Home libraries are a special place where you as the home-owner can showcase your interests and display your creativity. A personal library can be a place of refuge from reality where you can explore the domains of fantasy.
Thankfully, there is no one way to create a library but the task itself can be daunting. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. If that is the case then here are 5 easy steps to get you started (and hopefully finished) with your very own personalized home library.
1. Pick a Room
When choosing the perfect room for your personal library it is important to consider the safety of your books. An attic room is often filled with heavy humidity, bugs and mold. A basement is the first place in your home to get flooded during a catastrophe. Too much sunlight from a window-filled room can also damage your books over time. Depending on your personal preference attics, basements and sun rooms can still be used despite the risks. That is if you are willing to resolve all such hazards and issues before you start the transformation from spare room to library.
2. Pick Your Shelving
Shelves are a great way to express your unique tastes and personality. You can find yourself a nice store bought shelf or you can create or upcycle your own. You could also create built-in shelves. There are so many places online that you can check out for inspiration and tutorials for shelve building. The materials for making bookshelves range anywhere from recycled doors to gluing together old books. Find or create shelving that enhances your imagination every time you pick out a new book to read.
3. Organize Your Books
Once your shelves are in place you can distribute your books along them. The great thing about having your own custom library is that you get to choose an organizing system that works best for you. That could mean sorting your books by color, size, title, subject or by author. You may even choose to organize them by age, meaning you go from children’s books to adult books. Whatever order you choose, choose what makes you happy and comfortable.
4. Add Some Furniture Pieces
With your books on their new shelves you can now embellish your library any way you like. You can place souvenirs and photographs on the empty spaces of your shelves for visual appeal. If you have a really large book collection in your library you may want to invest in a rolling library ladder to better reach your books. As you consider other furniture pieces for your library, think about the way you want the room to function. As a place of study you may want desks in your library. For lazy reading you should find comfortable chairs or couches that, hopefully, won’t be too tempting to fall asleep on. You will also want to include some good lighting in your library so that you don’t strain your eyes as you read in the comfort of your beautiful new library.
5. Maintaining Your Books
After all this trouble of creating a new home for your treasured books, you surely don’t want them to get damaged. Some of the most common dangers for books are mice, rats, bookworms, cockroaches and silverfish. They each like to eat through the pages and some of them like to lay their eggs inside them. Mold and other fungi should also be taken seriously in a home library. Luckily, protecting your books is simple, all you have to do is keep the library room clean, well dusted and free from excess humidity and moisture. To keep your books free from sun damage, keep the blinds closed often, especially when you are not in there.
From start to finish, creating your home library can be as extravagant or as simple you want it to be. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking your library has to look a certain way, it all boils down to how you want it to look. From the shelves to the way you sort your books, make sure that your home library reflects your personal love for books.