Creating a Library in your Home
A quiet place to read a book is a luxury with today’s busy lifestyles. Finding space in your home to create a library can mean turning a spare bedroom into a library and/or den. Perhaps you don’t have a spare room. A library can be in a shared space like a dining room, hallway or living room. All you really need to make a home library is a place for books, a good light and a comfortable reading chair.
This photo shows how you can create a library with unused space under the stairs. The warm wood floors and cozy red chair set the tone for an afternoon of escape into a good book!
A library nook can be carved out of a larger room like a family room or living room. A formal dining room that isn’t used all that often can be turned into a library that is also a dining room. Built-in shelves along one or more walls can instantly give a room the feeling of a library. Even a pair of bookshelves or glass front bookcases can make a space feel like a library.
Having a good reading light is a must for a library. Floor lamps are a great choice next to a comfortable reading chair. Lighting along the bookshelves can make it easier to find your favorite book. Next to lighting, the reading chair is a must. Find a chair that works for your taste and style. Leather club chairs and wingback chairs are classic choices for a library, but any comfortable chair will do. Continue the traditional library style with a warm, textured or patterned area rug. An area rug, antique, vintage, or new, can provide a place to sprawl out with your books. Great for family reading time too.