A home library is a great idea, but most people think you need a substantial amount of space to create one.
Instead of dreaming about high ceilings and tall ladders, think about the space you already have, and how you can turn that into a precious home library and reading nook, to keep all your wonderful books together, close at hand and safe in one place.
Its not just about storage but creating a specially defined space for the pleasure of books and reading.
Your library can hug a fireplace, your windows, a door, or an ugly column or pipe; creating a functional space where none existed before. The bookcases above also work as a room divider; creating intimate spaces on either side.
Tie your home library look with the rest of the room. If possible have bookcases finish close to the ceiling, to maximize storage but it also creates a more unified look, no matter which room of the house you are using as your library. If you have a very small room, have shelving start off the floor, leaving a gap underneath, to give a sense of space.
Book cases should also be the same color as your walls to make rooms feel bigger; unless you want to create a feature. Go thin in hallways or small spaces so your library doesn’t overwhelm the space of make it look smaller.
A home library in the living room is a great way to add a feature, while creating some very functional furniture to anchor your living room.
A narrow room can easily accommodate build-ins to create your home library.
A hallway library can look spectacular. Your hallway should be wide enough for bookcases on each wall, as well as allow two people to pass. Use thin bookcases where possible; in the same color and the full length of the wall.
Remember to add task lighting if you do not have a lot of natural light; books absorb light and your library can feel like a small dark cave if you aren’t careful. Your hallway library can live between windows, or on all four walls.
Choose task lighting that can also create a great feature at night. Rug can help to define a space; enclosing it, bringing it together.
Having all walls covered in book cases gives a sense of being in a library; a specially defined area just for books and reading.
If your bookcases site neatly around windows, add window benches to create reading nooks.
You can leave the shelves open, or use opaque or transparent glass doors for a more elegant finish.
Reading nooks are the perfect hideaway when you can’t go far. They can be created under windows; simply by adding benches. Add an ottoman or footrest and you have a secret spot where you could sit for hours.
A window is always helpful for natural light, but your window can be in a tiny alcove, the end of all hallway or a corner of your bedroom.
Turning your doors into a storage home library seems like such a great idea. Apart from books and beautiful objects it creates an unusual feature. When the door is closed it looks like any part of the room; when it opens it becomes a magical opening.
There are so many ways to use your staircase as a library to store all the families books. It will largely depend on your style of staircase you have as to whether you are just accommodating books or whether you can add an armchair and lamps.
You can create a bookcase feature using the bones of the staircase as your bookcase. This is a great use of space if you don’t mind the look of open shelves.
A reading nook under your stairs is a perfect use of space; this sofa acts as an informal day bed as well as a reading nook.
If you are space deprived, think of clever ways to create your library by adding shelving that faces outwards, allowing you to stores books.This works in a kitchen but also in hallways where empty spaces exist.