Everything You Need to Know about a Bookcase

Everything You Need to Know about a Bookcase

If you are remodeling or simply looking for adding a bookcase to your interior design, you probably should know a bit more about them. Seeing all of your favorite books neatly arranged among carefully curated trinkets and treasured collectibles just makes you feel good. Home Bars USA has prepared a full guide on everything you need to know about bookcases.

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What Is a Bookcase?

A bookcase is a piece of furniture consisting of horizontal shelves, often in a cabinet, to hold books or other printed materials. Bookcases are used in private homes, public and university libraries, offices, schools, bookstores, and etc.

Bookcase Size

Bookcases are indispensable pieces of furniture for your home and they come in various sizes and designs.

When it comes to the size of bookcases, they range from small, low models the height of a table to high models reaching up to ceiling height. For example, you can find them from a little one shelf bookcase to the enormous high-standing ones. So, your choice here really depends only on how much space you have.

The bigger bookcase is, the most likely it will have adjustable shelves to different positions in the case. In rooms entirely devoted to the storage of books, such as libraries, they may be permanently fixed to the walls and/or floor.

Bookcase Designs

For the designs, you most likely will find wide selection. The most common structure is the standard vertical with horizontal bookshelves. It can be a simple shelf bookcase that can go on top of another piece of furniture or it might be designed in geometric shape (a square or a circle) that is freestanding or wall mounted.

You also might come across designer bookcases that are created in some other more artistic forms, such as a canoe, a tree, a ladder, etc. Your decision here should be based on what aesthetically appealing to you as well as a shelf bookcase should complement your current decor and contain enough storage to display what you want.

The Types of Bookcases

There are two types of bookcases - open and closed. The open bookcase will have the bookshelves exposed to the public. Some of the bookcases have the hidden storage space, such as drawers or doors and this type is called "closed".

Bookcase Styles

The style of bookcases ranges from the traditional through the transitional to the contemporary. Bookcases in traditional style will have some decorative ornate details on the cases. The contemporary bookcases normally stand out by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. The transitional style somewhat combines the elements of traditional and contemporary.

The Purpose of a Bookcase

The main reason to get a bookcase is kind of in its name - it is a perfect way to store your books in organized way. But it does not mean that you will be restricted only to books. You can display different types of your belongings and at the same time decorate the bookcase.

What Is the Difference between a Bookshelf and a Shelf Bookcase?

The difference between a bookshelf and a bookcase is that a bookcase can contain multiple bookshelves. A bookcase is also known as a bookshelf, a bookstand, and a bookrack.

A bookshelf is a storage area for a book and can be as an independent piece of furniture or a part of a bookcase.

A shelf bookcase is usually big and free-standing items and have several bookshelves to hold the books. The bookshelves can be open for easy reach or closed to protect your items from the dust and debris.

What Are Better Solid Wood Bookcases or Metal Bookcases?

Depending on where you want to place your bookcase, you need to consider the material it is made of. There are two most common materials used to build bookcases - solid wood and metal. When it comes to durability, both of the materials are able to accommodate the books.

Which Bookcase to Choose: With Glass Doors or Without?

Having a shelf bookcase with glass doors might be a good idea for those who plan to put it in a room with a lot of activities, have children, pets or like to have guests over. This way you will be able to store and display the books and at the same time the glass doors will protect them inside of the cabinet.

If you have a space in a room where there is no danger to your books, you can choose a bookcase without the doors.





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