If you’re a bibliophile, you know that one shelf is not enough. No matter what your budget is, you’ll always find yourself yearning for that “one” book and of course, that “one” is another the next month and then another… and so on. Eventually you’ll realize that your book shelf is on the verge of breaking.
Nowadays, even in one genre, there isn’t just one book. If you’re a fan of a particular genre such as mystery, you won’t just buy ‘Sherlock Holmes’. If you’re solution is to download the e-book, then you do not know what you’re saying. Having a book, a compact form of an entire story whether fact or fiction, that’s indescribable. You can’t download a feeling.
The main problem thus, is storage space. There are other problems as well, such as; an appropriate place to read, some place where you can organize them by genre, series and height. There are literally a billion things! However, the answer to all of these lies with the answer to the storage space problem – a home library.
Think about it, how many books can you store in one room? You’ll either have to shift box by box to the attic or give them away (no one wants that). A home library might actually be your own private space.
Are home libraries even relevant given the surge in e-books?
I think the printed book is here to stay in some ways. We all have mobile phones with access to e-readers yet millions of printed books are sold.
That said, books on shelves will be less popular because the fact of the matter is people do read e-books in droves.
Nevertheless, the home library is a very cool room that some fortunate people can afford and enjoy. It’s often a sanctuary serving more than just book storage. It’s a place to think, enjoy music, work, relax and even converse.
The following are a few amazing home library designs by Closet Factory.
We kick off with my favorite home library design by Closet Factory. It has it all – a small desk, reading chairs, gorgeous shelving and a rolling ladder.
Here’s another view of my favorite home library design. Notice how it has a contemporary flourish yet still has the old-world feel to it throughout.
This home library is the perfect set up for anyone who likes it modern and fun. The thing I like the most about this set up is the fact that it isn’t much larger than a typical room in the rest of the house. Over by the window, you can see a sitting area so that if you’re up in the library in the morning, you can read over by the window. Or, if you’re up there at night, then you can sit on the chairs. See, a library has to have everything which might go well with your comfort.
The overhanging lights are truly beautiful! Besides that, to maximize use and to make sure that every corner of the room is put to good use, you can notice the rolling ladder or the different sizes of the shelves which spread out throughout the room and are not confined to one portion of the room.
This home library, unlike the one above, is more confined to one particular corner of the room. Now, it might not be as pretty but you can’t just start off with making an entire home library. You might be a developing book geek or you might be fond of some particular books. In that case, this is your ideal design.
Probably the type of home library you’d find in anyone’s home. Tall but not necessarily wide. Useful nonetheless. If you’re living alone and only need a particular space for your books which you’ll utilize as a work area as well then I strongly recommend that you opt for this style. Due to the height, you also need a rolling ladder. Perfect for someone wanting to grab their favourite books while they work.
A more minimalist approach towards this one. If you have a spare room in your house and you’ve wanted to convert it into a home library for quite some time now, opt for this. Unlike all the others, this one isn’t filled to the brim even though there is a lot more space here than any of the others. You really need to ask yourself, why? The reason is that it simply looks cleaner. If you jam everything so that some shelves are filled then agreed, you would have one or two filled shelves but since you don’t have that many books or you’re not fond of every genre, you’ll have a lot of empty space.
You should utilize as much space as possible but you can’t exactly force it all if you have a lot more room than you have books. Fill it with art or make the books look artsy.
Home Library Design Elements & Ideas
All design elements below can be found at Closet Factory.
The best thing about angled shelves is the fact that not only it adds more to the room, you’re able to actually judge the book by its cover. Now, that might go against everything you’ve been told but some books like on home interior or on DIY’s you actually have to judge them by their cover.
In the 21st century, not everyone is going to model their home libraries exactly like the public libraries. Strip lights are an example of what you wouldn’t typically see in a normal library but hey, it’s your home make it as pretty as you want.
Even in the examples given above, it was clearly mentioned that a home library doesn’t necessarily restrict you reading books there. It can also be your workspace and if that’s the type of a room you made then you need wall safes to keep everything you can’t leave out in the open.
It is particularly useful for writers who save the first draft in a locker.
Rolling ladders are so useful you have no idea. You only really understand the importance of these ladders when you have to balance yourself on a stool everytime you want to get up and reach something on the top shelf.
If you have a table or a chair nearby then worry not about adjusting your chair to the light, adjust the light instead with minimal effort!
All home library designs by Closet Factory.