When considering how to create your very own home library, it might seem like quite a daunting task to undertake. You’ll need to pick the right space, colors that suit you and your home, and even how to organize your books.
Luckily, we’ve made a list of 9 tips to help you create the best home library for your home ever! Check out our tips below to help you get started today!
Pick the Right Location – The location of your home library is the first thing you need to figure out before anything else happens. Depending on your home’s layout and how much space you have, you should try to select an area that isn’t loud and isn’t very heavily trafficked to be your home library. If you don’t have much space, you don’t have to give up an entire room – a corner of a quiet den or guest bedroom works well, too!
Assess Your Storage Needs – After you’ve selected the location for your library, you should determine how many books you have and assess your storage needs. Do you want your library to store all the books you own? Would you prefer your library to just be a peaceful sanctuary? Answering these questions will determine if your library is better suited to having floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or something as simple as open shelving.
Choose a Color Scheme – Now it’s time to get creative! In the past, libraries were traditionally adorned with burgundy, hunter green, or dark brown walls, but these days, it’s quite common to find libraries in light, calming colors or bright hues. Choose the color scheme that you feel represents you and your library. Remember what you want your library’s purpose to fulfill in your home – the color can help you achieve that feeling!
Figure Out a Furniture Plan – Next is figuring out what to do with your furniture. You’ll want to make sure you provide yourself with a great place to sit to relax or to read. Determine how many chairs, tables, lamps, or sofas you will need according to your square footage to make your library comfortable, cozy, and functional. If you don’t have much space to play with, a few oversized chairs and a small table can work perfectly. Make sure you have enough lighting to suit your needs!
Secure the Bookshelves – Your shelves will be holding quite a bit of weight, so make sure that your bookshelves are secure with proper anchors and supports into the studs. If you aren’t sure how to determine the weight and point loads, ask a professional carpenter to lend you a hand in hanging and securing your shelving.
Light Up the Room – Lighting is essential in a library. You might have sufficient daylight during the day, but you will probably need more than just a simple lamp come nighttime. Consider adding side table lamps and accent lighting to complement your overhead lighting so you may have better reading light. A dimmer to your overhead light can also make the room more versatile for snuggling with a book and hot chocolate or partaking in board games as well.
Combine Your Library and Office Successfully – If you want to make your home library act as your home office as well, ask yourself a few questions before putting the room together. How many people will use the space at a time? Will the room require a computer, printer, fax machine, printer, or other large equipment? Will there be enough room to share with the library? After you answer these questions, you should be able to successfully combine your library and home office to serve two functions in one room.
Look Up for Optimum Space Saving – Is your space limited? Why not use the height of your room to store and display your books? Don’t forget that the space over your doorways can be used as an additional area for storage or display as well!
Maximize the View – Even though constant natural light can be very detrimental to books, you don’t have to shut your library in a dark room. Besides, who doesn’t love reading and daydream by a bay window or a picture window? A little bit of natural light will lift your spirits and raise your creativity level while your relax or enjoy your favorite books. Just don’t display your books in direct sunlight!
You don’t have to be a total book enthusiast to have a home library. Create a relaxing haven for yourself by using our tips above to help you create the perfect home library for your home!
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