Buying the perfect bookshelves


You just bought or moved into a new property and you know it is time to settle down and start unpacking all those boxes lying around. But where to put all these decorations you bought year after year? And what about your loved collection of books? So, only one solution remains: buying bookshelves! Bookshelves are

You just bought or moved into a new property and you know it is time to settle down and start unpacking all those boxes lying around.

But where to put all these decorations you bought year after year? And what about your loved collection of books?

So, only one solution remains: buying bookshelves!

Bookshelves are so versatile that they can be used to tidy up books, kitchen tools, and decorative objects; also, let’s not forget that they come in some many shapes, sizes and colours that you are almost sure to find your perfect bookshelves to display your cherished objects.

You can use bookshelves in the kitchen, in the lounge, in your office, in bedrooms… Actually, they can be put in any room and still perfectly fit in.

Do not forget that a bookshelf is much more than just a piece of furniture standing in the corner of the room: choosing the right style for your bookshelf, one that is consistent with the room is quite important so make sure it matches the rest of the furniture in the room.

Far gone are the days were bookshelves were of rectangular shape and only built with wood: nowadays, bookshelves are composed of plywood, wood veneers, oak, maple, iron, stainless steel…

For example, a stainless steel bookshelf would look quite the part in a contemporary-style lounge.

Once you have decided on which type of material your bookshelf should be made of, you still have a few more questions to answer.

To start with, you have to ask yourself which type of objects will be displayed on your bookshelves?

How many shelves will you need and what are the dimensions of the bookshelves – dimensions depend on where you will place your bookshelves?

Moreover, there are many types of bookshelves available, so, before heading for the furniture shop, it is better to have a precise idea of which form you’d likely prefer.

Amongst other varieties, bookshelves can be found to be: ladder bookshelves, corner bookshelves, leaning bookshelves, folding bookcases, revolving bookcases, barrister bookcases, built-in bookcases…

So, now that you know a bit more about bookshelves’ types, double-check the dimensions you want: you can do this by putting some coloured tape where you are likely to install your bookshelves and then judge the effect; do not forget to measure the dimensions in the defined space.

Now, you can head to the store, but once you’re there, you still have to think carefully about a few things as adjustable bookshelves.

Adjustable bookshelves are to be recommended because they accommodate objects of different sizes and are easy to adjust once at home.

Further, you have to think whether you want to buy an open bookcase: those are great used as a divider in a large room, a lounge for example where you want to delimit the eating area and the relaxing area.

Last but not least, think about doors: they are a great way to keep dust and children’s hands away from your precious possessions.

The “barrister bookcases” are the ones who have glass doors, which look very sleek in a very classic environment; but you can add doors to almost any bookshelves.

And the good thing about doors is that they don’t have to open towards you; you can embed sliding doors, instead, for a modern take on doors.

Ikea seemingly has the widest range of bookshelves available: they have bookcases for every budget, from £12 to £800 and the display is very varied in style and shape, making it easy to find the one you would likely need in your room.

Argos, amongst other things, sell bookcases and this Hygena Matrix Unit with shelves in black glass would look at home in any contemporary styled room.

Sold £90, you can count on Argos to have good sales on at all times, so do not hesitate to regularly look at their website and fetch a bargain!

Marks & Spencer is also a good place to look for a stylish bookcase: we have our eyes on the Step Ladder Shelving unit, a quirky bookcase made of rubber wood and bamboo and sold at £129.

Lombok also has some very pretty bookcases to sell: the Seba bookcase, made of Indonesian teak and solid wood, is very simple in its conception and can act as a great divider in any lounge and fit in with any style you infused in the room.

This open bookcase is sold in two sizes: the small bookcase is sold £375 and the large one is sold £645.

Homebase, as Ikea, is a very good place to browse for your perfect bookcase, and can fit every budget: it is always worth to have a look, they have so many models that you are assured to find yours!

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