuminating reading material. Similarly, lighter fabric lampshades can produce a more welcoming delivery of luminescence.
Our books are more than a hobby or coffee table dressing. Thus, having a home library is the ultimate dream. However, there’s a lot more to consider to make your home library feel modern. With these tips, you can create a reading sanctuary that houses your collection of books.