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How to transform a room into a home library

28 June 2022

Beginner’s guide on how to transform a room into a home library

Reading books is an excellent habit that improves our concentration, focus, memory, vocabulary, analytical thinking skills, etc. The readers are less susceptible to anxiety, chronic depression, and anger issues.

If you’re one of those book lovers who want a personal library but don’t know about the process, we can help you. Here are the guidelines to build a nice, well-designed, and comfortable reading zone in your house!

How to transform a room into home library

  1. Nail down the expenses

Your library’s cost will vary according to the size, book collection, design, furniture price, decorations, and materials. However, you might end up spending double or more money without a clear budget plan. Decide how much you want to spend in different sectors. It also gives an idea about how you should proceed. For example, if you’re short on budget, you should keep everything simple and minimalistic.

  1. Select a suitable location

Try to choose the quietest and most comfortable room to enjoy reading peacefully. You don’t necessarily need the entire space; you can set it up on an unused corner, under staircases, along a corridor or an empty wall, etc. Make sure that the location is spacious enough to cover everything you want.

  1. Think about the style

There are various brilliant library styles, including classic, traditional, abstract, African, vintage, fairytale, contemporary, bohemian, rustic, etc. You can check out different inspirations online to understand the design requirements, themes, and layouts. No matter which you prefer, it must blend well with the rest of the house.

  1. Get quality shelving

You must buy high-quality shelving to support your books for years to arrive. You have endless design options such as regular, ladder, wall-mount, geometric, corner, glazed, etc. Some models come with protective doors and locks where you can store valuable journals. Pick based on your available space, shelving capacity, home interior aesthetics, and personal preferences.

  1. Bring some furniture

Furniture completes a cozy reading space. Cushioned armchairs, chaise longues, sofas, and ottomans are some popular seating options. Next, you’ll need a table where you can put books while reading. Avoid overcrowding with multiple pieces because it can ruin the library’s beauty and functionality.

  1. Light it up

Adequate lighting is essential for comfortable reading with no eye strain. Roof lanterns, large windows, and doors can bring natural light inside the room. Place your shelving, chair, table, and cushions in such a spot that gets the maximum sunlight. Since natural light is unavailable at night and on gloomy days, you should arrange artificial means like bulbs, lamps, reading light, etc.

  1. Arrange your books

An organized bookshelf helps to create a perfect reading environment. You can sort the books by genre, writer, size, color, or simply alphabetically. Keep your children’s book on the lower half so that they can reach it effortlessly. Reserve the topmost or most secure section for your prized collection.

  1. Decorate

If you’re using old shelving, you can either spray-paint it or add furniture wallpaper for an instant glam-up. Fill the extra shelf space with small plants, photo frames, antique items, or showpieces.

Lay a colorful carpet on the ground to add more textures. Make use of an empty wall by hanging artwork or hand-drawing. You should also definitely consider adding in roof lanterns.

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