Where to store books: tips for reading fans on how to make your home unique
Book lovers have two problems: where to get money for new books and where to put the existing ones. This leads to a related question: how do you have time to read it all? Thanks to some interesting ideas, you can keep growing your mini-library even if the room seems to have no room for books anymore.
Temperature, humidity levels, and pests can cause a library to deteriorate faster. Apartment Therapy has told us how and where to store books.
Rules for storing books
- Books should be stored at room temperature (approximately 21 °C) and low humidity.
- Do not place second-hand books in direct sunlight.
- Periodically cleaning them from dust and wiping them with a cloth can prevent the appearance of pests.
How to set up a mini-library
Decorate the bedroom. If you like to read in your bedroom, buy a small bookcase that can be placed even instead of a bedside table.
Pay attention to different levels. Instead of trying to tuck books away out of sight in cabinets or on closed shelves, try emphasizing other décor, such as potted plants, but make sure the containers are airtight first.
Use coffee tables. Books can be placed on the lower level of the coffee tables or on open shelves under the TV.
Build a "library wall". Interior designers advise experimenting, for example, as in the case of this book wall in a sophisticated loft in Los Angeles. A more economical option is to decorate the walls with books. The colorful accent wall looks more like art than a warehouse.
Use the window as a shelf. Strategically placing books on the windowsill maximizes storage space. However, make sure that windows are free of condensation. Direct sunlight can also damage books.
Is your bookshelf overflowing? Scatter the excess in small piles throughout the space to add coziness to every room.
Include decorative items. Bookshelves aren't just for your favorite books. Add decorative items to create a stylish mix that uniquely showcases your taste in accessories and literature.
No shelf? No need. Organize your books by size and stack them horizontally off the floor, like in this home in San Francisco.
Use a glass display case. Such displays have a sophisticated style. The bookcase blends in perfectly with the interior, giving the impression that it is a permanent part of the space. Not to mention that glass helps protect books from dust and dirt.