Books will never go out of fashion, even in the digital age. Bookcases deserve a place in every family home. This is because research has shown that having a home full of books boosts a child’s literary knowledge and learning later on. In fact, the benefits go beyond literacy. So line those storing shelves with educational, intriguing titles.
To stimulate young minds, create a library space in your home with a generously sized bookcase complete with a ladder for reaching the titles at the top. This is the luxury furniture look many book addicts dream of.
Even if you’re not a big reader, or don’t have kids, bookcases are great storing shelves for odds and ends, as well as décor items. They can also be used as room dividers in large, multipurpose spaces. In such a situation, your book shelf can become a place to display houseplants, family photos, candles, lanterns, ornaments and more.
In a contemporary space, minimalist, open bookcases with metal frames work best. The great thing about this sturdy piece of storage furniture is that it can help you stay organised and go well with chest of drawers. Use wicker baskets on the shelves to keep journals, stationary, crockery, phone chargers or any other essentials that you’d rather keep out of sight.
To carefully curate storing shelves into something stunning, consider balance when you arrange items. You can mix things up by arranging some books with their spines upright, while others can be stacked horizontally. Place a memento or photo frame on the odd stack. There are also several ways to group your books, from colour-coded to subject specific. Think about what you’ll need to reach most, too. Larger ornaments or reference books can go up top. But keep the baskets of practical goods and current reads further down for easy access.