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AD | Have you dreamed of having a library in your home? Are you a little envious of Belle in Beauty and the Beast?
Who has that kind of space though, right? It’s not like we’re all living it up in a French castle!
Even if you don’t have a large home, or ample designated space, to create a massive library, you can build a comfy, beautiful library on your own.
5 Tips for Creating a Home Library
Find the Perfect Spot
Finding the perfect spot is a big deal. You’ll want a place within your home that has excellent lighting, wall space for shelves, furniture, etc. that supports the layout and design that YOU want.
The best place may be by window and have a window seat, in the back of your home, right off from your office. Some place quiet, or just a small nook near your bedroom or family room.
Locate an area that you want to spend a lot of time in, and that you can change the decor in; should you decide you want to make changes in the future.
What’s crucial is making sure it’s the best spot for YOU and what you want to do.
Generally, if you are wanting to create & build your library, you have the books you want/need already.
If not, you can certainly start building with little to no books. However, you’ll want to add to your library over time.
Here are some places to visit:
- Thrift Stores
- Second chance or resale stores
- Library book sales
- Garage & estate sales
- Your local indie book store
Get the Best Materials
There’s nothing wrong store-bought bookshelves – (I have them too!) but if you’re a crafty person, or know someone handy, building your bookshelves is a fun project! There is an array of materials you can use besides wood, too!
With Saw Trax, you can cut the perfect sized portions. If you do decide you want to use something other than wood; like glass or metal, you can trust that all your expectations will be met with a Saw Trax saw. They offer the most accurate and easy to use a vertical panel saw in it’s cll, using real steel sealed bearings and a patented Accu-Square alignment System. Saw Trax is known for their panel saws, including their basic panel saw which is a universal saw insert that is mounted by a 7 ¼ inch circular saw. This plate can be inserted vertically for cross cuts or horizontally for rip cuts depending on what you need down. This saw is ideal for customers that need a breakdown sheet plywood or panels that are up to 1 ¾ inch thick, aka it’s perfect for your thick book shelves to hold all your novel!
Once your project is complete, depending on if you used your garage to create your bookshelves or a shed, you’ll need to move it into your house. Saw Tra has you covered there too with their multi-purpose safety dolly and cart solutions! They also help move big screen TV’s, furniture, countertops and more! See what truly innovative about their dollies and why it’ll help save you plenty of man hours moving your project when it comes to these various sizes, and ability to make your job moving your item as easy as possible! For instance, their Rack and Roll dolly are like no other! It’s built to perform an all caster zero turn radius meaning that the casters are mounted to the corners of the dolly which gives it a more ground clearance and it allows you to go outside on uneven surfaces without worrying that your project will fall over. It’s portable and small and offers excellent maneuverability plus it can carry 3 to 4 times the load of traditional flat carts or hand trucks while being easier, safer and faster to load.
Organize & Decorate
My favorite thing about creating my library would be to organize everything myself to exactly how I want it.
You can organize all your books by color, author, series, genre. Change it up often (if you dare!).
Add candles, add book letters & box letters to your shelves. Add an index of all your books. Find wall art and furniture accessories that will make the area POP. If you chose a room and not a nook, find a wall color that brightens up the place.
The possibilities are endless. Get creative; this is where things truly become your own.
Relax & Enjoy
Invite friends to come and see it. Share pictures on social media and brag about the AMAZING job you’ve done. Be proud of it!
The best part of everything you just did to build a home library? Enjoying it, of course! Relax and enjoy your beautiful library!
- Have you started to create & build your library?
- What is a MUST have for your library?
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Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.