Choosing a New Set of Bookshelves for Your Home

Mark Preston

When moving house, one of the first considerations for any keen reader will be ensuring there’s enough space in your home for your book collection. Bookshelves can be placed in almost any room in your home, including your bedroom, home office, or dining room. You’ll find that there are so many great bookshelf designs today, which make it much harder to choose between the various options on offer. Let’s take a look at what you need to consider when selecting a bookshelf to display your beautiful book collection.

The Size of the Bookshelf

The size of the bookshelf will be entirely dependent on how much space you have in your home for a new bookshelf. If you are placing this in your bedroom or a small home office, you may just want a small set of shelves, however, if you have a huge feature wall you are looking to transform in your living room or dining room, you’ll want to consider a large floor to ceiling bookshelf. Bookshelves come in all widths and heights and allow you to accommodate just a few books or a whole library of your favourite titles. In fact, if you only have a few books you want to display, you can even find fun floating bookshelves that will barely take up any space in your room.

Before you start comparing bookshelves online, measure the space you have against your wall to place a set of shelves. You need to measure the height, width, and depth that you have space for, so you’ll have no issue fitting in the bookshelf when it arrives. Many people often neglect to consider the depth of the shelves, but this can leave you with a potential issue when it arrives. If you have small children in your house, make sure a bookshelf doesn’t stick out from the wall too much, as this could result in them banging their heads.

The Material Used to Build the Bookshelves

We always recommend wooden bookshelves, however, you will find a few other options on the market today. If you are feeling particularly daring, you could opt for a glass set of shelves, but these are subject to scratches and chips. For a children’s bedroom, a plastic set of shelves may be enough, especially if their books aren’t too heavy. You don’t have to just stick with brown wood shelves, and you’ll also find white ones. Consider what other furniture you have in the room you are adding your bookshelves to, as you’ll then be able to match your new shelves to keep a cohesive experience throughout the room.

How Big is Your Book Collection?

Everyone’s book collection looks slightly different from another person’s. Make sure you count up the number of books that are needing to be stored on your shelves, and you may want to look at reducing your book collection if you feel you have far too many books to store in your home. While it’s always hard to reduce your book collection, you’ll find it to be an important task for a clutter-free set of shelves. When it comes to placing books on a new set of shelves, you’ll also want to consider how deep your shelves are. While this isn’t usually a problem when you store paperback books, larger textbooks and encyclopaedias may be more of an issue.

The Colour and Style of Your Bookshelves

If you think that your bookshelves will have to be just one dull colour, think again. There are so many fun options on the market today, and you’ll be impressed by the number of options you have to choose from. You don’t just have to opt for a rectangular set of shelves, and instead, you’ll find some amazing options on the market which have funky designs. Look for curved edges if you prefer a more subtle aesthetic instead of a square-edged set of shelves. This can make for a chic set of shelves that will look great in any room.

When it comes to the colour of your shelves, you can even opt to paint over the shelves yourself. For your children’s bedrooms, you could paint the shelves in bright colours, such as yellow, red, pink, or blue, and then add stickers and fun decor elements. This can help to encourage young children to read more and create a personalised experience for younger readers if you are looking to encourage them to read. Of course, adults could also customise their shelves, and you can add decor and other trinkets to the shelves. For anyone who has recently moved house or if you are looking to upgrade your storage in your home, a new set of bookshelves is a great investment that will last you for many years to come. As you can see, there are many different options on the market today, and you’ll have no trouble finding a set of shelves to fit your needs. Bookshelves don’t just all look the same when you start comparing the options on offer, and you’ll be surprised by the material and colour choices on offer. Make sure you properly measure out your space before ordering a set of shelves online, as this is an error that can cause a lot of trouble when you are moving into a new home or redecorating your house.