by Vicki Nemeth
Ivelina from New Jersey got two new solid oak bookcases to create the perfect reading space for her kids.
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.
- 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.