While the rest of the world appears content with downloading digital books on e-readers, bibliophiles such as yourself know that there is simply no substitute for a real book. The feel, the smell and the excitement of cracking open a new book and turning to the first page simply can’t be replicated digitally, and with new, used and discounted books available through websites such as Amazon and Denver’s own Tattered Cover bookstores, there’s never been a better, easier or more economical time to build your collection!
If you have extra space in your home and a large enough collection of books, creating your own home library can be an exciting and fulfilling project! If you’ve considered moving your book collection to a climate-controlled self-storage solution, or if you simply don’t have enough room in your existing home to build a home library, you can use many of the following suggestions and guidance to design a library within your storage space! Best of all, at Dove Valley Storage, you’ll have access to your library any time, and can rest assured knowing that your collection is protected by a state-of-the-art security system and our climate control system!
Choosing the Right Space for Your Home Library
Believe it or not, but choosing the right space for your home library will be the most important decision you’ll make throughout the entire project. Why is choosing the right space so important? Unfortunately, it has more to do with the consequences of choosing the wrong space, rather than the advantages of choosing the right one.
Simply put, many of the more obvious spaces for a home library may turn out to be the most damaging to your books. For instance, you may believe that a room in your home with lots of natural light, either from uncovered windows or a skylight, is the perfect space for a home library. It may be a great space for reading, but the UV rays from sunlight can discolor and damage your collection. If a room with lots of sunlight is a bad idea, would a basement or attic be a better alternative? Unfortunately, no. While basements and attics usually aren’t bathed in UV rays, they are prone to seasonal temperature changes and humidity, and basements are also prone to flooding. Last but certainly not least, a book collection stored in a basement or attic may attract bugs.
The optimal space for your home library is a room with covered windows and excellent ventilation, with plenty of room for bookcases, a comfortable reading chair, and plants that can help keep the air clean and fresh.
Choosing the Right Bookshelves
While choosing the right set of bookshelves isn’t as important as choosing the right room for your books, it’s still important to choose the right bookshelves for your library. Economically-priced shelves made from particle board and other composite materials may not be sturdy enough to hold a large collection of hardcover books, metal shelves can be aesthetically unpleasing and shelves made of solid wood may break your budget.
The Optimal Solution
Before you force yourself to accept a less-than-optimal solution for your shelving, take a step back and consider your overall interior design plans for your library space. While a traditional wood-grained aesthetic may be your first choice, choosing an alternative aesthetic may allow you to choose a bookshelf design that is both economical and sturdy enough to stand up to the weight of your collection. Remember, though, that you’ll need to carefully measure the space you have available, and make sure that any additional furniture you want to add to the space, including a reading chair, lamp, plant pots and carpeting, match the bookshelves you ultimately choose.