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Designing & Building a Home Library: Tips for Bookworms

For many book lovers, figuring out how to store your ever-expanding collection can be a big challenge. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, building a home library is an excellent way to address this issue. Not only does it provide you with a dedicated space in your home to enjoy your collection, but it also helps to declutter other areas by keeping your books safe and organised.


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The placement and design of your home library is extremely important, and there are a wide variety of factors to consider. If you are dreaming of building your own personal library but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve put together this list of tips to help you get the ball rolling.


1. Find a Suitable Space

The first step is to identify the perfect location within your home. Depending on your desired size, this could mean simply taking on a small-scale DIYblending project in the space you already have available, or even undertaking a larger renovation to make room.


2. Establish a Budget

Once you’ve decided on placement, you’ll obviously need sufficient funds to build your library. You’ll want to consider the size, how many shelving units you’re going to have, and how intricate the decor will be. Identifying these features will give you a good idea of how much to budget for. Of course, if you plan to expand your collection over time, you’ll need to budget for the cost of new books as well.


3. Install Shelving

When it comes to selecting shelving for your home library, there are two main types to choose from: fitted and freestanding. Fitted shelving units are permanent fixtures that are built-in to the walls themselves; freestanding shelving, on the other hand, is a temporary, movable unit.


Within these two umbrella categories, there are countless bespoke shelving styles to choose from, including floating shelving, corner shelving and hanging shelving. You’ll want to consider what works best in your space during the design process.

4. Spend Time on the Smaller Details

You want your home library to be a cosy, inviting space where you can curl up with a book and escape from the business of everyday life for a while. As such, you should spend time focusing on how you can tailor design elements and furnishings to achieve this end. Seating, for example, is an excellent way to create a comfortable environment, and will maximise the amount of time you’ll want to spend in your library. A small, built-in reading nook or plush armchairs are both perfect options. Lighting should also be considered carefully - after all, there’s nothing worse than trying to read in a poorly lit room - and you’ll want to shop around for the right artificial option, or even find ways to maximise the room’s natural light.

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To create a library that really impresses, DTR Customs can help. Allow us to compliment your living spaces with elegant and stylish designer homeware. From library walls to alcove units and fitted storage solutions, we have established a reputation for excellence in Nottingham thanks to our high-end craftsmanship and bespoke service. For more information, please get in touch.

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