Think you can’t have a home library because you live in a small space? Think again, book lovers.
With a little bit of know-how and some architectural creativity, you, too, can come up with a picturesque home library design to call your own. That’s right: even in a studio apartment. OK, so it may not meet Beauty and the Beast standards, but hey — some day your prince will come.
Here are just a few ideas you can use to sneak in a little extra book space:
- The Closet
Do you have a broom closet but lack… brooms? Removing the door and installing some shelves in an under-utilized closet space is a great way to store and display books. Who needs to clean when there are more books to read? Make the most out of your storage.
Custom cabinetry isn’t just limited to kitchen remodeling or bathroom design. You can buy or create home library cabinets that flush with an available corner, expand from a central desk space, or work around your existing entertainment cabinetry for television and games. Never underestimate what a good piece of wood can do.
- High Shelves
Too often, we think about decor and home library design in a horizontal instead of vertical fashion. Look up. Is there empty space on your walls? Then you can fit some books up there. Make your castle a little more Belle-like with a ladder to access all your favorite characters. Use caution when singing on ladders, though.
Everyone loves to read in bed. And it’s so easy to do when all of your books are within reach. A headboard that provides you with space to prop your back and storage for all your books — all from the comfort of your comforter — is a win-win-win situation.
Home library design doesn’t have to be rocket science. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. You can finagle book storage space out of pretty much anywhere in your home, so long as you’re dedicated and determined enough. Making it look pretty, though — that’s what will make your home the Belle of the ball.