A bookcase should not be seen as just a piece of functional furniture. In fact, it could become one of the main focal points of your living room adding character and style. Before purchasing a bookcase, you should make sure you do some research on the best options available so you can make an informed decision. This will help you towards acquiring a piece that will endure the test of time. Here are some tips on how to find the best bookcase for your home.
The first step towards determining the appropriate size for your bookcase is to measure the space available in your living room. Consider floor, wall and ceiling space. Make sure the height is appropriate and leave enough space around the bookcase for people to walk by.
Floor-to-ceiling bookcases usually look more elegant and impressive, whereas shorter ones offer the added functionality of a usable surface area on top. Another important factor to consider is the space between the shelves. It’s always a good idea to measure it so as to make sure your books or decoration pieces will fit. You can always opt for bookcases that include adjustable-height shelves.
A bookcase can be extremely versatile. It is, therefore, crucial to consider how you plan to use it before making a choice. For instance, if you only want to use it to display some art and other small pieces, you might be better off opting for open bookcases. These types of bookcases have the added benefit that they can be accessed from the front and back. This makes them ideal to be used as a partition in a big room. If you need to store your book collection, you will most definitely need a piece that is made of a strong material that can withstand the weight.
Alternatively, if you are planning to hide clutter, a bookcase with wood doors and drawers might be the best alternative. If you just want to keep your souvenirs, dishes or other decorative objects from collecting dust, a bookcase with glass doors could be the best choice for you.
Although this might seem obvious, it is however not uncommon to walk into a beautifully designed house only to encounter mismatching pieces of furniture that were probably bought out of impulse or as an afterthought. The key to avoiding this is to plan beforehand. Make sure you find a bookcase that matches the pre-existing furniture in the room.
Consider the colour, style and material. For instance, a beautifully crafted wooden bookcase might look amazing in the showroom but will do little to create any positive impact in a living room decorated in modern or industrial style.
Quality does not come cheap, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. A low-cost bookcase could still look the part and be functional, but will not, in most cases, be highly durable. It is better, if you can, to invest some extra money to make sure you get a bookcase that will be with you for decades to come.
When it comes to material, the type you choose will depend on the style of your room. The most commonly used and inexpensive materials are wood veneers and plywood. Metals such as iron, stainless steel and solid hardwoods (maple, walnut and oak), tend to be more expensive.
At AALTO Exclusive Furniture, all our furniture is manufactured and designed with quality in mind. We make sure we select the best materials for our exclusive pieces, and we add our unique touch of style. Our wide range of bookcases matches many different styles, but if you can’t find what you are looking for in our online catalogue, come and talk to us. We can design and create a bookcase to suit your requirements.