Bookshelf – An Essential for Your Home
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
You can learn a lot about a person through his or her home. Their design choices, the decor they use, the management of space, and furniture all tell small stories of the characteristics a person has and of their preferences.
It is up to you to choose between owning a bookcase or bookshelf. For some, it is a necessity and an integral part of their homes. Others might be indifferent. If you are considering investing in a good bookcase or shelf, we have some of the best reasons why this investment is well worth the money you spend.
Many reasons, more benefits
There are many reasons why you should own a special place to keep the books you have under storage. By having your books arranged on shelves, you’re not only keeping your books organised but you are also making them easy to access when in need. It would save time and you from the frustration of knowing just the right book you need but not knowing where to find it.
Not only would you save time, but you would also be saving space by having a bookcase or book cupboard. Having books lying around everywhere you are would undoubtedly clutter your home or room and make cleaning up a lot harder.
Adding to these many reasons, bookshelves and bookcases introduce a pleasing aesthetic to a room. The addition of one brings a feeling of sophistication and class. A home is incomplete without even a small bookcase or shelf in place to brighten both the room and the minds who read the books shelved therein.
An expression of yourself
To bring the perfect aesthetic to your room or home through your bookshelf requires a little planning and creativity. Don’t be satisfied with limiting yourself to a generic, run-of-the-mill shelf standing up against the wall. Look online, research and envision a way to organise and display your books. Consulting with an interior designer is a great idea to have the process began. With the right design, your bookshelf can be the centrepiece of your living space if done right.
Don’t worry if you don’t want to go over the top when designing your shelf. Even a simple act, such as arranging your books in a certain way can make a huge statement on you and your love of reading. Experiment with different ways until you get the perfect arrangement for you and the aesthetic of your home.
Don’t feel shy to add a few ornaments and accessories to your bookshelf as well. A few well-placed book stops and nick-nacks could be just what your shelf needs.
Protect and preserve
Although it›s easy to throw your books in boxes and into storage in your garage or ‘that room’ that everything you don’t know where to put goes into, that’s a big mistake when it comes to making sure your books are protected and preserved.
Your bookshelf or cabinet isn’t just for display and easy access to a quick read. Since your books will be camping out on your shelves until you pick them up again, you’ll have to make sure that they are safe, protected and will stay happy and healthy to prolong their longevity.
Yes, your books have a shelf life (literally) and for them to be in the best condition for you to enjoy over the years, make sure that your bookshelf or cabinet is away from sunlight, well ventilated, and isn’t very humid.
Also, make sure your books are placed standing up or on laying on their back. If they are tilted, it will damage your book. Don’t cram your books into the shelves either. They should be easy to pull out without hurting the book itself.
There are plenty of resources and Pinterest boards online for you to kickstart your creative juices for the perfect bookshelf in your home. What will your bookshelf be like?