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Five Clever Ways to Utilize Bookcases in Your Home

How to Use Bookcases in Your Home

Bookcases aren’t just useful for storing books – they can also serve as an eye-catching design detail in any home, while simultaneously serving a manifold of purposes. If you’re looking to add visual appeal to your interior and increase your storage, a custom bookcase may be the perfect solution. Read on for a roundup of five ways to incorporate a bookcase into your living space.

1. BOOST HOME OFFICE STORAGE

With more people working from home than ever before, storage space is crucial. Whether you have a designated home office or are using a section of your living room, family room, or kitchen, a bookcase is useful for storing office supplies and keeping them organized. Ensure your workspace is refreshingly clutter-free by including both closed and open shelving. Short on square footage? Consider a corner bookshelf for a compact solution.

2. ACCENT YOUR DINING ROOM

While “book” may be built into the name, bookshelves can hold much more than your favorite novels. We especially love the look of bookshelves in the dining room, which do double-duty as storage and a display piece for items like fine china and other collectibles.

Keep in mind that the style of the bookcase is also important and should complement your home’s other decor. For example, our Colonial Pine bookcase has a very different feel than our neoclassical Paris Bookcase.

3. CREATE A COZY READING NOOK

If you’re lucky enough to have a library in your home, your work is done. However, it’s also possible to create the same look and feel by designing an inviting reading nook. Simply pick a cozy spot, choose comfortable seating, select a bookshelf, stock it with your favorite books, incorporate a few “soft” materials like throw pillows and blankets, and utilize lighting for both visibility and ambiance. Voila! Your reading nook is ready to be enjoyed.

4. TURN SIDE TABLES INTO STORAGE

Most people have side tables in their bedrooms and family rooms. However, are yours doing everything they can to make your space more livable and aesthetically pleasing? Swapping out your current side tables for small bookcases amplifies storage space for tucking away games, electronics, and other everyday items.

5. SHOWCASE YOUR FIREPLACE

Fireplaces are focal points in many rooms. To draw even more attention to the grandeur of your fireplace, consider flanking it on either side with bookcases. This can also create the luxurious look of built-ins.

BONUS: STYLE YOUR BOOKSHELVES TO ADD INTEREST TO YOUR INTERIOR

Of course, introducing bookcases is just one part of the design equation – styling them is also important. Some shelf styling tips include adding artwork, mixing up book positioning and placement, layering small decorative items onto book stacks, introducing greenery, and bringing in metallic accents. Then, be prepared to adjust your layout as needed, keeping the importance of negative space in mind. The last thing to do? Step back and enjoy your handiwork.

No matter your home storage wants and needs, Croft + Spire can help you improve the look and feel of your interior with our extensive inventory of solid wood bookcases, curio display cases, double bookshelves, and more. Contact us today to start customizing an heirloom bookcase for your home office, living room, bedroom, or another space!