Though we may be in the digital age, no technology can compare to the feeling of a good book in your hands. Having books in the home is proven to positively benefit children in a myriad of ways.
A two-decade long study found that the mere presence of a home library increases children’s academic success, vocabulary development, attention and job attainment.
Book lovers with extensive collections dream of having a dedicated home library where they can store all of their books. Even those who primarily read on digital devices appreciate a quiet, cozy, and designated place to curl up with a good book.
While public and university libraries are often vast and full of splendor, home libraries are more intimate, much of its design will be influenced by your own preferences.
If you lack the budget or the real estate to build an aspirational home library with floor-to-ceiling shelves and a sliding ladder, take heart. You can create a home library in any size space, even if it means adding a bookshelf, chaise, and reading light to a corner nook in a studio apartment or family home living room.
Now that we agree that it’s essential to have a library, let’s take a look at some of the most creative bookshelf designs out there.
- Floating Shelves
- Corner Shelves
- Creative Book Shelves
- Kids Room Book Shelves
Keep Your Home Library Clean
Once you have your book collection sorted and arranged, now it’s time to care for it and keep it clean. Books may not seem like something that requires a great deal of care, but anyone who has been inside an old used bookstore knows how dusty things can get. Here are some tips for keeping your books clean and protected from damage.
- Store books away from direct sunlight. The UV rays can cause fading and warping. If bookshelves must be in the path of the sun, consider adding doors to the shelving or curtains to the windows for added protection.
- Control humidity in your home. The moisture in the air in humid climates can weaken bindings, warp covers, and stick pages to each other—not to mention fostering mold or mildew growth. If your home is especially humid, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier for the room where your books are kept.
- Dust books regularly. Ideally, books and bookshelves should be dusted once a week using a microfiber cloth or a clean soft brush, like a makeup brush or paintbrush. For more thorough yet gentle dusting, use the upholstery or brush attachment for your vacuum or cover the vacuum hose with cheesecloth. Vacuum the tops of shelved books, working from spines to openings for best results.
- Watch out for pests. Insects and rodents can wreak havoc on a book collection. Keep an eye out for signs of infestations, and vacuum the entire area well if you find evidence of insects in books. You may also place affected books in a sealable plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24 hours or more to kill any pests within the pages. Contact a pest control professional for .
- Remove bookmarks, papers, or anything else within the pages prior to shelving. These items can crease or discolor pages when left too long.
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