Bookworms around the world love displaying their books as much as reading them. A home library is a superb addition to the home and you don’t need a huge room or towering shelves to make it work. The following 9 ideas look at some amazing concepts and prove that you can squeeze a fantastic home library into any nook or cranny.
Make the Most of a Stunning View
Reading is best done in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Having something great to look at while you ponder your research or wrap your head around that unexpected plot twist really creates a serene atmosphere. The natural light that floods this library on a warm day is great, but in stormy weather the backdrop is perfect for some spooky stories.
The Book Tunnel
If you’ve got a lot of books to store, this book tunnel library creates a wonderful sense of being surrounded by a thousand stories. The light at the end of the tunnel is a great place to set up a cozy reading nook, making sure no space goes to waste. For those with kids, it’s also a great place for story time and getting your children excited about discovering what’s hidden within the pages.
The Library Under the Stairs
The space beneath the stairs is often overlooked and seldom used to its full potential. So rather than wasting the space or building a boring cupboard, why not make it your library? You can easily fit 4 or 5 cascading bookcases under a typical staircase — plenty of space to store your favorite bedtime stories. This is a great option if you can’t dedicate an entire room to your home library, and makes excellent use of otherwise wasted space.
This is a great idea for anyone who loves to read in bed. Keep your favorite books close by storing them on the headboard. It’s super cozy and convenient, and effortlessly doubles up as a bedside cabinet.
A Library on a Wall 1
You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to create a home library, no matter how many books you have. Instead, you can dedicate just one wall. With the right shelves, you can cover the entire wall with books! Here, the window doubles up as a breezy reading nook. If you don’t own your home and aren’t allowed to decorate, this is also a great way of temporarily hiding that garish wallpaper you hate!
A Library on a Wall 2
This library on a wall is similar to the previous example, but books surround the door so you can’t help but feel inspired as you come in. The vertical striped wallpaper fills in the gaps on the shelves, making it look like there are endless books on display.
Thinking Outside the Box
Who says bookshelves need to be boxy? This curious library is great for storing educational tomes. The blackboard backing is ideal for scribbling equations and notes, while the haphazard storage keeps your creative juices flowing. It’s a fun DIY project that is easy to dismantle if you’re only renting.
If space is tight in your home, you can still create a mini library with a few well-placed shelves. These corner shelves not only look great, but also make use of space that would typically be left empty. They fit snugly in any room and provide plenty of space to store your favorites.
A home library doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can get your hands on some old-fashioned wooden grocery crates you can make a charming bookcase. Just clean them up, give them a lick of paint and you have a ready-made library in a box. You can fix them to the wall directly to create floating shelves or stack them up to create a bookcase. Let your creativity flow!
While video games, social media, and TV have surged in popularity in the last few years, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a real book. The smell of an old tome, the crispness of the latest release, and the feel of paper in your hands brings nostalgia, comfort, and excitement in equal measure. And that’s before we even get to the words.