Choosing the best bookshelves
A bookshelf buying guide
For book lovers, quality bookshelves are an essential purchase. Even if you're only an occasional reader, you'll probably find it handy to furnish your home with at least one bookcase for storing everything from books and magazines to photos and collectibles. There are many stylish bookshelf options available. You'll find white bookshelves to suit a country-style decor as well as modern bookshelves that complement contemporary sensibilities. First, however, it's important to check certain details to help ensure the smoothest bookshelf shopping experience.
>> How can you be sure your books and the bookshelf will fit?
Before you head to the store, take a few minutes at home to look over the books you'd like to display and the location where you'd like to fit your new piece of furniture. If you are willing to get out a tape measure and make a few notes, the time you spend measuring can pay off nicely in time saved down the road.
When it comes to your existing book collection, document the dimensions of any unusually large books you own. If your collection is significant enough that it will require multiple bookcases, also measure the number of inches of space your books currently occupy. Finally, note the width, depth and height of the area you have allocated for your new storage unit. Such measurements will help you determine if your new bookshelves will provide the fit you need for the books you own as well as for the room you have available.
If you shop for bookshelves in a store, you can measure assembled floor models. This can be the most reliable way to make sure you end up with bookshelf dimensions that suit your collection and home. If you're checking out top bookshelves online, compare the measurements provided on each product's description with those you need to accommodate.
Buying a bookshelf with doors can be ideal if you prefer the neat look of having some books or other stored items hidden from view, or if you enjoy the beauty of glass-inset doors. Keep in mind, however, that with open bookshelf designs you can choose to allow some books to jut out more than others. When you're considering bookshelves equipped with doors, you'll need to check the inside measurements carefully and allow room for each door to shut fully. You can also find bookshelves with adjustable or removable shelves for added convenience.
>> Consider assembly
Another factor to think about when considering your options for shelving is whether to choose bookshelves that require assembly or stick with those that are already put together. Pre-assembled designs can be sturdier, and some consider these to be more attractive bookshelves models. However, bookshelves you assemble yourself are more compact to transport to your home, and are often lighter once assembled. That lightness makes the bookshelves ideal if you anticipate that you'll want to change their placement within your home.
It might be helpful to look for stackable foldable bookshelves. These types of bookshelves may have hinges that allow sections you're not using to fold away, making them an excellent choice for living situations where space is at a premium. They also can stack on top of one another and fasten securely in line, allowing you to create unique bookshelf layouts with exactly the heights or widths you need.
If you aren't excited about the prospect of assembling furniture yourself but really like a bookshelf design you've found that requires assembly, you can always ask for help. Some retailers offer assembly services for a fee. You also can ask a friend or neighbor and enjoy an impromptu get-together as a result. It's even an option to contact local people who hire out their services. Many are equipped with their own tools and can handle assembly of such furniture with ease.
>> What styles of bookshelves are available?
For many shoppers, choosing the best bookshelf style for their home decor is the most fun part of getting new bookshelves. There are as many different types of bookshelves on the market as there are different home decorating sensibilities. Whether you love the warm, classic feel of finished cherry bookshelves or prefer the stylish and slightly formal touch of long, black bookshelves, you'll find a number of options when you're in search of the best bookshelves for your home or office.
Home design is a very personal choice. You can take into account the feel that you want in your rooms, or look at the ambience they already project. Is it a casual or even an artistic atmosphere? Do you want a warm and inviting feel to your home? Take that mindset to the store with you.
Remember, too, that you can often enhance your home decor by mixing and matching. Consider the material the bookshelves are made of as well. A wood bookshelf in an eye-catching color may not match any other color in your room, but it can serve as a very effective focal point. Keep in mind that wood bookshelves can also be customized. You may wish to paint over the original finish, distress the original finish or add stencils or other accents, giving you truly unique bookshelves that express your style perfectly.
The best bookshelves for you will reflect your taste and your home's decor while they efficiently store your books. Once your new purchase arrives in your home, you can set it up to your liking, filling it with as many books or other cherished possessions as you wish.