Even in today’s world of computers and smartphones, there are still many people who enjoy reading physical copies of books. Books, like television, can be a stress reliever that allows the reader to travel far from the problems of life and into a new world full of interesting characters, plot changes, and discovery.
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In this way, some books can become valuable items. Like jewelry or old photos, they need to be properly stored to avoid as much damage as possible, so hopefully they can live as long as the reader.
There are numerous book organization ideas. The most common types of book storage are bookcases and cases, racks, and sturdy containers. However, these methods can sometimes be expensive – especially if you have a lot of books.
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To save money while protecting your literature collection, there are a few ideas for you to consider for storing DIY books. Recycle old boxes and boxes, make wooden shelves, etc. There are tons of ways to store books!
Books organization ideas
One of the most classic and traditional forms of book storage is the bookcase. They are usually made of wood. They can be the natural brown color or have something else painted. When choosing a color, texture, and pattern for your bookcase and shelves, consider which books you want to put there.
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If most books have darker covers, try a bookcase that is either a lighter shade of brown, or generally a lighter color. Choose smooth wood with a basic pattern for these types of books.
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If you are concerned about having too many bookcases, there are ways to save space. Put bookshelves in the small spaces of the room, such as a closet. B. behind a door, in the corners or between the windows. Multiple bookcases can add to the theme of the room as long as the suitcases are designed to fit.
There is a wonderful invention that combines two things that already go well together – sitting and reading. The library chair is a place to sit and store books. This is useful when you are browsing books and don’t want to keep switching between your reading area and your book storage area.
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This bookcase and chair combination can hold 350 to 400 average size books. This is perfect for book collectors! Made of plywood with nine different layers, this object is durable enough to carry the weight of the average person with ease.
It is also customizable so that you can order the chair in the color of your wishes. There is also a secret compartment where you can hide books that are valuable to you or that you don’t want anyone else to discover. These cool chairs can even come with a similar footrest so you can store more books while also supporting your feet!
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There is also a secret compartment where you can hide books that are valuable to you or that you don’t want anyone else to discover. These cool chairs can even come with a similar footrest so you can store more books while also supporting your feet!
Not working chimneys
This may seem like a significant safety risk, but unless your fireplace is in good working order it can be used as a great place to store extra books. With the wonderful invention of interior heating, there is no longer much need for a fireplace these days. Turn the area into something useful by stacking books on the mantle.
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If you need more space, you can always add shelves above or around the fireplace. However, if you ever decide to use your fireplace for its intended purpose, make sure that all books are removed from it first! You don’t want your books – or worse, your house – burning!
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High volume shelves
After bookcases and bins, you may run out of space for more books. This is the perfect time to consider a higher position. Sometimes walls can be a little (or a lot) boring. Complement the decor of your home and store books by attaching to the higher parts of the wall.
With taller shelves, you don’t have to worry about walking around other pieces of furniture or if someone bumps into it. This allows you to line the inner perimeter of your home with shelves and surround yourself with books. This gives you more space, which is especially handy if you live in a small house or apartment.
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However, this idea has some drawbacks. Unless you are exceptionally tall, you will need a ladder or other means of reaching high places, both installing the shelves and getting a book off the shelf. That can be a little annoying. This can also be a security risk.
Head of bookshelves
Speaking of ladders, why not use yours as space for extra books? Whether it’s an old wooden ladder or a steel ladder, almost any type of ladder with a flat step can be converted into a makeshift bookcase. You can even paint the ladder or add designs to it to fit in with the room decor. If your ladders need to be propped against the wall, you can attach a wooden slat or net to each step to keep the books from falling.
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Do you need more creative ideas for storing books? Try this …
When you think of places to put bookcases or shelves, most likely you are not thinking about the bathroom. However, if you need more space, you can find it here. There is a certain A-list celebrity who loved reading so much that she decided to convert her bathroom into a small library. The bookcase is built into the wall so that the books can sink into it instead of sticking out.
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If this is an idea you want to try, make sure you only put books in the bathroom that you wouldn’t mind. The steam from hot showers or baths can ruin the pages and reduce the effect of the glue that holds the spine together. To avoid tearing valuable books, place easily interchangeable books only near sources of steam.
Reading in the bedroom
Sometimes late at night when you are having trouble sleeping you may want to read a book. Or you read a book in bed and get sleepy. It can be a little bit of a hassle to pull out a book or put a book back on the bookcase. When you are tired, exercise can be enough to wake you up. Falling asleep with the book in your bed can damage the book.
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When you are tired, exercise can be enough to wake you up. Falling asleep with the book in your bed can damage the book. A simple solution to these problems is to get a literary headboard and / or a baseboard. Similar to the Library Chair, literary headboards are a two-in-one deal. Keep your books in the place where you can rest without damaging the books or feeling uncomfortable.
A cheaper alternative is to simply put books at the base of your bed using a small bench or shelf. This eliminates the need to buy a new bed, even though not that many books are stored. You can also place a shelf over your headboard. However, make sure that the shelf is secure and that the shelf has a wall. They don’t want the shelf or books to fall on you while you sleep!
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Other ideas to try and put a thin table near your bed to put books on. This will keep the books within easy reach but out of bed. And don’t forget the space under the bed, which often goes unused! You can install small shelves here or just put books in clear bins and store the bins under the bed.
Share an open space
In houses or apartments there are often two or more rooms that are only separated from each other by a wall with a doorless door. Most people try to hang a curtain or sheet to cover this space and to better divide the rooms. But how about using this area for books?
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If there is more than one way to get between the rooms, use one of the doors as a storage space for books. Just find a suitably sized bookcase and slide it right under the door.
If you want to know how books are displayed in the doorway while allowing access to the next room, there is a way to do that too. Simply attach cables to one or both sides of the doorway.
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It also makes it convenient for when you want to grab a book or give it back when you enter or exit the room! Simply attach cables to one or both sides of the doorway. It also makes it convenient for when you want to grab a book or give it back when you enter or exit the room!
Another idea is to add shelving to the back of every door in your home. Granted, this limits how much the door can open, but it can be worth it to properly store your books.
There are a variety of ways to store books without leaving your home. Whether you use traditional bookshelves or are creative in the bathroom, you can always find a place for your collections. Remember that any room in your home, no matter how small or tall or unconventional, has the potential to become a great storage space. All you have to do is keep your mind and eyes open to all the possibilities that you would never have thought of!