Ivelina from New Jersey got two new solid oak bookcases to create the perfect reading space for her kids.
Rosemont Bookcases in oak with copper stain
While she found the right bookcases here, she made a lot of careful decisions to make the books appealing to her kids. Read on for tips on designing an appealing home library for kids and the family to share.
Give books an important place in the home
First, Ivelina’s mindset made reading a priority. She writes, “We were looking for good quality bookcases for our living room so that our kids will have easy access to their many books.”
She gives books status by designing an entire room around them. The two large shelves surround a sofa and pictures. The heirloom quality of the bookshelves make them more than “just something for the kids,” it makes the kids’ books, and the kids’ work to build their futures, part of the family.
Provide good lighting for reading
The couch in Ivelina’s living room is facing at least one window, which you can see reflected off the wall art. The room is bright during the day and makes a great reading spot.
Offer comfy social seating
Ivelina’s reading room has at least one large sofa for one person to stretch out or for a few people to read together. The other sofa or loveseat is on the next wall on the right angle, so readers can look at each other.
These shelves store books at the right heights for the right kids.
Keep age-appropriate books within easy reach
This reading room stabilizes the bottom shelves with big picture books, while storing junior novels and reference books up higher. There is also a small shelf in the corner (not ours) to keep early readers at eye level for small kids.
Leave room for your kids to grow their book collections
These shelves are not completely full, because this family is not finished adding more books to its collection. Leaving growing room on your bookcases is functional, but it’s also stylish because you can…
Add visual interest with varied shapes
These bookshelves are not just blocks full of books, they’re more exciting for kids to look at. Some books are standing up straight, and some are stacked on their sides to form bookends. Some are leaning on angles. Some items are not books. And there is plenty of negative space showing the visual appeal of the wood. Which reminds us to…
Have fun with colorful style
Red sofas with grey accents are a bold choice that’s perfect for a kids’ space. The books, games, and small shelf are colorful, and the copper-stained oak woodgrain looks like an awesome design.
Unleash your inner child with seasonal decor
Ivelina’s tinsel cats stand in such expressive poses you can almost hear them meow. They add more color and more interesting curves to the room. And those jack-o’-lanterns’ smiles sure are welcoming around Hallowe’en.
Bookshelves are for more than just books
The living room is a place to socialize, so have fun with board games, marbles or anything else that you and your friends can stretch out and play on the carpet. Adding variety to your bookcases can draw more attention to them, and consequently, to the books.
Following these 9 ideas, Ivelina wins at creating this literate living room that’s more than just a book nook. She continues writing:
“We were very happy to find online the Amish Furniture Factory, from where we ordered 2 bookcases. The craftsmanship is excellent! The customer service and the delivery service met our expectations! What I like about the website is the variety of choices to match my personal taste. Great thanks to everyone who made these beautiful bookcases part of our home, we enjoy them every day.
Satellite View of Hurricane Harvey, August 25, 2017
On August 27, 2017, with the remnants of Hurricane Harvey dumping 55 inches of rain on our hometown of Dickinson, Texas, our home was inundated with 16” of flood water. We experienced extreme losses with the majority of our possessions, including all of our furniture! After several days, turned into weeks of removing wet furniture, appliances, clothing, files, cabinets, flooring, sheetrock and insulation, we decided to allow our thoughts to drift to recovery plans.
We knew that it would be a number of months before our house would be completed to the point of taking delivery of furnishings. But for therapy, we decided to shop around for furniture. There was a local (3rd party) store, in Houston, running a sales promotion on their name-brand adjustable beds. If after the purchase of one of their beds, the Houston Astros won the World Series, they would credit you the purchase price of your bed, or give you a 150% percent in-store credit. So we went and checked out the beds. They were nice! While we were there, we decided to look at their collection of Amish-made furniture. (My wife and I had for a number of years considered handcrafted, solid wood Amish furniture, but had only gotten as far as on-line “window-shopping”.) Well… we absolutely fell in love with the Ensenada style bedroom set.
The Ensenada, with its smooth lines, rich grain of the Sap Cherry wood, along with the contrasting brushed nickel hardware, was impeccable. We took plenty of notes and pictures, as we put together our bedroom wish list. We decided to take our chances and purchase the adjustable bed. We had to take immediate possession, so we stored it with a “non-flooded” family member. We continued to watch as the Astros proceeded to win throughout the playoffs, and to our good fortune they won the World Series!
Knowing that our in-store credit, at the Houston store, while wonderful, would not be enough to purchase our entire wish list, I began to comparison shop on-line and found Amish Furniture Factory. After a quick search, I found that they had the identical Ensenada style bedroom furniture. I initiated an account and started a “working copy” order. To my delight, I found that a seasonal discount was available, as well as an additional volume discount. As I searched the AFF website, I discovered that a number of options were available for several of the individual furniture pieces (that were not available at the 3rd party furniture store in Houston). For example, a dresser without a mirror, a larger chest of drawers, as well as a cedar chest and file cabinet were all available in the Ensenada style. In February of 2018, I placed an order for several pieces of the Ensenada furniture.
