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Useful ideas on choosing a bookcase


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Bookcases can be classical, fanciful, functional and personal …they really add to the anatomy of a room. They display your favorite reads as well as framed memories. There are so many options on deciding on the best for your nest. Here are important considerations.

What Size Should Your Bookcase Be?

The most basic consideration is size. How much space do you have in the room you have in mind? If space is ample, wide bookcases that measure several feet across are a good design idea.

However, if room is small, go up! Taller bookcases work in space limitations, if you plan on placing a lot on them. Otherwise, one or more small bookcases would work. Measure the room before you shop.

What Type of Bookcase Do You Want?

If you need inspiration, we suggest checking out houzz.com, Pinterest, Instagram, and so forth. There are so many choices on the market.

What is Your Budget?

Prices range from several hundred dollars to thousands if you want a custom built-in. If you are just wanting to store books or show off your favorite accessories, a standard free standing, tall or wide, open or closed back, works fine.

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Another option is a wall-mounted bookcase. If you want an option so you could add on, the 606 Universal Shelving System is great. You can buy one shelf or an entire library. It is modern, timeless, and it moves with you when you change residence.

For one of my clients, I recently used their online, free of charge design service to get an estimate for her home office project. The service was quick and easy and I had three custom designs and estimates done in a few days. 


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Which Style Suits Your Space?

Put some thought into color and materials for you bookcase. While wood with long shelves is the popular choice, you could also go out-of-the-box.

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If you want something other than traditional wood or a more modern look, metal bookcases with glass shelves are an option.

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Or you could combine metal with wood. Decide on what color you want and you will end up satisfying your individual creativity.

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Ok, now that we have ALL of that covered, let’s shop a little huh?

#1 Foshay Bookcase Wall Units, #2 Lonna Bookcase, #3 walnut modular triple shelf, #4 General Store Wall Unit

#1 Leila Etagere Bookcase, #2 Zane Wide Bookshelf, #3 Amalie Cabinet, #4 Carson Carrington Lenkeffy Mid-century Modern Dark Walnut Bookcase, #5 Aimee Etagere Gold – Crosley, #6 Amherst Mid Century Modern

#1 Industrial Modular Bookcase, #2 Foshay Console Bookcases, #3 Walnut Brown Wood Ashlyn Bookshelf, #4 Loring 8 Cube Bookcase - Project 62™, #5 Stax console bookcase

If you are building a new home, remodeling or planning on staying in your home for a long time, you may want to invest in a semi-custom or custom-made, built-in bookcase. This will add value to your home.

Our design company recently finished the installation of this 12’ by 10’ tall custom-made bookcase. This home office is located right off the entry and across from a staircase on the second floor.

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To create a cohesive design, we painted the entry door, the stair railing and the office glass French door as the accent color for the back of the bookcase and the soffit.
Du interiors custom design bookcase

We decided to retain the existing floor and added the gorgeous GABBEH rug from NW Rugs instead. The client invested most of the budget into the natural maple built-in bookcase and the power adjustable desk.

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What are the special touches? The PB brass DublinSconces and Shay Leather Armchair, the maple 8’ Wood Rolling Ladder by Quiet Glide QGLI1189, and the client’s book collection and accessories. 

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Du interiorsWood Rolling Ladder . DublinSconces

Are you ready to find your new bookcase?

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Du interiors project - Image Credit: Photo by Shelly Pincock from Elle M. Photography

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