The next day, I received a call from Laura, at AFF, to discuss the details of my order. I explained that my home had been flooded and that I was attempting to match the furniture that I had won from the 3rd party store sales promotion. Laura was quite helpful in discussing wood types, stains and hardware. I provided her the wood type and stain name and had a picture of the hardware I was attempting to match. Laura was diligent at working with me over the next few weeks to achieve a furniture match. She provided me with a stained Sap Cherry wood sample, the stain name and manufacturer’s product number and part numbers for the brushed nickel hardware. Upon comparison of the wood sample to the actual furniture, it appeared we had a very good match.
In June of 2018, our home was finally complete enough to take delivery of our furniture. I called to let Laura know and she gave me details of my delivery. We first took delivery of our 3rd party furniture, and within a few days, our AFF furniture was delivered. As can be seen in the photos, the furniture was a perfect match! We couldn’t be happier with our Ensenada bedroom furniture. A big thanks goes out to Laura and the Amish Furniture Factory for helping make our recovery a pleasant experience.
Linda from Montana found this Arts & Crafts High Buffet and had it customized into a dining room entertainment center. The wood is cherry and the custom stain is FC-15743 Briar. But she had more changed about this buffet than the color. Have a look while Linda tells the rest of the story:
“I was in the process of remodeling my kitchen and had found the perfect two-tone tall table and chairs and needed a stereo/media cabinet to match. I found a beautiful tall buffet on the Amish Furniture Factory website that was the perfect width but there were two things that I wished were different. The darker stain color I needed was not listed as available and I needed two wooden shelves instead of one glass shelf.
“I e-mailed Laura and she helped me solve both problems! I was able to find out the exact stain from the other company and Amish Furniture Factory obtained it and the furniture matches beautifully. They also were willing to replace the glass shelf with two wooden ones and drill cord holes in the back for me.
“I am so happy with my new furniture! The quality is far superior to anything I had found shopping at furniture stores. Laura was wonderful to work with and she was responsive and communicated every step of the process from order through delivery. I highly recommend Amish Furniture Factory.”
There’s endless variety in handcrafted furniture. Anna mixed and matched this Ouray Dining Table with the Kenwood Dining Chairs to create her own gorgeous dining set. The wood is rustic cherry with coffee colored stain. The upholstery is faux leather in Asbury.
The Ouray’s plank top is built to last at 1 3/8 inches thick. Here’s a picture of the set in another light:
“It was such a pleasure to work with Laura at the Amish Furniture Factory. We purchased the Jacoby Plank Dining Table, which is absolutely beautiful.
Sarah’s Jacoby Table is in cherry with Tawny stain and its standard plank top
“Laura worked with me over the course of a few weeks, helping me to select a table and stain. My emails and phone calls were always responded to quickly, providing me with the information I needed.
“I knew throughout the process that the table would be beautiful, but when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find that it went beyond my expectations. The quality of the wood and the workmanship are extraordinary. We are extremely happy with the table and would not hesitate to order furniture again from the Amish Furniture Factory.
“Laura, our furniture arrived at our vacation home in perfect condition and we are thrilled. We just love the table with the beautiful butterfly leaf and the 6 chairs. We have received many complements and hope to order a similar one for our (main) home.
The Dillings got this new dining set in solid oak with New Carrington stain. Their Mason Double Pedestal Table has a waterfall edge. The Gatlinburg Dining Chairs have comfy saddle scoop seats with a roundover edge. You can see the seats of the bar stools in the background of the Dillings’ patriotic photo:
To see our Mason Double Pedestal Table while it’s still in stock, click here. For the Gatlinburg Dining Chairs, click here.
The Dilling Family is proud to own this beautiful dining table, chairs and bar stool. Working with the Amish Furniture Factory was easy, there was continued communication throughout the building process. The result is better than I could have imagined.
The Boulder Creek Enclosed End Table has one door and one top drawer. As with all of our handcrafted furniture, the drawer has English dovetail joints. The Boulder Creek comes standard with an ebony inlay in the front skirt, and black hardware. We’re showing this piece in quarter-sawn oak with Michael’s Cherry finish. Watch to the end to see a close-up of the woodgrain’s lovely tiger striping.
“I’ve owned a number of pieces from some of the top furniture manufacturers and I can honestly say none of them compare to the quality of the pieces we purchased from AFF. Great attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and all solid wood!
We’re showing the Yorktown in a combination of two luxury woods and a clear coat to create a natural two-tone look. The outer frame is in walnut. The seat and back are wormy maple, a special type of brown maple. What makes wormy maple distinct is that it is harvested from closer to the outside of the tree, so it has rustic and stylish worm holes. Call us if you’re ever looking for a custom finish or combination of woods in your furniture.
The Yorktown is available as an arm or side chair, or as one of several types of bar stool.